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Qatar Masters 2023 R1: Kushagra Mohan outplays Vladimir Fedoseev

by Shahid Ahmed - 12/10/2023

Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Hikaru Nakamura (USA) registered comfortable wins in the first round of Qatar Masters 2023. Anish Giri (NED) stumbled his way towards victory against IM S Rohith Krishna. The teenager missed a good chance to salvage a half point. IM Kushagra Mohan scored a huge upset against GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO). The 18-year-old outplayed the Slovenia no.1. IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh got himself very close to score the biggest upset of the round. However, he missed his chance against the Word no.8 and India no.1 GM D Gukesh. The game ended in a draw. Round 2 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

Nubairshah misses a great opportunity against Gukesh

Apart from Kushagra, three more Indians beat GMs in the first round. IM Ameya Audi, FM Gaurang Bagwe and CM Mayank Chakraborty defeated GM Lalit Rohit, GM Bilel Bellahcene (ALG) and GM Akshat Chandra (USA) each respectively.

IM Kushagra Mohan scored a huge upset against GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO)

Magnus Carlsen made a short work of IM Srihari L R in just 23 moves
GM Magnus Carlsen vs IM Srihari L R - Commentary with analysis by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Super solid Vantika vs Genius Nakamura - Commentary with analysis by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) analyzes his win over IM Vantika Agrawal | Video: GMHikaru

Giri - Rohith: 1-0

A mistake in the double rook and knight endgame, brought IM S Rohith Krishna (2434) to a lost position against GM Anish Giri (NED, 2760). However, the world no.7 stumbled his way on to the finish line.

Position after 39...h2

Black's last resort is his kingside passed pawns. The human instinct would be to play 40.Rh1? which is what was played. That allowed Black to get back in the game. 40...g4 41.Rxh2 g3 42.Rh4 f5 43.Rh5 Kf7 44.Kc2 Rf2+ 45.Kd3 and now Black needed to go g2 to salvage a half point. Instead, he played 45...Rf3+?? and the final window of opportunity was gone. White could have avoided all this if he played 40.d6 which is a computer line, something not easy for human to find.

"You should not check the result of Gukesh until the end of the game!" - Anish Giri | Video: ChessBase India
Anish Giri moves his bishop back and forth and smiles - - Commentary with analysis by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

IM S Rohith Krishna almost saved his game from a lost position against the world no.7 - GM Anish Giri (NED)

Nubairshah - Gukesh: 0.5-0.5

IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh (2432) in his first-ever Classical rated game against GM D Gukesh (2758) got himself a great opportunity to topple the World no.8 and India no.1.

Position after 48...exf5

Which pawn should White take first - d5 or f5? It is not an easy decision. 49.Bxf5 Qxe5 50.Rh5 would have been winning for White. Even 49.Qxd5+ Qe6 50.Qxe6+ Nxe6 51.Bxf5 is also winning for White. However, since the queens are off the board, White would require more finesse to convert his advantage into a full point. Unfortunately for him, he could not manage to find it and the game ended in a draw.

IM Nubairshah Shaikh vs India no.1 D Gukesh - Commentary with analysis by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

A great start for Nubairshah who could have momentarily displaced Gukesh from India no.1 position

Kushagra - Fedoseev: 1-0

IM Kushagra Mohan (2412) was facing GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO, 2691) for the first time in a Classical rated game. He made the most out of his opportunities.

Position after 26...Qb6?

Fedoseev made an incorrect retreat of his 26...Qb6? Instead, 26...Qf4 trading the queens would have been a better practical choice. 27.Bc4 Nd8 28.Nd5 Nxd5 29.Bxd5 Rgh8 30.Qxg7 White got a firm grip on the position. Kushagra converted his positional advantage beautifully into a full point without giving his opponent an ounce of chance.

IM Kushagra Mohan made his presence felt against GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO)

IM Hari Madhavan N B - GM Aravindh Chithambaram: 0.5-0.5

GM Aryan Chopra - IM Divya Deshmukh: 0.5-0.5

GM David Paravyan - IM Sambit Panda (pictured): 0.5-0.5

Ameya - Lalit

Position after 21...Bd7?

GM Lalit Rohit (2547) made an incorrect retreat 21...Bd7? It allowed White to gain the upper hand 22.e5 Ng4 23.Re4 dxe5 24.dxe5 Bf5 25.Rd4 Ng5 26.Nxg5 Qxg5 27.Nf3 Qh6 28.h3 Nxe5 29.Nxe5 Bxh3+ 30.Kg1 Bxf1 31.Bxf7+ Kh8 32.Rh4 is a nice finish.

IM Ameya Audi scored a fine victory over GM Lalit Rohit

GM Visakh N R - FM Vedant Panesar (pictured): 0.5-0.5

IM Manish Anto Cristiano F (pictured) - GM Adham Fawzy: 0.5-0.5

IM Shahil Dey - GM Vignesh N R: 0.5-0.5

FM Gaurang Bagwe (pictured) - GM Bilel Bellahcene (ALG): 1-0 | Photo: CFSL

GM Iniyan P - FM Aradhya Garg: 0.5-0.5

GM Sandipan Chanda - IM Raahul V S: 0.5-0.5

FM Kashish Manoj Jain (pictured) - IM Read Samadov (AZE): 0.5-0.5

CM Mayank Chakraborty - GM Akshat Chandra (USA): 1-0

FM Senthil Maran K - IM Ravi Teja S: 0.5-0.5

Photo Gallery

Magnus Carlsen with his fans

Hikaru Nakamura with his fans

Inauguration Ceremony

Anish Giri and D Gukesh - Who will finish ahead of the other?

