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Champions Showdown 9LX: So beats Carlsen

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/09/2020

Day 2 of 2020 Champions Showdown 9LX belonged to the Armenia no.1 Levon Aronian as he wrecked through all three opponents and take the sole lead with 4.5/6. He felt like he was playing with more passion in his games. Meanwhile in the battle of World Champions, So once again had Carlsen's number as Carlsen suffered defeat in the fifth round. Carlsen was visibly distracted against Nakamura in Round 4 and the game turned out to be a draw. Three players are at shared second position with 4.0/6 and they are - Carlsen, Nakamura and So. Round 7 resumes tonight from 11:33 p.m. IST. Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream

Aronian takes sole lead after Round 6

Two-time World Cup winner Levon Aronian took sole lead after Round 6 of 2020 Champions Showdown 9LX. Aronian scored a hat-trick of victories against Firouzja, Svidler and Dominguez-Perez. Carlsen was visibly distracted during his match against Nakamura. He lost his fifth round game against Fischer Random Official World Champion Wesley So, however Carlsen managed to bounce back and beat Firouzja in the sixth round to finish at the second place with 4.0/6, half point behind Aronian. Nakamura and So, both are at shared second position along with Carlsen at 4.0/6 at the end of Day 2.

Carlsen suffered his first loss of the event against Wesley So | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream

Round 4

Kasparov had a fantastic position and he had decisive advantage against Caruana. Unfortunately a mouse slip cost the former world champion the game.

Kasparov - Caruana

Position after 30...b5

The game continued with 31.Qd3. However, white could have won the game even by taking the pawn with Qxb5.

Roger Federer's coach Ivan Ljubicic was saddened to see Kasparov losing a fantastic position due to a mouse slip.

Kasparov was quite upset about his mouse slip | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream

Kasparov explains what happened

Firouzja - Aronian

Position after 32.Qd5

Black got a winning position after 32.Qd5 which was a mistake and black got decisive advantage. Find out the best continuation for black here, also try to find out what white should have played instead.

Aronian made a perfect start of Day 2 with a victory over Firouzja | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream

Round 5

Kasparov had an interesting position against then tournament co-leader Dominguez-Perez. However Kasparov was unable to convert his advantage into a full point.

Dominguez-Perez - Kasparov

Position after 16.Qb3

Kasparov played a strange move 16...Kd6 here which doesn't add much to his advantage. Can you find out what black should played here instead?

Aronian scored a 20-move miniature like victory over Peter Svidler in Round 5. In an already difficult position, Svidler weakened his king's position with an unprovoked pawn push.

Aronian - Svidler

Position after 11...b6

Find out the winning plan for white after 11...b6.

This is what Aronian had to say after his second consecutive win of the day

Aronian scored a quick victory in just 20 moves | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream

In an already difficult position, Carlsen blundered a piece against the reigning Fischer Random World Champion Wesley So and lost the game.

Carlsen - So

Position after 25...Nxc4

It is difficult to save the position for white after 25...Nxc4

Round 6

Kasparov had a decent position early in the game. However he couldn't maintain his advantage and allowed Nakamura to bounce back.

Kasparov - Nakamura

Position after 21...e5

This was one of the critical moment of the game. What should white do here after 21...e5 ?

Carlsen scored a fine victory over Firouzja to end the day with 4.0/6

Firouzja - Carlsen

Position after 29.Ka1

Find out why 29.Ka1 is a positional mistake and what white should have done instead.

MVL scored his sole victory of the day against Peter Svidler after the latter declined a repetition and continued despite having material deficit.

Aronian made a hat-trick of wins on Day 2 by defeating Leinier Dominguez-Perez in Round 6.

Replay all Round 4-6 games from Day 2

Replay the live stream

Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley, and WGM Jennifer Shahade | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

Standings after Round 6

Aronian has taken the sole lead | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

Schedule

DATE TIME EVENT
Sept. 11 11:30 p.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 11 11:33 p.m. 9LX Round 1
Sept. 11 1:00 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 11 1:33 a.m. 9LX Round 2
Sept. 11 2:30 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 11 2:33 a.m. 9LX Round 3
Sept. 12  11:30 p.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 12  11:33 p.m. 9LX Round 4
Sept. 12  1:00 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 12  1:33 a.m. 9LX Round 5
Sept. 12  2:30 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 12  2:33 a.m. 9LX Round 6
Sept. 13  11:30 p.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 13  11:33 p.m. 9LX Round 7
Sept. 13  1:00 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 13  1:33 a.m. 9LX Round 8
Sept. 13  2:30 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 13  2:33 a.m. 9LX Round 9

Time is in IST

Prizes

Total Prize Fund: US$150,000

Place Prize
1st $37,500
2nd $25,000
3rd $20,000
4th $15,000
5th $12,500
6th $10,000
7th $7,500
8th $7,500
9th $7,500
10th $7,500

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