Prague Masters Chess: D Mukesh Defeats Vincent Keymer, Praggnanandhaa Held By Mateusz Bartel

Prague Masters Chess: D Mukesh Defeats Vincent Keymer, Praggnanandhaa Held By Mateusz Bartel

The other Indian in the fray -- Vidit Gujrathi also played out a draw with Richard Rapport of Romania.

PTIUpdated: Thursday, March 07, 2024, 07:47 PM IST
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Indian Grandmaster D Gukesh defeated Vincent Keymer of Germany, but his compatriot R Praggnanandhaa was held to a draw by Mateusz Bartel of Poland in the eight and penultimate round of Prague Masters Chess tournament here on Thursday.

Uzbek Grandmaster Nodirbek Abdusattarov's winning run continued as he crashed through the defences of Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran to win the title with one round still remaining.

With six points in his bag now, Abdusattarov has an unassailable 1.5 points lead. The Uzbek also climbed up to fourth spot in world ranking following his stupendous show here.

Vidit Gujrathi's match result

The other Indian in the fray -- Vidit Gujrathi also played out a draw with Richard Rapport of Romania.

With just one round remaining, Maghssodloo, Praggnanandhaa and Nguyen Thai Dai Van of Czech Republic share the second spot on 4.5 points apiece.

Local star David Navara, Rapport and Gukesh are on 50 per cent score with four points, a full point ahead of Keymer and Bartel. Gujrathi, on 2.5 points, is at the bottom of the table.

Gukesh vs Keymer gameplay

Gukesh was aggressive right from the beginning of a Nimzo Indian defense game with white.

Keymer was pushed to the wall in the middle game with a wrong pawn capture and what followed was a string of white pieces gunning down the black king. It took just 27 moves for Gukesh to wrap up the issue.

Abdusattarov played with a lot of determination to beat nearest rival Maghsoodloo.

Playing with white, the Uzbek sacrificed his Queen for a rook and minor piece and his judgment proved perfect as black could not deal with the pressure that followed. It was a picturesque finish in the end.

Praggnandhaa under pressure

Praggnandhaa did not get many chances against Bartel out of a Sicilian Classical defense with black.

The Polish GM opened up the centre at an opportune moment and opened up the black king side through an exchange sacrifice. The result was a draw through perpetual checks.

Results after round 8 (Indians unless stated): D Gukesh (4) beat Vincent Keymer (GER, 3); Nodirbek Abdusattarov (UZB, 6) beat Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI, 4.5); Mateusz Bartel (POL, 3) drew with R Praggnanandhaa (4.5); Vidit Gujrathi (2.5) drew with Richard Rapport (ROU, 4); Nguyen Thai Dai Van (CZE, 4.5); drew with David Navara (CZE, 4).

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