Prague Chess Festival R7: Firouzja Wins Again, Shankland Scores 1st
Alireza Firouzja moved to second place. Photo: Vladimir Jagr/Prague Chess Festival.

Prague Chess Festival R7: Firouzja Wins Again, Shankland Scores 1st

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With a second win in round seven GM Alireza Firouzja moved to shared second place in the Prague Chess Festival's Masters, where GM Vidit Gujrathi still leads by a full point. GM Sam Shankland scored his first win.

GM Hannes Stefansson tops the standings in the Challengers, where Dutch GM Jorden van Foreest won two games in a row after drawing five.

You can follow the tournament here in our live portal. The tournament runs February 12-21 with a rest day on February 17. The rounds start at 15:00 CET which is 6 a.m. Pacific time. The final round starts an hour earlier.


After the rest day, the Masters saw five draws in the sixth round. A day later, Firouzja moved up the standings with a black win against the top seed, GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda. The irregular opening setup from the Polish GM didn't work out well, as was emphasized by the sad move 27.Nb1.

Firouzja's 34th move was excellent, and killed the last hopes for his opponent to save this game: 

Duda Firouzja Prague
Duda's offbeat opening wasn't successful. Photo: Vladimir Jagr/Prague Chess Festival.

IM Danny Rensch provided a video review of the game for Youtube subscribers.

Shankland is back to 50 percent thanks to a good win against Grandelius. The American and the Swede were playing quite a nice Gruenfeld where Grandelius must have underestimated his chances when he decided to give up his queen. White's domination isn't that strong if he had gone for a pawn push to chase away White's knight:

Prague Masters | Round 6-7 Games


Prague Masters | Round 7 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 2721 2856 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.0/7
2 Vitiugov, Nikita 2731 2750 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.0/7 13.75
3 Firouzja, Alireza 2726 2759 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 4.0/7 12.75
4 Anton Guijarro, David 2697 2712 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5/7 12
5 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2755 2695 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 3.5/7 10.75
6 Shankland, Sam 2683 2704 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5/7 10.5
7 Harikrishna, Pentala 2713 2661 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.0/7 11
8 Ragger, Markus 2670 2669 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.0/7 10.75
9 Navara, David 2717 2654 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 3.0/7 9.75
10 Grandelius, Nils 2659 2619 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 2.5/7

The biggest development in the Challengers is Van Foreest's sudden jump in the standings, thanks to two straight wins. In round six he outplayed a local talent in an endgame:

Jorden van Foreest Prague
Van Foreest won the best game prize for this win. Photo: Vladimir Jagr/Prague Chess Festival.

Prague Challengers | Round 6-7 Games

Prague Challengers | Round 7 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Stefansson, Hannes 2529 2737 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 5.0/7
2 Esipenko, Andrey 2654 2685 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 4.5/7 14.75
3 Van Foreest, Jorden 2667 2676 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 4.5/7 13.25
4 Bartel, Mateusz 2639 2625 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 4.0/7 13.75
5 Abasov, Nijat 2670 2641 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 4.0/7 12.75
6 Piorun, Kacper 2611 2627 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0/7 11.25
7 Nguyen, Thai Dai Van 2560 2550 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.0/7 10
8 Cernousek, Lukas 2442 2547 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.0/7 8.25
9 Krejci, Jan 2559 2430 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 2.0/7
10 Kriebel, Tadeas 2524 2280 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1.0/7

The Prague Chess Festival has a prize fund of 44,000 euros ($48,000) and runs February 12-21 in Hotel Don Giovanni in Prague.


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