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Tata Steel Chess 2022 R4: Mamedyarov, Praggnanandhaa Score
Tuesday saw round four in Wijk aan Zee; Wednesday is a rest day. Photo: Lennart Ootes/TataSteelChess.

Tata Steel Chess 2022 R4: Mamedyarov, Praggnanandhaa Score

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GM Vidit Gujrathi maintained his sole lead at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament going into the first rest day by drawing his game with GM Andrey Esipenko. GM Magnus Carlsen missed a chance to catch the leader after not going for a winning king walk vs. GM Jorden van Foreest, who had played a wonderful game before that.

The round did see two winners: GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov beat GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda and GM Praggnanandhaa R. scored his first win, vs. GM Nils Grandelius. GM Arjun Erigaisi, who won three games in a row, is now the sole leader in the Challengers.

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At the end of the third round, Carlsen said that he was looking forward to his game with Van Foreest: "I can't wait to see what he's got up his sleeve. I'm sure it's going to be something crazy!"  Although the world champion kind of shut down the door in terms of opening craziness by going 1.Nf3, later on the game got very exciting anyway.

Carlsen Van Foreest Wijk aan Zee 2022
The photographers focused on Carlsen vs. Van Foreest. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess.

Playing his former "boss" during the world championship, Van Foreest didn't hold back and played quite energetically. He sacrificed a pawn on move 20 and another one 10 moves later, giving him a chance to create threats on the kingside.

When Carlsen missed his first big chance on move 36 (where moving the king to f1 was promising), the game seemed to be ending in a draw soon, but then Van Foreest chose the wrong piece to sacrifice.

Here, taking with a rook on g5 would have led to equality but 36...Bxg5? gave Carlsen a second chance to go 37.Kf1! because that black bishop was temporarily pinned. This time he went for it, but after 37...Qa7 38.Qg4 Qa6+, Van Foreest escaped anyway as his opponent didn't play the winning king maneuver 38.Ke2! Qa6+ 39.Kd1.

It was the fourth classical game between the players. All were played in Wijk aan Zee, but it was only the first time the Dutchman played the with black pieces. It was his third draw, after he went down in the first encounter in 2019.

Carlsen Van Foreest Tata 2022
The third draw between Carlsen and Van Foreest. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess.

"It's a very important win for me. It gives me huge confidence of course. Yeah, I really wanted to win today with the white pieces," said Praggnanandhaa after scoring his first win in the tournament—by far the strongest classical tournament thus far for the 16-year-old GM from Chennai.

Pragg has to stay alone most of the time now that his coach is in quarantine (see yesterday's report) but he said he can still prepare with him online. The opening was definitely a success today.

The way he won was quite impressive as well, basically maintaining positional control from early in the game. The Grunfeld is supposed to be about dynamic counterplay, but in this game, Grandelius had to stay passive and never really had a chance:

Praggnanandhaa R.
A first win, and a fine one, for Praggnanandhaa R. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess.

Mamedyarov managed to beat Duda for the first time, after their first four encounters had all ended in draws. It was a topsy-turvy game where initially Duda was doing well with the black pieces, outwitting his opponent tactically. As the game progressed, it was Mamedyarov who found some nice tactical shots to equalize. In the end, Duda over-pressed and lost what should have been a drawn endgame:

Tournament leader Vidit drew with Esipenko shortly before the time control. The position was still full of life, but it was indeed level:

Shankland-Rapport, Caruana-Dubov, and Karjakin-Giri also ended in draws, the latter very quickly, after a theoretical move repetition.

Giri then joined the Chess.com live broadcast for quite a while, and said about his own game: "I thought he wouldn't do it this way, but it's possible. I was really preparing myself for a dangerous game, for a battle. I thought he would definitely give it a shot. I guess I surprised him with the Grunfeld, and he didn't have anything ready."

Anish Giri commentator Tata
Anish Giri in the commentary studio after his game. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess.

Round 4 Standings Masters

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1 Vidit 2727 2924 ½ ½ 1 1 3.0/4
2 Esipenko 2714 2864 ½ ½ ½ 1 2.5/4 5.5
3 Carlsen 2865 2826 ½ ½ ½ 1 2.5/4 5
4 Mamedyarov 2767 2830 ½ 1 ½ ½ 2.5/4 4.75
5 Rapport 2763 2799 1 0 ½ 1 2.5/4 3.75
6 Van Foreest 2702 2816 ½ 0 1 1 2.5/4 3.75
7 Duda 2760 2752 ½ 0 1 ½ 2.0/4 4.75
8 Caruana 2792 2725 ½ ½ ½ ½ 2.0/4 3.75
9 Praggnanandhaa 2612 2726 0 ½ ½ 1 2.0/4 2.25
10 Giri 2772 2659 0 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/4 3
11 Dubov 2720 2669 0 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/4 3
12 Karjakin 2743 2661 0 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/4 2.5
13 Shankland 2708 2650 0 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/4 2.5
14 Grandelius 2672 2359 0 0 0 ½ 0.5/4

A casual look at his game would suggest that Erigaisi, now the leader in the Challengers, had a fairly easy day at the office today. In reality, the German IM Roven Vogel actually missed a big chance just out of the opening that could have given him a nice advantage:

Vogel Erigaisi Tata Steel Chess 2022
Vogel (left) and Erigaisi after the game, both holding a package of Covid self tests. They were all tested again today, and they have been asked to do self tests regularly as well. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess.

After three losses, WGM Zhu Jiner won her first game today at the expense of GM Marc'Andria Maurizzi. After a quiet opening, the game suddenly exploded:

Maurizzi Zhu Tata 2022
Maurizzi vs. Zhu. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess.

Round 4 Standings Challengers

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1 Erigaisi 2632 2870 ½ 1 1 1 3.5/4
2 Nguyen 2613 2743 ½ 1 ½ 1 3.0/4 5.5
3 Murzin 2519 2721 ½ ½ 1 1 3.0/4 4.5
4 Jumabayev 2631 2653 ½ 1 ½ ½ 2.5/4 4
5 L'Ami 2622 2614 ½ 0 1 1 2.5/4 4
6 Bjerre 2586 2657 0 1 ½ 1 2.5/4 3.75
7 Ganguly 2627 2633 ½ ½ ½ 1 2.5/4 2.5
8 Van Foreest 2539 2531 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1.5/4 4.25
9 Warmerdam 2607 2497 0 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/4 3.25
10 Vogel 2452 2483 0 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/4 2.75
11 Shuvalova 2516 2470 ½ 0 0 1 1.5/4 2.5
12 Dardha 2532 2367 0 0 ½ ½ 1.0/4 2
13 Zhu 2478 2373 0 0 0 1 1.0/4 0.5
14 Maurizzi 2502 2243 ½ 0 0 0 0.5/4

All games round 4


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