Caruana survived in fear of Erigaisi | So Good News
GM Fabiano Caruana became the first player to reach the quarter-finals of the 2022 Rapid Chess Championship on Wednesday, defeating GM Arjun Erigaisi in a nail-biting main event.
Erigaisi built a strong lead early; however, Caruana came into the clinch with a four-game winning streak in the 3+1 stretch. Caruana secured the match 14.5-12.5 and defeated his dangerous opponent.
A round of 16 match between GMs Ding Liren and Alexander Grischuk will take place November 27 at 6:00 AM PT / 4:00 PM CET.
Blitz 5|1: Caruana 3-6 Erigaisi
The match started with a bang and was one of the most exciting draws of the day. Erigaisi took the mantra “must push past pawns” literally and sacrificed a rook to activate his passed pawn. His calculations paid off and the Indian sensation advanced steps later, but he failed to find the winning line and missed the replay.
On his new podcast, “C-Squared,” Caruana praised Erigaisi, calling him an Indian junior who could reach 2,800.Knowing his rise to the top echelon of chess, Caruana clearly took his opponent very seriously.
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The match broke open in the second game, with Erigaisi winning in an incredible 15 moves against the US champion. Things unraveled quickly as a Theoretical Rook sacrifice for Caruana Polerio, a bishop check line went horribly wrong in the Italian game.
Back-to-back wins were on the menu for several games for Erigaisi as he extended his lead to three points. The second of those victories was an ominous omen for Caruana, who failed to capitalize on a series of mistakes by Erigaisi and eventually lost the game.
The only win was the only relief Caruana could find in the 5+1 segment, but it was of little consolation as Erigaisi responded with a rhinopost of his own in the ninth and final game before the break to beat Caruana in even games.
Caruana later spoke about how his match strategy had to change after Erigasi’s incredible run in the early stages: “… before the match I thought. [the 5+1 segment] It might be 50-50, but when he started pulling me back every game, I started to think again.”
— I thought before the match [the 5+1 segment] It might be 50-50, but when he started beating me every game, I started to think again.” @FabianoCaruana came back from a three-point deficit.#speed pic.twitter.com/zfAUnQFq1m
— ChesscomLive (@ChesscomLive) November 23, 2022
Blitz 3|1: Caruana 5-1 Erigaisi
Looking at a three-point deficit and needing a revival, Caruana’s experience shone through and a brilliant run in the 3+1 saw him take the lead. For Erigaisi, a missed Torre strike was the start of a mammoth surge that went a long way in deciding the match winner.
The “quiet” version of the Slavic defense was nothing in the 11th game, and the spectacular Knights’ sacrifice in the 17th move required a renaming of the opening. The resulting pin allowed Caruana to add attacking pieces to the queen face and Erigaisi staggered.
Caruana’s four straight wins meant that Erigaysi’s advantage was completely wiped out and Caruana took the lead for the first time just over two hours into the match.
“It’s total devastation for Arjun,” says 🎙️ @GmNaroditsky as @FabianoCaruana wins four games in a row and leads by one point.#speed pic.twitter.com/Tg0jq8eclV
— ChesscomLive (@ChesscomLive) November 23, 2022
A flash of skill from Erigaisi earned him a tie in the 16th game and a second win pushed him into the lead once again. The lead was short-lived and Caruana did not allow the Indian player to run away on the scoreboard again.
Shots 1|1: Caruana 6.5-5.5 Erigaisi
In classic Speed Chess Championship fashion, the bullet portion decided the winner on Wednesday and it was Caruana who stepped up to the mark and came out on top. The pair traded blows throughout the match, countering the imbalance and flow that characterized the early stages of the match, often holding each other at one point.
Caruana got the most important victory in the last game, which ultimately decided the outcome of the match.
Petroff went deep and Erigaisi drew a foul with 10 seconds left on the clock, leaving Caruana with a one-point buffer heading into the final game. Our Game of the Day is analyzed by GM Rafael Leitao is below.
Caruana was able to secure the result with a straight-set victory in Wednesday’s finals and a quarterfinal spot at the Rapid Chess Championship, along with $3,074.07. Hookesh earned $925.93 for his efforts.
World champion Magnus Carlsen will face GM Gukesh D in the round of 16, expecting a mouth-watering battle with the former world champion.
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The main competition of the 2022 Rapid Chess Championship will begin on November 21 and end on December 16. High-speed chess players compete in 16-player knockouts in three different time controls, competing for a share of a $100,000 prize pool and the most prestigious title in online chess.
Leaders Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Jan Nepomniacci, Ding Liren, Nodirbek Abdusattorov and many other athletes will fight to determine the 2022 chess champion.