Fabulous Caruana Wins 2 Armageddons, Will Play Abdusattorov In Grand Closing


GM Fabiano Caruana eradicated GMs Jules Moussard and Jorden van Foreest on his approach to the Champions Chess Tour ChessKid Cup 2023 Grand Closing in Division I.

Each of his matches made it to armageddon tiebreaks; Caruana first drew with the black items after which gained the second with white. He earns a rematch vs. GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov, who defeated him within the Winners Semifinals earlier.

The Grand Closing in Division II can be set. After defeating GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, GM Vladimir Fedoseev sits on the prime of the Winners Bracket. He could have two lives towards GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, whom he beat means again within the first spherical of the occasion. The Azerbaijani tactician fought his means via the entire Losers Bracket, lastly beating GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son within the Losers Closing, for an opportunity at redemption.

On the day gone by, GM Pentala Harikrishna suffered a loss to GM Alan Pichot within the Winners Closing after falling into an unlucky opening entice. However by defeating the younger and harmful GM Denis Lazavik within the Losers Closing on Friday, he earned one other likelihood on the Division III title.

The ChessKid Cup concludes with the Grand Closing on Friday, Could 26, beginning at 8 a.m. PT/17:00 CEST

Division I

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Losers Bracket

There have been no matches within the Winners Bracket at the moment, and Abdusattorov loved a free day in Stavanger, Norway as he ready for the ultimate day of the ChessKid Cup.

Losers Semifinals: Caruana-Moussard 1.5-1.5

Two decisive common video games left all of it to be determined in armageddon. After profitable an distinctive first recreation, Caruana misplaced management within the second. He was in a position to attract within the tiebreak (with time odds) to win the match.

At all times a harmful opening theoretician, Caruana got here ready with White in recreation one and performed the offbeat 11.Be3 towards the Petroff Protection, a transfer first performed by GM Viswanathan Anand in 2001 and never repeated till 20 years later, by GMs Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The U.S. champion gained what the commentators praised as a positional masterpiece.

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Caruana, the current Superbet Chess Traditional Romania champion, continued to indicate nice type in recreation two with the black items within the Ruy Lopez. In what regarded prefer it was going to be one other medical wrapup, the place he was both equal or higher for many of it, he misplaced management within the time scramble.

The world number-six gained the bid for the black items in armageddon with 9 minutes and 58 seconds. Moussard would have time odds, with quarter-hour, however he would additionally have to win. 

With a convincing draw within the tiebreak, Caruana made it to the Losers Closing and likewise secured, with a minimal third-place end, a ticket to Division I of the following CCT occasion.

Moussard earns $12,500 and 50 tour factors for his fourth-place end.

Losers Closing: Van Foreest-Caruana 1-2

The shadow of pandemonium descended on this Losers Closing match within the very first recreation. Though the primary two video games had been drawn, they had been something however peaceable. The match was solely determined in yet one more armageddon recreation.

Van Foreest was the primary to solid a shock with 10.a4, declining the Marshall Gambit, in recreation one. It was unclear how deep his preparation went because the gamers adopted trodden paths in correspondence chess all the way in which to 14.Qd3. The sport exploded, however the psychological boxing match ended with the proverbial shake of palms. Draw.

After one other (preventing!) attract recreation two, the place Caruana gave the (delayed) Ruy Lopez Change Variation a spin, we had one other armageddon recreation on our palms.

Van Foreest gained the bid for Black in armageddon by three seconds, with 9:53 vs. Caruana’s 9:56. There was a quick curfuffle within the commentary as Van Foreest selected to play with the white items, which might be a primary within the Champions Chess Tour ever. However it transpired that he misunderstood the principles (he would play along with his bid of 9:53 with White) and took his choice again, finally deciding on the black items.

The essential second got here on transfer 26, the place Caruana determined to commerce queens and plant an absolute ghoul of a knight on c4. Whereas the engine recommends Black to defend passively and easily wait, Van Foreest lashed out with 29…d5?. However this “liberating” pawn break solely liberated the e-file for the white rook.

Van Foreest finishes the ChessKid Cup in third profitable a pleasant sum of $15,000, 75 tour factors, and most significantly, a seat in Division I of the following occasion (which comes with at the very least $7,500 even when he loses his first match there). 

After the sport, Caruana commented on how pointless the armageddon recreation was within the first match. He additionally thought-about himself an underdog in a match vs. Abdusattorov the place he has to win twice.

As Nakamura confirmed within the Chessable Masters, towards Caruana the truth is, it’s potential to win twice within the Grand Closing. Solely time will inform. 

Division I Standings

Division II

Mamedyarov was merely to not be trifled with on Thursday. He gained all of his matches—towards GMs Raunak Sadhwani, Dmitry Andreikin, and Nguyen—along with his normal tactical flare. GM Mikhail Tal as soon as in contrast chess to a deep, darkish forest, and on Thursday the Azerbaijani grandmaster introduced his machete.

After two attracts towards Raunak, he gained the armageddon recreation with White in 22 strikes. Can you discover the completion?

White to maneuver and win. (There may be another, however discover probably the most forcing transfer.)

He then despatched Andreikin dwelling (metaphorically, in fact, since they’re all already dwelling) with two wins in two video games.

The ultimate match towards Nguyen went to armageddon after two decisive video games. He gained the tiebreak in 27 strikes in a recreation the place his assaults sprouted on either side of the board concurrently. 

Will Mamedyarov full the circle of redemption by defeating Fedoseev within the Grand Closing? Or will the “Bigfish” have the final snigger? Keep in mind, the winner of Division II additionally earns computerized entry to Division I of the following occasion (and a tiny $10,000 prize).

Division II Standings

Division III

Lazavik has confirmed himself repeatedly as a robust power within the on-line chess scene. But, on Thursday, Harikrishna ousted this fearsome younger expertise by profitable the primary recreation and comfortably drawing the second.

By transfer 50, the analysis bar could lull you into believing that this recreation is an “EZ draw.” However that is the cruelty of chess—Black made one flawed transfer, permitting the white king to activate after two checks, and the sport was over within the blink of an eye fixed.

After offering this instructive endgame lesson to spectators, Harikrishna might want to defeat Pichot twice within the Grand Closing to win Division III. 

Division III Standings

The Champions Chess Tour 2023 (CCT) is a large chess circuit combining the most effective options of earlier Champions Chess Tour editions with the Chess.com World Championship. The tour includes six occasions spanning your complete yr and culminating in stay in-person Finals. With the easiest gamers on the planet and a $2,000,000 prize fund, the CCT is Chess.com’s most essential occasion up to now.

Solely grandmasters are eligible for computerized entry into the Play-In Part. Different titled gamers (IM and under) can play within the Qualifiers that happen each Monday beginning February 13, besides on weeks with a Play-In or Knockout (21 in complete). The highest three gamers from every Qualifier will probably be eligible to take part within the upcoming Play-In. 

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