IM Pranav Overtakes GMs in Second Fischer Random Swiss

IM Pranav Overtakes GMs in Second Fischer Random Swiss


IM V Pranav won the Qualifier 2 Swiss stage of the 2022 Fischer Random World Championship on Monday, making him the only non-GM to advance to the knockout in either qualifier.

GMs Alexey Sarana, Vladislav Kovalev, Vincent Keymer, David Navara, and Matthias Bluebaum finished second through sixth with 6.5. GMs Alexander Donchenko and Daniel Naroditsky claimed the last two knockout qualification spots, finishing seventh and eighth with six points. 

Participating in the event were 70 competitors—open to all FIDE titled players and national masters. The qualifier continues with the knockout phase quarterfinals and semifinals on August 30, starting at 9 a.m. PT / 18:00 CEST.

How to watch?

Live broadcast of Monday’s tournament, hosted by GM Jon Hammer

Pranav finished in clear first with seven points, going undefeated. He sacrificed the exchange and a pawn to create an unstoppable attack on the dark squares against IM Denis Lazavik to start his tournament with four wins in a row. 

This streak also included a victory over popular commentator, Naroditsky, in round three. Can you find Pranav’s tactical finish to the game?

Despite this loss, Naroditsky did go on to qualify himself. He scored 2.5 out of his last three games to finish eighth, including a win vs. GM David Paravyan where he fought back from being down a pawn. 

Sarana finished second with 6.5, defeating GM Gawain Jones in a mere 17 moves. 

Donchenko was the only qualifier to have all decisive games, including two must-win victories in a row to finish. In the penultimate round, Donchenko outmaneuvered GM Aleksandr Lenderman, gradually turning a cramped position into one with an overwhelming amount of activity. 

Qualifier 2 Swiss | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 25 IM vi_pranav Pranav V 2808 7 35.25
2 27 GM mishanick Alexey Sarana 2830 6.5 32.25
3 6 GM vladislavkovalev Vladislav Kovalev 2937 6.5 27.25
4 12 GM VincentKeymer Vincent Keymer 2891 6.5 26.75
5 17 GM FormerProdigy David Navara 2807 6.5 24.75
6 29 GM Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 2820 6.5 21
7 37 GM Alexander_Donchenko Alexander Donchenko 2784 6 26.5
8 2 GM DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 2941 6 26
9 14

IM DenLaz Denis Lazavik 2844 6 24
10 13 GM LiemLe Liem Le 2831 6 23.5
11 3 GM rednova1729 Awonder Liang 2836 5.5 22.25
12 20

GM alexrustemov Alexander Rustemov 2717 5.5 16.75
13 1 GM Konavets Sam Sevian 2956 5 22
14 26 GM AlexanderL Aleksandr Lenderman 2790 5 21.75
15 15 NM Abund Yuan Qingyu 2666 5 20
16 21 GM TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2694 5 18.75
17 8

FM TrahtarBelarus Artiom Stribuk 2699 5 10.5
18 23 IM Bulldog167 Leon Livaic 2699 4.5 18.5
19 47 FM Dr_Nezard Drazen Dragicevic 2328 4.5 8.25
20 28 GM GM_dmitrij Dmitrij Kollars 2698 4 9.25

(Full final standings here.) 

The Fischer Random World Championship, brought to you by the Government of Iceland and the City of Reykjavik, gathers top players worldwide to compete in a series of classical Fischer Random games for their share of the $400,000 prize fund and the title of FIDE Fischer Random World Champion. Fischer Random (also known as Chess960) is a chess variant where all standard chess rules are the same, except for the starting position of the pieces, which can be in one of 960 semi-random setups. Heavily endorsed by the 11th world champion GM Bobby Fischer, the variant sidesteps opening preparation to highlight players’ true understanding of chess.

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