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Weissenhaus Freestyle G.O.A.T. Challenge R5-7: Abdusattorov dominates the Playoffs

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/02/2024

Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) scored an unbeaten 5.5/7 to win the Rapid Playoffs of WEISSENHAUS Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T. Challenge. He won the Playoffs in an amazin way as he defeated the world no.1, Magnus Carlsen (NOR) in the seventh round. The former World Rapid champion is the only player to remain undefeated in the round-robin event. He will face the reigning world champion, Ding Liren (CHN) in the Quarterfinals. Liren suffered two more losses, before sharing the point with Alireza Firouzja (FRA). Gukesh lost all his games on the second day. He will be up against Fabiano Caruana in the QF. The remaining two matches in the Knockout stage will be - Vincent Keymer (GER) vs Levon Aronian (USA) and Firouzja vs Carlsen. Quarterfinals game 1 starts today at 1 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal

A tough day for Gukesh

Every day is not Sunday. The second day of the Playoffs did not go Gukesh's way. The world champion, Ding Liren also continued to have a tough event. However, the actual battle starts today as the Knockout stage will be played in Classical time control which means each player will get much more time than they got in Rapid. 

Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) defeated Magnus Carlsen (NOR) to win the Rapid Playoffs
Nodirbek Abdusattorov on beating Magnus Carlsen and winning Freestyle Chess Rapid Playoffs | Video: ChessBase India
Vincent Keymer secured second place in the Rapid Playoffs | Video: ChessBase India
Top players decide their openings in 10 minutes | Video: ChessBase India

Round 5: Abdusattorov - Keymer: 0.5-0.5

Vincent Keymer (GER) had an opportunity to win against Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB).

Position after 20.Bg2

White's bishop at a7 is trapped. Black just needed to find the best way to capture it. 20...Re3 21.d4 Kc7 is one of the ways.

Magnus Carlsen's brilliant 0-0 !! - Ding Liren vs Magnus Carlsen, Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Ding Liren suffered his fifth loss in-a-row, against Magnus Carlsen

Check out Endgame Expert - GM Karsten Mueller's analysis of the game between Fabiano Caruana (USA) and D Gukesh.

Fabiano Caruana outplayed D Gukesh
An Indian, German, American and Norwegian analyze together | Gukesh, Keymer, Aronian and Carlsen | Video: ChessBase India

Round 6: Gukesh - Abdusattorov: 0-1

Generally the games between D Gukesh and Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) are interesting encounters. However, this time it turned out to be a one-sided game as Gukesh made some questionable positional decisions.

Position after 17...d6

18.Kh1 or Rdd1 would have continued the fight. Instead, White went 18.Qh3?? 0-0 -+ and things fell apart for White in a hurry.

Gukesh could not get out of the gate against Abdusattorov

Aronian - Ding

Position after 12...Rd7

Find out the winning continuation for White after 12...Rd7.

Levon Aronian scored an 18-move miniature against Ding Liren
Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana | Video: ChessBase India

Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana had an exciting draw
"This was not my finest hour!" - Magnus Carlsen | Video: ChessBase India

Abdusattorov - Carlsen, Round 7

Position after 50.Rd4

Carlsen made a rare endgame error when he played 50...c3?? in time trouble. 50...Kc5 is what Black needed to play continue the game.

Nodirbek Abdusattorov grinds down Magnus Carlsen | Video: ChessBase India

Nodirbek Abdusattorov played really well against the world no.1 and seized his opportunity

Ding Liren drew his first game of the event against Alireza Firouzja after suffering six losses

Vincent Keymer defeated D Gukesh with ease in just 22 moves

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Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Vincent Keymer and Fabiano Caruana analyze a starting position before the round

The starting position number for round 7 was 207 shown by Miss Angola - Teresa Sara and announced by WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni (LUX)

Tournament initiator - Jan Henric Buettner

All eight players

Spectators watching the game live

For more Round 5-7 photos, please click here.

Magnus Carlsen's stylish entry in BMW | Video: ChessBase India


Time: Rapid and Standard

• Round robin: rapid 25 min for the game + 10 sec per move according to A5 of the FIDE laws of chess

• Tiebreak: first direct encounter, second: number of wins, third: Sonneborn-Berger

• Quarter-, semi- and finals: Two games standard 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes rest of the game additional 30 seconds per move


In Case of Tiebreak

1:1 in quarter-, semi-final or final. Tiebreak in the evening:

• two rapid games 15 min for the game + 10 sec per move

• two blitz games 5 min for the game + 2 sec per move

• then one more blitz game until a winner is found

Replay live stream

Replay Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T. Challenge Rapid Day 2 live commentary by GM Peter Leko, IM Tania Sachdev and GM Niclas Huschenbeth | Video: Freestyle Chess


9th and 10th February: playoffs for starting order - Rapid

11th and 12th February: Quarterfinals - Classical

13th and 14th February: Semifinals - Classical

15th and 16th February: Finals - Classical

Replay Playoff Round 5-7 games

Round 5-7 results

Round 5
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMDing, Liren0 - 1GMCarlsen, Magnus
GMCaruana, Fabiano1 - 0GMGukesh, D
GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek½ - ½GMKeymer, Vincent
GMAronian, Levon½ - ½GMFirouzja, Alireza
Round 6
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMGukesh, D0 - 1GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek
GMAronian, Levon1 - 0GMDing, Liren
GMCarlsen, Magnus½ - ½GMCaruana, Fabiano
GMFirouzja, Alireza1 - 0GMKeymer, Vincent
Round 7
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMCaruana, Fabiano1 - 0GMAronian, Levon
GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek1 - 0GMCarlsen, Magnus
GMDing, Liren½ - ½GMFirouzja, Alireza
GMKeymer, Vincent1 - 0GMGukesh, D


Final standings crosstable after Rapid Playoffs


Quarterfinal matches

Nodirbek Abdusattorov - Ding Liren

Vincent Keymer - Levon Aronian

Fabiano Caruana - D Gukesh

Alireza Firouzja - Magnus Carlsen


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