GMs Teimour Radjabov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vincent Keymer, and Dommaraju Gukesh lead with two points from three rounds at the end of an intensely fought first day of the 2023 Tata Steel Chess India Open Rapid being held in Kolkata, India. GMs Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu, Alexander Grischuk, and Nodirbek Abdusattorov follow the leaders on 1.5 points.
60% of the 15 games ended decisively, which showed the level of fight displayed by the players, with most of the drawn games being hard-fought affairs.
In an imaginative and flawless attacking game, Radjabov impressively outwitted Abdusattorov. In the most entertaining game of the day, GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Vachier-Lagrave were engaged in a game of fluctuating fortunes, where the latter pulled out a thrilling swindle even when down by a whole rook.
The Open Rapid tournament continues on September 6 at 5:30 a.m. ET / 11:30 CEST / 15:00 IST.
How to watch the Tata Steel India Chess Open Rapid & Blitz
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A very interesting aspect of the live broadcast of the event is the presence of the ambassador of the tournament and former world champion GM Viswanathan Anand. Commentating on the games on the live broadcast, he remarked, "This year, we have got an interesting mix of players... Everyone's very ambitious, they will all push their luck a lot". True to his prediction, the tournament started explosively from the very beginning, producing so many high-voltage games on the very first day.
Anand enjoyed himself in the commentary box, enthralling audiences with his customary sense of humor, deep knowledge of the game, and inside stories. For example, when asked if he gave any advice to Praggnanandhaa before the game, Anand chuckled, "It's fair to say he has got advice from everyone else in India over the last week! So I thought I would spare him..."
Asked about Praggnanandhaa reaching the Candidates and Gukesh overtaking him in the rankings and thus displacing him as the highest-rated player of India after 37 long years, he came up with a witty quip.
Vishy Anand: "They were not supposed to do it this fast! Gukesh took my ranking & Pragg is joining in the Candidates. They were not supposed to do it this fast. It's ok, there won't be consequences, but that's taking some getting used to!"#TataSteelChessIndia pic.twitter.com/1ugWHv19Cx— chess24.com (@chess24com) September 5, 2023
By format, the tournament pits five of the best Indian players against five of the best quick-play specialists in the world. A familiar narrative of current times is also the experienced hands facing young talents, both from India and abroad. For example, three-time World Blitz Champion Grischuk became champion for the first time in 2006, the same year that Gukesh was born!