Chessable Masters: MVL, Radjabov Eliminated
Anish Giri won the B group of the Chessable Masters's Swiss part. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Chessable Masters: MVL, Radjabov Eliminated

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GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and GM Teimour Radjabov have been eliminated from the Chessable Masters. The two players didn't finish among the top four of the B group. GMs Anish Giri, Ding Liren, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and Fabiano Caruana made it to the knockout which starts Thursday.

How to watch?
The games of the Chessable Masters can be found here as part of our live events platform. IM Levy Rozman, WGM Qiyu Zhou, and WFM Alexandra Botez are providing daily commentary on Hikaru Nakamura's Twitch channel, embedded on Chess.com/TV.


Vachier-Lagrave's elimination on Tuesday was especially surprising. The Frenchman was tied for first with Giri in the "Candidates group" after day one, having scored 3/5. After the two drew in round six, MVL finished with a horrible losing streak of four games and ended in last place.

Also contributing is that Vachier-Lagrave was experimenting with his openings. No more Grunfelds, no 1.e4 this time. His Two Knights Tango (with a novelty on move five!) was wonderfully countered by Ding (despite missing a stronger continuation right out of the opening):

Radjabov can leave the tournament with his head high. He played a few excellent games (see also his win vs. MVL in the game viewer below), including the following, crazy battle with Caruana. We've certainly missed Radja's King's Indians.

The other leader after day one did much better. Giri repeated his solid, undefeated 3/5 from the first day, and this time his victim was Ding. The Chinese GM suffered from internet problems and lost on time in a rook endgame that was not difficult to draw.

"I'm really happy for him that he bounced back because it would be so unfortunate for him if he had to finish last because of the disconnect," Giri later said.

Group B Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts SB
1 Giri,Anish 2731 2871 ½1 ½½ ½½ ½½ 6.0/10
2 Ding Liren 2836 2815 ½0 ½1 ½½ ½½ ½1 5.5/10 26
3 Nepomniachtchi,Ian 2778 2826 ½½ ½0 1 ½1 5.5/10 25.75
4 Caruana,Fabiano 2773 2792 ½½ 10 1 5.0/10
5 Radjabov,Teimour 2758 2760 ½½ ½½ ½1 4.5/10
6 Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime 2860 2668 ½½ ½0 ½0 10 ½0 3.5/10

Games Group B, Day 2

The Chessable Masters runs June 20-July 5 on chess24 as part of the Magnus Carlsen Tour. The prize fund is $150,000 with the first prize of $45,000. The time control is 15 minutes for all moves with a 10-second increment after each move. No draw offers are allowed before move 40.

Chessable Masters 2020 bracket
The bracket for the knockout phase starting Thursday.

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