Februar 23, 2024

Nodirbek Abdusattorov comes first in the round-robin

All set for the classical games

Thanks to a crucial final-round victory over Magnus Carlsen, Nodirbek Abdusattorov came first in the round-robin part of the WEISSENHAUS Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T. Challenge on Saturday. The Uzbek grandmaster was the only player to remain undefeated and score 5.5 points.

Vincent Keymer, who scored 1.5/3 on the second day, finished in second place. Poor Ding Liren started with six losses before drawing with Alireza Firouzja. The world champion of classical chess finished in last place.

The final standings of the round-robin deliver the following pairings for the quarterfinals, played at a classical time control and starting on Sunday once again at 13:00 CET: Abdusattorov vs. Ding, Keymer vs. Aronian, Caruana vs. Gukesh, and Firouzja vs. Carlsen. The matches will consist of two classical games.

“I enjoyed it very much, especially analyzing with Fabiano,” said Abdusattorov. “We analyze together because we have similar colors every round. His insights and ideas that we are finding in the analysis is really beautiful.” Photo: Maria Emelianova.

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