Anish Giri, Jorden van Foreest and B Adhiban share a light moment before Round 1

The tournament hall - Lusail Sports Arena

Video Gallery

Magnus Carlsen to face IM Srihari L R in the first round | Video: ChessBase India
Entry of players in Round 1 | Video: ChessBase India
You Have To Study Rook Endgames Jorden - Adhiban | Video: ChessBase India
Qatar Masters 2023 Opening Ceremony | Video: ChessBase India
Fan favorite - Hikaru Nakamura | Video: ChessBase India
Magnus Carlsen watches Hikaru Nakamura's game | Video: ChessBase India

Schedule

There are one round every day from 11th to 20th October 2023 starting from 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Monday 16th October 2023 is a rest day. Only last round on 20th October starts at 12 p.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. IST.

Time control

Time control for each tournament game is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Prizes

The total prize fund of the tournament is US$ 108250. The top three prizes are $25000, $15000 and $10000 each.

Replay live stream

Replay Round 1 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay Round 1 Live Commentary by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko, IM Jovanka Houska, and IM Irene Sukandar | Video: Qatar Chess Association

Replay Round 1 games

Round 1 results

Bo.No. NameTypRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtg No.
11
GMCarlsen, Magnus *)283901 - 00IMSrihari, L RU182438
79
280
IMVantika, Agrawal243500 - 10GMNakamura, Hikaru *)2780
2
33
GMGiri, Anish276001 - 00IMRohith, Krishna SU182434
81
482
IMMohammad, Nubairshah Shaikh24320½ - ½0GMGukesh, DU182758
4
55
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU20271601 - 00IMSeemann, JakubU162431
83
684
GMVenkatesh, M.R.242800 - 10GMErigaisi, ArjunU202712
6
77
GMMaghsoodloo, Parham270701 - 00IMSaydaliev, Saidakbar2426
85
886
IMLagunow, Raphael242500 - 10GMVan Foreest, Jorden2707
8
99
GMNihal, SarinU2026940½ - ½0IMZou, Chen2418
88
1089
IMKushagra, MohanU20241201 - 00GMFedoseev, Vladimir2691
10
1111
GMOparin, Grigoriy26810½ - ½0IMMsellek, Ilyass2411
90
1291
IMViani, Antonio Dcunha241000 - 10GMSindarov, JavokhirU182658
12
1313
GMNarayanan.S.L,265101 - 00FMAmilal, MunkhdalaiU182409
92
1493
IMHari, Madhavan N BU2024080½ - ½0GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.2649
14
1515
GMAryan, Chopra26340½ - ½0WGMDivya, DeshmukhU182408
94
1695
IMKrishna, C R G240700 - 10GMSalem, A.R. Saleh2632
16
1717
GMMendonca, Leon LukeU18262201 - 00IMAbdurakhmonov, Mukhammadali2405
96
1897
WIMSong, YuxinU18240400 - 10GMPuranik, Abhimanyu2618
18
1919
GMYakubboev, Nodirbek261601 - 00FMGarv, GaurU162401
98
2099
Jin, YuehengU1623980½ - ½0GMKarthikeyan, Murali2611
20

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Standings after Round 1

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2 
11
GMCarlsen, MagnusNOR2839110
22
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA2780120
33
GMGiri, AnishNED2760130
45
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU20UZB2716150
56
GMErigaisi, ArjunU20IND2712160
67
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI2707170
78
GMVan Foreest, JordenNED2707180
812
GMSindarov, JavokhirU18UZB26581120
913
GMNarayanan.S.L,IND26511130
1016
GMSalem, A.R. SalehUAE26321160
1117
GMMendonca, Leon LukeU18IND26221170
1218
GMPuranik, AbhimanyuIND26181180
1319
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB26161190
1421
GMGupta, AbhijeetIND26091210
1522
GMVakhidov, JakhongirUZB26071220

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Round 2 pairings

Bo.No. NameTypRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtg No.
147
GMSuleymenov, Alisher251211GMCarlsen, Magnus *)2839
1
22
GMNakamura, Hikaru *)278011GMDai, Changren2507
51
352
GMBharath, Subramaniyam HU16250011GMGiri, Anish2760
3
457
GMMousavi, Seyed Khalil249211GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU202716
5
56
GMErigaisi, ArjunU20271211GMAbdisalimov, Abdimalik2487
59
661
IMMadaminov, MukhiddinU18248411GMMaghsoodloo, Parham2707
7
78
GMVan Foreest, Jorden270711Xiao, Tong(Qd)U162476
63
812
GMSindarov, JavokhirU18265811IMNogerbek, KazybekU202471
65
962
IMStearman, JosiahU20247611GMNarayanan.S.L,2651
13
1016
GMSalem, A.R. Saleh263211GMStany, G.A.2469
67
1166
IMMuthaiah, Al247011GMMendonca, Leon LukeU182622
17
1218
GMPuranik, Abhimanyu261811IMChen, Qi B2465
69
1370
GMGagare, Shardul246011GMYakubboev, Nodirbek2616
19
1472
IMBaskin, Robert245111GMGupta, Abhijeet2609
21
1522
GMVakhidov, Jakhongir260711IMNitish, Belurkar2451
73
1624
GMSethuraman, S.P.259811IMVaishali, Rameshbabu2448
75
1778
IMShyaamnikhil, P244211GMJumabayev, Rinat2585
25
1826
GMKuybokarov, Temur258411IMKushagra, MohanU202412
89
19149
FMBakhrillaev, BakhromU16230211GMPranav, VU182579
27
2028
GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin257811IMAudi, Ameya2372
116

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