8th Gashimov Memorial 2022 Rapid R1-3: Gukesh beats Rapport
D Gukesh won his first round game against Richard Rapport (ROU) at 8th Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2022 Rapid. It was exciting batttle against the creative genius Rapport whose king was vulnerable when he made the final mistake.Then he lost his next two games against Rauf Mamedov (AZE) and Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP). Rauf outplayed Gukesh positionally. In the game against the Spain no.1, Gukesh got a couple of opportunities to save the game in the rook endgame. However, he missed them all. Gukesh will face three Azeris today - Aydin Suleymanli. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Abdulla Gadimbayli. Round 4 starts from 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Gashimov Chess Memorial live stream
Abdusattorov starts with a hat-trick
The reigning World Rapid champion, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) seems to be getting back in his form, just days before his World title defence. After a forgettable performance at the Tata Steel Chess India 2022 Rapid, Abdusattorov started his Rapid event with three wins against Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP), Aydin Suleymanli (AZE) and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE). The 44th Chess Olympiad Gold medalist would certainly like to gain as much momentum as he can before he heads towards the most exciting event of the year in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Rapport - Gukesh, Round 1
Gukesh got a pleasant position out of the Caro-Kann opening after his aggressive h-pawn push to 8...h5 and then 10...h4. The above position displays the prowess of the black knights. 21...Ng5 22.b4 Bxc1 23.Rfxc1 Nf4 24.Kf1 f6 25.Na5 Qf7 and the White king landed in a precarious position with the threat of f-file opening up and h3-pawn dropping in the near future looming large. Although it seemed like Rapport almost managed to save the day when Gukesh's exchange sacrifice did not yield as much as he would have liked.
White's incorrect displacement of his king to e1, 45.Ke1 completely turned things in Black's favor. Find out why. The king needed some breathing space like 45.Kc2 would have been fine.
Gukesh lost the second game against Rauf Mamedov (AZE, 2578) in a positional skirmish where Gukesh's bishop lacked squares to move around and eventually it became a liability. He had a space crunch for his pieces too.
Gukesh - Vallejo, Round 3
Which pawn to capture and which one to defend? These are difficult questions especially when you are quite low on time. Capturing either a5 or e5-pawn is fine for White as after Rxb2, White can capture the other pawn. 38.b3 Rxd3 and now capturing either pawn is no longer fine. The key difference is White is going to lose another pawn at h3. So defending it should be prioritized. 39.Rxa5 Rxh3 40.Rxe5 Rxb3 allows Black to stay ahead of the pawn and gain a decisive advantage. Although Gukesh somehow almost managed to save the game in the end.
This is still not over as White can save the game. Try to figure out how. White being very low on time erred 64.Ra8 h4 and Black won the game in another six moves.
Replay Round 1-3 games
The Rapid tournament will be held in a Round-Robin system and the Blitz tournament will be played in a Double Round-Robin system with ten players. Only first day on 18th December, the first round starts at 2 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. IST). The remaining four days - 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd December, the game starts at 3 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. IST). 21st December is a rest day.
The Rapid tournament will be played in 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment. The Blitz event will have 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.
Rapid: Win 2 points, Draw 1 point and Loss 0.
Blitz: Win 1 point, Draw 0.5 point and Loss 0.
The final standings will be determined according to sum of points of both Rapid and Blitz events.
Round 1-3 results
|Round 1 on 2022/12/18 at 14-00|
|1||1||2399||GM||Gadimbayli Abdulla||0 - 1||GM||Mamedov Rauf||2578||10|
|2||2||2721||GM||Wang Hao||½ - ½||GM||Mamedyarov Shakhriyar||2746||9|
|3||3||2657||GM||Shankland Sam||1 - 0||GM||Suleymanli Aydin||2448||8|
|4||4||2676||GM||Abdusattorov Nodirbek||1 - 0||GM||Vallejo Pons Francisco||2682||7|
|5||5||2802||GM||Rapport Richard||0 - 1||GM||Gukesh D||2632||6|
|Round 2 on 2022/12/18 at 15-15|
|1||10||2578||GM||Mamedov Rauf||1 - 0||GM||Gukesh D||2632||6|
|2||7||2682||GM||Vallejo Pons Francisco||1 - 0||GM||Rapport Richard||2802||5|
|3||8||2448||GM||Suleymanli Aydin||0 - 1||GM||Abdusattorov Nodirbek||2676||4|
|4||9||2746||GM||Mamedyarov Shakhriyar||½ - ½||GM||Shankland Sam||2657||3|
|5||1||2399||GM||Gadimbayli Abdulla||0 - 1||GM||Wang Hao||2721||2|
|Round 3 on 2022/12/18 at 16-30|
|1||2||2721||GM||Wang Hao||½ - ½||GM||Mamedov Rauf||2578||10|
|2||3||2657||GM||Shankland Sam||½ - ½||GM||Gadimbayli Abdulla||2399||1|
|3||4||2676||GM||Abdusattorov Nodirbek||1 - 0||GM||Mamedyarov Shakhriyar||2746||9|
|4||5||2802||GM||Rapport Richard||1 - 0||GM||Suleymanli Aydin||2448||8|
|5||6||2632||GM||Gukesh D||0 - 1||GM||Vallejo Pons Francisco||2682||7|
Round 4-6 pairings
|Round 4 on 2022/12/19 at 15-00|
|1||10||2578||GM||Mamedov Rauf||GM||Vallejo Pons Francisco||2682||7|
|2||8||2448||GM||Suleymanli Aydin||GM||Gukesh D||2632||6|
|3||9||2746||GM||Mamedyarov Shakhriyar||GM||Rapport Richard||2802||5|
|4||1||2399||GM||Gadimbayli Abdulla||GM||Abdusattorov Nodirbek||2676||4|
|5||2||2721||GM||Wang Hao||GM||Shankland Sam||2657||3|
|Round 5 on 2022/12/19 at 16-15|
|1||3||2657||GM||Shankland Sam||GM||Mamedov Rauf||2578||10|
|2||4||2676||GM||Abdusattorov Nodirbek||GM||Wang Hao||2721||2|
|3||5||2802||GM||Rapport Richard||GM||Gadimbayli Abdulla||2399||1|
|4||6||2632||GM||Gukesh D||GM||Mamedyarov Shakhriyar||2746||9|
|5||7||2682||GM||Vallejo Pons Francisco||GM||Suleymanli Aydin||2448||8|
|Round 6 on 2022/12/19 at 17-30|
|1||10||2578||GM||Mamedov Rauf||GM||Suleymanli Aydin||2448||8|
|2||9||2746||GM||Mamedyarov Shakhriyar||GM||Vallejo Pons Francisco||2682||7|
|3||1||2399||GM||Gadimbayli Abdulla||GM||Gukesh D||2632||6|
|4||2||2721||GM||Wang Hao||GM||Rapport Richard||2802||5|
|5||3||2657||GM||Shankland Sam||GM||Abdusattorov Nodirbek||2676||4|
Standings after Round 3
|3||7||GM||Vallejo Pons Francisco||ESP||2682||2||0||2||2,00|