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Chessable Masters Day 4: Anish Giri tops Group B

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/06/2020

Anish Giri surprised everyone by finishing at the top of Group B with 6.0/10. Ding Liren and Ian Nepomniachtchi both finished the group stage with 5.5/10 each respectively. The fourth qualifier from Group B was former World Championship Challenger Fabiano Caruana. Teimour Radjabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave got knocked-out of theee Chessable Masters. In the Quarter-finals, Carlsen will play against Caruana in a best of three rapid games knockout match. Quarter-finals will take place between 25th and 29th June. Wednesday 24th June is a rest day. Day 4 witnessed the maximum number of decisive games. Find out about all interesting moments and games. Photo: Amruta Mokal

End of the road for Radjabov and MVL

Anish Giri, Ding Liren, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Fabiano Caruana advance to the quarter-finals, the knockout stage of the tournament. Giri remained undefeated, made a sole first place finish in Group B with 6.0/10. Both Ding Liren and Ian Nepomniachtchi scored 5.5/6. The final spot from Group B went to former World Championship Challenger Fabiano Caruana who scored 5.5/10. It was end of the road at Chessable Masters for Radjabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave as they scored 4.5/10 and 3.5/10 respectively.

Giri is delivering a strong performance | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Giri beat Ding Liren

In the second round of the day which was the seventh round for Group B, Ding Liren just let go of a pawn in a Queen and Rook endgamee which eventually cost him the game once the queens went off the board.

Giri - Ding Liren, Round 7

Position after 25.Qe4

The game continued with 25...Qc5 and of course Giri took the pawn with 26.Qxe7 which may not seem like a lot at the beginning but once the game liquidated into Rook endgame, white got some practical chances.

Caruana's wild ride

What started as a Ruy Lopez Berlin quickly transposed into an Italian game like position where Nepomniachtchi made a typical 11.Nxg5 sacrifice to which Caruana responded with a wild 12...Kh7.

Nepomniachtchi - Caruana, Round 7

Position after 12...Kh7

Find out what should have done instead of 12...Kh7.

Nepomniachtchi's knight sacrifice went wrong

Nepomniachtchi made an unnecessary knight sacrifice against Ding Liren in Round 8. Although it may look like white is losing one pawn too many at first, only a deeper look reveals that black is unable to gain anything substantial with the compensation for the knight.

Ding Liren - Nepomniachtchi, Round 8

Position after 20...Nxe4

Find out why 20...Nxe4 is inaccurate and what black could have done instead.

Caruana too cunning for MVL

In a relatively equal endgame, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave fell for tactical trick.

Caruana - MVL, Round 8

Position after 37...Rd4

Find out why 37...Rd4 is a mistake and what black should have played instead.

Things did not go well for MVL | Photo: Grand Chess Tour

A strange experiment by MVL

MVL opted for a very unusual opening against Ding Liren in Round 9 as he 1.d4 Nc6 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d5 Nb8. It goes without saying that he got a worse position out of the opening. Soon after the middlegame started he made a tactical error which Ding overlooked but eventually he managed to capitalize on his advantage.

Ding Liren - Vachier-Lagrave, Round 9

Position after 17...Ne5

Find out why 17...Ne5 is a mistake. The game continued with 18.Re3

Giri missed a win against Nepomniachtchi

Giri got a completely winning position against Nepomniachtchi. He got two chances to win, the second one was more obvious and easier to spot but they don't call it time scramble for no reason.

Giri - Nepomniachtchi, Round 9

Position after 24.Rxf4

The game continued with 24...Rfa8 which is also winning but what was the better alternative?

Position after 27.Kc1

The second opportunity was much cleaner and perhaps easier to spot but Giri settled for a draw with Ra1 and Ra2 perpetual check.

Giri later tweeted about his missed opportunity and blamed Hammer jokingly for missing it.

The most interesting draw of the day

Caruana-Radjabov game in Round 9 was a roller-coaster ride. At one point Caruana was completely winning, he missed then five moves later, Radjabov was completely winning which he also missed and the game ended up in a draw.

Caruana - Radjabov, Round 9

Position after 41...Bf8

Find out the winning continuation for white after 41...Bf8

Position after 47.Kxh3

What is the winning continuation for black here after 47.Kxh3 ?

Replay all Group B games on Day 4


The next games of Group A will be played on Monday 22nd June | Photo: Official site

Tournament Rules

Group B Standings after Day 4

Giri tops Group B 6.0/10 | Photo: Official site

Replay the Live Stream

GM Peter Svidler, GM Yasser Seirawan and IM Anna Rudolf are the commentators | Video: Chess24


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