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Superbet Blitz 2024 R1-9: Praggnanandhaa outplays Carlsen as the latter struggles to catch Wei Yi

by Shahid Ahmed - 12/05/2024

R Praggnanandhaa started his Blitz day with a win over Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL). In the second round, he defeated Magnus Carlsen (NOR) for the first time in a rated game at Grand Chess Tour Superbet Blitz 2024. The teenager outplayed the world no.1 in the endgame, which is the Norwegian's forte. However, the euphoria probably got the better of him as Praggnanandhaa went on to lose the next two games. He is now at 14.5/27. Wei Yi (CHN) started his day with a loss against D Gukesh. He won the next two games before saving a lost endgame against Carlsen. Then the Chinese had another five-game winning streak to extend his lead by 2.5 points. He is now at 20.5/27, followed by Carlsen 18/27, Praggnanandhaa 14.5/27 and Arjun Erigaisi 14/27. Blitz Round 10 starts today from 1 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Wei Yi stretches his lead by 2.5 points

Magnus Carlsen has the daunting task to catch up with Wey Yi on the final day of Grand Chess Tour Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2024. He needs to cover the gap of 2.5 points in nine games. It is not impossible but certainly surmountable.

R Praggnanandhaa scored his first rated game win over Magnus Carlsen

Wei Yi (CHN) extended his lead by 2.5 points over the rest after the first nine rounds of Blitz

Round 1: Wei - Gukesh: 0-1

D Gukesh (2649) had a tough third day in the Rapid. One of the losses was against Wei Yi (CHN, 2758). However, Gukesh is tough. He bounced back by defeating him. It was his only loss of the day and second in the event. Wei went on to have another five-game win streak.

Position after 41.g4

41.g4? allowed Black to gain the upperhand Ra4 42.h5 Rxg4 43.hxg6 Kxg6 and Black won the game. White needed to play 41.Ne4 to continue the fight.

D Gukesh handed the sole loss of the day to Wei Yi (CHN)

Vincent Keymer (GER) missed a mate in two twice against Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB)

Duda - Praggnanandhaa

Position after 28.Qxd6

White has just captured a pawn on d6 and threatens to capture another either on c5 or e5. Praggnanandhaa launched an attack 28...g5 29.Bh3?? gxh4-+ things fell apart in a hurry for White and Black won the game.

R Praggnanandhaa started the day with a win over Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL)

Round 1 Blitz in progress

Round 2: Gukesh - Arjun: 0-1

Arjun Erigaisi defeated D Gukesh after the latter made an incorrect decision in the endgame.

Praggnanandhaa - Carlsen

Position after 42...Ke8?

The endgame expert, Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2828) made an inaccuracy 42...Ke8? R Praggnanandhaa (2704) seized his opportunity 43.Qg8+ Ke7 44.Nxc4 Bb5 45.d6+ Kd7 46.Nxb6+ Kxd6 47.Qd5+ Kc7 48.Qxb5 Qxb6 49.Qxf5 and White won the game in another 20 moves with precise play.

Praggnanandhaa scores his first win against Magnus Carlsen in an over the board rated game - Analysis by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Moments after R Praggnanandhaa's win over Magnus Carlsen (NOR)

Round 3: Carlsen - Abdusattorov: 0-1

Magnus Carlsen suffered his second consecutive loss as he made a one move blunder in a completely winning position against Nodirbek Abdusattorov.

Magnus blunders queen, Abdusattorov wins! | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

This painful yet beautifully shot clip should give you an inkling of Magnus Carlsen's agonizing pain he suffered losing a won game.

Arjun Erigaisi seized his opportunity when Kirill Shevchenko (ROU) blundered.

Praggnanandhaa - Arjun, Round 4

Position after 21.h4?

Praggnanandhaa's ambitious approach 21.h4? did not work out Rh8 22.Bf6 Bxf6 23.Rxf6 Ng6 24.Raf1 Qxh7 and Black won the game in the next few moves as White did not have enough compensation for the sacrificed piece.

R Praggnanandhaa's second consecutive loss was also Arjun Erigaisi's hat-trick win of the day

Gukesh - Shevchenko

Position after 46...Kg5??

Gukesh missed a mate in five and landed himself in a mating combination against Kirill Shevchenko. Find out what White missed in the game.

Wei - Carlsen

Position after 39...Nxf4

It is not every day you see Magnus Carlsen struggling to convert the above position into a full point. After suffering two losses, Carlsen was on the verge of a comeback against Wei Yi. However, it was not meant to be.

Magnus Carlsen was unsuccessful in converting his winning endgame against Wei Yi

Round 5: Duda - Gukesh: 0-1

Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL, 2748) all out attack on the kingside did not work out against D Gukesh (2649).

D Gukesh his happy with his second win of the day after losing two in-a-row

Arjun Erigaisi defeated Nodirbek Abdusattorov as he blundered his rook in an already minus endgame.

R Praggnanandhaa won a complex double rook and knight vs queen endgame against Kirill Shevchenko.

Praggnanandhaa bounced back with a victory over Kirill Shevchenko in a difficult endgame

Round 15: Gukesh - Praggnanandhaa: 0-1

Praggnanandhaa avenged his loss in the Rapid event against Gukesh.

The one and only Garry Kasparov about to shake D Gukesh's hand before his match against Magnus Carlsen in Round 16

Round 17: Duda - Arjun: 0-1

Arjun Erigaisi showcased his outstanding endgame skills to win against Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

Magnus Carlsen was clearly not at this best version as he missed a mate in three against Anish Giri (NED)

Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen are the Then and Forever, D Gukesh is the Now, on his way towards Forever
Kasparov: When Magnus plays his hand, he’s unbeatable | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club
Wei Yi surprised with a +6 score | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club
Carlsen: Every Game is ‘Must-Win’ Tomorrow | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club
Erigaisi: Won a lot of games I shouldn't have | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

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Replay Grand Chess Tour Superbet Blitz Round 1-9 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Schedule and Format

Superbet Rapid and Blitz will have three rounds per day in the Rapid portion from 8th to 10 May. The Blitz event will take place on 11th and 12th May. It will be a double round-robin event for the Blitz which means nine rounds will be played on each day. Round 1 starts at 1 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. It will be a 10-player Round Robin event. Time control for Rapid will be 25 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2024 schedule | Photo: Grand Chess Tour


The total prize fund for each of the Rapid and Blitz event is US$ 175000.

Replay Blitz Round 1-9 games

Standings after Blitz Round 9

Wei Yi (CHN) increased his lead by 2.5 points | Photo: Grand Chess Tour


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