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World Rapid 2023 Day 1: Carlsen, Vidit and Arjun Erigaisi in a five-way lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/12/2023

Arjun Erigaisi and Vidit Gujrathi are two Indians in five-way lead with Magnus Carlsen (NOR) after the fifth round of World Rapid 2023. Ivan Cheparinov (BUL) and Yangyi Yu (CHN) are the remaining leaders. Bharath Subramaniyam H had a great day after starting the event with a win over Germany no.1, Vincent Keymer. Sandipan Chanda also made an unbeaten start scoring three wins in-a-row to end the first day on 4/5, same as Bharath. In the Women's section, IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) and GM Jiner Zhu (CHN) are the coleaders with a perfect 4/4. They are followed by six players at 3.5/4. GM Vaishali R is the sole Indian among them. Vidit will face Carlsen in Round 6, while Arjun will go up against Yangyi. Round 6 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Nurgyul and Jiner are the coleaders in the Women

GM Arjun Erigaisi is one of the five leaders 4.5/5 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed


Round 1: No easy start for the top seeds

The top three boards in both Open and Women section ended in draws in the first round. World Rapid 2022 Bronze medalist, WGM Savitha Shri B (2238) had the shortest draw of the round against the defending World Rapid Women's 2022 champion, GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN, 2528). IM Roman Kezin (2497), FM Gergana Peycheva (BUL, 2226) and WGM Jennifer Yu (USA, 2217) scored upsets against GM Vladislav Artemiev (2721), GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (SUI, 2506) and GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR, 2457) respectively. GM Bharath Subramaniyam H (2426) scored a big win over the Germany no.1 GM Vincent Keymer (2631). GM Mitrabha Guha (2436) started with a win against GM Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (ESP, 2635).

Bharath - Keymer

Position after 24.Nbxd6!

23...Ne5 allowed White to pick up the d6-pawn using tactics 24.Nbxd6. Soon he grabbed the a5-pawn and the bishop, eventually the game.

GM Bharath Subramaniyam H made a great start | Photo: Shahid Ahmed
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Round 2: Turmunkh stuns Humpy

GM Koneru Humpy (2444) got stunned by WGM Turmunkh Munkhzul (MGL, 2279) in a completely winning position. She decided to delay the advancement of her passed pawn which changed the fate of the game.

Humpy - Turmunkh

Position after 53...Ne3

Humpy was winning for the better part of the game. 54.c7 wins the game as White does not need to be bothered about either the rook or the bishop. However, White played 54.Be4+ Kh8 55.c7 cost the game Rh3+ 56.Qh2 Qa1+

WGM Turmunkh Munkhzul (MGL) scored a huge upset against GM Koneru Humpy | Photo: FIDE/Anastasia Korolkova

Round 3: S L Narayanan surprised Abdusattorov, Bolt by Conrad Holt against 'Shakh'

GM S L Narayanan (2586) made the most out of his opportunity as he defeated former World Rapid champion, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB, 2727). According to the legend, Vishy Anand, GM Conrad Holt (USA, 2548) played a game of the year to beat GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2715).

Abdusattorov - Narayanan

Position after 33...Ne4!

33.Qe7 allowed White to run interference Ne4! 34.fxe4 Qxe2+ 35.Kg3 Qe3+ 36.Kg2 Qxe4+? apparently this is a mistake as it allows White to get back in the game 37.Qxe4 dxe4 38.Kg3?? h5 39.gxh5 f5 and the pawn endgame is lost for White. 38.h5 was White's last chance to salvage a half point.

GM S L Narayanan defeated the former World Rapid champion, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) | Photo: FIDE/Anastasia Korolkova

Bardiya - Arjun

Position after 34...Red8

35.Rxd3! Rxd3 36.Qxg6 Qxe3+ 37.Kh1 would have ended things on a positive note for GM Bardiya Daneshvar (IRI, 2470). Instead, he blundeerd 35.Kh1?? Arjun pounced on his opportunity Nf2+! 36.Rxf2 Rxd1+ 37.Kg2 Qc6 and it's over.

Conrad - Mamedyarov

Position after 30.d7

30.d7 exd2 31.dxe8Q Qxe8 32.Rxe8 dxc1Q+ 33.Kf2 Qg1+ 34.Kxg1 Nf3+ 35.Kf2 Nxd4 36.Bxd4 Bg7 37.Re7 Bxg4 38.Bxg7 and White won the game in the next few moves.

