21 January 2024

Three Leaders Emerge at Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2024

Abdusattorov and Gukesh have caught up with Giri.

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

The seventh round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2024 was played in Wijk aan Zee. Nodirbek Abdusattorov outplayed Anish Giri in a positional struggle to post a win in the endgame. Gukesh defeated Max Warmerdam in a rook endgame with an extra pawn. Thus, Abdusattorov and Gikesh have caught up with Giri. 

Santosh Vidit bested Alireza Firouzja in a double-edged fight in the Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defence. The games Maghsoodloo - Nepomniachtchi, Wei Yi - Ding Liren, Praggnanandhaa - Van Foreest, and Donchenko - Ju Wenjun were drawn.


Standings after Round 7:

1-3. Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Dommaraju Gukesh, Anish Giri - 4.5
4-6. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, Alireza Firouzja - 4
7-10. Ding Liren, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Wei Yi, Max Warmerdam - 3.5
11. Ju Wenjun - 3
12. Jorden Van Foreest - 2.5
13-14. Parham Maghsoodloo, Alexander Donchenko - 2.

Round 8 pairings:

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

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