29 September 2021

Vladislav Artemiev Beats Shakhriyar Mamedyarov at Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals

Five rounds are over.

The fifth round of the 2021 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals was played on the 29th of September. In every round, players play a match against their opponent. Each match consists of 4 rapid games. In case the result after these games is 2-2, a 2-game blitz tie-break will be played, followed by an Armageddon game in case of 1-1. Players earn 3 points for a match win in the rapid games (the loser earns 0 points). A match win after tie-breaks earns the winner 2 points (1 point for the loser).

After his victory over Magnus Carlsen in Round 4, Vladislav Artemiev defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2.5-1.5 (3-0). Magnus Carlsen won against Hikaru Nakamura 2.5-0.5 (3-0). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave bested Jan-Krzysztof Duda with the same score. Teimour Radjabov outplayed Levon Aronian by a narrow margin. 

Wesley So and Anish Giri traded blows in rapid and determined the winner in an additional match. The first blitz game ended in a draw, whilst the second was won by the American. 

Standings after Round 5:

1. Magnus Carlsen - 26.5 points
2. Wesley So - 21.5
3-4. Levon Aronian, Teimour Radjabov - 15
5. Hikaru Nakamura - 12
6-7. Vladislav Artemiev, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 11.5
8. Anish Giri - 10.5
9. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 5.5
10. Jan-Krzysztof Duda - 5

The 30th of September is a rest day.

Round 6 pairings:

Aronian - Duda
Radjabov - So
Giri - Carlsen
Nakamura - Mamedyarov
Artemiev - Vachier-Lagrave 

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