Chessable Masters Day 1: So takes an early sole lead 4.0/5
The first day of Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Chessable Masters witnessed quite a few exciting games. Three Indians are taking part in this event, out of them Adhiban made a good start, 3.0/5. Wesley So has taken a sole lead 4.0/6. Artemiev, Nakamura and Firouzja are just a half point behind him 3.5/6. World's youngest GM Abhimanyu Mishra pushed too hard against So and lost the game which could have been a draw. In the next round, he lost to Nakamura due to a mouse slip in a theoretically drawn position. His only scoring game was a draw against Humpy in the fifth round. Round 6 starts today at 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
Adhiban makes a strong start
Adhiban scored 3.0/5 on the first day of the Chessable Masters. He started the event with a fine victory over Tari and then Iturrizaga, drew with Wenjun Ju and Harikrishna. His only loss of the day was against Artemiev. Harikrishna scored 2.5/5 and Humpy made 1.0/5. Humpy's one of the draws was against the Speed King, Nakamura.
Round 1: Mamedyarov - Iturrizaga: 0.5-0.5
Mamedyarov was completely lost against Eduardo Iturrizaga. Unfortunately the former Venezuela no.1 missed a winning combination in the end and the World no.6 escaped with a draw by perpetual check.
Find out the winning combination for Black in the above position.
Adhiban - Tari: 1-0
Adhiban started his tournament with a victory over Norway no.2, Aryan Tari
Adhiban played in his signature attacking style, starting with 23.Ne5. 23...Nxd4 only accelerated things for White.
Firouzja - So: 0.5-0.5
So was winning the better part of the two knights endgame. However, Firouzja fought till the end and managed to save the game by salvaging a draw. Sure there were a lot of inaccuracies and So was winning on many occasions but the new France no.1 showed his grit in an adverse position.
Round 2: Iturrizaga - Adhiban: 0-1
Iturrizaga broke the position wide open while his pawns were overstretched. Adhiban utilized this factor to his own advantage.
27.Nxh5 did no good to White. If anything, it only helped Black. 27...Rh8 28.Ng3 Rh8+ 29.Kg1 Rh8 30.Ne2 f5 31.f4 Ng4 and soon things fell apart for White.
Harikrishna - Humpy: 1-0
Harikrishna defeated Humpy in the Petroff's defence, after the latter misjudged the potentiality of her opponent's attack.
21...Ne6 almost ends the game for Black. Instead, Black needed to exchange the rooks 21...Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 Re8 would have kept Black in the game a bit longer. Find out the winning continuation for White in the above diagram.
Round 4: Nakamura - Humpy: 0.5-0.5
Despite having a difficult position, Humpy overcame it and managed to make a draw with Nakamura.
Here are a few interesting finishes from Day 1
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All games will start from 8:30 p.m. IST between 31st July and 8th August 2021.
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