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World Rapid 2023 Day 2: A Phenomenal day for Priyanka Nutakki

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/12/2023

WGM Priyanka Nutakki had a fantastic day at World Rapid 2023 Women. She won five games in-a-row, including wins against three GMs - Zhu Chen (QAT), former women's world champion, Valentina Gunina and Vaishali R. IM Anastasia Bodnaruk is the sole leader 7/8, followed by GM Koneru Humpy and WGM Zhai Mo (CHN) at 6.5/8 each. Priyanka took her score to 6/8. In the Open event, Magnus Carlsen (NOR), Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO) and Yangyi Yu (CHN) are in a three-way lead 7/9. They are followed by 13 players at 6.5/9 including three Indians - GM Bharath Subramaniyam H, GM Arjun Erigaisi and GM Vidit Gujrathi. Round 10 Open and Round 9 Women starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 3:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Carlsen in a three-way lead with Fedoseev and Yangyi

WGM Priyanka Nutakki scored five wins in-a-row, including three consecutive victories against GMs

GM Bharath Subramaniyam H ended GM Sandipan Chanda's unbeaten run in the sixth round and finished the day with 6.5/9

Round 6 Open: Bharath stuns Sandipan

In the sixth round, GM Bharath Subramaniyam H (2426) continued his momentum from the previous day and defeated GM Sandipan Chanda (2602), ending his unbeaten streak at this event. GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2818) did what he does best, grind a relatively balanced double knight endgame, until his opponent GM Vidit Gujrathi (2691) made an inaccuracy which cost him the game.

Bharath - Sandipan

Position after 14...h6?

Bharath showed great positional understanding 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Nf4 Qf7 17.Qd5 Qxd5 18.Ncxd5 and black is positionally lost.

Final moments: Vidit Gujrathi vs Magnus Carlsen | Video: ChessBase India

Round 5 Women: Humpy wins, Atousa stuns Anna

GM Jiner Zhu (CHN, 2431) defeated IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL, 2371) to emerge sole leader. IM Daria Charochkina (2293) lost to GM Koneru Humpy (2444). WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan (USA, 2281) got the better of former World Rapid Women's champion, GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2424).

GM Jiner Zhu (CHN) got the better of IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL)

Atousa - Anna

Position after 49.Qg4

Black needed to find 49...Nh4! defending g6-pawn as well as threatening Qh2# 50.Qf4 Qxf4 51.Rxf4 Re1+ 52.Kh2 Rxb1 53.Rxh4 Ra1 and Black would have gotten a decent advantage. Instead, 49...Qh5?? ended the game 50.Qxh5 gxh5 51.Rg1 the knight cannot be saved from the pin.

Round 7 Open: Arjun draws against Magnus Carlsen

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2654) drew against GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2818) in 20 moves. A draw with the black pieces against the world no.1, is an excellent result, on any given day. Almost two years ago, they faced each other in World Blitz. It ended in a draw. They can still face other one more time before the year ends. GM Bharath Subramaniyam H (2426) suffered his first and only loss against GM Yangyi Yu (CHN, 2699).

Magnus Carlsen vs Arjun Erigaisi | Video: ChessBase India

Magnus Carlsen arrived on the board before Arjun Erigaisi

A gentleman's handshake between Magnus Carlsen and Arjun Erigaisi

Round 6 Women: Priyanka beats Zhu Chen

GM Koneru Humpy defeated IM Gunay Mammadzada (AZE, 2315) to maintain her pursuit. WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan (USA) managed to save herself from a lost postion against GM Vaishali R. FM Sahithi Varshini M (2138) defeated IM Divya Deshmukh (2422) after the latter made a one-move rook blunder. WGM Priyanka Nutakki defeated the ninth women's world champion - GM Zhu Chen (QAT, 2394).

GM Koneru Humpy scored her fourth win in-a-row against the Azerbaijan no.1 - IM Gunay Mammadzada

Round 8 Open: Bharath draws against Praggnanandhaa, Arjun loses versus Fedoseev

Magnus drew against GM Yangyi Yu (CHN, 2699). GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO, 2716) defeated GM Arjun Erigaisi exactly a year later at the very same event, only the color was changed.

