Reykjavik Open: Pragg and Andersen score

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
4/12/2022 – Mads Andersen and Praggnanandhaa scored full points on Monday to join Max Warmerdam in the lead of the Reykjavik Open. In the final round, Andersen will have the white pieces against Warmerdam, while Pragg will face his compatriot Gukesh with black. Gukesh is one of seven players currently standing a half point behind the leaders. | Photo: Thorsteinn Magnusson

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Three co-leaders

Follow the games from round 9 live!

Reykjavik Chess OpenMax Warmerdam entered round 8 as the sole leader of the Reykjavik Open. Playing white against top seed Pouya Idani, he decided to save some energy after a gruelling double round on Sunday by agreeing to a draw after 19 moves. The half point meant Warmerdam would at least go into the final round sharing the lead.

Idani was one of the five players in the chasing pack. The other four played each other on boards 2 and 3. Both games finished decisively, allowing the winners — Praggnanandhaa and Mads Andersen — to climb to shared first place on 6½ out of 8 points.

With three players sharing the lead and seven players standing a half point behind, we are likely to see a tie for first place in the final standings. In that case, the result in a direct encounter (or encounters, if more than two players are involved) is the first tiebreak criterion. If that is not applicable, the number of games played (byes were allowed in the event) and Median Buchholz are the next criteria that would break the tie.

In the deciding round, Andersen will have the white pieces against Warmerdam, while Pragg will face his compatriot Gukesh with black. Gukesh is one of seven players currently standing a half point behind the leaders.


Round 9 pairings

Name Pts. Result Pts. Name
Andersen Mads   Warmerdam Max
Gukesh D 6   Praggnanandhaa R
Idani Pouya 6   6 Mishra Abhimanyu
Fier Alexandr 6   6 Libiszewski Fabien
Jarmula Lukasz 6   6 Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn

On Monday, Pragg scored a remarkable victory over Matthieu Cornette. The Frenchman, playing black, was overly ambitious with his 13th move. Pragg immediately grabbed his chance, sacrificing a knight to get a crushing attack on the kingside.

 

Reykjavik Chess Open

A beautiful shot | Photo: Thorsteinn Magnusson


Standings after round 8

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Praggnanandhaa R 6,5 0,0
2 Warmerdam Max 6,5 0,0
  Andersen Mads 6,5 0,0
4 Jarmula Lukasz 6,0 0,0
5 Fier Alexandr 6,0 0,0
6 Gukesh D 6,0 0,0
7 Idani Pouya 6,0 0,0
8 Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn 6,0 0,0
9 Mishra Abhimanyu 6,0 0,0
10 Libiszewski Fabien 6,0 0,0
11 Maze Sebastien 5,5 0,0
12 Niemann Hans Moke 5,5 0,0
13 Beerdsen Thomas 5,5 0,0
14 Korley Kassa 5,5 0,0
15 Laurent-Paoli Pierre 5,5 0,0

...245 players


Games from round 8

 

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Carlos Colodro is a Hispanic Philologist from Bolivia. He works as a freelance translator and writer since 2012. A lot of his work is done in chess-related texts, as the game is one of his biggest interests, along with literature and music.
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