Carlsen falls to Dubov, Artemiev tops standings after opening matches of Chessable Masters

SHOWS: INTERNET / UNKNOWN LOCATIONS (JUNE 20, 2020) (CHESS24 HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL)

PRELIMINARY ROUND

1. HIGHLIGHT FROM MAGNUS CARLSEN (WHITE) V DANIIL DUBOV

2. WHITE FLASH

3. DUBOV DEFEATS CARLSEN

4. HIGHLIGHT FROM HIKARU NAKAMURA (WHITE) V PENTALA HARIKRISHNA MATCH THAT ENDS IN DRAW

5. HIGHLIGHT FROM MAGNUS CARLSEN (BLACK) AND VLADISLAV ARTEMIEV MATCH THAT ENDS IN DRAW

STORY: Russian Vladislav Artemiev finished the opening day of the Chessable Masters atop the standings after going unbeaten Saturday (June 20) in the online event.

The 22-year-old, playing in his first Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour event, claimed wins over countryman Daniil Dubov and Indian Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna and then three draws, including a draw against Carlsen himself, to finish with a total score of 3.5/5.

Norwegian world champ Carlsen managed just one win on the day, over Harikrishna, two draws, one of them against rival American Hikaru Nakamura, and then a loss to Dubov to finish at 2.5/5

Dubov completed his five opening day matches with a score of 3/5 to sit second overall while Nakamura sits even with Carlsen on 2.5/5 after five draws.

(Production: David Grip)

Video Transcript

- So--

- But black in control. Black could play something like, let's say, rook d3.

- I like it. I like it.

- If we take on a6, we trade those guys off. And then we play g5 as early as possible. And we try to come out.

- A very, very big relief to get those moves in. We've actually seen, after rook a7, the move rook d1 here.

- Yeah, he played rook d1, which is, I think, a similar idea. I kind of liked the d3 squares slightly more. Because I didn't want to give white any kind of knight moves attacking the rook. But knight b2-- I kind of did not expect knight b2. And that would have been a move against route d3 as well.

- Wow!

- Knight b2 followed king g3. And Daniil does play g5. We were expecting g5 for quite some time now.

- And again, those 10 second increments being so useful to the players.

- Yeah, absolutely.

- Yeah, Daniil is doing quite well against Magnus, right? Yeah, I at least remember a game where he beat him in the tournament before that, right?

- Yeah, he won a very, very crucial game against Magnus in the penultimate round of the round robin for the [INAUDIBLE].

- Mm-hmm.

- That was basically-- it wasn't the knockout game for Magnus, but it was kind of a knockout game for--

- Oh my.

- Yeah, that's quite a turnaround in this game. Because I'm pretty sure Magnus was doing very, very well somewhere out of the opening. But yeah, he ends up losing a second--

- Wow.

- --second g--

- Whoa, Hikaru!

- Hikaru [INAUDIBLE] his A pawn!

- He meant--

- Whoa.

- Oh, oh, oh, oh.

- He still makes a draw, though, probably because the h pawn is the wrong color. So knight g3 followed by knight takes h5 just saves the game for him.

- I don't see Hikaru's camera. That's probably a memeworthy face there.

- He's shaking his head. That will be clipped on Twitch for sure. [LAUGHS]

- Yeah.

- I'm missing his webcam look, because Hikaru has the best faces.

- And I saw some of the numbers for the chess [INAUDIBLE]. It's really amazing to see the audience growing, and this is the best scenario to have-- both online as well as over the board events when the situation becomes normal.

- Thank you so much for your answer, and I see that we have a result.