Maghsoodloo beats Pragg | Round 11

Praggnanandhaa surprised Parham Maghsoodloo on move 8 of the Najdorf but still slumped to a 3rd defeat in four games. That was the only decisive game in Round 11 of the Tata Steel Masters, as Nodirbek Abdusattorov kept the lead after Anish Giri mixed up his preparation, while Magnus Carlsen couldn’t quite squeeze out a win over Wesley So. In the Challengers Alexander Donchenko regained the sole lead.

The status quo at the top was left unchanged by Round 11 of the Tata Steel Masters, with only one decisive game.

Anish Giri trailed Nodirbek Abdusattorov by half a point going into Round 11 and, with the white pieces and a rest day to prepare, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a giant stride towards winning his 1st ever Tata Steel Masters. It never panned out, however, as the opening went wrong. The Dutch no. 1 commented:

I tried my new strategy, which is to prepare for one thing and play another. It’s actually worked quite well for me in the tournament so far, but today it didn’t.

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