GM Harika Dronavalli - IM Padmini Rout: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

Round 4: Parham puts up a good fight against Magnus

GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2818) does not believe in fortresses. He once again reaffirmed that belief against GM Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI, 2644).

Parham - Magnus

Position after 40...f5

To hold this game with white pieces, White would want to exhaust his pawn moves to f4 and g3, then survive another 50 moves without dropping the knight. It is as tough as it sounds in a practical game as it is in theory, especially when your opponent is none other than the world no.1.

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Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) probably made Magnus Carlsen (NOR) work the hardest on the first day to score a full point | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Round 5: Vidit and Arjun beat Maksims, Bharath continues his impressive run

GM Vidit Gujrathi (2691) and GM Arjun Erigaisi (2654) defeated GM Maxim Chigaev (ESP, 2587) and GM Maxim Matlakov (2616) respectively to joins the world no.1 in a five-way lead.

Chigaev - Vidit

Position after 36.g4??

Find out the winning continuation for Black after 36.g4??

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Matlakov - Arjun

Position after 34...Nd2

35.Bb6 b2 36.c7?? an overambitious approach turned out to be costly for White Rxc7! 37.Rxc7 bxa1Q 38.Rg7+ Kh8 39.Bxd8 Nf1+ and Black won.

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Arjun Erigaisi showed great resiliency to beat Maxim Matlakov from a difficult position | Photo: Shahid Ahmed
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Some are more equal than others?

Ian Nepomniachtchi made a tweet after the fifth round where he raised the questions of the world no.1 getting personal lounge which no one else has gotten

Various players opined on his tweet

FIDE replied

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Round 5 Open results

5415GMYu Yangyi26991 - 0GMNarayanan S L258658
5557GMChigaev Maksim25870 - 1GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi269118
5645GMMatlakov Maxim26160 - 1GMErigaisi Arjun265426
5811GMFedoseev Vladimir27163½ - ½GMBharath Subramaniyam H2426137
51113GMDubov Daniil271231 - 03GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.257368
512101GMLazavik Denis25093½ - ½3GMPraggnanandhaa R270614
51423GMNihal Sarin26673½ - ½3GMQuparadze Giga255974
51949GMChanda Sandipan260231 - 03IMIsanzhulov Arystan2299170
52821GMEsipenko Andrey2677½ - ½GMAdhiban B.252892
536129GMPranesh M24591 - 0GMHenriquez Villagra Cristobal259054
53761GMParavyan David25841 - 0GMPranav V2472122
541107GMZeng Chongsheng250120 - 12GMGukesh D265624
567143GMNasuta Grzegorz2402½ - ½GMGanguly Surya Shekhar264530
570100GMIvic Velimir25090 - 1GMAditya Mittal2381150
581167IMOhanyan Emin23020 - 1GMMitrabha Guha2436134
582189FMOro Faustino21500 - 1GMKarthik Venkataraman2426138
587184FMBakhrillaev Bakhrom219610 - 11GMSadhwani Raunak258660


Round 4 Women results

4520IMVaishali Rameshbabu23731 - 0WGMVoit Daria227549
4128GMKoneru Humpy244421 - 02IMNomin-Erdene Davaademberel228644
41346WGMPourkashiyan Atousa228121 - 02GMDronavalli Harika24409
41456IMPadmini Rout225521 - 02WGMDivya Deshmukh242213
43689IMSoumya Swaminathan21041 - 0WGMHejazipour Mitra225655
438103WGMRakshitta Ravi1921½ - ½1GMMuzychuk Mariya24577
44140WFMZhao Shengxin229810 - 11FMSahithi Varshini M213880
44769WGMPriyanka Nutakki220511 - 01WFMAydin Gulenay208992
44873WGMYakubbaeva Nilufar218710 - 11Velpula Sarayu1751110
451107WCMLesbekova Assel184810 - 1½WGMSavitha Shri B223860


