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[3 2 chess]Goldmoney Asian Rapid: Aronian, Ding Lead

Tag:   2021-10-06 01:24:56

  After the second day of the preliminaries in the Goldmoney Asian Rapid, GMs Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are tied for first place with 7/10, closely followed by GM Wesley So and Vladislav Artemiev. GM Alireza Firouzja and Daniil Dubov need a good third day to qualify for the knockout phase; GM Hou Yifan cannot make it anymore.

  How to watch?

  The Goldmoney Asian Rapid preliminaries games can be found here as part of our live events platform. IM Levy Rozman and IM Anna Rudolf are providing daily commentary on GM Hikaru Nakamura’s Twitch channel starting at 4:00 a.m. Pacific / 13:00 Central Europe.

  Goldmoney Asian Rapid results

  Goldmoney Asian Rapid Preliminaries | Round 10 Standings

  #

  Fed

  Name

  Rtg

  Perf

  1

  2

  3

  4

  5

  6

  7

  8

  9

  0

  1

  2

  3

  4

  5

  6

  Pts

  1

  Aronian

  2781

  2855

  ?

  1

  ?

  1

  ?

  ?

  ?

  1

  ?

  1

  7.0

  2

  Ding

  2799

  2838

  ?

  ?

  1

  ?

  1

  1

  ?

  ?

  ?

  1

  7.0

  3

  So

  2770

  2828

  ?

  1

  ?

  0

  1

  1

  ?

  ?

  ?

  1

  6.5

  4

  Artemiev

  2704

  2817

  0

  0

  ?

  1

  1

  1

  ?

  1

  ?

  1

  6.5

  5

  Carlsen

  2847

  2800

  0

  ?

  ?

  ?

  ?

  1

  1

  0

  1

  1

  6.0

  6

  Giri

  2780

  2808

  ?

  1

  ?

  ?

  ?

  1

  1

  0

  ?

  ?

  6.0

  7

  Erigaisi

  2567

  2745

  0

  ?

  0

  ?

  1

  ?

  ?

  1

  1

  ?

  5.5

  8

  Duda

  2729

  2729

  ?

  0

  ?

  ?

  ?

  0

  1

  ?

  ?

  1

  5.0

  9

  Salem

  2682

  2700

  ?

  0

  0

  0

  ?

  1

  1

  1

  ?

  0

  4.5

  10

  Dubov

  2714

  2674

  ?

  0

  0

  0

  0

  ?

  ?

  1

  1

  1

  4.5

  11

  Firouzja

  2759

  2676

  0

  0

  1

  0

  ?

  0

  ?

  1

  ?

  1

  4.5

  12

  Svidler

  2714

  2712

  ?

  0

  ?

  ?

  0

  1

  ?

  0

  ?

  1

  4.5

  13

  Gukesh

  2578

  2643

  0

  ?

  ?

  0

  ?

  0

  0

  1

  1

  ?

  4.0

  14

  Vidit

  2726

  2637

  ?

  ?

  ?

  ?

  0

  ?

  0

  ?

  0

  1

  4.0

  15

  Hou

  2658

  2516

  ?

  0

  0

  ?

  0

  0

  ?

  0

  0

  1

  2.5

  16

  Adhiban

  2660

  2463

  0

  0

  0

  ?

  1

  0

  0

  ?

  0

  0

  2.0

  Just like on the first day, World Champion Magnus Carlsen started with a loss. This time it was Aronian, one of the two players who are currently in the lead.

  The Armenian and soon American grandmaster outplayed his opponent in a Rossolimo endgame with the standard trade-off between the better pawn structure vs. the bishop pair. As Carlsen’s light-squared bishop was a total disaster in this game, Aronian’s structure prevailed but the Norwegian player had chances till the end:

  

  Levon Aronian Goldmoney Asian Rapid

  A powerful game by Levon Aronian. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

  So far, the biggest surprise is the Indian GM Arjun Erigaisi, who finds himself in seventh place and therefore in the group of players who would be qualifying for the next phase. His score could have been even higher if he had drawn his well-played endgame (until some point) with Aronian in round seven:

  Carlsen couldn’t bounce back straight away as he had done the day before. An “insane” game, as GM Anish Giri called it, ended in a draw after the world champion faced a queen sacrifice and got under a tremendous attack.

  Giri is really channeling his inner-Tal in this tournament! However, this time his enterprising play wasn’t rewarded. At some point, the Dutchman could choose between two brilliant wins, but didn’t find either and let his opponent escape:

  wtf was that #ChessChamps

  — Anish Giri (@anishgiri) June 27, 2021

  As if he needed to calm down a bit (and Aronian consolidate his position in the standings) Giri’s next game was a nine-move draw: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 Ng4 7. Bc1 Nf6 8. Be3 Ng4 9. Bc1 Nf6 ?-?. In tournaments where it’s all about finishing in the top half, such games cannot really be ruled out, it seems.

  Carlsen also drew his next game, with GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda, before scoring his first win of the day in round nine against a former second of his. The world champ was a true pawn grabber as he used different tactics to hang on to the material, but GM Daniil Dubov was close to the draw in the double rook endgame that ensued:

  Magnus Carlsen Goldmoney Asian rapid

  Magnus Carlsen. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

  At the end of the day, Ding caught Aronian in first place with a win against GM Peter Svidler in round 10. The Chinese GM seems to finally have found back his top form again and, as was pointed out before, the more pleasant starting time of the rounds can’t hurt:

  Ding Liren Goldmoney Asian rapid

  Ding Liren. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

  All Games Day 2

  The Goldmoney Asian Rapid runs June 26-July 4, 2021 on chess24. The preliminary phase is a 16-player rapid (15|10) round-robin. The top eight players advance to a six-day knockout that consists of two days of four-game rapid matches, which advance to blitz (5|3) and armageddon (White has five minutes, Black four with no increment) tiebreaks only if a knockout match is tied after the second day. The prize fund is $100,000.

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