Charity Cup Day 4: Praggnanandhaa eliminated despite his brilliance
GM David Navara has just entered the Charity Cup knockout stage as the Czech GM had the best tiebreaker over GM Richard Rapport and GM Praggnanandhaa R., who won a brilliant match in the penultimate round. GM Le Quang Liem finished first in the preliminaries, three points ahead of GM Magnus Carlsen.
How to watch?
Charity Cup preliminary matches can be found here as part of our live events platform. Heats begin daily at 9:00 a.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. CET.
Two players who were still in the bottom half after three days still managed to join the top eight. Besides Navara, who won two games and lost one on the final day (which meant three wins for the black pieces!), GM David Anton also did well, if not better. The Spanish general manager won all three games and finished in fourth place.
Anton’s victory in the final round was crucial, along with a heartbreaking defeat for teenage GM Praggnanandhaa, who wasted a winning advantage to be knocked out of the tournament in a tiebreaker. Admittedly, this mid-game was difficult to play:
The previous round, Pragg had impressed the viewers with his brilliant 25.Rxa7 with which the Indian grandmaster beat GM Jorden van Foreest:
Navara desperately needed a win in this final round, and a Benoni against Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun did the trick for him. It was also an instructive game on the theme of middlegames of bishops of opposite colors:
Charity Cup Preliminaries | Final ranking
|1||Le, Quang Liem||2723||2897||32|
|3||Van Forest, Jordan||2714||2811||27|
|15||Ju, Wen Jun||2560||2526||ten|
This leads to the following pairings for the knockout bracket, with matches starting Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. CET.
All Games Day 4
The Champions Chess Tour 2022 Charity Cup Masters runs from March 19-27 on chess24. The preliminary phase is a rapid round robin (15+10) with 16 players. The top eight players qualify for a knockout which consists of one four-game rapid match during the quarter-finals and semi-finals and two four-match rapid matches during the final. The game switches to blitz (5 + 3) and armageddon (white has five minutes, black has four with no increment) only decides if a knockout match ends in a tie. The total prize money for the event is $150,000, with $750 for each win and $250 for each draw in the preliminaries.