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13th London Chess Classic 2023 R5: Gukesh escapes against Adams

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/12/2023

D Gukesh is having some issues with his finishes at 13th London Chess Classic 2023. It seemed his game against Michael Adams (ENG) will end in a draw. However, in the final momnts of double rook and knight endgame, he made a slight inaccuracy which turned out to be big one. Adams did not spot it well and the game soon ended in a draw. GM Mateusz Bartel (POL) scored the sole win of the round against IM Shreyas Royal (ENG). Adams remains sole leader 3.5/5. Gukesh, Jules, Hans and Mateusz are at 3/5 each. Today is a rest day. Round 6 starts tomorrow Thursday 7th December at 2 p.m. local time, 7:30 p.m. IST. Follow the action live on FM WIM Anna-Maja Kazarian's twitch channel. Photos: Tao Bhokanandh

Mateusz Bartel scores the sole win of the round

For the first time at this event, four games ended in draws. Only one game ended decisively, heading into the sole rest day of the event.

Michael Adams (ENG) got a small opportunity in the final moments of the endgame against Gukesh suffered a shocking defeat against Jules Moussard (FRA)

Adams - Gukesh: 0-1

D Gukesh (2720) faced Michael Adams (ENG, 2661) only once in a Classical rated game almost five years ago. The newly crowned World Senior 50+ champion won that game.

Position after 45.Ng5

45...Rxc3 and Re1+ are the two recommended choice according to the computer to keep things balanced. However, 45...b4 creates practical chances for White. 46.cxb4+ Kxb4 47.Nf3 Rc3 48.Rb6+ Kc5 49.Rf6 Re8 50.e6 Nc1+ 51.Kf1

Position after 51.Kf1

51...Nd3 52.Kg2 gives White winning chances. The game ended in a draw after 51...Nd3 52.Ke2 Nc1+ 53.Kf1 Nd3 54.Rd1

GM Jules Moussard (FRA) - GM Andrei Volokitin (UKR): 0.5-0.5

GM Luke McShane (ENG) - GM Nikita Vitiugov (ENG): 0.5-0.5

IM Shreyas Royal (ENG) - GM Mateusz Bartel (POL): 0-1

GM M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI) - GM Hans Niemann (USA): 0.5-0.5

Round 5 in progress

Schedule

There are one round each day starting from 2 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Rest day is on Wednesday 6th December 2023.

13th London Chess Classic will take place 1st to 10th December 2023

Prizes

1st £15000, 2nd £10000, 3rd £7500 and 4th £6000

Replay Round 5 games

Round 5 Results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.PGN
132635
GMMoussard, Jules½ - ½GMVolokitin, Andrei
265910PGN
242661
GMAdams, Michael½ - ½GMGukesh, D
27202PGN
352631
GMMcshane, Luke J½ - ½GMVitiugov, Nikita
27041PGN
462438
IMRoyal, Shreyas0 - 1GMBartel, Mateusz
26599PGN
572692
GMTabatabaei, M. Amin½ - ½GMNiemann, Hans Moke
26678PGN

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Standings after Round 5

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtg TB1 
14
GMAdams, MichaelENG26613,5
22
GMGukesh, DIND27203
3
GMMoussard, JulesFRA26353
8
GMNiemann, Hans MokeUSA26673
9
GMBartel, MateuszPOL26593
67
GMTabatabaei, M. AminIRI26922,5
71
GMVitiugov, NikitaENG27042
10
GMVolokitin, AndreiUKR26592
95
GMMcshane, Luke JENG26311,5
6
IMRoyal, ShreyasENG24381,5

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Round 6 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.PGN
1102659
GMVolokitin, AndreiGMNiemann, Hans Moke
26678
292659
GMBartel, MateuszGMTabatabaei, M. Amin
26927
312704
GMVitiugov, NikitaIMRoyal, Shreyas
24386
422720
GMGukesh, DGMMcshane, Luke J
26315
532635
GMMoussard, JulesGMAdams, Michael
26614

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