Arjun Erigaisi defeated Hikaru Nakamura in the penultimate round to clinch victory in the Tata Steel India Chess Blitz with a round to spare, meaning that for two years in a row he’s never finished below 2nd place in either the Blitz or Rapid in Kolkata. There was more Indian success in the Women’s event, as Vaishali finished 1.5 points clear of Mariya Muzychuk.
Hikaru Nakamura saw the funny side after his blunder gave Arjun Erigaisi the title with a round to spare | photo: Lennart Ootes
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov started the Tata Steel Chess India Blitz with a stunning 6/7, but defeats in the last two rounds allowed Arjun Erigaisi to overtake him before the final day. At least five players are in contention in the Open section, while in the Women’s Mariya Muzychuk scored a brilliant 8/9, leaving only Vaishali within touching distance.
Arjun Erigaisi and Praggnanandhaa look towards Rapid winner Nihal Sarin | photo: Lennart Ootes
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Russian World #2 Aleksandra Goryachkina convincingly knocked our her compatriot Alexandra Kosteniuk and edged closer to a Women's World Championship rematch against Ju Wenjun. The other match between Kateryna Lagno and Tan Zhongyi, will be decided by a playoff on Sunday.
Can Alexandra Goryachkina make it to her second Woman World Championship match? Timur Sattarov/FIDE
18-year-old Indian prodigy Nihal Sarin has won the Tata Steel Chess India Rapid with a round to spare. Arjun Erigaisi beat Nihal in the final round to finish just half a point behind, but no-one else came close. The first ever Women’s Tata Steel Chess India Rapid was won by Ukraine’s Anna Ushenina, who overcame Nana Dzagnidze in a blitz playoff.
Nihal Sarin beats Parham Maghsoodloo to clinch the Tata Steel Chess India Rapid title | photo: Lennart Ootes
Levon Aronian answered questions from chess24 users and talked about who is for him the best chess player in history. He also talked about what it means to him to be a father, if he can be world champion someday, how to improve chess openings and chess in general, what chess has taught him about life, and more.
Levon Aronian. Photo: Lennart Ootes.
Magnus Carlsen has won the 3rd edition of the MrDodgy Invitational after cruising to a 6.5:1.5 victory in the final against Daniil Dubov. The games were closer than the scoreline suggests, but Daniil explained that when playing Magnus it’s a case of “you can choose the way you lose”. He chose to try and match the World Champion on the board, but not on the clock.