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Superbet Classic 2024 R5: Praggnanandhaa misses against So

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/07/2024

The fifth round Grand Chess Tour Superbet Classic 2024 witnessed five draws. However, R Praggnanandhaa had the best chance to score his second win of the event. It would have also been his first Classical win over Wesley So (USA). The teenager could not spot his opportunity in the endgame and it ended in a draw. D Gukesh had a well contested draw against Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB). Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU) had to defend rook vs rook and knight endgame for 47 moves before Ian Nepomniachtchi accepted a draw. Today is a rest day. In the next round, it will Praggnanandhaa vs Deac and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) vs Gukesh. Round 6 starts tomorrow Tuesday 2nd July from 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes

Five draws

Fabiano Caruana (USA) maintains his sole lead 3.5/5 by making a solid draw against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA). Since the standings remain unchanged, R Praggnanandhaa and D Gukesh are the only two at 3/5 each.

R Praggnanandhaa missed a great opportunity to win against Wesley So (USA) | Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes

So - Praggnanandhaa: 0.5-0.5

R Praggnanandhaa (2747) has yet to score a win against Wesley So (USA, 2757) in a Classical rated game. That could have changed yesterday, if the teenager spotted his chance at the right moment.

Position after 39.Rxd5??

39...Rxd5?? is a blunder due to Qa7 and threatening to take the g3-pawn via Qe3 or Qf2. Black missed his opportunity 39...Qb4? 40.Qc1 Rb2 41.Rd3 White managed to prevent disaster and soon the game ended in a draw via perpetual check.

Pragg: Missed Chances Despite the Pushing | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) - Fabiano Caruana (USA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes

D Gukesh - Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes
Kasparov Predicts Five Draws Again | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

Photo Gallery

The legend - Garry Kasparov signs a chess board | Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes

A young fan receives an autograph from Garry Kasparov | Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes

Kids watching the games live in person at the tournament hall | Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes

Garry Kasparov and Wesley So sharing a light moment before the game | Photo: Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes
Replay Grand Chess Tour Superbet Classic Round 5 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Schedule and Format

Superbet Chess Classic will have one round played each day from 26th June to 5th July 2024. Each round starts at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Except the last round on 5th July which will start at 2 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. The sole rest day is on Monday 1st July. It will be a 10-player Round Robin event. Time control will be 120 minutes KO + 30 sec./move.

Prize

The total prize fund of each Classical event is the double of Rapid and Blitz events - US$ 350000.

Replay Round 5 games

Round 5 results

Bo.No.RtgNameResultNameRtgNo.
132732GMVachier-Lagrave, Maxime½ - ½GMCaruana, Fabiano280510
242763GMGukesh, Dommaraju½ - ½GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek27662
352745GMGiri, Anish½ - ½GMFirouzja, Alireza27371
462757GMSo, Wesley½ - ½GMPraggnanandhaa, Rameshbabu27479
572680GMDeac, Bogdan-Daniel½ - ½GMNepomniachtchi, Ian27708

Details

Standings after Round 5

Fabiano Caruana maintains his sole lead 3.5/5 | Photo: Grand Chess Tour

Round 6 pairings

Bo.No.RtgNameResultNameRtgNo.
1102805GMCaruana, FabianoGMNepomniachtchi, Ian27708
292747GMPraggnanandhaa, RameshbabuGMDeac, Bogdan-Daniel26807
312737GMFirouzja, AlirezaGMSo, Wesley27576
422766GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekGMGiri, Anish27455
532732GMVachier-Lagrave, MaximeGMGukesh, Dommaraju27634

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