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Champions Showdown 2021 R4-6: Kasparov is back to dominate

by Shahid Ahmed - 10/09/2021

Champions Showdown 2021 Chess 9LX seems to be the event where Kasparov is going to have a great comeback. After scoring a modest 1.0/3 on the first day, Kasparov wrecked through competition and scored 2.5/3 on the second day. His victims were Shankland and Aronian. The former world champion's only draw of the day was against previous day leader, Caruana who finished the day at sole second place 4.0/6. Leinier scored a hat-trick of wins to gain sole lead 4.5/6. Kasparov is a full point behind him at 3.5/6 along with Vachier-Lagrave and Shankland. Round 7 starts tonight from 12:30 a.m. IST. Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club live stream

Leinier takes sole lead

Leinier Dominguez Perez won all three of his games to take sole lead 4.5/6. Two of his wins were under 25 moves against Svidler (24 moves) and Mamedyarov (23 moves) in consecutive games.

Kasparov scored 2.5/3 on Day 2 | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club live stream
Interview with Garry Kasparov | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

Round 4: Leinier - Svidler: 1-0

Leinier started the day with a comfortable win over Svidler, after the latter blundered a piece in an already difficult position.

Leinier started the day with a comfortable win | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

Nakamura - Caruana: 1-0

Nakamura was on the brink of fourth consecutive loss of the event against Caruana.

Position after 24.a4

Black could have won this game if he played 24...Qe5 as there is no good way for White to defend both rooks. Fortunately for Nakamura, Black played 24...Qa5 allowing White to get back in the game 25.Bxg4 and eventually went on to end his win drought.

Nakamura defeated the previous day sole leader Caruana to end his losing streak | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

Kasparov - Shankland: 1-0

Shankland developed his queen at the wrong place, also at the wrong time.

Position after 9...Qb5

9...h6 with the idea of g5 would have been better. 9...Qb5 only opens the path for provocation as White will have ideas of Bd3 and a future a4. Thus, Kasparov played 10.Ne5 Nxb1 11.Rxb1 Nc4 12.a4. It becomes evident that Kasparov is rapidly gaining advantage on the queenside and he wrapped things up in another twelve moves.

Kasparov schooled Shankland | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

So - Mamedyarov: 1-0

So beat Mamedyarov using a nice tactic.

Position after 14...g6

Find out the best continuation for White in the above position.

So's sole victory of the day against Mamedyarov | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

Round 5: Mamedyarov - Leinier: 0-1

Mamedyarov went wrong early in the opening and suffered his second consecutive loss of the day.

Position after 8.g3

Find out why 8.g3 is a big mistake. White needed to play 8.N4e3 to make sure things are in control.

Leinier scored his second consecutive win in under 24 moves | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

Shankland - So: 1-0

So played uncharacteristically and lost the game against compatriot Shankland in just 18 moves.

Shankland bounced back well after suffering a loss against Kasparov | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

Aronian - Kasparov: 0-1

Aronian made a miscalculation in a seemingly equal endgame and made an incorrect sacrifice.

Position after 34...Rg2

35.g4 and everything is fine for White. However, Aronian blundered 35.Rxd5 and thought the c-pawn will promote but actually it can be stopped which is exactly what Kasparov did and won the game.

You cannot afford to make a mistake against Kasparov | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

Round 6: Leinier - Nakamura: 1-0

Nakamura overlooks Leinier's threat in a queen, rook and many pawns endgame.

Position after 29...h4

Black had to play 29...Qd6 to prevent 30.Qa6 ideas as then he would had perpetual check via Qd2. The text 29...h4 allowed 30.Qa6 and Black's king's position got completely wrecked.

Kasparov - Caruana: 0.5-0.5

Kasparov had an exciting draw with Caruana.

Caruana halted Kasparov's hat-trick | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

So - Aronian: 0.5-0.5

So was completely winning against Aronian in the endgame.

Position after 39...Kc7

White should not take on c5 now. First 40.a7 Rf8 then 41.Nxc5 is winning for White. Find out the key difference.

So finished the day with 50% score 3.0/6 | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

Replay all Round 4-6 games from Day 2

Replay the live stream

Round 4-6 Live commentary by GM Alejandro Ramirez and GM Maurice Ashley | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

Standings after Round 6

Leinier takes the sole lead 4.5/6 | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

Schedule

DATE TIME EVENT
Sept. 9 12:15 a.m. Reveal Position
Sept. 9 12:30 a.m. 9LX Round 1
Sept. 9 1:30 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 9 1:45 a.m. 9LX Round 2
Sept. 9 2:45 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 9 3:00 a.m. 9LX Round 3
Sept. 10  12:15 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 10  12:30 a.m. 9LX Round 4
Sept. 10  1:30 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 10  1:45 a.m. 9LX Round 5
Sept. 10  2:45 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 10  3:00 a.m. 9LX Round 6
Sept. 11  12:15 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 11  12:30 a.m. 9LX Round 7
Sept. 11 1:30 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 11  1:45 a.m. 9LX Round 8
Sept. 11  2:45 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 11  3:00 a.m. 9LX Round 9

Play-off (if needed) - 11 September at 4:00 a.m. 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

Links

Tournament site

Tournament Regulations


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