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Carlsen Wins Climactic Conflict vs. Anand, Leads Staff To Prime

Carlsen Wins Climactic Conflict vs. Anand, Leads Staff To Prime


In a highly-anticipated rematch, GM Magnus Carlsen defeated GM Viswanathan Anand, main the SG Alpine Warriors to an epic comeback victory and the highest of the standings on day seven of the Tech Mahindra International Chess League 2023. Carlsen had nice assist from the invincible GM Praggnanandhaa R., who gained but once more to achieve an unbelievable 6.5 factors out of seven.

The GM Ian Nepomniachtchi-led Balan Alaskan Knights overtook GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave‘s Upgrad Mumba Masters in a match that got here right down to the wire as GM Raunak Sadhwani scored the only victory with sensational attacking play. 

The motion will proceed on June 29, beginning at 6.30 a.m. ET/15:30 CEST.

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Spherical Seven 

Balan Alaskan Knights 8-5 Upgrad Mumba Masters

When these two groups have been matched up earlier in spherical two, the Balan Alaskan Knights prevailed regardless of having the black items―a foul signal for the Upgrad Mumba Masters now taking over black themselves. Nonetheless, because the scoreboard exhibits, this match was neck-and-neck till the very finish. 

Vachier-Lagrave and Nepomniachtchi drew a quite calm recreation within the Bb5 Sicilian.

GM Teimour Radjabov pressed vs. GM Vidit Santosh, getting his rook to the seventh and attempting to maintain Black’s queenside crippled by including strain to the closed-off fianchettoed bishop. But, Vidit in the end gained the strategic battle by preventing to open the bishop’s diagonal.

Vidit achieves the important thing heart break to equalize.

GM Tan Zhongyi gained an enormous benefit vs. GM Humpy Koneru by making a protected handed pawn on d6 within the middlegame. However because the sixteenth girls’s world champion tried to capitalize on her edge, she miscalculated, and Humpy miraculously saved the sport.

GM Harika Dronavalli pressed within the endgame vs. GM Nino Batsiashvili, however the Georgian grandmaster in the end held the stability. GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov vs. GM Alexander Grischuk was an 89-move hard-fought duel and the final recreation to complete. Although this tense battle was stage more often than not, either side missed a possibility to win at completely different levels of the sport. Attempt your hand at discovering what the grandmasters neglected.

Discover Grischuk’s missed tactical alternative. Black to maneuver.

Discover Abdusattorov’s missed endgame alternative. White to maneuver.

With 4 attracts and Abdusattorov vs. Grischuk trying like it could comply with go well with, the destiny of the match fell on the prodigy board as Raunak and GM Javokhir Sindarov duked it out in time bother.

Raunak spent his time edge to provide you with a plan to push his benefit, stabilizing the queenside after which even utilizing it as an avenue to interrupt by means of together with his rook and refocus on his king assault.

Can you discover the important thing concept that pressured his opponent to surrender materials to stop checkmate?

White to maneuver.

Raunak may be very expressive of his victories. Picture: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

With this match-winning victory, Raunak has flipped his complete match round. He shared what labored properly for him right this moment:

“I used to be on tilt earlier than the remainder day, so the remainder day was actually helpful. I attempted to calm myself down.

I modified a few of my preparation. At present, earlier than coming to the sport, I used to be taking part in lots of blitz video games simply to heat up a bit, and I felt a bit extra sharp.”

On the opposite facet of the scoreboard, the Upgrad Mumba Masters are trying on the rounds forward.

SG Alpine Warriors 10-8 Ganges Grandmasters

Carlsen’s SG Alpine Warriors had an axe to grind this spherical. The Ganges Grandmasters gave them their first defeat of the occasion in spherical two and seized the league lead from them in spherical 4. 

Taking part in so confidently he gained 90 seconds on his clock by transfer 27, GM Leiner Dominguez posed a tactical problem for GM Arjun Erigaisi deep within the principle of the French Protection. The 19-year-old grandmaster was as much as the take a look at, precisely navigating his escape from Dominguez’s threats regardless of the land mines buried all around the place.

