Carlsen, Erigaisi To Meet Again As Aimchess Rapid Moves To Knockout

The quarterfinals of the Aimchess Rapid tournament will see another clash between GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Arjun Erigaisi, who also played each other in the final of the Julius Baer Generation Cup last month. GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda finished in first place in the preliminaries, ahead of GM Gukesh D.

With a packed field around the eighth place, anything could happen on the final day. In the end, there was only one change compared to the standings after day three: GM Vidit Gujrathi, who was in 10th place after round 12, scored 2.5/3 and took over the eighth spot from GM Anish Giri.

The Dutch GM drew twice (including a game with Carlsen) but then got beaten and eliminated by Erigaisi in a razor-sharp final game. It was a tough loss for Giri, who only needed a draw which would have been enough for Erigaisi as well, who now plays Carlsen in the quarterfinals.

Vidit won on demand in the final round against GM David Anton, who initially outplayed him from the black side of a King’s Indian Attack. However, with his 20th move Vidit successfully started to confuse his opponent and in the remainder of the game, the Indian GM played quite well.

“It’s good to know how it feels,” said Vidit, who qualified for a Meltwater knockout for the first time. “I’m thrilled that I’m in the quarter-finals. Actually, it was completely unexpected. In fact, I had already made some plans for tomorrow that were not related to chess, so thanks to Arjun giving me this chance!”

Vidit Gujrathi Aimchess
Vidit Gujrathi will play his first Meltwater quarterfinal. Image: Champions Chess Tour.

A game that shouldn’t be missed is the following. GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov beat GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in “Mamedyarov style” as this time it was the Azerbaijani grandmaster having to deal with lots of sacrifices from his opponent:

The tournament continues on Tuesday with the knockout matches Duda-Vidit, Gukesh-Rapport, Mamedyarov-Abdusattorov, and Carlsen-Erigaisi.

Aimchess Rapid Preliminaries | Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Pts
1 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2754 28
2 Gukesh D 2606 27
3 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2712 27
4 Erigaisi Arjun 2720 27
5 Carlsen, Magnus 2902 26
6 Abdusattorov, Nodirbek 2678 23
7 Rapport, Richard 2735 22
8 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 2691 21
9 Giri, Anish 2737 20
10 Keymer, Vincent 2740 19
11 Anton Guijarro, David 2706 16
12 Naroditsky, Daniel 2617 16
13 Harikrishna, Pentala 2679 14
14 Hansen, Eric 2618 13
15 Aditya Mittal 2569 12
16 Grandelius, Nils 2632 10

All games rounds 13-15

Aimchess Rapid 2022 knockout

The Aimchess Rapid, the seventh event in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, takes place October 14-20, 2022 on chess24. The preliminaries consisted of a round-robin among 16 players, from which the top eight advanced to the knockout stage. There, they play a match of four rapid games (15+10) in each round and if necessary, a blitz + armageddon tiebreak. The prize fund is $150,000.

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