Strong Start For Artemiev At Chessable Masters
Vladislav Artemiev. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Strong Start For Artemiev At Chessable Masters

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GM Vladislav Artemiev leads the A group of the Chessable Masters after day one. The Russian grandmaster scored 3.5/5, half a point more than GM Daniil Dubov, who beat GM Magnus Carlsen in round four.

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After the Magnus Carlsen Invitational and the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge, the Chessable Masters is the third event of the Magnus Carlsen Tour. The series of online events has a total prize fund of $1 million.

Besides Carlsen himself, 11 top grandmasters are playing, initially in two separate, double round-robins held over two days. The top four of each group qualify for the knockout stage. The winner of the tournament will join Carlsen, Dubov, and the champion of the fourth event in the Grand Final this August.

GROUP A Fed Name Rtg GROUP B Fed Name Rtg
1 Magnus Carlsen 2881 1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2860
2 Hikaru Nakamura 2829 2 Ding Liren 2836
3 Alexander Grischuk 2784 3 Ian Nepomniachtchi 2778
4 Daniil Dubov 2770 4 Fabiano Caruana 2773
5 Vladislav Artemiev 2769 5 Teimour Radjabov 2758
6 Pentala Harikrishna 2690 6 Anish Giri 2731

In recent weeks, Artemiev has once again shown to be a force to be reckoned with in online play. He won the first edition of the Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix on June 2, and thanks to a shared third place two weeks later he is now in second place in the overall Grand Prix standings.

The 22-year-old grandmaster from Omsk, Russia, had a good start in the Chessable Masters and is the sole leader after day one. He started with an impressive win against GM Pentala Harikrishna, where the bishop pair and a more active rook brought him the win.

With pairing number one, Artemiev also got to play white in round two. His win against his compatriot Dubov was far from flawless, as the latter missed several chances for equality or more:

Carlsen himself had a rather mediocre start that included a loss in round four to Dubov. The world champion sacrificed an exchange in the opening and soon got excellent compensation, but then he spoiled it with one very passive queen move.

"I just went nuts," Carlsen said. "This is just fascinatingly stupid."

Magnus Carlsen fascinatingly stupid
Carlsen: "Fascinatingly stupid." Photo: Mike Klein/

Group A Round 5 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts SB
1 Artemiev,Vladislav 2769 2937 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5/5
2 Dubov,Daniil 2770 2861 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 3.0/5
3 Nakamura,Hikaru 2829 2779 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 2.5/5 6.25
4 Carlsen,Magnus 2881 2769 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 2.5/5 5.5
5 Grischuk,Alexander 2784 2718 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 2.0/5
6 Harikrishna,Pentala 2690 2660 0 0 ½ 0 1 1.5/5

Games Group A, Day 1

The Chessable Masters runs June 20-July 5 on chess24 as part of the Magnus Carlsen Tour. The prize fund is $150,000 with a 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. 

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