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.

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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:

David Anthony
David Anton won all three games on Tuesday. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

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

# fed name Rating Perf Points
1 Le, Quang Liem 2723 2897 32
2 Carlsen, Magnus 2854 2830 29
3 Van Forest, Jordan 2714 2811 27
4 Anthony, David 2694 2762 24
5 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2720 2737 23
6 Ding, Liren 2752 2736 23
7 Niemann, Hans 2624 2720 22
8 Navara, David 2700 2715 21
9 Report, Richard 2762 2712 21
ten Praggnanandhaa, R. 2664 2717 21
11 Vidit, Gujarati 2723 2714 20
12 Hansen, Eric 2669 2624 16
13 Harikrishna, Pentalah 2716 2668 16
14 Jones, Gawain 2672 2519 ten
15 Ju, Wen Jun 2560 2526 ten
16 Lei, Tingjie 2535 2245 2

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.

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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.

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