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The WR Chess Masters 2023 kicked off on 15.2.23 and the tournament was fascinating, impressive, and outright genius, with GM Levon Aronian taking the winner’s spot. In this article, I will be covering the competitors, a few interesting facts about WR Chess Masters and of course the results.

The WR Chess Masters 2023 began at 6:00 pm CET (GMT+1:00) in Dusseldorf, Germany. The tournament had a grand prize fund total of 130 000 EUR, 40 000 EUR for the winner. The WR Chess Masters is a round-robin tournament, meaning each participant plays the other at least once. The format was 120|40 then 60|20 and 15|30s, which in chess means 120 mins for the first 40 moves, then an hour for the next 20 moves and lastly 15 minutes for the rest of the game including 30 second increments (this is when, after making a move and hitting the clock, a certain amount is added to your time, for example 5s).

The players invited were among some of the world’s best chess elite, all owning the grandmaster title (the highest title in chess), needing a rating of 2500 and playing against other titled players at official tournaments with a playstyle of a 2600 rated player. Some of the players invited were Ian Nepomniachtchi, current Nr.2 in the world, behind Magnus Carlsen, the Dutch Anish Giri, current Nr.5 globally, and 17-year old teenage chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa born in Chennai, India, youngest International Master and 2nd youngest Grandmaster in history. We saw some great games over the 10-day period including a matchup between Nordirbek Abdusattorov and Andrey Esipenko. In this brilliant game of chess, Abdusattorov, who was playing white, started a lasting sacrifice attack, sacrificed 2 rooks, 2 knights and 2 bishops to take Esipenkos‘ Queen and later on won by resignation.

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