India’s 16-year-old Grandmaster Dommaraju Gukesh, enjoying with black items, held five-time world champion Magnus Carlsen to a draw within the ninth spherical of the Tata Steel Masters being held in Wijk aan Zee on Tuesday.
Having crushed Carlsen in a web based fast chess sport final 12 months, it was the primary time the teenager was dealing with Carlsen in over-the-board classical chess. And Carlsen, having beforehand misplaced to present chief Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan and Dutch GM Anish Giri within the match, was underneath strain in his bid to defend his title.
But Gukesh, who was approaching the again of a powerful win over Iranian Parham Maghsoodloo within the earlier spherical, didn’t make any errors to provide Carlsen the sting.
“This game was special for me because it was my first classical game against Carlsen. The result wouldn’t matter to me,” he stated after the sport.
Gukesh had informed the Indian Express in December final 12 months that he was ready for a chance to speak to Carlsen and decide his mind. And that’s precisely what he did after the match as each the gamers analysed the match for as many as 50 minutes.
“It was really amazing of him to talk to me for so long despite the game ending in a draw and this being a must-win game for him. Both of us agreed that it was difficult for either of us to get an advantage in the game,” Gukesh stated.
Another Indian teenager Praggnanandhaa additionally had a wonderful sport, drawing towards American GM Fabiano Caruana.
In truth, it was Caruana who needed to make fairly an effort to equalise towards Praggnanandhaa the 17-year-old who had the initiative and saved urgent till they reached a rook ending the place he lastly agreed to a draw along with his American opponent.
The spotlight of the spherical to this point was Giri beating World No. 2 Ding Liren. Ding blundered a pawn. Giri modified gears, and took the pawn and Ding had no alternative however to resign a few strikes later.