The 2022 Chess.com Global Championship presented by Brave continued on Monday with round of 16 encounters between GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Leinier Dominguez Perez and GMs Fabiano Caruana and Dmitry Andreikin.
Nakamura controlled his match from start to finish, winning 2.5-1.5 after defeating Dominguez in the first game and securing his place in the quarterfinals with three solid draws.
Caruana was stunned by Andreikin and lost his match 0.5-2.5. Andreikin’s exploits have earned him a place in the quarterfinals against another US hopeful, GM Wesley So.
The round of 16 continues Wednesday, October 5, starting at 9:00 a.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. CET, and will feature GMs Anish Giri, Pavel Ponkratov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Alexey Sarana.
Tournament favorite Nakamura got off to a flying start against Dominguez, opting for an odd variant of the Queen’s Gambit Accepted, leaving a knight en prize in the opening for seven moves!
This game has been selected as our game of the day, analyzed below.
After a win in the first game, Nakamura tightened the screws in the next three games, giving Dominguez little chance to recover. A glimmer of hope shone for the Cuban-born GM when Nakamura stumbled out of the opening in the third game with 8.Nd2, but the mistake went unpunished and Nakamura stabilized again and drew.
Dominguez needed to win on call in the final game, failing to penetrate Nakamura’s defense and eventually finding himself in trouble in the resulting rook ending after going off track.
Satisfied with a tie, Nakamura simplified the position, secured his place in the quarterfinals in Toronto and announced a celebratory stream soon after. Nakamura’s road to the championship sees him meet the winner of the Duda-Sarana encounter, followed by a possible semi-final against So or Andreikin.
I’ll be doing a short celebration stream for qualifying @chesscom‘s Global Championship in Toronto and the Fischer Random World Championship in Reykjavik tonight at 5:30 Eastern. 🍍 💪 🍍
– Hikaru Nakamura (@GMHikaru) October 3, 2022
Although 78 percent of the predictions for this match favor Caruana over Andreikin, Monday’s second clash between these two rapid titans was inseparable on paper. Caruana looked to assert dominance early in the match, but was slowed down by Andreikin after the American got greedy in a winning rook-pawn ending.
In a cruel twist, Caruana’s luck only got worse when he succumbed to a blind spot on move 60 in game two. The blunder left Caruana in a losing position and put significant pressure on the match favorite to win one of their next two games.
Andreikin closed the gate in game three, opting to block the entire board to force Caruana’s hand. Not only was the strategy successful in neutralizing Caruana, but as the position opened up it became clear that Andreikin was winning.
Andreikin’s victory secures him a match against So in the quarterfinals and a possible clash with Nakamura in the semifinals if he advances again.
While Nakamura and Andreikin compete for the $200,000 first prize in Toronto, Dominguez and Caruana will each receive $15,000 for their efforts throughout the event.
Round of 16 scoreboard
Round of 16 bracket
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