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Aronian Defeats Firouzja After Close to-Disaster At Time Management

GM Levon Aronian joined GM Wesley So within the lead on the 2023 Sinquefield Cup after dispatching GM Alireza Firouzja in a rook endgame on Saturday. The sport very almost got here to an finish early as Firouzja got here inside one second of being flagged however in the long run, Aronian was compelled to transform a tough endgame.

As the opposite video games have been drawn in spherical 5, the race for the ultimate Candidates spot has simply grow to be even nearer as So’s score is now one level greater than Firouzja’s with simply three video games left to play.

The Sinquefield Cup continues with spherical six on Monday, November 27, at 2 p.m. ET/20:00 CET/00:30 a.m. IST. (Sunday is a relaxation day.)

Standings After Spherical 5

So and Aronian technically lead the match; nevertheless, as a consequence of Duda’s withdrawal, there’s a non permanent sport imbalance which implies Aronian has performed one much less sport.

Aronian vs. Firouzja

Aronian-Firouzja was undoubtedly probably the most thrilling contest of the day and whereas Aronian was “clearly in management,” based on commentator and GM Peter Svidler, a number of swings of the analysis bar left followers guessing as as to whether the Armenian-born GM would take down Firouzja.

A nerve-racking day on the workplace for Firouzja. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

By transfer eight, the gamers had escaped from the clutches of recognized concept within the Nimzo-Indian Protection: Three Knights, Duchamp Variation, and because the middle opened up, Aronian’s items seemed to be higher positioned relative to his opponent’s clunkier ones.

Firouzja adopted a practical response to the setback, giving up a pawn so he may enter a rook endgame with cheap drawing possibilities. This a part of the sport was not with out drama, although, and because the gamers approached transfer 40 (the place further time is added to their clocks), Firouzja performed 40…Rc4? with a single second on the clock.

The transfer left Firouzja in a worse place than anticipated, and Aronian took full benefit, masterfully changing the rook and 5 pawns vs. rook and 4 pawns ending and becoming a member of So within the lead. Our Sport of the Day has been analyzed by GM Rafael Leitao and shall be added shortly.

Firouzja, who entered the occasion as the favourite to take the Candidates score spot, has now dropped decrease than So. With only one level between them, the race shall be a decent one.

A sport of tremendous margins. Giri can also be only one win away from surpassing the pair. Picture: 2700chess.com.

Dominguez vs. So

GM Leinier Dominguez was the one participant aside from Aronian who had critical successful possibilities in spherical 5. Though the world number-11 elected to tackle So’s rock-solid Berlin Protection: l’Hermet, Berlin Wall Protection, he was in a position to garner a small edge across the 30-move mark, which he reworked right into a one-pawn benefit.

Dominguez discovered one thing in his preparation, although it didn’t show to be decisive. Photograph: Crystal Fuller/Grand Chess Tour.

The world’s most stable participant of 2023 was unfazed by the deficit, although, and confidently performed out the opposite-colored bishop endgame till transfer 81, when the gamers determined to name a truce.

Dominguez is making an attempt his greatest to interrupt the draw curse that plagued him in final 12 months’s occasion (Dominguez drew all 9 video games within the earlier version) however has thus far been unsuccessful.

Vachier-Lagrave vs. Nepomniachtchi

Traditionally, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave has scored nicely towards GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in classical chess, and their lifetime rating heading into spherical 5 was seven wins, one loss, and 10 attracts in favor of the Frenchman. 

The 39 levels Fahrenheit temperature in St. Louis on Saturday did not cease the video games from heating up. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

On this event, although, Vachier-Lagrave could not discover a solution to crack Nepomniachtchi’s Ruy Lopez Opening: Morphy Protection, Neo-Archangelsk Variation following a exact non permanent pawn sacrifice. Although his preparation procured a bishop vs. knight ending, Nepomniachtchi was content material with a draw after an ice-cold defensive effort by Vachier-Lagrave.

Rapport vs. Giri

GMs Richard Rapport and Anish Giri’s Giuoco Piano Sport barely lifted off earlier than the gamers started repeating on transfer 20. A downtrodden Rapport would later point out in his post-match interview that he did not really feel he was taking part in nicely and wished he “may declare jet lag” as an excuse for his “poor play.”

In equity to the Romanian consultant, he’s simply 1.5 factors off the lead and can once more play with the white items towards Vachier-Lagrave in spherical six.

Two key questions come to the fore after 5 rounds on the 2023 Sinquefield Cup: Who will win the $100,000 first prize, and who will safe the Candidates spot? With a match between the leaders scheduled for spherical six, the solutions to those questions will come one step nearer.

Outcomes – Spherical 5


Dominguez 1/2 – 1/2 So
Aronian 1 – 0 Firouzja
Rapport 1/2 – 1/2 Giri
Vachier-Lagrave 1/2 – 1/2 Nepomniachtchi

Pairings – Spherical 6


So Aronian
Firouzja Caruana
Rapport Vachier-Lagrave
Giri Dominguez

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The 2023 Sinquefield Cup is the strongest worldwide classical OTB match within the U.S. and the ultimate leg of the 2023 Grand Chess Tour. Beginning November 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET/20:30 CET/01:00 (+1) IST, 10 elite grandmasters will compete for his or her share of the $350,000 prize fund.

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