An unbeaten D. Gukesh produced a commendable show of consistency over 9 rounds of WR Chess Masters to complete second-best to Levon Aronian in an elite area in Dusseldorf on Saturday.
Throughout this nine-round classical time-format occasion, Gukesh scored 5.5 factors comprising victories over compatriot R. Praggnanandhaa within the second spherical and Russian Andrey Esipenko within the seventh. He drew in opposition to Anish Giri, Wesley So, Vincent Keymer, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Aronian.
By advantage of this good efficiency, Gukesh gained 12 ranking factors to maneuver to twentieth spot within the dwell World rankings with a dwell ranking of 2730.
Within the first stage of a three-man speedy playoff for the title, Aronian and Gukesh defeated Nepomniachtchi. Within the last, Aronian defeated Gukesh.