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Nodirbek Yakubboev wins Qatar Masters 2023, S L Narayanan third with a 2792 performance

by Shahid Ahmed - 21/10/2023

The 44th Chess Olympiad Gold medalists - Nodirbek Abdussatorov (UZB) and Nodirbek Yakubboev (UZB) won their final round games against Arjun Erigaisi and Karthikeyan Murali respectively. Thus, they both became the only two players to end up with a score of 7/9 each. Yakubboev beat his countryman Abdusattorov in both 5'+3" Blitz play-off games to become Qatar Masters 2023 champion. Abdusattorov was placed second. S L Narayanan had a good chance against Hikaru Nakamura (USA). However, he was unable to seize it and it ended in a draw. Nevertheless, Narayanan scored an unbeaten 6.5/9 with a performance of 2792. He finished third along with five more players including Arjun Erigaisi and D Gukesh. Abhimanyu Puranik was on the verge of handing Magnus Carlsen his third defeat of the tournament. IM Vaishali R and IM Srihari L R scored GM-norms. CM Mayank Chakraborty earned his final IM-norm. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

GM-norm: Vaishali R and Srihari L R, IM-norm: Mayank Chakraborty

IM Vaishali R fulfilled her final GM-norm requirements by the eighth round. She just needed to play the final round game. The result was immaterial to her norm chances. She needs to fulfill the rating criteria of 2500 to become India's next GM and only third Indian female to do so. 12 years ago, Harika Dronavalli was the last Indian female to achieve the coveted the GM title. For Vaishali, it is just a matter of time before she etches her name in the history. GM Abhimanyu Puranik holding the FIDE World Cup 2023 winner, GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR) to a draw meant, Abhimanyu making a top 15 finish, ahead of the World no.1 who finished 16th. More than the rating, missed win and prize money, finishing ahead of Carlsen after facing him in the final round, is certainly going to make Abhimanyu delighted. Open B report will be published separately.

Qatar Masters 2023 champion - GM Nodirbek Yakubboev (UZB) 7/9
Interview with Qatar Masters 2023 champion - GM Nodirbek Yakubboev | Video: ChessBase India

Runner-up - GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) 7/9

Second Runner-up - GM S L Narayanan 6.5/9

GM S L Narayanan is not only the best Indian performer, in terms of performance rating, he is the best performer with a 2792 performance.

I have to win the winning positions - GM S L Narayanan | Video: ChessBase India

GM S L Narayanan scored an impressive unbeaten 6.5/9 with a performance of 2792

Qatar Masters Open A and B champion - GM Nodirbek Yakkuboev (UZB) 7/9 and FM NA Rustum Tolentino (PHI) 8.5/9

Abhimanyu - Carlsen: 0.5-0.5

GM Abhimanyu Puranik (2618) got a few good opportunities against the World no.1 GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2839).

Position after 46...Ka4

One of the last chances White had in the double rook endgame was in the above position. 47.Kb2 Rb3+ 48.Kc1 Rd3 49.Rd2 Rc3+ 50.Kd1 and White avoids all perpetual check threats. Unfortunately for White, he opted for 47.Kc1 Kb3 and the game meandered into a draw.

Magnus Carlsen's laugh after an intense final round! | Video: ChessBase India

Narayanan - Nakamura

Position after 30...Rc8

31.Rxc8 Rxc8 32.Ne6 Nf5 33.g4 would have landed Black in trouble.

Hikaru's lucky escape? GM S L Narayanan vs GM Hikaru Nakamura | Video: ChessBase India
An incredible Finale at Qatar Masters! | Video: ChessBase India
Arjun Erigaisi's massive blunder - Nodirbek Abdusattorov vs Arjun | Video: ChessBase India
The most heartbreaking moment of Arjun Erigaisi against Nodirbek Abdusattorov | Video: ChessBase India
Cat with 9 lives? | Abhijeet Gupta vs D Gukesh | Video: ChessBase India
Playing against Carlsen got me ready for the rest of the tournament - IM Srihari L R | Video: ChessBase India

IM Srihari L R scored his second GM-norm

IM Srihari L R secured his second IM-norm by winning a must-win final round game against GM Sandipan Chanda
Vaishali scores her final GM norm at Qatar Masters 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

