chessbase india logo

Tata Steel Masters 2023 R5: Abdusattorov beats Carlsen, gains sole lead and now World no.18

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/01/2023

The 44th Olympiad Gold medalist, Nodirbek Abdusattorov defeated Magnus Carlsen in fifth round of 85th Tata Steel Masters 2023. The former World Rapid champion won against the reigning champion similarly as his first win back at World Rapid 2021. The world no.1 could not navigate a way to bring his king to g7 or h7 in the queen endgame, which would have been a theoretical draw as mentioned by the teenager. Speaking of teenagers, Arjun Erigaisi had an exciting game against Ding Liren which the former saved from the brink of a loss. Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa drew with Rapport and Giri respectively. Round 6 for both Masters and Challengers section starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Arjun Erigaisi makes an incredible save against World no.2 Ding Liren

The fifth round was played at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the home stadium of AFC Ajax in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The new beautiful blue light setting of the hall witnessed some exciting games. Nodirbek Abdusattorov could not have asked for a better way to get into the sole lead as he defeated the world no.1 to move his score to 4/5. Two consecutive losses in a Classical tournament, for the first time since Norway Chess in 2015, set back Carlsen to the shared tenth place with a score of 2/5.

Carlsen - Abdusattorov was an exciting thriller as expected | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Carlsen - Abdusattorov: 0-1

The Olympiad Gold medalist, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB, 2713) opted for the Symmetrical English. He made an unnatural move 13...Bf6 allowing 14.Ba3 and preventing his king from castling on the kingside.

Position after 13...Bf6

13...Bf6 almost provoked Carlsen into sacrificing an exchange 14.Ba3. Black decided to take it as he had the option of castling on the queenside 14...Bxa1 15.Qxa1 0-0-0 16.Rc1 Kb8 17.Qxg7 White had enough compensation for the sacrificed exchange. The game eventually liquidated to a queen endgame where Abdusattorov had an extra pawn.

Position after 37...Qxd4

The above endgame should end in a draw considering Carlsen is an endgame maestro and queen endgames even with an extra pawn is not easy to convert into a win. One must not forget that Carlsen is a human too, after close to 5.5 hours of play, the World no.1 could not find a way to get his king to g7 or h7 where it is a theoretical draw as mentioned in the post-game interview by Abdusattorov.

Nodirbek Abdusattorov beats Magnus Carlsen | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
18-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov beats Magnus Carlsen for the first time in Classical chess | Video: ChessBase India
What did that final moment in Carlsen vs Abdusattorov mean? | Detailed game analysis | Video: ChessBase India

Magnus Carlsen and Nodirbek Abdusattorov at the AFC Ajax stadium - Johan Cruijff ArenA | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Nodirbek Abdusattorov is now World no.18 in the live ratings | Source: 2700chess.com

World Blitz 2021 champion and World no.16 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tweeted his thoughts on the endgame

English legend, Nigel Short tweeted on Carlsen's two consecutive losses

When was the last time Carlsen lost two in-a-row?

If we strictly consider Classical chess, 3rd Norway Chess 2015 was the last time when Carlsen lost two Classical games consecutively against Veselin Topalov and Fabiano Caruana in Round 1 and 2 respectively. However, if we consider all rated Rapid and Blitz, and also World Fischer Random Championship games, then Carlsen has lost two games in-a-row every year since 2015 except 2020. We all know 2020 had the least over-the-board events due to the pandemic, so the mathematical probability of Carlsen losing a rated game, let alone two in that year reduced drastically too.

 

2015

3rd Norway Chess - Veselin Topalov and Fabiano Caruana in Round 1 and 2 in June.

 

2016

• Paris GCT Blitz - Giri and Topalov in Round 15 and 16 on 12th June.

• Leuven Grand Chess Tour Rapid - Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura in Round 4 and 5 on 17th June.

 

2017

Paris Grand Chess Tour Blitz - Sergey Karjakin, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Nakamura in Round 14, 15 and 16 respectively.

 

2018

World Rapid - Adam Tukhaev and Shamsiddin Vokhidov in Round 1 and 2 respectively.

 

2019

• Saint Louis Blitz - Caruana, Yangyi and Leinier in Round 14-16 on 14th August.

• Saint Louis Rapid - Caruana and Aronian beat Carlsen in Round 4 and 5 before Sinquefield Cup. The gap between two losses in-a-row was 18 days. 

• Sinquefield Cup 2019 Playoffs - Ding Liren beat Carlsen twice in-a-row in August.

• World Fischer Random Championship - Carlsen lost three in-a-row against Wesley So (Game 2-4 in Round 3) in October.

 

2021

• World Blitz - Bartosz Socko and Vladimir Fedoseev in Round 4 and 5; Anish Giri and Alexander Grischuk in Round 15 and 16.