Comply with Erigaisi’s footsteps and train your personal defensive tactical skill. The white rook will quickly come in any case of Black’s main items on the again rank by way of b1-b8. How can Black survive? 

Black to maneuver.

Past this draw, midway into the spherical, each single board favored White to various levels. The Warriors had an uphill battle forward of them. 

Quickly, the Ganges Grandmasters claimed the primary victory with a superb attacking effort by GM Richard Rapport vs. GM Gukesh D. After making ready with a blunt but efficient rook carry to g4, Rapport despatched his knight in to set fireplace to the enemy kingside. 

With elegant attacking play, Rapport scored the primary victory of the spherical. Picture: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Their lead elevated when GM Hou Yifan snuck her queen into GM Irina Krush‘s kingside for unstoppable checkmate. After the kingside construction locked up with a white pawn at h6, the place begged for a queen to achieve f6. It took 13 strikes for the chance to look, however the queen lastly arrived at her best vacation spot.

The white queen journeys by means of Black’s camp to her dream sq..

This put the SG Alpine Warriors down two video games with no wins to this point and solely three boards remaining. Praggnanandhaa was the primary Warrior to show the tides. On the prodigy board vs. GM Andrey Espienko, the Indian grandmaster flipped a beforehand positional duel on its head by unleashing a slew of kingside threats―greater than prepared to go away his rambunctious knights en prise within the course of. 

Carlsen shared his emotions on his teammate: “Nicely, now we have this one man who wins each single recreation, that form of helps… Praggnanandhaa has been an absolute star. It is not solely that he wins video games, it’s the best way he wins them with class each single day. I’m impressed.” 

With GM Bela Khotenashvili and GM Elisabeth Paehtz in equal ending, winding right down to a draw, all the things got here right down to the conflict of titans: Anand vs. Carlsen―with the Norwegian icon in a must-win place with Black. 

The eval bar claimed their endgame to be useless equal, however this is not one thing that fazes Carlsen, whose specialty is creating probabilities from minuscule imbalances. He provided a pawn sacrifice on the kingside to repair a goal after which maneuvered all his items to their optimum positions, but the silicone overlord remained unimpressed.

Carlsen’s and Anand’s decade-long rivalry continues to generate beautiful chess. Picture: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

With one other pawn sacrifice to penetrate together with his king, Carlsen lastly acquired his want: the sport exploded into superb chaos as either side raced to advertise their passers whereas concurrently attempting to journey up the opponent’s progress. 

Anand fought valiantly, selling to a contemporary queen first and organising a wealth of stalemate traps, but Carlsen underpromoted within the vital second to grab victory―each for himself and for his group. 

After the sport, Carlsen shared his interior workings of his inventive decisons: “I believed it was the one likelihood to win. Let’s go and make it a enjoyable struggle!” 

This climactic battle between world champion rivals is our Recreation of the Day, analyzed by GM Rafael Leitao.

This is likely one of the most stunning endgames I’ve ever analyzed. It is so filled with magnificence and deep concepts. I’ve the feeling of analyzing a number of research throughout the time spent on this recreation.

With this victory, the SG Alpine Warriors stand on the high of the scoreboard as soon as once more, taking again first place from their opponents. 

International Chess League Standings After Day 7

# Staff Performed Wins   Losses Attracts Recreation Pts Match Pts
1 SG Alpine Warriors 7 5 2 0 61 15
2 Ganges Grandmasters 7 4 3 0 67 12
3 UpGrad Mumba Masters 7 3 3 1 52 10
4 Balan Alaskan Knights 7 3 4 0 56 9
5 Chingari Gulf Titans 6 2 3 1 47 7
6 Triveni Continental Kings 6 2 3 1 38 6

Tech Mahindra International Chess League 2023 consists of a preliminary group stage and a ultimate contested by the highest two groups. In every match, members of the identical group play with the identical coloration. All video games are within the 15+10 time management.

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