GM-elect IM Vaishali R with her mother Nagalakshmi

IM Vaishali R fulfilled her final GM-norm requirements before the final round, thus the loss in the final round did not affect her norm chances

Best Female Top 3 (L to R): 2nd IM Divya Deshmukh 5/9, 1st IM Vaishali R 5/9 and 3rd WIM Alua Nurmanova (KAZ) 4.5/9
The boy from North-East India Mayank Chakraborty scores his third IM-norm | Video: ChessBase India

CM Mayank Chakraborty scored his final IM-norm

Mayank Chakraborty scored 4.5/9, performed at 2485 and gained 34.8 Elo rating points en route his final IM-norm

Tie-break games

Battle of the Nodirbeks: Abdusattorov vs Yakubboev | Qatar Masters 2023 Play-Off 1 | Video: ChessBase India
Battle of the Nodirbeks: Abdusattorov vs Yakubboev | Qatar Masters 2023 Play-Off 2 | Video: ChessBase India
The young boy asks a question to Hikaru Nakamura | Video: ChessBase India
The closing ceremony of Qatar Masters 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

Schedule

There was 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 was 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 was US$ 108250. The top three prizes are $25000, $15000 and $10000 each.

Replay live stream

Replay Round 9 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay Round 9 Live Commentary by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko, IM Jovanka Houska, and IM Irene Sukandar | Video: Qatar Chess Association
Replay Tie-breaks Live Commentary by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko, IM Jovanka Houska, and IM Irene Sukandar | Video: Qatar Chess Association

Replay Round 9 and Tie-break games

Round 9 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
118
GMPuranik, Abhimanyu2618½ - ½GMCarlsen, Magnus *)2839
1
213
GMNarayanan.S.L,26516½ - ½6GMNakamura, Hikaru *)2780
2
35
GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek271661 - 0GMErigaisi, Arjun2712
6
419
GMYakubboev, Nodirbek261661 - 06GMKarthikeyan, Murali2611
20
53
GMGiri, Anish2760½ - ½6GMSindarov, Javokhir2658
12
621
GMGupta, Abhijeet26090 - 1GMGukesh, D2758
4
77
GMMaghsoodloo, Parham27071 - 0GMKuybokarov, Temur2584
26
811
GMOparin, Grigoriy2681½ - ½GMSethuraman, S.P.2598
24
923
GMParavyan, David2599½ - ½GMSalem, A.R. Saleh2632
16
1015
GMAryan, Chopra26345½ - ½GMShimanov, Aleksandr2566
31
1137
IMMakarian, Rudik254850 - 15GMVan Foreest, Jorden2707
8
129
GMNihal, Sarin269451 - 05GMFawzy, Adham2535
40
1341
GMYilmazyerli, Mert253350 - 15GMFedoseev, Vladimir2691
10
1414
GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.26495½ - ½5GMVignesh, N R2527
42
1549
GMIniyan, P25105½ - ½5GMVakhidov, Jakhongir2607
22
1625
GMJumabayev, Rinat258551 - 05IMPrraneeth, Vuppala2510
50
1727
GMPranav, V25795½ - ½5GMRaja, Rithvik R2495
54
1888
IMZou, Chen24185½ - ½5GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin2578
28
1959
GMAbdisalimov, Abdimalik24875½ - ½5GMAditya, Mittal2572
30
2035
GMKaidanov, Gregory255451 - 05IMVaishali, Rameshbabu2448
75

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2 
119
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB2616702775
25
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU20UZB2716702765
313
GMNarayanan.S.L,IND26516,502792
412
GMSindarov, JavokhirU20UZB26586,502766
52
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA27806,502748
66
GMErigaisi, ArjunU20IND27126,502743
77
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI27076,502727
84
GMGukesh, DU20IND27586,502674
923
GMParavyan, DavidFID2599602703
1020
GMKarthikeyan, MuraliIND2611602689
113
GMGiri, AnishNED2760602680
1231
GMShimanov, AleksandrFID2566602665
1316
GMSalem, A.R. SalehAr.UAE2632602658
25
GMJumabayev, RinatKAZ2585602658
1518
GMPuranik, AbhimanyuIND2618602654

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