Continuing his impressive run, 17-year-old D. Gukesh drew with World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in 82 moves in the fourth round of the 11th Norway Chess in Stavanger, Norway, on Saturday.
Though Carlsen prevailed in the tie-breaking Armageddon game to gain half-a-point more, Gukesh remained in the fourth spot, behind Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Alireza Firouzja. Carlsen is placed eighth in the 10-man field.
The well-fought, marathon encounter saw Gukesh match Carlsen for a second time in classical format. Their only previous clash, in the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, (Netherlands) this year, ended in a 46-move draw.
Saturday’s draw earned Gukesh 1.6 rating points for a career-high live rating of 2739. In live ratings, Gukesh holds the 15th spot in the world.
On a day when four out of five encounters went to Armageddon, Gukesh and Carlsen fought fiercely. Gukesh sacrificed his queen to keep his chances alive in the must-win game, from the white side.
However, following a blunder on the 51st move, which cost Gukesh a knight, he resigned. By this time, the players had made several moves in the incremental time of one second on the clock.
Overnight leader Fabiano Caruana was the only one to win a classical game. He outwitted Alireza Firouzja for his third classical win in four rounds and regained second place in World rankings.
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