Sweet Revenge, Mind-Blowing Surprises – Chess.com

Day Four of the Chess.com World Chess Championship featured electrifying matches, remarkable upset victories and inspiring stories of revenge. GM Benjamin Bok eliminated GM Alexander Grischuk, one of the tournament favorites. GM Alexey Sarana also scored an upset win over GM Vidit Gujrathi.

Legendary GM Vasyl Ivanchuk scored a decisive victory for the old guard against GM Ray Robson. GM Levon Aronian got revenge against GM Nikolas Theodorou. GM Wesley So fought hard to beat MI Denis Lazavik. GM Wang Hao defeated iconic GM Peter Leko.

Additionally, general manager Jan-Krzysztof Duda scored the only 3-0 sweep of the day. GM Leinier Dominguez beat GM Maksim Chigaev in three sets.

Round of 16 continues Monday, September 19, from 9:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. CEST.

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A particularly exciting match of new blood against the old guard took place with Ivanchuk against Robson. The 27-year-old American grandmaster won the opener as the players battled it out in impressive fashion in an intense time rush. You can hear the sheer panic in the voices of the commentators as each player’s clock repeatedly drops to tenths of a second. As General Manager Daniel Naroditsky described it: “They’re tempting the weather gods!”

They tempt the gods of time!
―Daniel Naroditsky

Amid this unimaginable level of time pressure, Robson managed to keep moving up the board, pulling off a winning ending and then flagging his opponent.

As if motivated by the loss, Ivanchuk fought back the next game, winning with convincing attacking play. Although his clock is only ticking a few seconds, you can see how cool the former world number two is capitalizing on his winning position.

In game four, Robson found himself in a compelling position and fought valiantly, but couldn’t quite overcome the efforts of his seasoned competitor.

GM commentator Robert Hess shared his thoughts on this new opportunity to see Ivanchuk compete: “Ivanchuk was kind of everyone’s favorite player of my generation. He wasn’t a world champion, but he was so much fun to play. to look at.”

Ivanchuk was kind of everyone’s favorite player of my generation.

-Robert Hess

After his Olympiad loss in August, Aronian seemed to come to this game against Theodorou looking for revenge, opening the opener with an incredibly daring play down the middle.

He ended the game with the superb Nxf7!, tearing his opponent’s kingside apart.

Bok also came for revenge in their match against Grischuk, remembering their loss at the 2019 World Cup. After four draws, their match turned into Armageddon playoffs. Grischuk gained an early advantage, but Bok retaliated by activating his pieces and surrounding his opponent’s king.

Grischuk is one of the few players in history to top 2800 FIDE, and Bok’s victory is the biggest upset of the day.

Another notable upset is Sarana’s loss to Vidit in just three games. Sarana showed tremendous fighting spirit in her final match, maintaining a time advantage even as her opponent gained board advantage and looking for an opportunity to counterattack.

Wang won the first two matches against Leko, but the 2004 World Championship challenger then began a comeback. He won Game 3 and came close to making the playoffs in the next game when Wang ended his hopes.

Duda made the only 3-0 sweep. His offensive win in Game 2 is our game of the day.

Duda had no problem winning her match with a perfect score. I consider the young Polish GM one of the favorites to win the tournament.

Lazavik, the only IM on the field, put up an incredible fight against So, the fifth highest rated player in history. After losing the first game, he came back in the second game to tie the game. Thus won the third game, putting the 16-year-old in a key position. Lazavik fought for 112 moves, looking for opportunities in every nook and cranny of position before reaching the 50 move rule.

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The 2022 Chess.com World Championship (CGC) is the first Chess.com World Championship cycle open to all Chess.com verified players. Players participate in official events verified by Chess.com for their share of the $1,100,000 prize and the title of Chess.com World Champion.

Chess legends such as GMs Viswanathan Anand, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov take on today’s best (online) players including GMs Hikaru Nakamura, Ding Liren, Levon Aronian and Jan-Krzysztof Duda, and many others.

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