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Flagging, Incorrect Draw Declare, And Missed Probabilities As Robson Hits The Entrance


GM Ray Robson scored a vital win over GM Alireza Firouzja in spherical six of the 2023 Saint Louis Speedy & Blitz on the white facet of the King’s Indian Protection: Makogonov Variation on Wednesday.

Robson entered the only real lead due to day-one chief GM Le Quang Liem‘s tumultuous day. The Vietnamese GM suffered a tragic loss by the hands of GM Fabiano Caruana and acquired caught up in additional drama towards GM Anish Giri when he incorrectly claimed a threefold repetition.

Whereas rounds 4 and 5 produced 10 attracts and no decisive video games, the third spherical of the day had 4 winners: GMs Robson, Caruana, Giri, and Maxime-Vachier-Lagrave. For the Dutchman, the additional half-point got here surprisingly when GM Sam Sevian flagged on the simpler facet of a drawn endgame.

The Saint Louis Speedy & Blitz will proceed with rounds seven via 9 of the speedy phase on Thursday, November 16, at 11 a.m. PT/20:00 Central European.

Standings (2 factors for a win in speedy chess)














Rank Fed Title Participant Score Pts
1 GM Ray Robson 2596 8
2 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2771 7
3 GM Anish Giri 2697 7
4 GM Le Quang Liem 2652 7
5 GM Alireza Firouzja 2742 6
6 GM Fabiano Caruana 2765 6
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GM Ian Nepomniachtchi 2789 5
8 GM Sam Sevian 2581 5
9 GM Jeffery Xiong 2727 5
10 GM Wesley So 2753 4

In a single day preparation is a harmful weapon within the palms of the world’s high chess gamers and in spherical 4, the video games mirrored this. 5 attracts transpired and eight of the ten gamers performed with above 97-percent accuracy, based on Chess.com’s Sport Evaluation.

The preparation paid off for Xiong and Vachier-Lagrave.

The one sport the place a win appeared possible was GM Wesley So-Caruana. Enjoying with the black items after a troublesome first day, Caruana evoked chess legends of previous and performed the Ruy López Opening: Morphy Protection, Deferred Steinitz Protection.

Enjoying Caruana juiced up on in a single day preparation is each participant’s worst nightmare. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

Crossing into uncharted territory with 11.Nb3, So discovered himself in a spot of hassle and determined to surrender the trade to keep away from nasty ways. After buying and selling into an endgame the place neither king was secure, Caruana rushed with 40…Kh7??, opening the floodgates for White’s queen to infiltrate and ship threefold repetition.

Whereas spherical 4 was a near-perfect image of solidity, the second spherical of the day was filled with missed possibilities, regardless of 5 attracts occurring. Le’s stellar run nearly got here to an finish when he was practically overwhelmed by Giri after pinching a pawn within the center sport.

Checked and denied! No threefold repetition for Le. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

His fortunate stars aligned even when incorrectly claiming a threefold. Down by two pawns in a queen endgame, the 32-year-old stopped his clock and knowledgeable the arbiter that his subsequent transfer, 71…Qd5? could be a draw. Svidler was fast to identify that the draw declare is right however the transfer is incorrect and Le truly wanted to play 71…Qe6!. Fortuitously, the event chief was in a position to maintain his nerves and maintain his opponent to a draw.

The defending champion Firouzja additionally missed a serious alternative to hitch Le within the lead following an bold queen sacrifice that noticed the sport spiral uncontrolled.

Firouzja’s enjoyment was seen all through the chaotic conflict. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

Persevering with purely on their increment, each gamers had been unable to play exactly, and in the long run it was Firouzja who wanted to discover a good transfer to drive a draw.

With the rankings remaining unchanged after two rounds of play, gamers got here out of the woodwork to try to assert their authority on day two. Robson was one such participant, and the Puzzle Battle champion saved his finest sport for a showdown with Firouzja.

Robson ferociously attacked Firouzja’s kingside in spherical six. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

With the white items, Robson elected to play the Makogonov Variation, a gap thought of to be one probably the most harmful setups towards the King’s Indian Protection, towards the world’s number-one blitz chess participant. The opening selection paid off.

A five-pawn storm was on the menu for Robson and after opening up the g-file, the puzzle champion transformed duly. Our Sport of the Day, which flung Robson to the highest of the leaderboard, has been annotated by GM Rafael Leitao

Le-Caruana was the opposite vital end result when it comes to the standings in spherical six. After rising from a Queen’s Gambit Declined opening with a slight edge, spectators had been stunned to see the Webster College head coach’s place collapse in a heap.

On the bottom commentators—GMs Yasser Seirawan, Peter Svidler, and IM Tania Sachdev—had been shocked to seek out that Caruana had discovered a option to trick Le right into a worse ending, thereby ending his unbeaten run.

To cap off the day, a flagging passed off between Sevian and Giri throughout a very drawn endgame! Being the presser whereas up an trade within the endgame, Sevian was in disbelief that Giri was in a position to assemble a fortress. Sevian failed to note when his flag fell on transfer 89, and the agonizing loss price him a straightforward half-point. 

Sevian was extremely unfortunate on day two. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour.

The way to watch the 2023 Saint Louis Speedy & Blitz

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The 2023 Saint Louis Speedy & Blitz is the fourth leg of the 2023 Grand Chess Tour and the final of its pace chess occasions. Gamers compete in a 10-player speedy (25+10) round-robin and a 10-player blitz (5+2) double round-robin for his or her share of a $175,000 prize fund. 


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