GM R Praggnanandhaa vs GM Bharath Subramaniyam H | Video: ChessBase India
GM Yangyi Yu vs GM Magnus Carlsen | Video: ChessBase India

GM Yangyi Yu (CHN) - GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR): 0.5-0.5
A Smooth Finish - Vidit Gujrathi vs David Paravyan | Video: ChessBase India

Round 7 Women: Humpy beats Zhai Mo, Priyanka stuns Gunina

GM Koneru Humpy defeated the sole leader, WGM Zhai Mo (CHN, 2351). GM Vaishali R drew against the reigning four-time Women's World Champion, GM Wenjun Ju (CHN, 2575). WGM Priyanka Nutakki beat her second GM in-a-row - Valentina Gunina (2412) after the latter blundered a piece in a complex battle.

GM Koneru Humpy defeated WGM Zhai Mo (CHN) to join the three-way lead

Round 9 Open: Magnus draws against Keymer, Arjun bounces back and Bharath wins

The only player to beat Magnus Carlsen at FIDE World Cup 2023, GM Vincent Keymer (GER, 2631) drew against each other. Arjun Erigaisi bounced back with a win over GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM, 2589).

Magnus Carlsen (NOR) vs Vincent Keymer (GER) | Video: ChessBase India

Vincent Keymer (GER) was laser focused on his game against Magnus Carlsen (NOR)

Round 8 Women: Humpy misses a win against Tingjie, Priyanka beats Vaishali

GM Koneru Humpy was winning for the better part of the rook and knight, eventually knight endgame. However, she abandoned her passed pawn and went to capture the wrong one. A minute inaccuracy, followed by a massive rook blunder by GM Vaishali R, allowed WGM Priyanka Nutakki to score her fifth win in-a-row, third against GMs and two consecutive wins against them with the black pieces. If that is not the definition of an amazing day, it would be difficult to say what is.

A Brutal Blunder - GM R Vaishali vs WGM Priyanka Nutakki | Video: ChessBase India

WGM Priyanka Nutakki had a sensational day

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Round 9 Open results

9543GMCheparinov Ivan26186½ - ½6GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi269118
91023GMNihal Sarin2667½ - ½GMVakhidov Jakhongir252793
91255GMHovhannisyan Robert25890 - 1GMErigaisi Arjun265426
913137GMBharath Subramaniyam H24261 - 0GMBrunello Sabino265128
9197GMSvidler Peter27375½ - ½5GMNarayanan S L258658
92261GMParavyan David25845½ - ½5GMPraggnanandhaa R270614
92597GMSuleymanli Aydin25175½ - ½5GMGukesh D265624
92627GMFressinet Laurent26525½ - ½5GMAditya Mittal2381150
93649GMChanda Sandipan2602½ - ½GMSmirnov Anton2486115
938141IMMadaminov Mukhiddin24151 - 0GMSadhwani Raunak258660
93964GMNajer Evgeniy25791 - 0GMPranav V2472122
96230GMGanguly Surya Shekhar26451 - 0IMKosakowski Jakub2472123
96335GMGuseinov Gadir26310 - 1GMMitrabha Guha2436134
965129GMPranesh M2459½ - ½GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo258262
969138GMKarthik Venkataraman24260 - 1GMHong Andrew253984
974183FMKhusenkhojaev Mustafokhuja22051 - 03GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.257368
976185FMBegmuratov Khumoyun21953½ - ½3GMAdhiban B.252892


Round 8 Women results

823GMLei Tingjie2517½ - ½6GMKoneru Humpy24448
8920IMVaishali Rameshbabu237350 - 15WGMPriyanka Nutakki220569
8169GMDronavalli Harika24404½ - ½WIMBalabayeva Xeniya216675
81745WGMTokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim228540 - 14WGMDivya Deshmukh242213
82238GMDanielian Elina231241 - 04IMPadmini Rout225556
82380FMSahithi Varshini M21384½ - ½4IMCharochkina Daria229341
834105WFMAllahverdiyeva Ayan19030 - 1WGMSavitha Shri B223860
84589IMSoumya Swaminathan21043½ - ½IMMammadova Gulnar231536
847103WGMRakshitta Ravi19211 - 0WFMHajiyeva Laman206694
85392WFMAydin Gulenay208920 - 12Velpula Sarayu1751110


