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Qatar Masters 2023 R7: Magnus Carlsen crumbles against Karthikeyan Murali

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/10/2023

Karthikeyan Murali made the most out of his opportunity against the World no.1. The FIDE World Cup 2023 winner made an unforced error when he decided to give up two of his minor pieces for a rook. The Norwegian never got any compensation for it. Karthikeyan managed to convert his advantage into a full point. This win almost ensures that Carlsen is highly unlikely to defend his Qatar Masters title. After Vishy Anand and Pentala Harikrishna, Karthikeyan became the third Indian to beat Magnus Carlsen in a Classical rated game. With this win, Karthikeyan joins S L Narayanan, Javokhir Sindarov (UZB), Arjun Erigaisi, David Paravyan and Nodirbek Yakubboev (UZB) in a six-pack lead. Round 8 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

Karthikeyan becomes the third Indian to beat Carlsen in a Classical rated game

Since Magnus Carlsen became World no.1, Vishy Anand has been the only Indian to beat him in a Classical rated game. Thus, Karthikeyan Murali became the second Indian to achieve that feat. IM Vaishali R drew against GM Aditya Mittal to continue her quest towards the final GM-norm.

Karthikeyan Murali got into the lead by beating none other than the World no.1 Magnus Carlsen

Carlsen - Karthikeyan Murali: 0-1

The FIDE World Cup 2023 winner - GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2839) made an incorrect sacrifice against GM Karthikeyan Murali (2611).

Position after 35...Kd6

23.Bxh6? Rxe4 24.Rxe4 gxh6 and White never got enough compensation or play with his rook against two minor pieces. 23.Nxf6 Nxf6 24.Qxc6 Kxc6 would have kept things in balance.

Why did Magnus Carlsen call his opponent?  Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Magnus Carlsen congratulates his opponent after losing the game | Video: ChessBase India
The Karthikeyan Murali interview after his win over Magnus Carlsen | Video: ChessBase India

Karthikeyan Murali beat the World no.1 Magnus Carlsen in their first Classical encounter
Two newly-wed super GMs play fiery chess | Maghsoodloo vs Nakamura | Video: ChessBase India
"I couldn't calm down. I was not so relaxed. I was playing for attraction" - GM Parham Maghsoodloo | Video: ChessBase India

GM Nodirbek Yakubboev (UZB) - GM Arjun Erigaisi: 0.5-0.5
"I was actually winning but there wasn't any direct win" - GM S L Narayanan | Video: ChessBase India

GM S L Narayanan - GM Javokhir Sindarov (UZB): 0.5-0.5
Paravyan's beautiful exchange sacrifice downs Gukesh - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

GM Pranav Venkatesh - GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB): 0.5-0.5
GM Anish Giri on his win against GM Karthik Venkataraman | Video: ChessBase India

IM Vaishali R - GM Aditya Mittal: 0.5-0.5

FM Nikhil Dixit (pictured) - IM Divya Deshmukh: 1-0 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Videos

"It was surreal, just watching Carlsen play made me happy!" - IM Manish Anto Cristiano | Video: ChessBase India
"I played against 4 Indian players in the last four rounds!" - IM Nogerbek Kazybek | Video: ChessBase India
WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili - Press Officer of Qatar Masters 2023 | 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 1 p.m. local time, 3:30 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 7 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay Round 7 Live Commentary by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko, IM Jovanka Houska, and IM Irene Sukandar | Video: Qatar Chess Association

Replay Round 7 games

Round 7 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMCarlsen, Magnus *)28390 - 1GMKarthikeyan, Murali2611
20
27
GMMaghsoodloo, Parham2707½ - ½GMNakamura, Hikaru *)2780
2
319
GMYakubboev, Nodirbek26165½ - ½5GMErigaisi, Arjun2712
6
413
GMNarayanan.S.L,26515½ - ½5GMSindarov, Javokhir2658
12
523
GMParavyan, David25991 - 0GMGukesh, D2758
4
627
GMPranav, V2579½ - ½GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek2716
5
73
GMGiri, Anish276041 - 04GMKarthik, Venkataraman2563
32
835
GMKaidanov, Gregory255441 - 04GMVan Foreest, Jorden2707
8
931
GMShimanov, Aleksandr256641 - 04GMFedoseev, Vladimir2691
10
1011
GMOparin, Grigoriy268141 - 04GMAdhiban, B.2551
36
1115
GMAryan, Chopra26344½ - ½4GMFawzy, Adham2535
40
1237
IMMakarian, Rudik25484½ - ½4GMSalem, A.R. Saleh2632
16
1339
GMVisakh, N R254740 - 14GMPuranik, Abhimanyu2618
18
1450
IMPrraneeth, Vuppala251040 - 14GMVakhidov, Jakhongir2607
22
1545
GMSankalp, Gupta251840 - 14GMSethuraman, S.P.2598
24
1643
GMKevlishvili, Robby25214½ - ½4GMJumabayev, Rinat2585
25
1746
GMPranesh, M25154½ - ½4GMKuybokarov, Temur2584
26
1855
IMAhmadzada, Ahmad24944½ - ½4GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin2578
28
1975
IMVaishali, Rameshbabu24484½ - ½4GMAditya, Mittal2572
30
2014
GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.26491 - 04IMSrihari, L R2438
79

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Standings after Round 7

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2 
113
GMNarayanan.S.L,IND26515,502836
212
GMSindarov, JavokhirU20UZB26585,502805
36
GMErigaisi, ArjunU20IND27125,502784
423
GMParavyan, DavidFID25995,502782
520
GMKarthikeyan, MuraliIND26115,502775
619
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB26165,502763
72
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA2780502730
87
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI2707502711
93
GMGiri, AnishNED2760502689
105
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU20UZB2716502671
1131
GMShimanov, AleksandrFID2566502664
1222
GMVakhidov, JakhongirUZB2607502643
1335
GMKaidanov, GregoryUSA2554502638
1424
GMSethuraman, S.P.IND2598502624
1511
GMOparin, GrigoriyUSA2681502610
18
GMPuranik, AbhimanyuIND2618502610

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Round 8 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMCarlsen, Magnus *)28395GMKaidanov, Gregory2554
35
22
GMNakamura, Hikaru *)278055GMPranav, V2579
27
36
GMErigaisi, Arjun2712GMParavyan, David2599
23
412
GMSindarov, Javokhir2658GMYakubboev, Nodirbek2616
19
520
GMKarthikeyan, Murali2611GMNarayanan.S.L,2651
13
618
GMPuranik, Abhimanyu261855GMGiri, Anish2760
3
722
GMVakhidov, Jakhongir260755GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek2716
5
824
GMSethuraman, S.P.259855GMMaghsoodloo, Parham2707
7
931
GMShimanov, Aleksandr256655GMOparin, Grigoriy2681
11
104
GMGukesh, D2758GMKevlishvili, Robby2521
43
1140
GMFawzy, Adham2535GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.2649
14
1242
GMVignesh, N R2527GMAryan, Chopra2634
15
1316
GMSalem, A.R. Saleh2632IMAhmadzada, Ahmad2494
55
1446
GMPranesh, M2515GMGupta, Abhijeet2609
21
1554
GMRaja, Rithvik R2495GMJumabayev, Rinat2585
25
1626
GMKuybokarov, Temur2584IMSamadov, Read2492
58
1728
GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin2578GMAbdisalimov, Abdimalik2487
59
1830
GMAditya, Mittal2572IMZou, Chen2418
88
1975
IMVaishali, Rameshbabu2448IMMakarian, Rudik2548
37
208
GMVan Foreest, Jorden270744IMMadaminov, Mukhiddin2484
61

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