Friday, March 31, 2023

Airthings Masters: Arjun Erigaisi units up semifinal towards Magnus Carlsen; Gukesh pissed off by Nakamura

Exceeding all expectations, Arjun Erigaisi destroyed World No. 4 Alireza Firouzja 3-0 to arrange a conflict with Magnus Carlsen within the semifinals of the Airthings Masters on-line speedy chess match on Monday.

Carlsen, too, wanted simply three video games to get previous Russian Alexey Sarana 2.5-0.5. Arjun received the primary and third video games with black items in 32 and 40 strikes respectively. In between, with white items, Arjun nailed Firouzja in 53 strikes.

General, Arjun didn’t miss alternatives to punish his famed rival whose ill-timed aggression backfired. Within the second sport, he blundered a knight and resigned instantly.

D. Gukesh, the opposite Indian in Division 1, was not so fortunate. Favorite Hikaru Nakamura received the primary two video games and drew the third to push Gukesh to the losers’ bracket.

Within the semifinals, Nakamura performs Wesley So, a fortunate 2.5-1.5 winner over Azerbaijan’s Rauf Mamedov.

The winner of the losers’ bracket faces the winner of the knockout leg within the Grand Last that decides the title.

Within the 16-man Division 2, Raunak Sadhwani misplaced 1.5-2.5 to China’s Yu Yangyi and Fabiano Caruana dismissed Diptayan Ghosh 2.5-0.5.

Within the 32-player Division 3, R. Praggnanandhaa and V. Pranav arrange their quarter-final conflict after profitable two matches every.

Praggnanandhaa defeated Iran’s Amin Tabatabaei and FIDE’s Mikhail Antipov whereas Pranav received the higher of Nikolas Theodorou (Greece) and Gadir Guseinov (Azerbaijan).

P. Iniyan, the third Indian in Division 3, misplaced to Aleksandr Leanderman (USA) 0.5-1.5 within the first spherical to slide into the losers’ bracket.

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