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Carlsen Beats So As Champions Chess Tour Finals Take Off In San Francisco

The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals took off on Monday in San Francisco with a win for the world champion. GM Magnus Carlsen toppled GM Wesley So, the current winner of the Chess.com Global Chess Championship, within the opening spherical.

Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals live

The Finals, the final occasion on this 12 months’s Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, has the highest six gamers within the general standings within the tour—Carlsen, GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda, GM Praggnanandhaa R., GM Le Quang Liem, GM Anish Giri, and GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov—plus GM Arjun Erigaisi and So. The latter is making his debut on this season.

Carlsen, Giri, Praggnanandhaa, and So are enjoying from the San Francisco Ferry Building, whereas Duda, Erigaisi, Le, and Mamedyarov are enjoying from their houses. Visa points might need performed a task there, for among the gamers.

Especially Erigaisi (beginning at 1:30 a.m.) and Mamedyarov (beginning at midnight) are considerably handicapped having to play manner after darkish of their particular time zones. Mamedyarov, who gave his post-match interview at 4 a.m. native time in Baku, stated he did not thoughts:

“We are skilled chess gamers. Of course it is OK to play at 4 or 5, or to get up and play chess instantly. It’s completely regular and because of this I’m completely completely happy to play on this event.”

The Azerbaijani GM had causes to smile after a 2.5-1.5 match win vs. Praggnanandhaa, which suggests he bought the total three factors. A win after a tiebreak solely yields two factors, with one going to the loser.

Here’s their decisive fourth recreation:

The large conflict of the primary day was clearly Carlsen vs. So, which began with two attracts. Interestingly, within the second recreation the world champion as soon as once more performed the Pirc, a barely dangerous however preventing opening that he has tried fairly a number of instances now in current months.

The third was the one decisive recreation. Carlsen wasn’t shocked along with his opponent enjoying the strong Berlin twice, and felt he bought a very good place in each of his white video games. “Apparently within the third recreation there have been plenty of errors made however I felt like virtually I used to be at all times doing nicely along with his weaker king,” he stated.

The world champion wasn’t positive about his kind, calling it “not nice” and acknowledging plenty of mutual errors on the primary day: “To be sincere the match right this moment was fairly weak for our requirements, I assumed each of us might have carried out higher.”

Wesley So Meltwater Finals
Wesley So travelled from Toronto to San Francisco, contemporary from successful the Chess.com Global Chess Championship. Image: Champions Chess Tour.

In a match between two gamers enjoying from their houses, Duda defeated Erigaisi. The Polish GM wanted solely three video games as he gained each instances as White. The final recreation was simple as Erigaisi suffered a gap catastrophe:

Giri and Le (who performs from his house in Missouri) drew all 4 video games, and so this was the one match that noticed a tiebreak. The Dutchman prevailed with 1.5-0.5, successful the primary blitz recreation. 

This match additionally noticed an ongoing dialogue between the gamers within the Open Ruy Lopez:

“Yeah, I’m completely happy that I gained right this moment,” stated Giri. “Especially as a result of my final two matches in opposition to Le Quang, I believe I misplaced 2.5-0.5, each of them. I did not even final 4 video games, so I used to be completely happy right this moment.”

Anish Giri Meltwater Finals
Anish Giri is likely one of the 4 gamers who’re enjoying the Meltwater Finals from San Francisco. Image: Champions Chess Tour.

Day 1 standings

# Fed Name Rtg Score
1-3 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2798 3
1-3 Magnus Carlsen 2848 3
1-3 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2756 3
4 Anish Giri 2732 2
5 Le Quang Liem 2775 1
6-8 Arjun Erigaisi 2733 0
6-8 Wesley So 2774 0
6-8 Praggnanandhaa R. 2750 0

All video games day 1

The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals takes place November 14-20, 2022 on chess24. The format is an eight-player round-robin, with every spherical having four-game speedy matches the place the winner will get three factors. The time management is quarter-hour for the entire recreation plus a 10-second increment. A tiebreak follows instantly in case of a 2-2 tie and in that case, the winner will get two factors and the loser one.



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