The madness continues in London. Just when Jules Moussard was about to crown a brilliant game by defeating leader Michael Adams, the Frenchman blundered away the game. Gukesh kept his Candidates hopes alive when Luke McShane suffered a time-trouble meltdown, while Andrei Volokitin won a masterpiece to inflict a first loss of the event on Hans Niemann.
Gukesh kept his Candidates hopes alive with a win over McShane | photo: Tao Bhokanandh, London Chess Classic
Mateusz Bartel beat IM Shreyas Royal in Round 5 of the London Chess Classic to move into a four-way tie for second place. The sole leader, half a point clear, remains Michael Adams, but the England star seemed to miss a huge chance to stamp his authority on the event when he took a draw rather than playing on two pawns up against tournament favorite Gukesh Dommaraju.
Mateusz Bartel scored the only win in Round 5 of the London Chess Classic | photo: Maria Emelianova, Chess.com
Hans Niemann sacrificed a knight and two rooks to beat IM Shreyas Royal in Round 4 of the London Chess Classic before commenting, "the sound of chess speaking overpowers jealousy." The day's other headline news was Gukesh Dommaraju blundering in a winning position and allowing Jules Moussard to win a second game in a row in spectacular style. That meant Michael Adams took the sole lead with the day's only draw.
Hans Niemann woke up and chose violence | photo: Maria Emelianova, Chess.com
IM Shreyas Royal played like a veteran grandmaster as he defeated world no. 40 GM Amin Tabatabaei in round three of the London Chess Classic. It was a wild day, as all three players who had won a day earlier slipped to defeat, while Gukesh Dommaraju and Michael Adams won beautiful games to take a full-point lead. Only the game between Luke McShane and Hans Niemann was drawn.
Gukesh, Adams, Moussard, and 14-year-old Royal all won with the white pieces in Round 3 | photo: Tao Bhokanandh, London Chess Classic
Gukesh pulled off a great escape against Nikita Vitiugov to retain the lead after Round 2 of the London Chess Classic, with co-leader Michael Adams also drawing after a fierce fight with Hans Niemann. That let Andrei Volokitin catch them with a win over IM Shreyas Royal, while Mateusz Bartel and Amin Tabatabaei both bounced back with wins after losing in Round 1.
Gukesh got an early Christmas gift, as Vitiugov failed to convert a winning position | photo: London Chess Classic
Gukesh and Michael Adams picked up wins on the first day of the 2023 London Chess Classic, the 13th edition of an event that was first won by Magnus Carlsen back in 2009. Hans Niemann made a quiet draw after rushing in from Zagreb, while 14-year-old IM Shreyas Royal got off to a good start with a 54-move draw against Luke McShane.
Gukesh is looking to bounce back from a tough Grand Swiss | photo: Maria Emelianova, Chess.com
Fabiano Caruana added the Sinquefield Cup to his year of victories on Thursday after an impressive win over Richard Rapport in the final round. Caruana dominated the 2023 Grand Chess Tour, winning the tour itself along with three of the four events he competed in: the Superbet Classic Romania, the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, and the Sinquefield Cup. Leinier Dominguez finished second, while Wesley So took third.
Caruana capped off his 2023 classical run with a trifecta of victories | photo: Lennart Ootes, Saint Louis Chess Club
Fabiano Caruana, Leinier Dominguez and Wesley So lead the Sinquefield Cup heading into the final round following a day of draws. The $100,000 first prize will likely be determined by the games Caruana-Rapport and Aronian-Dominguez in round nine, while So sits out that round as he was due to play Jan-Krzysztof Duda.
Caruana saved energy against Giri and will play White against Rapport in round nine | photo: Lennart Ootes, Grand Chess Tour
Fabiano Caruana has clinched the 2023 Grand Chess Tour with two rounds of the Sinquefield Cup to spare. He defeated Wesley So in a scintillating miniature, while Leinier Dominguez also won a second game in a row after repelling Richard Rapport's ambitious play. Caruana and Dominguez are now tied for the lead with So, and play both remaining rounds, while Wesley has just one game remaining.
Caruana adds Grand Chess Tour Champion and 2800 club to his year of victories | photo: Lennart Ootes, Saint Louis Chess Club
It was a day of victories on Monday at the 2023 Sinquefield Cup. Wesley So defeated Levon Aronian to extend his lead, while Fabiano Caruana and Leinier Dominguez scored their first wins, over Alireza Firouzja and Anish Giri.
As the only player to win two games, Wesley So has taken the clear lead | photo: Lennart Ootes, Saint Louis Chess Club