Chessable Masters: Giri grabs the lead

by Klaus Besenthal
5/22/2022 – On the third day of the Chessable Masters, Anish Giri took the lead in the standings table after scoring three wins and a draw. Wei Yi, who had been leading until Friday, only managed two draws and dropped to fourth place. Magnus Carlsen is one point behind Giri in second place; Ding Liren is third. Sunday’s final three rounds of the preliminaries will decide which eight players move on to the knockout.

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Carlsen’s opening experiments

Anish Giri was somewhat lucky at some points during day 3 of the Chessable Masters. In the very first game against his Dutch compatriot Jorden van Foreest, for example, Van Foreest blundered in an entertaining double-rook ending.


Magnus Carlsen, meanwhile, entertained the audience with his opening experiments. Against Vidit, he opened with 1.d3 (Carlsen won this game); against Wei Yi (draw - see Karsten Müller’s analysis below), he tried 1.h4. Is the World Champion completely reinventing himself here? We'll have to wait and see.

The world champion’s kitchen makes a tidy impression

Endgame analyses by Karsten Müller

In the first game of the day, Magnus Carlsen prevailed with his minor pieces - Gawain Jones’ rook was not an equal counterweight.


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Carlsen’s 1.h4 against Wei Yi eventually led to a rook ending which could have been won by the world champion.


Also in round 12, Giri entered a rook ending against Vidit (this time with only one rook), which he won, unlike Carlsen, after a mistake by his opponent.


Crosstable (win = 3 points, draw = 1 point)


All games



Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.