Standings after Round 9 Open

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 w-weKrtg+/-
11GMCarlsen, MagnusNOR281874750262800,2000
211GMFedoseev, VladimirSLO271674650259000,8300
315GMYu, YangyiCHN2699744,548262101,3500
4137GMBharath, Subramaniyam HIND24266,54953,5265304,4800
526GMErigaisi, ArjunIND26546,54953,5262601,4700
643GMCheparinov, IvanBUL26186,547,551,5262601,8200
74GMVachier-Lagrave, MaximeFRA27676,5475125990-0,0900
813GMDubov, DaniilFID27126,546,549,5255900,1000
979GMMurzin, VolodarFID25476,54647264102,5500
1018GMVidit, Santosh GujrathiIND26916,545,549,5259600,7000
1142GMShevchenko, KirillROU26196,542,546256300,9700
1217GMRadjabov, TeimourAZE26916,54246255600,2500
1336GMKeymer, VincentGER26316,54246252200,5500
1498GMIdani, PouyaIRI25166,54144257602,2500
1537GMAndreikin, DmitryFID26296,540,544254800,8600
1650GMKorobov, AntonUKR26016,53942249300,5700
1788GMNesterov, ArseniyFID2534645,549,5264602,3000
1839GMAnton Guijarro, DavidESP262564448257600,7000
1957GMChigaev, MaksimESP258764447,5260501,4000
2052GMXu, XiangyuCHN259864447,5258001,0300


Standings after Round 8 Women

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 w-weKrtg+/-
151IMBodnaruk, AnastasiaFID2265736,538,5240403,831038,3
28GMKoneru, HumpyIND24446,53538232401,101011
329WGMZhai, MoCHN23516,53537232401,852037
411GMZhu, JinerCHN243164245,5231600,63106,3
521IMSalimova, NurgyulBUL237163840,5226500,602012
65GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID2486635,53922490-0,4610-4,6
742IMGarifullina, LeyaFID2287635,538233902,142042,8
83GMLei, TingjieCHN2517634,537,522750-0,5410-5,4
96GMLagno, KaterynaFID2463633,537230000,10101
1069WGMPriyanka, NutakkiIND220562931227402,292045,8
1112GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR24245,537,54022410-0,5310-5,3
1210IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ24365,536,539,522550-0,4710-4,7
1359WIMLu, MiaoyiCHN22395,534,538238402,454098
141GMJu, WenjunCHN25755,532,53522970-1,3010-13
1570WGMBeydullayeva, GovharAZE21975,531,533,5240202,852057
1624GMStefanova, AntoanetaBUL23635,531,533,5224700,16101,6
1728IMNarva, MaiEST23515,53134228400,562011,2
182GMTan, ZhongyiCHN25285,530,53422750-1,0110-10,1
1965WGMYu, JenniferUSA2217535,538240502,222044,4
20102WFMNurgaliyeva, ZarinaKAZ196353437,5231104,0240160,8


Round 10 Open pairings

10518GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi2691GMKorobov Anton260150
10626GMErigaisi Arjun2654GMCheparinov Ivan261843
108137GMBharath Subramaniyam H2426GMAndreikin Dmitry262937
101588GMNesterov Arseniy253466GMNihal Sarin266723
102014GMPraggnanandhaa R2706GMHolt Conrad254877
102224GMGukesh D2656GMKobalia Mikhail253985
103158GMNarayanan S L2586IMGurel Ediz2313165
1032150GMAditya Mittal2381GMPredke Alexandr258659
1040105GMMakhnev Denis250455GMChanda Sandipan260249
1048122GMPranav V2472GMDuda Jan-Krzysztof27723
1049134GMMitrabha Guha2436GMJobava Baadur267122
1050140IMGalchenko Matvey2416GMGanguly Surya Shekhar264530
105260GMSadhwani Raunak2586GMZvjaginsev Vadim2469127
106172GMPetrosyan Manuel256144GMPranesh M2459129
1077158FMAmilal Munkhdalai2340GMAdhiban B.252892
1082198Sklokin Sergey1946GMKarthik Venkataraman2426138
108468GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.257333FMZverev Lev2269176


Round 9 Women pairings

918GMKoneru Humpy24447IMBodnaruk Anastasia226551
9569WGMPriyanka Nutakki220566IMGarifullina Leya228742
91013WGMDivya Deshmukh242255IMNomin-Erdene Davaademberel228644
91358IMBalajayeva Khanim224655IMVaishali Rameshbabu237320
91955WGMHejazipour Mitra2256GMDronavalli Harika24409
92023IMArabidze Meri2364WGMSavitha Shri B223860
92230IMTsolakidou Stavroula2349FMSahithi Varshini M213880
92856IMPadmini Rout225544GMKrush Irina239516
93753IMBivol Alina2257IMSoumya Swaminathan210489
94217GMZhu Chen23943WGMRakshitta Ravi1921103
950110Velpula Sarayu175133WFMGetman Tatyana212585



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