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Nodirbek Abdusattorov is the new Masters champion

06 Mar 2024

The 19-year-old Uzbek defeated Parham Maghsoodloo in a direct clash for the glory and became the sixth winner in the main tournament of the Prague International Chess Festival.

The third seeded player was of the favorites in the tournament. He took the lead after the fifth round when he dealt with last year's Challengers winner Mateusz Bartel. Abdusattorov lost only the Praggnanandhaa game in the eight rounds played so far, but his opponents didn’t take the chance to caught up with him. In the end he won with the last round to spare.

The even game in the eighth round became alive around the fiftieth move, when Maghsoodloo did not punish the Uzbek's pawn blunder. Later on came the hesitation of the Iranian chess player, which the leader punished and gained his victory of the Prague Masters.

I’m very tired obviously, but at the same time, very happy to win this tournament. It’s huge achievement for me and my career, tournament was in general one of my best,“ said Abdusattorov directly after the last move and also praised his opponent Maghsoodloo. “He’s a great fighter, always fighting. But while creating chances for himself, he opens some for opponents as well. As many times earlier in our games, some crazy things happens. So I was hoping for that,” smiled the winner of the Masters.

Abdusattorov is the sixth champion of the prestigious chess festival. Success in the Czech capital added him into the company of Nikita Vitiugov, Alireza Firouzja, Sam Shankland, Pentala Harikrishna and Ray Robson. At the same time, he reached the fourth position in the world live ranking ahead of the reigning world champion Ding Liren.