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Grischuk Masterclass Seals Qualifying Spot

GM Alexander Grischuk received the second qualifier of the 2022 Speed Chess Championship on Sunday following a convincing overcome compatriot GM Vladislav Artemiev within the remaining.

Having claimed he hadn’t checked out chess for 2 or three months forward of the occasion, Grischuk additionally knocked over super-GMs Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Jeffery Xiong en path to his knockout victory.

The Swiss occasion completed in a three-way tie with every of the eight knockout qualifiers separated solely by half some extent.

The foremost occasion of the Speed Chess Championship will take start on Monday, November 21.


A trio of winners was topped in Saturday’s Swiss after GMS Artemiev, Salem A.R. Saleh, and Duda all completed on scores of 11/14, adopted carefully by 5 gamers, GMs Daniil Dubov, Daniel Naroditsky, Grischuk, Xiong, and Denis Lazavik, who scraped by to the knockout on 10.5.

After 10 rounds, Emirati GM Saleh’s 9/10 put him within the pole place to win the occasion outright; nevertheless, two losses to Narodistky and Grischuk through the run house allowed different gamers to catch up. Saleh’s round-eight victory over Chinese super-GM Yu Yangyi was essentially the most entertaining of his wins the place a kingside slashing could not be stopped by Yangyi.

Tactical duels noticed most of the favorites fall within the Swiss occasion and there was no place for complacency amongst the 3000+ gamers. GM Christopher Yoo was one such casualty who was dispatched by an internet-speed chess grasp of previous, GM Daniel Fridman. Fridman, who began the occasion with a ranking of 2699 completed the occasion simply shy of 2900 and a 200-point ranking achieve!

GM Denis Lazavik snatched the final qualifying spot after a horror begin the place he dropped three factors within the first seven rounds. A barnstorming run within the again finish of the occasion that included wins over GMs Pavel Eljanov, Olexandr Bortnyk, and Yangyi earned him his spot in Sunday’s knockout.

Number Fed Title Username Name Rating Score

GM Sibelephant Vladislav Artimiev 2701 11
2 GM Salem-AR Salem AR Saleh 2677 11
3 GM Polish_fighter3000 Jan Krzysztof Duda 2731 11

GM Duhless Daniil Dubov 2708 10.5
5 GM DanielNarodistky Daniel Naroditsky 2617 10.5

GM Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 2745 10.5
7 GM jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 2692 10.5

GM DenLaz Denis Lazavik 2529 10.5
9 GM GMBenjaminBok Benjamin Bok 2618 10
10 GM BogdanDeac Bogdan-Daniel Deac 2700 10

GM Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 2688 10

GM mishanick Alexey Sarana 2668 10
13 GM Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2631 10
14 GM ChristopherYoo Christopher Yoo 2573 9.5
15 GM Jospem Jose Martinez 2597 9.5
16 GM chesspanda123 Yu Yangyi 2716 9.5
17 GM Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 2651 9.5
18 GM Tormoz Daniel Fridman 2602 9.5

GM snowlord Ivan Yeletsky 2491 9.5
20 GM GM_dmitrij Dmitrij Kollars 2611 9


With the group phases of the 2022 FIFA World Cup approaching, pundits are at all times talking about which group is “the group of loss of life” and it should be mentioned that the decrease half of Sunday’s knockout was a becoming parallel. Featuring three super-GMs in Xiong, Duda, and Grischuk in addition to the Swiss winner Saleh, it was anybody’s guess who would emerge victorious.

Xiong took the longest to progress to the semifinals and performed 16 video games to eradicate Saleh. The Semi-Averbakh System was the weapon of selection for the American and, though Saleh defended effectively, time was not on his aspect and he finally flagged in a totally drawn place.

In one of many streakiest matches of the day, Grischuk constructed a three-point lead over Duda following a hat-trick of wins, however the Polish GM went down swinging, profitable three consecutive video games as effectively. Duda finally went down after dropping the ultimate recreation of the tie when Grischuk masterfully liquidated right into a profitable king and pawn ending.  

Naroditsky labored his well past Dubov in a equally streaky match and needed to overcome a four-game dropping streak dealt by his inventive opponent. At 6-6, Naroditsky selected to play quietly and floor down Dubov. The technique paid off and he booked himself a spot within the semifinal.

The most astonishing match of the day was undoubtedly Artemiev’s 7.5-1.5 drubbing over Lazavik. Artemiev regarded invincible in his quarterfinal matchup and introduced himself as a severe contender within the occasion.

Artemiev is without doubt one of the few gamers to have overwhelmed GM Magnus Carlsen in a match and proved extraordinarily harmful within the knockout. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Naroditsky, hoping to place a cease to Artemiev’s rampage within the semifinal was rock stable within the first half of the match and managed to attract the primary eight video games. A grasp of match technique, Naroditsky’s plan clearly pissed off Artemiev who even squandered a number of profitable positions. The most thrilling of those was a Rosen-Esque stalemate that Naroditsky benefited from in recreation 5.

Unfortunately for Naroditsky, Artemiev was in a position to regular the ship within the remaining recreation, with the scores locked at 7-7, Artemiev was in a position to safe the victory with a win after issues went mistaken within the middlegame for the favored content material creator.

Meanwhile, Grischuk placed on a masterclass to remain one step forward of Xiong on the remaining hurdle. Grischuk would later say that he “did not even take a look at chess for like two months, or three months” although it was clear that his energy and pace hadn’t diminished within the slightest. At 7-7, it was Grischuk that held his nerves and slowly outplayed Xiong on the black aspect of the French Defense: Exchange Variation.

The remaining between countrymen Artemiev and Grischuk was not practically as shut because the semifinal because of a top quality defensive effort by Grischuk coupled with breakneck tactical photographs that Artemiev could not sustain with.

Grischuk cited his poor report in opposition to Artemiev however helped to rectify this of their match on Sunday. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Off the again of a first-game win, some of the vital moments of the ultimate arose when Grischuk discovered himself with a knight and bishop in opposition to a bishop and 5 linked pawns! Defending the place appeared an not possible activity, however Grischuk stepped up and carried out when it mattered most. GM Rafael Leitao has analyzed our deserving recreation of the day beneath.

Grischuk is a cult determine within the chess world and one of many biggest blitz gamers in historical past—his world titles on this modality converse for themselves. In the post-match interview, he talked about that he often loses a number of video games to Artemiev in on-line chess, and due to this fact his victory got here as a shock to him. One of the issues I admire about this nice participant is that you just by no means know when he is joking and when he is severe.

Artemiev did not appear to get well from the missed probabilities and regardless of profitable a clear recreation in spherical 5, the 24-year-old wouldn’t win once more. Over the subsequent 4 video games, Grischuk would win three and draw one, leaving Artemiev with little likelihood to come back again.

Down and out, Artemiev repeated strikes within the twelfth recreation after some stiff resistance from his opponent, and the rating ticked over to 7.5-4.5. Upon seeing the repetition, Grischuk pumped his fingers above his head in victory and gave a assured nod to the digicam as he secured his spot in the primary occasion.

Grischuk took house $1,000 and a spot in the primary occasion, whereas Artemiev earned $1,000 for his efforts.

The 2022 Speed Chess Championships Main Event will start on the twenty first of November and conclude on the sixteenth of December. Top speed-chess gamers will compete at three totally different time controls in a 16-player knockout as they vie for a share of the $100,000 prize fund together with essentially the most prestigious title in on-line chess.

The likes of GMs Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Ding Liren, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, and plenty of extra will battle it out to find out the 2022 pace chess champion.

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