Feb 27, 2023

Aronian has won WR Chess Masters

Levon Aronian has won the inaugural WR Chess Masters after dominating a playoff against Ian Nepomniachtchi and Gukesh. Levon had earlier made a quick draw against Gukesh in their classical game and then watched as Nepomniachtchi ground out an 82-move win on demand against Vincent Keymer to join them in the playoff. Aronian wins €40,000, while Gukesh and Nepo shared €20,000 each.

Levon Aronian had said after his Round 7 debacle against Ian Nepomniachtchi that the problem had been he came into the game without a clear game plan and had failed either to push hard for a win or to force a draw.

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Feb 22, 2023

Levon Aronian retained his lead in R 4 of the WR

Levon Aronian retained his lead going into the rest day as all games were drawn in Round 4 of the WR Chess Masters. Gukesh and Vincent Keymer played a wild game in Round 4 of the WR Chess Masters in Dusseldorf, but in the end it finished in a draw, as, for the first time in the event, did all the other games in the round. According to the computer, Anish Giri came closest to a decisive advantage, against Andrey Esipenko, noting afterwards, “I very often let my opponents escape — it’s part of my job, part of my style!”

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Feb 20, 2023

WR Chess Masters

World no. 2 Ian Nepomniachtchi will get a chance to warm-up for the World Championship match as a new classical supertournament, the WR Chess Masters, starts in Dusseldorf, Germany today. He’ll face Tata Steel Masters winner Anish Giri, runner-up Nodirbek Abdusattorov, and the same army of kids that didn’t quite dominate in Wijk aan Zee.

The tournament is tailor-made for Ian Nepomniachtchi to get some practice at classical chess before he starts his World Championship match against Ding Liren on April 9th.  It’s the first time Ian has played classical chess since the Sinquefield Cup in December, and the long time control is exactly the one that will be used in Kazakhstan, including the absence of an increment before move 61.

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