Round 6 - A spectacular day of chess in Wijk aan Zee

19-01-2019

It was probably the most exciting round to date and the local fans got a lot to cheer for as the two Dutch participants in the Masters scored another double victory.

Anish Giri punished an early mistake by Duda to make it a perfect 3/3 wins with the black pieces. Jorden Van Foreest meanwhile was involved in a topsy-turvy game against Fedoseev, which he came out on top from after finding the brilliant 39.Rd1! The third winner of the day was none other than World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who after a record streak of 21 draws scored a second consecutive win after taking advantage of a late blunder by Mamedyarov. Carlsen and Giri have thus joined Nepomniachtchi and Ding in the lead on 4/6.

There were also three decisive results in the Challengers, the most important of which was Kovalev’s victory over Saduakassova, as the grandmaster from Belarus is now the sole leader on 4.5/6. The other two victories both came from all 2600-clashes: Gledura beat l’Ami and Chigaev overcame Maghsoodloo in the longest game of the day.