Friday, March 31, 2023

Airthings Masters: Arjun inflicts yr’s first loss on Carlsen however slips; Praggnanandhaa in closing of Division 3

Arjun Erigiasi inflicted the yr’s first defeat on Magnus Carlsen within the $2-million Champions Chess Tour however couldn’t
cease the World champion from advancing to the ultimate of the Airthings Masters on-line speedy chess match on Tuesday.

Within the semifinals of Division 1, Arjun misplaced the primary sport, drew the second however hit again within the third to attract stage. After the fourth sport led to a draw, Carlsen got here out unscathed with black items within the drawn Armageddon sport in opposition to Arjun to advance to the ultimate in opposition to arch-rival Hikaru Nakamura.

Nakamura and Wesley So drew all 5 video games, together with Armageddon, within the different semifinal.

Arjun now finds himself within the losers’ bracket the place he runs into D. Gukesh, who defeated Rauf Mamedov 2-1. After Mamedov levelled the match rating 1-1 by profitable the second sport, Gukesh received the Armageddon sport to advance.

In Division 3, R. Praggnanandhaa will face USA’s Samuel Sevian within the closing. Praggnanandhaa defeated compatriot V. Pranav 2-0 after which nailed USA’s Lenderman Aleksandr within the Armageddon to succeed in the ultimate.

Harika holds Kosteniuk

In the meantime, within the FIDE Girls’s Grand Prix in Munich, D. Harika (2.5 factors) snapped the four-win streak of chief Alexandra Kosteniuk (4.5) by holding her to a draw within the fifth spherical. Within the 12-player area, Okay. Humpy (3) shares the second spot with Georgia’s Nana Dzagnidze.

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