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Superbet Rapid 2024 R7-9: Praggnanandhaa draws with Carlsen, halts Wei Yi's winning streak

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/05/2024

Wei Yi (CHN) continued his winning streak from the previous day at Grand Chess Tour Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2024. He defeated Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) and D Gukesh to register his fifth consecutive win. R Praggnanandhaa halted his winning spree as the teenager drew with him in the ninth round. Wei topped the Rapid event scoring 13/18 and gained sole lead. Before the draw, Praggnanandhaa started his day with a solid draw against Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and then had another lukewarm draw against his good friend Arjun Erigaisi. Magnus is now trailing Wei by one point at 12/18, followed by Praggnanandhaa at 10/18. Nine rounds of Blitz games will be played today. Round 1 starts today from 1 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Wei Yi tops the Rapid event, emerges sole leader 13/18

It was a tough day for Arjun Erigaisi as he had two draws before finishing the day with a loss against Vincent Keymer. D Gukesh had even a tougher day as he drew only one game against Arjun, lost the next two against Wei Yi and Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

Magnus Carlsen and R Praggnanandhaa analyzing after their game

Wei Yi (CHN) scored five wins in-a-row and has gained sole lead 13/18

Round 7: Magnus - Praggnanandhaa: 1-1

After the FIDE World Cup 2023 Finals, Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2828) and Praggnanandhaa (2704) played only one rated game at World Rapid 2023. It ended in a draw. This time also the game ended in a draw, although it was a much longer game than their previous encounter. Computer might say the world no.1 have a clear advantage at one point but it was not that much practically.

Magnus Carlsen vs Praggnanandhaa, Classy Italian - Analysis by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Arjun Erigaisi - D Gukesh: 1-1

Wei - Abdusattorov

Position after 31...Qd5

After a few positional inaccuracies by Black, 31...Qd5? was a big mistake as it dropped the e5-pawn giving White a decisive advantage 32.g4 Rg5 33.Be7 Rg6 34.Rxe5 and White went on to win the game.

Wei Yi (CHN) scored his fourth win in-a-row, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) was his first victim of the day

Round 8: Gukesh - Wei: 0-2

D Gukesh (2649) defeated Wei Yi (CHN, 2758) earlier this year at 86th Tata Steel Masters 2024. However, he lost the Playoffs. Wei outplayed Gukesh positionally to score his fifth win in-a-row.

Wei Yi (CHN) scored his fifth win in-a-row

The battle between two good friends - Arjun Erigaisi and R Praggnanandhaa was a lukewarm draw

Keymer - Carlsen

Position after 28.Qa4??

Vincent Keymer (GER, 2647) needed to play unnatural move 28.Re3 Rb2 29.Qxc3 Rxf2 30.Kh1 and White is doing fine according to computer. However, he blundered 28.Qa4?? Try to find out the winning continuation for Black.

Magnus Carlsen has not lost a rated game since Vincent Keymer defeated him in the first game of the fourth round of FIDE World Cup 2023

Round 9: Wei - Praggnanandhaa: 1-1

The sole game between R Praggnanandhaa and Wei Yi earlier this year at 86th Tata Steel Masters 2024 ended in a draw. This time the outcome was also the same. However, the difference is, Praggnanandhaa stopped Wei from scoring a double hat-trick of wins.

‘Relaxed’ Wei Yi leads after a five-game streak | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

R Praggnanandhaa halted Wei Yi's winning streak

Arjun - Keymer

Position after 52...Kg7

The endgame should end in a draw. However, the one thing White cannot afford to do is venture his king away from the protected passed a-pawn. It is exactly the mistake which White did 53.Kd3?? a3-+ and Black went on to win the game.

The frenemies Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri left it all on the board, a draw is the maximum both could muster
Gukesh: I’d be happy to play World Championship in India | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

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Round 7 in progress

Arjun Erigaisi, Vincent Keymer and Jan-Krzysztof Duda with their fans

Fan zone

Nagma Mallick - Indian ambassador to the Poland with D Gukesh, Arjun Erigaisi and R Praggnanandhaa

Replay live stream

Replay Grand Chess Tour Superbet Rapid Round 7-9 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

Prize

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

Replay Rapid Round 7-9 games

Round 9 results

Round 9 results | Photo: Grand Chess Tour

Standings after Rapid Round 9

Wei Yi (CHN) won the Rapid event, taken sole lead 13/18 at Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2024 | Photo: Grand Chess Tour

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