Fast start to Chessable Masters as youngsters impress

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Two young rookie stars took center stage as the Chessable Masters e-sports elite chess event kicked off today.

The world’s youngest grandmaster, Abhimanyu Mishra, scored his first win against a top 10 player on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour at just 13 years old as he racked up an impressive 6/12.

Mishra is only ranked 459th in the world and is by far the lowest ranked player in the event. But that won’t last long. The teenager’s victory over world number 7 Shakhiryar Mamedyarov with a nasty mating attack at the end was a worrying indication of what he is capable of.

Mishra, playing from New Jersey, was delighted with his departure. “It was a very crazy day, of course,” he said.

But it was China’s Wei Yi, the prodigiously talented 22-year-old, who took the lead on matchday one of his debut with a brilliant 10/12, which included three wins and a draw. Yi beat India’s Pentala Harikrishna, England’s Gawain Jones and Spain’s David Anton to take a two-point lead on day two. This puts him firmly in the driver’s seat to get to the Knockout stage.

Mishra, meanwhile, had a tough introduction to the event losing first to Anton and then in round two to world No. 2 Ding Liren.

However, Mishra pushed the Chinese star hard and appeared to be heading for an unlikely draw before a miscalculation in a pawn race at the end let her slip away. Instead of playing 44. Ng2+, the youngster missed a crazy check that came after 44. bxa5 dxe3 45. axb6 g2 46. b7 Bc4+.

From then on, the teenager kicked into high gear winning back-to-back matches against Canadian streamer Eric Hansen and then his historic victory against Mamedyarov.

Sixteen of the world’s top chess stars have come together to compete for a prize of up to $150,000 in the Chessable Masters.

World champion Magnus Carlsen leads the overall Tour standings after winning two of the first three events. The Norwegian is tied for second at the Chessable Masters with a score of 8/12, but he was more than happy with his day’s work as he ended it with a win over Jorden van Foreest.

Carlsen said: “The score is good and to finish on a good score with two wins is nice. I think I didn’t play so well, but as long as I win it’s fine.”

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About Chess Masters

The eight-day Chessable Masters began May 19 and coverage will focus on studying chess openings. A prize pool of up to $150,000 is up for grabs and two qualifying spots for the next Tour Major. For the first stage of the event, the 16 players will compete in a round-robin tournament, with the top 8 progressing to a knockout. The final will take place on May 25 and 26. The Chessable Masters is the fourth leg of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The overall winner of the Tour in November will be crowned the best online chess player in the world. The action will be streamed live with commentary from the chess24 studio in Oslo via the chess24.com YouTube and Twitch channels, also available at chess24.com/tour. The game starts at 6:00 p.m. CEST / 4:00 p.m. UTC.

About the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour

The Champions Chess Tour is the world’s premier online chess tour that determines the best chess player in the world over a full competitive season of online chess. The 2022 season begins in February 2022 and features monthly tournaments culminating in a final in November 2022. The best chess players in the world compete in rapid chess. All games are played online at chess24.com with players competing for a total prize pool of over $1.5 million. For more information, visit championschesstour.com.

About Play Magnus Group

Play Magnus Group is a global chess industry leader focused on delivering premier digital experiences to millions of chess players and students. The company offers e-learning and entertainment services through its market-leading brands: chess24, Chessable, iChess, New In Chess, Everyman Chess, Silver Knights, Aimchess, Play Magnus App Suite and the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The group’s mission is to develop chess to make the world smarter by encouraging more people to play, watch, study and earn a living through chess. Play Magnus Group is listed on Euronext Growth Oslo under the symbol PMG. www.pmg.me

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