25 January 2024

Ian Nepomniachtchi Beats Ding Liren in Wijk aan Zee

The leaders are Gukesh and Abdusattorov.

Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit - Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2024
Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit - Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2024

The tenth round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2024 was played in Wijk aan Zee. Probably, the most anticipated game of the event, Nepomniachtchi vs. Ding Liren, was won by the Russian grandmaster. White opened up the g-file in the Closed Ruy Lopez, while Black met it with a breakthrough in the centre. The middlegame saw a manoeuvring game all over the board, but Nepomniachtchi managed to get a decisive advantage closer to the time control. The World Champion resigned on the 36th move. 

Dommaraju Gukesh defeated Alexander Donchenko as Black, while Nodirbek Abdusattorov outplayed Max Warmerdam in a continuous struggle. After these victories, the Indian and Uzbek grandmasters have become the tournament leaders. 

The games Firouzja - Giri, Vidit - Praggnanandhaa, Van Foreest - Wei Yi, and Ju Wenjun - Maghsoodloo were drawn. 


25 January is a rest day.

Standings after Round 10:

1-2. Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Dommaraju Gukesh - 6.5, 
3-4. Anish Giri, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa - 6
5-8. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Wei Yi, Alireza Firouzja - 5.5
9-12. Ding Liren, Ju Wenjun, Parham Maghsoodloo, Max Warmerdam - 4
13-14.  Alexander Donchenko, Jorden Van Foreest - 3.5.

Round 11 pairings:

Gukesh - Firouzja, Praggnanandhaa - Donchenko, Maghsoodloo - Vidit, Abdusattorov - Ju Wenjun, Wei Yi - Warmerdam, Ding Liren - Van Foreest, Giri - Nepomniachtchi.

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