 

2022

• SuperUnited Blitz -  Wesley So and Leinier Dominguez Perez in Round 3 and 4; Alireza Firouzja and Ivan Saric in Round 17 and 18 respectively in Zagreb, Croatia.

• Norway Blitz - So and Anand in Round 6 and 7 respectively.

R Praggnanandhaa - Anish Giri (NED): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/ Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Anish Giri draws against Praggnanandhaa | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Fabiano Caruana (USA) - Wesley So (USA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/ Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Arjun - Ding Liren: 0.5-0.5

"It was a rollercoaster game I think" - Ding Liren (2811) on his encounter against Arjun Erigaisi (2722).

Position after 25...Nxg4

Ding Liren felt White shoulld have gone for 26.Ne4 here having the idea of c4, c5. Instead 26.Nf3 is an inaccuracy. After 26...Bb6 27.c4 Ra5 Black is back in the game.

Position after 31.Qe4

The world championship contender felt that the position changed completely after 31.Qe4 and it should have been winning for him. He admitted missing 29.Bxc7. He didn't know whether there was a win for him. He felt that he should have gone 31...Bc5 instead of 31...Rxf3. 32.Bg3 Bd6 which felt like it should be much better for Black. That's why he is so disappointed with the draw.

Ding Liren draws with Arjun Erigaisi | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament
Arjun Erigaisi's insane defense against world No. 2 Ding Liren | Video: ChessBase India

Arjun Erigaisi drew with Ding Liren in an exciting game | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/ Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Levon Aronian (USA) grinded a win against Vincent Keymer (GER) | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/ Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Parhaam Maghsoodloo (IRI) - Jorden van Foreest (NED): 1-0 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/ Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

D Gukesh - Richard Rapport (ROU): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/ Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

The tournament hall at Johan Cruijff ArenA, the home stadium of AFC Ajax in Amsterdam, Netherlands, part of Chess on Tour | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/ Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Viswanathan Anand Interview in the Johan Cruijff ArenA | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament
Rest Day Football Match at Telstar | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament
85th Tata Steel Chess 2023 Round 5 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 5 Masters games

Round 5 results

Parham, Abdusattorov and Aronian scored a win each | Photo: Tata Steel Chess

Round 6 pairings

Challengers Round 6 pairings | Photo: Official site

Standings after Round 5

Nodirbek Abdusattorov is the early sole leader 4/5 | Photo: Official site

Schedule

Starting from Saturday, 14th January, all round starts at 6:30 p.m. IST, only Sunday 29th January, the final round will start at 4:30 p.m. IST. Rest days are - 18th (Masters), 19th (Challengers), 23rd and 26th January.

Time Control

100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

Links

Official site

Tournament regulations


Related news:
टाटा स्टील मास्टर्स शतरंज – गुकेश से हारे प्रज्ञानंदा

@ 27/01/2023 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Tata Steel 2023 R10: Gukesh bests Praggnanandhaa, Carlsen makes a comeback

@ 26/01/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Tata Steel 2023 R9: Gukesh aces the Magnus Carlsen test, Praggnanandhaa draws with Caruana

@ 25/01/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
टाटा स्टील मास्टर्स : चार हार के बाद जीते गुकेश

@ 23/01/2023 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Tata Steel 2023 R8: A day of firsts

@ 23/01/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Tata Steel 2023 R7: Abdusattorov increases his lead, Praggnanandhaa in pursuit

@ 22/01/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Tata Steel 2023 R6: So and Caruana win, Abdusattorov still in sole lead

@ 21/01/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
टाटा स्टील मास्टर्स :7 साल 7 माह बाद लगातार 2 बार हारे कार्लसन

@ 20/01/2023 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Tata Steel Challengers 2023 R5: Vaishali splits the point with Adhiban

@ 19/01/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
टाटा स्टील मास्टर्स:R4: प्रज्ञानंदा ने रचा इतिहास,विश्व नंबर 2 डिंग को हराया तो 12 साल बाद कार्लसन से जीते अनीश

@ 18/01/2023 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Tata Steel 2023 R4: Praggnanandhaa stuns World no.2 Ding Liren, Giri beats Carlsen

@ 18/01/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Delving deep into the Arjun Erigaisi vs Levon Aronian endgame from Tata Steel Masters 2023

@ 17/01/2023 by Sagar Shah (en)
Tata Steel 2023 R3: Caruana joins the leaders

@ 17/01/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
टाटा स्टील मास्टर्स 2023 :R2: अनीश से हारे गुकेश

@ 16/01/2023 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Tata Steel 2023 R2: Anish Giri plays spectacularly against Gukesh

@ 16/01/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
टाटा स्टील मास्टर्स 2023 का हुआ आगाज

@ 15/01/2023 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Tata Steel 2023 R1: Maximum start for Warmerdam

@ 15/01/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Gukesh, Arjun Erigaisi, Praggnanandhaa, Adhiban and Vaishali ready for 85th Tata Steel Chess 2023

@ 14/01/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)