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Jan-Krzysztof Duda wins Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2022, Anand shares second place with Aronian

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/05/2022

Vishy Anand played fantastic chess at Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2022. Despite starting the final day with two losses and a draw, he persevered and scored 4 points in the next six games to finish with 23.5/36. Levon Aronian also scored the same. However, Jan-Krzysztof Duda once again scored an important last round victory to win the tournament 24/36. Duda has all the momentum on his side heading into the Candidates 2022 with two important tournament victories. He has shown strong nerves since his FIDE World Cup 2021 triumph. Anand has played exemplary chess in this event after a five-months long break. He has shown the world repeatedly why he is one of the greatest of all time. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Aronian and Anand score 23.5/36

Vishy Anand has consistently played well at Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2022. Despite suffering three losses on the final day, he just finished a half point behind the champion. The seven-time world champion (five in Classical, two in Rapid), has reminded the world why he got the moniker of 'The Lightning Kid'.

Vishy Anand played amazing at Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2022 | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2022 winner - GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda with GCT Executive Director, Michael Khodarkovsky, Superbet Poland CEO, Adam Lamentowicz and presenter GM Cristian Chirila | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
Jan-Krzysztof Duda crowned as Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2022 champion | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club
How Vishy Anand made a spectacular comeback at the age of 52! | Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

Round 10: Duda - Anand: 1-0

For the first time in this event, Vishy Anand started the day with a loss.

Position after 22...Rf8

22...Rf8 dropped a couple of pawns in quick succession 23.Qxa7 Rxf1+ 24.Bxf1 Qe1 25.Qa8+ Kg7 26.Qxb7+ Kh6 27.Qa6. Now White is completely winning. Saving the a7-pawn via 22.b6/a6/a5 would have continued the fight.

Duda-Anand had all three results in this event | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Round 11: Anand - Korobov: 0-1

Anand suffered his second consecutive loss of the day against four-time Ukraine champion, Anton Korobov.

Position after 17...Rf5

Find out the key difference between playing 18.f4 now and after playing 17.c5.

Anton Korobov scored 6.5/9 on the Final day of Blitz | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Round 13: Anand - Shevchenko: 1-0

After a draw with IM David Gavrilescu (ROU), Anand scored his first win of the day against the strong Ukrainian teenager, Kirill Shevchenko.

Position after 28...g5

28...g5 allowed White to disintegrate Black's kingside 29.e5. Black had to play 28...e5 himself.

Position after 45...Qc6

Find out the beautiful finish for White after 45...Qc6. It is something that will certainly make it to many books.

Kirill Shevchenko lost all three games of the event against Vishy Anand| Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Aronian handed Anand his third loss of the day | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Anand remained undefeated against So in this event | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Round 16: Anand - Caruana: 0.5-0.5

Anand had a very interesting Rook endgame against Caruana. The American's mistake allowed him to get a couple of good opportunities to win the game.

Position after 36...Rxb5

White is completely winning here because black's king is misplaced. White king can use it to his advantage. Find out how.

Position after 46...Rg8

Time trouble induced error caused Black to arrive at a completely lost position. White needs to be careful to win the game after 46...Rg8. Right now 47.h7 allows Black to escape with a draw. Find out why.

Instructive Rook vs Pawn endgame - Vishy Anand vs Fabiano Caruana | Video: ChessBase India

Anand-Caruana was an exciting Bltz encounter | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Anand finished the event with consecutive victories over Richard Rapport and Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

Round 18: Shevchenko - Duda: 0-1

Kirill Shevchenko was completely winning against Jan-Krzysztof Duda. However, he missed a winning combination.

Position after 28...Kh7

Find out the winning continuation for White after 28...Kh7.

Duda persevered a tough position and managed to win the crucial final round game | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Photo Gallery

Jan-Krzystof Duda with FIDE Vice President Lukasz Turlej and the organizers | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Aronian shared the second place with Anand | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

The beautiful tournament hall - Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Players signed on the table they played | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Replay the live stream

Replay the Live Commentary of Superbet Rapid & Blitz 2022 Blitz Round 10-18 by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India


The total prize fund is US$ 175000 with the first prize being US$ 40000.


Rapid: Win - 2 points, Draw - 1 point and Loss - 0.

Blitz: Win - 1 point, Draw - 0.5 point and Loss - 0.

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Final standings after Blitz Round 18

Vishy Anand is still at the top 19.0/27 | Photo: Grand Chess Tour

Tour standings

Levon Aronian leads the Tour standings with 19 points | Photo: Grand Chess Tour


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