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Qatar Masters 2023 R5: S L Narayanan displaces India no.1 Gukesh, gains sole lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 16/10/2023

GM S L Narayanan defeated the India no.1 and World no.8 GM D Gukesh to emerge sole leader at Qatar Masters 2023. The India no.8 got a great position early in the middlegame and kept posing difficult questions to his opponent. It liquidated into a queen endgame which only computer can play precisely and save the day. Gukesh is human and he erred which allowed Narayanan to win the game and move to 4.5/5. A dozen players are trailing him at 4/5 each. The World no.1 GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR) bounced back by scoring a victory over GM Bharath Subramaniyam H. IM Vaishali R continues her impressive unbeaten run. She defeated 44th Olympiad Gold medalist, GM Shamsiddin Vokhidov (UZB) to move to 4/5. Today is a rest day. Round 6 starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

Vaishali continues her impressive run

There are four Indians among the dozen pursuers at 4/5. They are - GM Arjun Erigaisi, GM Karthikeyan Murali, GM Aditya Mittal and IM Vaishali R. IM Sambit Panda completed his hat-trick by winning against his second GM in-a-row, Vugar Rasulov (AZE). Gukesh's loss momentarily pushed him to India no.2 and Vishy Anand is back to India no.1 in the live ratings.

GM S L Narayanan displaces India no.1 GM D Gukesh from the top
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S L Narayanan - Gukesh: 1-0

GM S L Narayanan (2651) was eliminated by GM D Gukesh (2758) at the FIDE World Cup 2023. This is their first rated game since then. It goes without saying that Narayanan was going to make the most out of this opportunity at the biggest open tournament currently.

Position after 26.Nc3

The above position was the first critical moment of the game. Black had to make a decision - whether to allow the knight on d5 or not. Well, if you take a closer look, you can see Black cannot prevent it by any means. It wouldn't be an understatement to say Black is positionally lost here - just by looking the black queen and knight's placement. Even after 26...Bb8/Bc7 27.Nxd5 works Rxd5 28.Rxf7 Rxf7 29.Qxd5 and White is doing great. 26...cxd4 27.Nxd5 Re4 28.Rh3 Re5 29.exd4 Rf5 30.Rxf5 gxf5 31.Qf2 and the game liquidated into a queen endgame.

Position after 38.Qxf4

The nature of queen endgames is always complex and this one was no different. 38...Qxc4 39.h5 b5 40.Qe4+ Kg8 41.Qe8+ Kh7 42.g6+ fxg6 43.Qxg6+ computer might say it's equal but humans were playing that game and it was certainly not easy to defend. White's best bet to win the game was to use both of his passed d and h-pawns which is what he did.

Position after 52.d7

White is about to promote the pawn and win the game. What is the best way to prevent it? Black played 52...Qh4+?? and went on to lose the game. It would have taken a computer-like precision to save the game for White.

How tough is it to slay Gukesh - S L Narayanan vs Gukesh | Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Rudik - Giri

Position after 34...Qa7?

GM Anish Giri (NED, 2760) made a strange decision to sideline his queen 34...Qa7? to attack the d4-pawn. 34...Qe6 would have been a better choice. 35.d5 c5 36.Qe3 Ng6 37.Qxc5 and White went on to convert his advantage into a full point.

IM Rudik Makarian speaks about his win over GM Anish Giri | Video: ChessBase India

GM Sankalp Gupta drew against GM Jakhongir Vakhidov (UZB) to move to an unbeaten 3.5/5

Vaishali - Vokhidov

Position after 20...Nxb3?

GM Shamsiddin Vokhidov (UZB, 2578) captured the b3-pawn to force the exchange of rooks which was not the best idea. 20...Nxb3? 21.Qb4 Nxa1 22.Qxd6 Nc2 23.Rb1 Qd8 24.c5 Na3 25.Rb7 Nc4 26.Qxd8 Rxd8 27.c6 and IM Vaishali R (2448) went on to win the game using her passed a and c-pawns combining with her rook and knight.

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Rasulov - Sambit

Position after 50.Rxf5??

50.Be1 would have been fine for GM Vugar Rasulov (AZE, 2560). 50.Rxf5?? allowed IM Sambit Panda (2395) to score a victory. Find out how.

