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Raunak, Lazavik Each Win Blowouts, Advance To Semifinals

Raunak, Lazavik Each Win Blowouts, Advance To Semifinals


On the second day of Quarterfinals within the 2023 Junior Pace Chess Championship, GM Raunak Sadhwani dispatched IM Learn Samadov and GM Denis Lazavik eradicated GM Daniel Dardha. The victory of the 2 favorites was by no means in query throughout their matches. Raunak and Lazavik will play a semifinal match on Friday.

The primary semifinal match, between GM Gukesh D in opposition to GM Pranav V, shall be on Thursday, June 15, at 9 a.m. PT / 18:00 CEST.

Blitz 5|1: Raunak-Samadov 6.5-2.5

There was a transparent favourite going into this match—it was Raunak. SmarterChess predicted an 85% win with a remaining rating of 20-8 for the Indian GM, who boasted a 3021 blitz score.

After attracts within the first two video games, Raunak took off with three victories in a row. His first win ended with what the outdated masters would have known as a “petite combinaison.” Can you discover the gorgeous end?

White to maneuver and win.

Samadov had his probabilities however was unable to transform benefits in key moments, particularly within the first and sixth video games.

Naroditsky on the published pointed to the latter as his finest likelihood to win a recreation within the 5+1 phase. After outplaying his opponent and drumming up an amazing assault, Samadov settled for a draw by perpetual. Moments of hesitation like this one gave Raunak a freer hand within the match. 

After two extra attracts (5 whole on this phase!), Raunak received the final recreation and loved a four-point lead going into the sooner time controls.

Blitz 3|1: Raunak-Samadov 6-3

Raunak continued to increase his lead within the 3+1 portion. Sport two was extraordinarily unlucky for Samadov as he mouse-slipped and hung his queen in a single transfer.

Then Samadov received his first recreation within the match, after which he received one other. His second win, with the black items, was an awesome demonstration of utilizing an open file to assault. All rooks on earth solely dream of reaching such positions.

Raunak strung collectively two Ws in a row himself, misplaced one, after which received one other two. He might have stalled out the clock to complete the phase within the penultimate recreation however selected to not. He received the final recreation when Learn, in a merciless coincidence, declined a perpetual examine to play for the win—one which didn’t exist.

Bullet 1|1: Raunak-Samadov 8-1

Going into the bullet, Raunak was rated 3205 and quantity 5 on the Chess.com leaderboard. It was win after win after win for Raunak.

When it rained it poured, and by recreation three the Azerbaijani IM’s affected morale was seen as, from a profitable place, he blundered a chunk and checkmate proper after.

By the point Raunak reached a five-game streak, Naroditsky began calling the match an “epitome of a blowout,” however his prepare of thought was rapidly interrupted by a full queen blunder by Samadov.

He dropped a loss in recreation seven however received each different recreation.

Rauank wins $3,078.70 and Samadov pockets $421.30 by win proportion.

Blitz 5|1: Lazavik-Dardha 6.5-1.5

Lazavik, who has made a reputation for himself by profitable two Titled Tuesdays and representing the Levitov Chess Wizards within the Professional Chess League, was the favourite going into the match. On the age of 17, Dardha is the three-time Belgian chess champion and the number-one participant of his nation.

SmarterChess predicted a 71% victory for the Belarusian grandmaster, anticipating the most important edge within the bullet phase and nearer matches within the blitz time controls—a prediction he far outpaced.

Lazavik shot out to a four-point lead, profitable each recreation earlier than the halftime break. Probably the most instructive wins was in recreation two, the place he pressed ahead with a pleasant sequence of strikes, …b4-Na4-Nc3, adopted by one other robust plan of utilizing doubled pawns as a battling ram: …f5-f4. As Kavutskiy stated on the published, one good thing about the doubled pawns is that after pushing one in every of them, one other stays to defend the king.

The top of the sport might have been cleaner, however it’s blitz! That is our Sport of the Day, annotated by GM Rafael Leitao beneath.

Lazavik’s psychological momentum might have been curbed in spherical three, and the truth that it wasn’t contributed positively to what would develop into a blowout. After spoiling a profitable benefit in recreation three, Dardha had a possibility to bail out with a draw at the least, however he went down in flames going for extra.

Lazavik received the subsequent recreation on time, in an equal place.

After a draw, essentially the most thrilling recreation of the phase occurred. It featured a double rook sacrifice by Black earlier than, after a glowing tactic, it was determined within the knight—after which king and pawn—endgame.

After one other win, Lazavik completed the phase with a five-point lead.

Blitz 3|1: Lazavik-Dardha 6-2

Lazavik received the primary recreation after profitable a chunk. The one cause the next is not a puzzle for our readers is that there are a number of strikes that win.

The sport was adopted by two attracts. The second ended fascinatingly, the place White’s three pawns have been sufficient to attract in opposition to two rooks.

After shedding two video games, Dardha was capable of win one after enjoying a gap Twitch chat known as the “Belgian Waffle.”

Dardha adopted up with 1.e4 e5 2.Qg4 (Klein known as it the “Wayward Queen” Opening) within the following recreation, however that quirky opening did not work as nicely. He misplaced and Lazavik led by 9 factors going into the bullet.

Bullet 1|1: Lazavik-Dardha 6.5-1.5

Whereas overcoming a nine-point deficit was mathematically nonetheless attainable, it wasn’t seemingly. These goals have been fairly rapidly laid to relaxation.

Lazavik received three straight video games earlier than permitting a draw. The third recreation was significantly crushing because the Belarusian’s bishop dominated the opponent’s knight and put Black in digital paralysis.

Then it was one other three wins in a row. With 10 minutes on the clock, Klein reminded viewers that the match was mathematically over. Within the penultimate recreation and his remaining victory within the match, Lazavik confirmed that he might checkmate with knight and bishop even in a bullet recreation.

Dardha received the final recreation of the match, a small comfort for the ultimate rating.

Lazavik earns $3,135.42 and Dardha pockets $364.59 by win proportion.

Junior Pace Chess Championship 2023 Bracket


The 2023 Junior Pace Chess Championship (JSCC) is Chess.com’s prime occasion for younger gamers and encompasses a $50,000 prize fund. The JSCC options the strongest on-line competitors for the subsequent era of proficient gamers and Chess.com’s signature Pace Chess Championship format. 

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