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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov takes early lead at the Tata Steel Chess India Rapid 2022

The 4th edition of the Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz, India’s biggest chess tournament, started today in Kolkata with the Rapid event. The event features a very strong line-up with an interesting mixture of world-class grandmasters and Indian young chess stars.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov grabbed the early lead as he was the only player to score perfect 3/3 points on the Day 1. Mamedyarov defeated Gukesh D in the first round and continued to score against Sethuraman and Wesley So in the second and third rounds (respectively). Arjun Erigaisi and Nihal Sarin are trailing by a whole point and tie for second with 2 points.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov scores perfect 3/3; Photo by Lennar Ootes

One of the favorites to win the event, Hikaru Nakamura, had a very bad day in Kolkata today. Nakamura scored only 0.5 points as he drew the first-round game against Nihal Sarin, but then suffered two consecutive losses against his compatriot Wesley So and Uzbekistani grandmaster Nodirbek Abdusattorov. The next three rapid rounds will be played tomorrow, starting at 16:00 (local time). Replay all Day 1 games here / Schedule of all rounds

Standings after Day 1 – Tata Steel Chess India Rapid 2022:

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