IM Sambit Panda scored a hat-trick and defeated his second GM in-a-row | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Nitish Belurkar - GM Lalit Babu: 0.5-0.5

GM Mert Yilmazyerli (TUR) - IM Nitin S: 0.5-0.5

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 5 results

Bo.No. NameTypRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtg No.
11
GMCarlsen, Magnus *)28391 - 0GMBharath, Subramaniyam HU162500
52
212
GMSindarov, JavokhirU182658½ - ½GMNakamura, Hikaru *)2780
2
313
GMNarayanan.S.L,26511 - 0GMGukesh, DU182758
4
425
GMJumabayev, Rinat2585½ - ½GMErigaisi, ArjunU202712
6
57
GMMaghsoodloo, Parham270731 - 0GMSalem, A.R. Saleh2632
16
637
IMMakarian, RudikU20254831 - 03GMGiri, Anish2760
3
75
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU20271631 - 03GMKarthik, Venkataraman2563
32
819
GMYakubboev, Nodirbek261631 - 03GMAdhiban, B.2551
36
939
GMVisakh, N R254730 - 13GMKarthikeyan, Murali2611
20
1045
GMSankalp, GuptaU2025183½ - ½3GMVakhidov, Jakhongir2607
22
1123
GMParavyan, David259931 - 03GMFawzy, Adham2535
40
1243
GMKevlishvili, Robby25213½ - ½3GMSethuraman, S.P.2598
24
1355
IMAhmadzada, AhmadU2024943½ - ½3GMKuybokarov, Temur2584
26
1475
IMVaishali, Rameshbabu244831 - 03GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin2578
28
15142
GMLaxman, R.R.232230 - 13GMAditya, MittalU182572
30
1658
IMSamadov, ReadU1624920 - 1GMVan Foreest, Jorden2707
8
179
GMNihal, SarinU202694½ - ½IMNogerbek, KazybekU202471
65
1857
GMMousavi, Seyed Khalil2492½ - ½GMOparin, Grigoriy2681
11
1915
GMAryan, Chopra26341 - 0GMGagare, Shardul2460
70
2017
GMMendonca, Leon LukeU182622½ - ½IMBaskin, Robert2451
72

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Standings after Round 5

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2 
113
GMNarayanan.S.L,IND26514,5132939
22
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA2780422780
35
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU20UZB2716452712
46
GMErigaisi, ArjunU20IND2712462782
57
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI2707472736
612
GMSindarov, JavokhirU18UZB26584122800
719
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB26164192726
820
GMKarthikeyan, MuraliIND26114202693
923
GMParavyan, DavidFID25994232705
1025
GMJumabayev, RinatKAZ25854252772
1130
GMAditya, MittalU18IND25724302747
1237
IMMakarian, RudikU20FID25484372686
1375
IMVaishali, RameshbabuwIND24484752773
141
GMCarlsen, MagnusNOR28393,512636
154
GMGukesh, DU18IND27583,542629

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Round 6 pairings

Bo.No. NameTypRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtg No.
148
IMSamant, Aditya SU182511GMCarlsen, Magnus *)2839
1
22
GMNakamura, Hikaru *)278044GMParavyan, David2599
23
35
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU2027164GMNarayanan.S.L,2651
13
46
GMErigaisi, ArjunU20271244IMMakarian, RudikU202548
37
520
GMKarthikeyan, Murali261144GMMaghsoodloo, Parham2707
7
630
GMAditya, MittalU18257244GMSindarov, JavokhirU182658
12
725
GMJumabayev, Rinat258544GMYakubboev, Nodirbek2616
19
84
GMGukesh, DU1827584IMVaishali, Rameshbabu2448
75
98
GMVan Foreest, Jorden2707GMShimanov, Aleksandr2566
31
1079
IMSrihari, L RU182438GMAryan, Chopra2634
15
1116
GMSalem, A.R. Saleh2632GMKaidanov, Gregory2554
35
1218
GMPuranik, Abhimanyu2618GMKevlishvili, Robby2521
43
1322
GMVakhidov, Jakhongir2607GMPranesh, MU182515
46
1424
GMSethuraman, S.P.2598IMAhmadzada, AhmadU202494
55
1526
GMKuybokarov, Temur2584GMSankalp, GuptaU202518
45
16102
IMPanda, SambitU202395GMPranav, VU182579
27
1744
GMBellahcene, Bilel252033GMGiri, Anish2760
3
1850
IMPrraneeth, VuppalaU16251033GMNihal, SarinU202694
9
1910
GMFedoseev, Vladimir269133GMMousavi, Seyed Khalil2492
57
2011
GMOparin, Grigoriy268133Xiao, Tong(Qd)U162476
63

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