Magnus Carlsen (NOR) bounced back with a victory over IM FT Muthaiah Al in the third round of Qatar Masters 2023. Muthaiah did not go down easily. He put up a very good fight. Only in the complex queen and minor piece endgame, he made an inaccuracy which was enough for the World no.1 to seize. GM Aditya Mittal held GM Anish Giri (NED) to a draw. The teenager played really well against the World no.7. GM Arjun Erigaisi and GM S L Narayanan are the only two Indians at 3/3. They are going to face each other in the fourth round. IM Vaishali R continues her good run. She drew against GM Temur Kuybokarov (AUS). Round 4 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy
Arjun and S L Narayanan in a five-way lead
GM Aditya Mittal held the World no.7 and Netherlands no.1 - GM Anish Giri to a draw
It is well known by now that after a loss, GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2839) is a fierce opponent to face in the following round. IM Muthaiah Al (2470) managed to hold his own. The game reached a queen and minor piece endgame where the IM was down by two pawns.
Position after 43.Qxd4
It was extremely to figure out that 43...Qe7 saves the game as 44.Ne5 Qxg5 tactically defends the bishop. Instead, the game continued with the humane 43...Qe6? 44.Ne5 Qxh3+ 45.Ke1 Qh1+ 46.Kd2 Bf3 47.Nd7 White is making some checkmate threats in the back rank. 47...Qd1+ 48.Ke3 Qxb3+ 49.Kf4 Bc6 50.Nf6+ Kg7 51.Nh5+ Kf8 52.Qd6+ Kg8 53.Qd8+ and checkmate is unstoppable.
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IM Muthaiah Al played really well against the World no.1 Magnus Carlsen
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GM Anish Giri (NED) was denied a hat-trick by GM Aditya Mittal
Rasulov - Arjun
Position after 37...d5!
GM Arjun Erigaisi (2712) played an excellent move 37...d5! in response to GM Vugar Rasulov's (AZE, 2560) incorrect decision to sideline his knight 37.Nxa4. 38.Rd3 dxc4 39.Rxd8+ Nxd8 40.Nxb2 c3 and it's over for White.
Arjun Erigaisi makes a scintillating 3/3 start at the Qatar Masters Open 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
Arjun Erigaisi is a tactical beast - Vugar Rasulov vs Arjun Erigaisi
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GM Arjun Erigaisi scored a comfortable win over GM Vugar Rasulov (AZE)
S L Narayanan - Alisher
Position after 29.Kg2
In a complex position, GM Alisher Suleymenov (KAZ, 2512) made an incorrect decision to go after f3-pawn by giving up his e5. 29...Nd4? 30.Rxe5 Nxf3 31.Rf1 g4 32.Re4 Rdd8 33.Qe3 White is in no hurry to take the g4-pawn. First, he increases his firm grip on the position before going for the pawn. White went on to win the game in a little over dozen moves.
GM S L Narayanan defeated the Magnus slayer GM Alisher Suleymenov (KAZ) to become one of the five leaders
IM Vaishali R - GM Temur Kuybokarov (AUS): 0.5-0.5
Sandipan - Gukesh: 0-1
In a battle of trainer vs student, GM Sandipan Chanda (2496) was the one who first gained an upper hand against his WACA mentee, GM D Gukesh (2758).
Position after 17...Rfd8
18.Ba6 Qa3 19.Qd3 or 18...Qf8 19.Rc7 would have put White in a commanding position. The game continued 18.Bd3 Qf8 19.Qa1 Ne4 20.Rc7 Rac8 21.Rxc8 Rxc8 22.Ba6 Rd8 23.f3 Nc5 soon Black equalized and turned things around. Black could have probably finished things earlier if he had captured the e3-pawn on move no.37.
Teacher vs Student: Sandipan Chanda vs D Gukesh - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
India no.1 GM D Gukesh prevailed the test against GM Sandipan Chanda
Laxman - Abhimanyu
Position after 40...Qd4
40...Bd4?? is a blunder. Try to find out why.
GM Laxman R R defeated the in-form GM Abhimanyu Puranik
IM Rakesh Kumar Jena - GM Adhiban B: 0.5-0.5
GM Iniyan P - FM Vedant Panesar: 0.5-0.5
IM Nitin S - GM Raja Rithvik R: 1-0
FM Gaurang Bagwe - IM Read Samadov (AZE): 0.5-0.5
GM Stany G A - WGM Rakshitta Ravi: 0.5-0.5
FM Kashish Manoj Jain - IM P Shyam Nikhil: 1-0
GM Venkatesh M R - IM Raahul V S: 0-1
GM Laxman on his win over Abhimanyu Puranik
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I didn't expect to draw against both India and South Korea no.1 - IM Nubairshah
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"There's no pressure to win every game!" - IM Eric Rosen | Video: ChessBase India
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 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.
The total prize fund of the tournament is US$ 108250. The top three prizes are $25000, $15000 and $10000 each.
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