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Qatar Masters 2023 R4: Carlsen makes a study-like save against Pranesh

by Shahid Ahmed - 15/10/2023

17-year-old GM Pranesh M played excellent against GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR) in the fourth round of Qatar Masters 2023. The teenager had a great chance to push for a win against the World no.1. However, it was not easy to figure out. Instead, he went for the humane rook capture which allowed his opponent to make a study-like escape and it ended in a draw. India no.1 GM D Gukesh defeated GM Mert Yilmazyerli (TUR) to join the seven-way lead 3.5/4. The remaining six players are - GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA), GM Arjun Erigaisi, GM Javokhir Sindarov (UZB), GM S L Narayanan, GM Salem Saleh (UAE) and GM Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ). Round 5 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

Gukesh joins Arjun and S L Narayanan in the lead

IM Vaishali R continues her unbeaten run. She drew against GM Karthikeyan Murali to move to 3/4.

GM Magnus Carlsen makes a study-like escape for a draw against GM Pranesh M

Pranesh - Carlsen: 0.5-0.5

Before seeing the name, one must know two things about GM Pranesh M (2515). Firstly, he became India's 79th Grandmaster by winning Rilton Cup 2022-23 in January 2023. He also won an individual bronze medal at FIDE World Rapid Team championship 2023. So there was no doubt that he was going to put up a great fight against the World no.1 - GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2839).

Position after 25.f5!

One must do what the position requires him to do, irrespective of the fact who their opponent is. The position demanded White to play 25.f5! The teenager obliged as there was nothing better to do. 25...exf5 26.e6+ fxe6 27.Nf4 Rhe8 28.Be2 preventing Nc4 and not rushing into capturing the g6-pawn. 28...Bd6 29.Nxg6 Nc4 30.Bxc4 dxc4 31.Ne5+ Kc7, after a few moves Black offered his rook up for sacrifice which resulted in a study-like position for Black.

Position after 42...Qd5?

White played the humane and obvious 43.Qb4+ to skewer and snatch the rook at f8. However, it allows Black to make a study-like escape 43...Ke5 check out Pranesh's expression after Ke5

44.Re1+ Kf5 45.Qxf8+ Kg4 46.Re2 f3 now White must return his rook to save the game as keeping it becomes a liability. So what could have White done? 43.Qa6+! Kc7 44.Qxa7+ Kd6 45.Qa6+ Kc7 46.Qb6+ would have White's best hope to push for a win. Well it was quite difficult to find 43.Qa6+ to be the actually better than Qb4+.

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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.

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Round 4 results

Bo.No. NameTypRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtg No.
146
GMPranesh, MU1825152½ - ½2GMCarlsen, Magnus *)2839
1
22
GMNakamura, Hikaru *)27801 - 03GMKevlishvili, Robby2521
43
36
GMErigaisi, ArjunU2027123½ - ½3GMNarayanan.S.L,2651
13
412
GMSindarov, JavokhirU1826583½ - ½3GMJumabayev, Rinat2585
25
53
GMGiri, Anish2760½ - ½GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin2578
28
64
GMGukesh, DU1827581 - 0GMYilmazyerli, Mert2533
41
730
GMAditya, MittalU182572½ - ½GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU202716
5
816
GMSalem, A.R. Saleh26321 - 0IMMadaminov, MukhiddinU182484
61
940
GMFawzy, Adham2535½ - ½GMYakubboev, Nodirbek2616
19
1020
GMKarthikeyan, Murali2611½ - ½IMVaishali, Rameshbabu2448
75
1126
GMKuybokarov, Temur2584½ - ½GMLaxman, R.R.2322
142
1247
GMSuleymenov, Alisher251220 - 12GMMaghsoodloo, Parham2707
7
138
GMVan Foreest, Jorden27072½ - ½2GMMousavi, Seyed Khalil2492
57
1448
IMSamant, Aditya SU1825112½ - ½2GMNihal, SarinU202694
9
1514
GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.264920 - 12IMAhmadzada, AhmadU202494
55
1650
IMPrraneeth, VuppalaU1625102½ - ½2GMAryan, Chopra2634
15
1752
GMBharath, Subramaniyam HU1625002½ - ½2GMMendonca, Leon LukeU182622
17
1822
GMVakhidov, Jakhongir260721 - 02GMAbdisalimov, Abdimalik2487
59
1962
IMStearman, JosiahU20247620 - 12GMParavyan, David2599
23
2024
GMSethuraman, S.P.259821 - 02Xiao, Tong(Qd)U162476
63

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Standings after Round 4

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2 
12
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA27803,522846
24
GMGukesh, DU18IND27583,542773
36
GMErigaisi, ArjunU20IND27123,562868
412
GMSindarov, JavokhirU18UZB26583,5122841
513
GMNarayanan.S.L,IND26513,5132863
616
GMSalem, A.R. SalehUAE26323,5162809
725
GMJumabayev, RinatKAZ25853,5252823
83
GMGiri, AnishNED2760332714
95
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU20UZB2716352642
107
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI2707372655
1119
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB26163192663
1220
GMKarthikeyan, MuraliIND26113202623
1322
GMVakhidov, JakhongirUZB26073222657
1423
GMParavyan, DavidFID25993232640
1524
GMSethuraman, S.P.IND25983242626

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Round 5 pairings

Bo.No. NameTypRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtg No.
11
GMCarlsen, Magnus *)2839GMBharath, Subramaniyam HU162500
52
212
GMSindarov, JavokhirU182658GMNakamura, Hikaru *)2780
2
313
GMNarayanan.S.L,2651GMGukesh, DU182758
4
425
GMJumabayev, Rinat2585GMErigaisi, ArjunU202712
6
57
GMMaghsoodloo, Parham27073GMSalem, A.R. Saleh2632
16
637
IMMakarian, RudikU20254833GMGiri, Anish2760
3
75
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU20271633GMKarthik, Venkataraman2563
32
819
GMYakubboev, Nodirbek261633GMAdhiban, B.2551
36
939
GMVisakh, N R254733GMKarthikeyan, Murali2611
20
1045
GMSankalp, GuptaU20251833GMVakhidov, Jakhongir2607
22
1123
GMParavyan, David259933GMFawzy, Adham2535
40
1243
GMKevlishvili, Robby252133GMSethuraman, S.P.2598
24
1355
IMAhmadzada, AhmadU20249433GMKuybokarov, Temur2584
26
1475
IMVaishali, Rameshbabu244833GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin2578
28
15142
GMLaxman, R.R.232233GMAditya, MittalU182572
30
1658
IMSamadov, ReadU162492GMVan Foreest, Jorden2707
8
179
GMNihal, SarinU202694IMNogerbek, KazybekU202471
65
1857
GMMousavi, Seyed Khalil2492GMOparin, Grigoriy2681
11
1915
GMAryan, Chopra2634GMGagare, Shardul2460
70
2017
GMMendonca, Leon LukeU182622IMBaskin, Robert2451
72

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