Alexander Grischuk wins Tata Steel Chess India Blitz

by Klaus Besenthal
9/10/2023 – The Tata Steel Chess India Blitz tournament came to an end after rounds 10 to 18 were played on Saturday. Russian grandmaster Alexander Grischuk was the outright winner with a 12/18 score. Grischuk finished ahead of Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu, who both collected 11/18 points. Arjun Erigaisi and rapid-tournament winner Maxime Vachier-Lagrave were the two remaining players to end with a plus score. | Photo: Vivek Sohani

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Beating a direct rival

Praggnanandhaa finished the first day of blitz as the sole leader. But he had two players breathing down his neck, merely a half point behind: Vidit Gujrathi and Alexander Grischuk.

And if you want to win such a tournament, then of course it makes sense to defeat your direct rivals. It was Grischuk who managed to do just that in round 15, when he beat Pragg with the black pieces. The game had interesting moments, and eventually saw both players making one mistake after the other — with Grischuk coming out on top in the end.

Nodirbek Abdusattorov

In shared second place — Nodirbek Abdusattorov | Photo: Vivek Sohani

Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

In shared second place — Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu | Photo: Vivek Sohani

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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.