GM Arjun Erigaisi leads the way with 6.5 points from nine rounds after day one of the Tata Steel Chess India Open Blitz 2022, while GM Mariya Muzychuk scored an impressive eight points from nine rounds to lead the Tata Steel Chess India 2022 Women’s Blitz.

Erigaisi is followed by GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with six points, while GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi is third with 5.5 points, both rebounding from moderate performances in the open portion of the Rapid tournament.

On the women’s side, IM Vaishali Rameshbabu also scored seven points above average to take second place. Maria Muzychuk and Vaishali have set a busy pace; they are two full points ahead of GM Anna Muzyuchuk and GM Harika Dronavalli who follow them with five points each. Another repeating round-robin of nine more matches will be played in reverse colors in both halves on Sunday, December 4.

The blitz portion of the event continues Dec. 3 at 9:30 p.m. PT/ Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. CET.

How to watch Tata Steel Chess India Rapid and Tata Steel India Chess Women’s Rapid

You can follow all the details of the tournament on our live events platform by following the separate links for the open and women’s sections.


Scene

As blitz is chess’ most exciting format, Saturday was a great day at the National Library of India, Kolkata. The day belongs to quick thinking, quick reflexes, and quick hands against common chess skills; it also saw more emotion, guilt, and heartbreak than in any other form of play. The players understand the need for peace of mind to the best of their ability, even though it’s not easy for anyone.

GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and GM Parham Maghsoodloo were looking for some peace of mind at the start of their encounter. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

A cool feature used at this event is real-time biofeedback which monitors the heart rate of players who agree to wear a smartwatch that measures and relays it.

The smartwatch is installed by the player right before the start of the game. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

The data from the watch, in turn, is retrieved by the Android phone and recorded in real time. All activities are facilitated by Ashwin Subrahmanian who provides logistical support and integrates data with live comments. An engineering manager at Intel, he is an unrated chess player who won the ACO World Amateur Champion in 2018 in the Elo 1600-1800 category. He gave a detailed lecture on the subject during the Global Chess Festival in 2022. After being intrigued, the organizers of this event assigned him to run the system during the Rapid & Blitz India Tata Chess Festival.

Ashwin set up an Android phone next to the game table right before the game starts so that the biofeedback system picks up signals from the smartwatch. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

The heart rate, in turn, is part of the live commentary, and the broadcast shows the rate on the screen as the players move.


Live commentary screenshot showing the heartbeats (circled in yellow) of IM Tania Sachdev (90), GM Vishy Anand and IM Sagar Shah (93) during the tense situation of Erigaisi-Mamedyarov. Erigaisi’s (circled in red) heart rate is 96, while Mamedyarov chose not to display it.
Being able to display the players’ heart rates as they move is a great innovation. It is interesting to watch the numbers fluctuate as the tension in the position increases and the time decreases on the clock.

Open

The open section was a bloodbath with not a single player escaping defeat in the event. Overall, Erigaisi kept his game as stable as possible and often scored wins by exploiting his opponents’ mistakes. An example of this is his game against one of the most prolific blitz chess players in the world, GM Hikaru Nakamura:

Mamedyarov plays his dynamic brand of chess and always comes out on top during fast tactical battles:

Vidit impressed in many matches, the following effort being typical of his style. It’s a well done game, especially by blitz chess standards:

Vidit “Karpov” Gujrathi! Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

The most dynamic game was played by GM Nihal Sarin, who is our Game Of The Day and GM Dejan Bojkov analyzes below

Much is expected of Nakamura whose iconic status extends worldwide due to his proven prowess in blitz, and he truly shows his genius in an instant, even while nearing the end of the game with little time:

Nakamura: iconic in blitz chess. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

An exciting final day of blitz awaits spectators on Sunday if the combative nature of the game and the prowess of the many blitz specialists in the field is any indication.

All Blitz Open Games – Day 1


Woman

The women’s section is dominated by Maria Muzychuk and Vaishali:

Mariya Muzychuk keeps it simple. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

Vaishali produces many games with steady play, unlike the dynamic style he is known for:

Vaishali: amazing stability. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

All Women’s Blitz Game – Day 1

standings

Tata Steel Chess India Blitz and Women’s Blitz 2022 are two of the most prestigious blitz chess events in India. Players compete in 10-player round-robins in blitz games with 3+2 time controls. The prize fund for each event is $17,500.


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