Four draws and a win for Duda, Vidit and Jorden van Forest
Day 1 of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2022 ended with GM Jorden van Foreest, GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda and GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi finishing top of the event.
Photos: © Lennart Ootes and Jurriaan Hoefsmit – Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2022
The reigning Tata Steel Chess Champion Jordan VanForest started the tournament with a victory over the Swedish GM Nils Grandelius. Jan-Krzysztof Duda is in excellent shape. He defeated GM Richard Report and started the Tata Steel Chess Tournament with a victory for the first time.
In the longest part of the day (73 moves), Santosh Gujrathi completed Vidit to beat Sam Shankland with white pieces.
One of the most anticipated matches with the World Champion against GM Andrei Esipenko, the first teenager to beat the world classical chess champion last year, ended in a draw. It seems that Magnus agrees with this result, he confessed after the match that Esipenko is a very strong player.
Daniel Dubov had a difficult start to the tournament. He played his opening against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov unsuccessfully, but managed to save himself in a difficult middlegame and got a draw.
Dubov: “This time it’s me! I’m probably far from my best form but at least you can actually tell who played as a White. Put the bishop on g2, sacrifice pawns for nothing, start playing for rookies… it feels good to be back, in a way!
The 16 year old Indian Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu drew with black pieces against tournament ambassador GM Anish Giri.
The game Fabien Caruana — Sergei Karjakin also ended in a draw.
Standing after the first day:
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