Fall Chess Classic: Yu Yangyi wins the last round and the tournament

by Johannes Fischer
11/11/2022 – With an Elo rating of 2718, Yu Yangyi (pictured) was the top seed in the strong Fall Chess Classic in Saint Louis and he lived up to this role: with a convincing final-round win against Grigoriy Oparin he finished with 6.5 points from 9 games (+4, =5, -0) and secured sole first place. Vidit Gujrathi followed half a point behind with 6.0/9, third place went to Thai Dai Van Nguyen, who scored 5.5/9. Hans Niemann was fourth with 5.0/9. | Photo: Austin Fuller (Archive)

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Strong nerves

The last round of the Fall Classic tournament required good nerves: After eight rounds Yu Yangyi was sole first with 5.5 out of 8, but he was only half a point ahead of Vidit and Nguyen, who shared places two and three with 5.0/8 each.

But Yu showed good nerves and defeated Grigoriy Oparin with energetic play to finish sole first.



Vidit played with White against Ilya Nyzhnyk and finished the tournament with a win in a pretty attack that secured him sole second place as Nguyen only drew against Aram Hakobyan.


With 35.Rxf6 gxf6 36.Qxf6 Be7 37.Qf4 Rh7 38.d5 Rd8 39.d6! 1-0 Vidit found a nice way to finish the game and the tournament.

Final standings after 9 rounds - Group A




Group B

The last round in group B was far less exciting, because Aleksandr Lenderman was certain the tournament. After 8 rounds he led the field with 6.5/8 and was two points ahead of a four-player chasing pack. However, in the last round Lenderman lost against Cristian Chirila. While this loss did not endanger his tournament win, it was still a bitter defeat, because Lenderman had to defend a cheerless endgame for a long time but still had to concede defeat after 107 moves.



Sole second place went to young Indian Raunak Sadhwani, who won with Black against Akshat Chandra in the last round - the remaining three games of the round all ended in draws.

Aleksandr Lenderman

Aleksandr Lenderman | Photo: Austin Fuller

Final standings after 9 rounds - Group B





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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".