Maharashtra Match – Rounds 3 + 4

by ChessBase
6/5/2023 – As a part of the Maharashtra Chess Festival, two chess legends, Peter Svidler and Nigel Short are facing young super-talents Vidit Gujrathi and Raunak Sadhwani. The latter got off to a great start, winning both games. But then the seniors struck back with emphatic victories. In round three the Young Talent won both games. This was followed by two draws. Report by ChessBase India.

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The format of the matches is four classical games, four rapid games and eight blitz games. The point scoring system is three points for a win in the classical games, two points for a win in the rapid format and one point for the win in blitz. The time control for the classical game is 90 minutes + 30 minutes (after move 40) with 30 seconds of increment per move. The time control for Rapid is 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment and the time control for blitz is 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment. The event is FIDE rated.

Round 3

Video commentary of the game

Fun fact: Vidit-Svidler had three 1-0 results and Raunak-Short had three 0-1 results in their first three Classical games.

Round 4

The final position after the fourth Classical game is quite nice. White has a rook and bishop, but they are unable to stop the passed c2-pawn. Thus, he is forced to go for perpetual checks Rf8-Rf7 to draw the game.

Wonderfully animated post game analysis between two super GMs

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