Standings after Round 5 Open

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 w-weKrtg+/-
11GMCarlsen, MagnusNOR28184,51316258600,4900
226GMErigaisi, ArjunIND26544,51315,5254701,1900
343GMCheparinov, IvanBUL26184,512,515253601,2900
415GMYu, YangyiCHN26994,512,513,5257501,0600
518GMVidit, Santosh GujrathiIND26914,51213,5253900,9200
6137GMBharath, Subramaniyam HIND242641517,5264102,8000
74GMVachier-Lagrave, MaximeFRA276741416,5258400,2300
813GMDubov, DaniilFID271241416,5254900,3500
939GMAnton Guijarro, DavidESP262541315255700,8700
1051GMShimanov, AleksandrFID259941315250800,7400
1156GMGareyev, TimurUSA2588412,513,5255901,0300
1242GMShevchenko, KirillROU261941214251800,4800
1352GMXu, XiangyuCHN259841214245800,4700
1441GMMamedov, RaufAZE262241213,5259200,8800
1577GMHolt, ConradUSA254841111,5259401,4300
1649GMChanda, SandipanIND2602410,512,5240800,1700
1763GMPonkratov, PavelFID258041011,5253500,9000
188GMRapport, RichardROU27353,51517,525880-0,0800
1957GMChigaev, MaksimESP25873,514,516249600,2300
2023GMNihal, SarinIND26673,513,516255900,1600


Standings after Round 4 Women

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 w-weKrtg+/-
121IMSalimova, NurgyulBUL237148,59225901,252025
211GMZhu, JinerCHN243147,58,5229001,151011,5
351IMBodnaruk, AnastasiaFID22653,588241001,621016,2
445WGMTokhirjonova, GulrukhbegimUSA22853,578,5223400,902018
532WIMOmonova, UmidaUZB23313,578,5216100,502010
620IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND23733,578228400,852017
729WGMZhai, MoCHN23513,578222300,582011,6
837IMMammadzada, GunayAZE23153,56,58217700,602012
948WGMMunkhzul, TurmunkhMGL227931011238801,032020,6
1054IMGuichard, PaulineFRA225739,510,5235400,932018,6
1134IMMunguntuul, BatkhuyagMGL232239,510,5224900,43104,3
1235IMKiolbasa, OliwiaPOL2320399224500,41208,2
1312GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR242438,510227100,00100
1471WGMKamalidenova, MeruertKAZ21963810237001,864074,4
158GMKoneru, HumpyIND244437,59,5226400,00100
1630IMTsolakidou, StavroulaGRE234937921820-0,0620-1,2
1714GMGunina, ValentinaFID2412378,5225300,08100,8
1846WGMPourkashiyan, AtousaUSA2281378224000,44208,8
1956IMPadmini, RoutIND225536,58242401,181011,8
206GMLagno, KaterynaFID246336,5822480-0,2410-2,4


Round 6 Open pairings

6118GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi2691GMCarlsen Magnus28181
6226GMErigaisi Arjun2654GMYu Yangyi269915
68137GMBharath Subramaniyam H242644GMChanda Sandipan260249
61258GMNarayanan S L2586GMFedoseev Vladimir271611
61314GMPraggnanandhaa R2706GMMurzin Volodar254779
61670GMYakubboev Nodirbek2564GMNihal Sarin266723
622129GMPranesh M2459GMHovhannisyan Robert258955
63024GMGukesh D265633GMBocharov Dmitry251599
63192GMAdhiban B.252833GMVan Foreest Jorden265525
64068GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.257333Xue Haowen2320163
644122GMPranav V2472GMSalem A.R. Saleh268019
651134GMMitrabha Guha2436GMSjugirov Sanan257169
654138GMKarthik Venkataraman2426GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel254281
656150GMAditya Mittal2381GMSanal Vahap252695
66430GMGanguly Surya Shekhar264522IMZhalmakhanov Ramazan2395146
66860GMSadhwani Raunak258622IMPingin Artem2394147


Round 5 Women pairings

5237IMMammadzada Gunay2315IMVaishali Rameshbabu237320
5641IMCharochkina Daria229333GMKoneru Humpy24448
51056IMPadmini Rout225533IMNarva Mai235128
52125WGMNi Shiqun2362IMSoumya Swaminathan210489
5249GMDronavalli Harika24402WFMPoliakova Varvara1994101
52513WGMDivya Deshmukh242222WFMKhamdamova Afruza215376
52723IMArabidze Meri236422FMSahithi Varshini M213880
53464IMBadelka Olga222122WGMRakshitta Ravi1921103
536110Velpula Sarayu175122WGMPriyanka Nutakki220569
54660WGMSavitha Shri B2238Aktamova Zilola1603114



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