Duda Beats Dubov, Reaches Hamburg Grand Prix Final
Jan-Krzysztof Duda reached the Hamburg GP final. Photo: Valeria Gordienko/World Chess.

Duda Beats Dubov, Reaches Hamburg Grand Prix Final

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Despite losing the first rapid game in Wednesday's tiebreak Jan-Krzysztof Duda knocked out Daniil Dubov to reach the final of the FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg. That starts on Friday.

It was an exciting semifinal tiebreak between two of today's most promising rising stars—especially in speed chess: Dubov, the reigning world rapid champion and Duda, the runner-up at the world blitz championship. It goes to show that both of them were invited to the 2020 Tata Steel Chess Masters.

Dubov got extremely close to victory as he won the first rapid game (with 25 minutes on the clock and 10 seconds increment), and reached a drawn rook endgame. Duda had to gamble there, and won.

The first encounter was also decided in the endgame. The Russian player outplayed his opponent with a more active king:

Daniil Dubov 2019 Hamburg FIDE Grand Prix
Dubov started with a win, but it was not enough. Photo: Valeria Gordienko/World Chess.

Duda had to win the next one as Black, and chose a typical opening for such situations: the Modern Defense. He needed to take risks, and closing the queenside led to a fight on two flanks where thing were initially going Dubov's way. After more adventures, Duda ended on top:

The first 10+10 game finished quickly and abruptly, as Dubov somewhat mysteriously offered a draw as early as move 16, just when an Exchange Slav started to become sharp:

Caissa was not thrilled, and decided to support Duda in the next game. A Torre Attack reached a Carlsbad structure in which Dubov made a few surprising decisions:

Duda Dubov Hamburg Grand Prix
Just a single board left at the Hamburg Grand Prix. Photo: Valeria Gordienko/World Chess.

With his win, Duda qualified for the final of the Hamburg Grand Prix, where he'll meet Alexander Grischuk, again in two standard games and possibly a tiebreak. Play starts on Friday.

The Hamburg Grand Prix games start each day at 15:00 CET, which is 9 a.m. Eastern and 6 a.m. Pacific. You can follow them here as part of our live portal.


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