Mamedyarov’s 16…Rxh2 Move Of The Year?

Mamedyarov's 16...Rxh2 Move Of The Year?


GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov still leads the preliminaries of the Aimchess Rapid tournament after eight rounds of play, but it was again GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who got fans on the edge of their seats as he played a brilliant move in his game with GM Richard Rapport. Together with GM Magnus Carlsen, the Azerbaijani GM is trailing Abdusattorov by just a point.

Aimchess Rapid 2022 live games

After his encounter with GM Anish Giri became a candidate for Game of the Year, Mamedyarov’s final move against Rapport will be among the contestants of Move of the Year. While the black queen was under attack, the rook sacrifice was the prelude to a forced checkmate:

Another very exciting game was GM Arjun Erigaisi‘s win vs. Carlsen. It was also revenge for Erigaisi’s loss to the same opponent in the Julius Baer Generation Cup final last month.

 “That felt really good. I was really happy with the game,” Erigaisi said after the game.

Especially tough but a great decision was 27.Qf7+, so the queen could combine attack and defense from g6:

Arjun Erigaisi chess
An excellent win for Arjun Erigaisi. Image: Champions Chess Tour.

Abdusattorov started the second day with a loss against GM Vidit Gujrathi but kept his slim lead in the standings as he bounced back with two straight wins and a draw. One of his wins was against the star of the Chennai Olympiad, who was actually winning for most of the game.

Like Mamedyarov, Carlsen is only a point behind the leader. In the final round, the world champion managed to win a very drawish rook endgame vs. Vidit:

Aimchess Rapid | Round 8 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Pts.
1 Abdusattorov, Nodirbek 2678 17
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2712 16
3 Carlsen, Magnus 2902 16
4 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2754 15
5 Erigaisi Arjun 2720 15
6 Gukesh D 2606 12
7 Keymer, Vincent 2740 12
8 Giri, Anish 2737 12
9 Rapport, Richard 2735 10
10 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 2691 10
11 Aditya Mittal 2569 9
12 Naroditsky, Daniel 2617 9
13 Anton Guijarro, David 2706 5
14 Hansen, Eric 2618 4
15 Harikrishna, Pentala 2679 3
16 Grandelius, Nils 2632 3

All games rounds 5-8

The Aimchess Rapid, the seventh event in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, takes place October 14-20, 2022 on chess24. The preliminaries consist of a round-robin among 16 players, from which the top eight advance to the knockout stage. There, they play a match of four rapid games (15+10) in each round and if necessary, a blitz + armageddon tiebreak. The prize fund is $150,000.

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