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Duda Wins Brilliant Game In Champions Chess Tour Final


GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda defeated GM Anish Giri with a superb third match sport on Wednesday, in what was spherical three of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals. The Polish grandmaster continues to be on an ideal 9/9 rating however that can be the case for GM Magnus Carlsen, who beat GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov simply as shortly.

Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals live

Duda’s brilliancy towards Giri got here after he had gained the primary sport of their mini-match, and drew the second. The queen sacrifice within the picture above this text was in itself superb, however take a look at the sport and you may see that Duda sacrificed a rook a couple of strikes earlier than, 9 strikes forward of the eventual checkmate!

Sadly, Giri resigned a couple of strikes earlier than mate would have appeared on the board. It was a type of video games that deserved to be performed out until the top.

Duda: “I’m very glad in fact; it is not day by day you get to checkmate your opponent. I imply, probably not checkmate, in a means I’m upset that there was no checkmate on the board however the mixture was so lovely, so a-typical, but in addition with checks, it is one thing extraordinary to me. I at all times might recognize the wonder in chess and it is very good to be on the great facet of issues!”

Giri: “It’s very fairly. Kudos to him for locating it.”

After simply three rounds the event begins to appear like a two-horse race as Carlsen additionally gained his match, to achieve 9 factors as effectively. The two leaders are 5 factors forward of the pack, with 4 rounds to go.

In a spherical the place all matches lasted solely three video games, Carlsen beat Mamedyarov thrice. The most fascinating sport was the primary, the place the 2 gamers continued their dialogue of a gambit line within the g3-Grunfeld, which Mamedyarov has additionally performed with the white items. Theoretically, Black ought to be OK but it surely’s additionally simpler to play as White, and Carlsen now has a 5/5 rating on this variation.

Magnus Carlsen Meltwater Finals
Three match wins for Carlsen, who already gained the Champions Chess Tour earlier than the Finals. Image: Champions Chess Tour.

Praggnanandhaa, who had collected only one level to date, additionally managed to win three video games in a row, towards GM Le Quang Liem. “It’s good to be again!” mentioned the younger Indian participant, who was tactically very sharp on this third day—see sport one:

In the match between the 2 gamers who had been nonetheless on zero factors, GM Wesley So defeated GM Arjun Erigaisi. The third sport was good, but in addition the results of Erigaisi mixing up the move-order.

So mentioned about his opponent: “I believe Arjun is a really sturdy participant, however possibly he’s specializing in classical chess. [His] play right here in fast appears to be a bit unsure, like he is doubting himself. But he is very younger, he is very sturdy and he is gonna enhance fairly quickly I’m certain.” 

Wesley So Meltwater Finals
Wesley So gained his first match. Image: Champions Chess Tour.

Day 3 Standings










# Fed Name Rtg Score
1-2 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2798 9
1-2 Magnus Carlsen 2848 9
3-5 Anish Giri 2732 4
3-5 Le Quang Liem 2775 4
3-5 Praggnanandhaa R. 2750 4
6-7 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2756 3
6-7 Wesley So 2774 3
8 Arjun Erigaisi 2733 0

All video games day 3

The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals happen November 14-20, 2022 on chess24. The format is an eight-player round-robin; every spherical has four-game fast matches, and the winner will get three factors. The time management is quarter-hour for every sport 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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