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2nd elllobregat Open R4: Aditya Mittal gains sole lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/12/2021

IM Aditya Mittal beat GM Helgi Ass Gretarsson (ISL) to take sole lead 4.0/4 at the conclusion of the fourth round of 2nd elllobregat Open 2021. Six players including four Indians are at a half point behind 3.5/4. They are - Arjun Erigaisi, Sethuraman, Visakh N R, Sankalp Gupta, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) and Nikita Meshkovs (LAT). Aditya will face top seed Abdusattorov, Visakh vs Arjun Erigaisi, Sethuraman vs Nikita Meshkovs and Sankalp will go against the former world champion, Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) in Round 5 which starts today at 9:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Niklesh Jain

Sayantan Das overcomes Abhimanyu Puranik

Unlike the previous round, four out of top six games ended decisively. IM Sayantan Das scored the biggest victory of the round as he beat GM Abhimanyu Puranik. Untitled Shantanu Bhambure held Chilean GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder.

IM Aditya Mittal has taken sole lead 4.0/4 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Sankalp Gupta drew his game with... | Photo: Rupali Mullick

...GM Visakh N R, both are now at 3.5/4 each

Gretarsson - Aditya Mittal: 0-1

GM Helgi Gretarsson (ISL) decided to give up an exchange to decrease the wrath of IM Aditya Mittal's bishop pair.

Position after 25.Bg4

While 25.Bg4 was need of the hour for White, Black took the exchange as there were no better choice and returned it at the right time. 25...Bxg2+ 26.Kxg2 g5 27.f5 Rc8 28.Bd1 Re5 shows Aditya's understanding of active play. The material advantage of being exchange up might not be enough which he figured out easily.

Position after 32.Bc3+

Black has to return the exchange via 32...Rxc3, otherwise the f-pawn will become menacing and may cause serious trouble for Black. 33.bxc3 g4 34.Kh1 Re2 35.Rg1 h5 36.Rg2 Bf2 was a very pretty finish.

Final position after 36...Bf2

White trapped his own rook at g2 and there is no good way to get out of it without suffering a heavy material loss.

Arjun Erigaisi - Julen Luis: 1-0

GM Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez (ESP) went wrong early in the opening which cost him his castling rights.

Position after 11...Na5

11...g5 12.bxc6 gxh4 was probably a better alternative for Black. Anyway 11...Na5 12.Bxe7 Kxe7 caused Black to displace his king. It cost Black valuable time to castle artificially and connect the rooks. White utilized his opportunity and converted it into a win comfortably.

Arjun Erigaisi is at 3.5/4 | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Muradli - Sethuraman: 0-1

To get a glimpse of GM Sethuraman's positional understanding, take a look at the following position

Position after 22...d3

Black sacrifices a pawn to not only open the a7-g1 diagonal but also to clear the d-file. The game rapidly reached into an endgame - 22...d3 23.Rxd3 Qc5+ 24.Nd4 Bxa4 25.Kh1 Rxd4 26.Qxa8 Bxc6 27.Qxc6 Qxc6 28.Rxd4. Sethuraman declined threefold repetition and showed beautiful technique to win with queen and bishop against a double rook and bishop endgame.

GM Sethuraman S P moves to 3.5/4

IM Sayantan Das (pictured) continues his great form as he beat GM Abhimanyu Puranik

Shantanu Bhambure (pictured) - GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder: 0.5-0.5

2nd elllobregat Open 2021 | Photo: El Llobregat Open

Replay Round 4 games

The tournament is taking place at Hotel Playafels, at Castelldefels, Barcelona in Spain from 30th November to 8th December 2021. Every day game starts at 9:30 p.m. IST, except the last round, which starts at 2:30 p.m. IST. Time control is 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes/end + 30 seconds increment per move starting from move 1.

Round 4 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
141
IMSankalp Gupta24683½ - ½3GMVisakh N R2515
24
237
GMGretarsson Helgi Ass247630 - 13IMAditya Mittal2459
43
31
GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek26461 - 0GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito2502
26
42
GMPonomariov Ruslan2633½ - ½GMKrzyzanowski Marcin2510
25
55
GMErigaisi Arjun26271 - 0GMArizmendi Martinez Julen Luis2491
28
627
IMMuradli Mahammad25010 - 1GMSethuraman S.P.2620
6
79
GMFedorchuk Sergey A.2594½ - ½IMSaduakassova Dinara2491
30
812
GMYuffa Daniil2567½ - ½IMGarriga Cazorla Pere2477
36
933
IMBeerdsen Thomas2484½ - ½GMFier Alexandr2563
13
1014
GMMeshkovs Nikita25571 - 0IMGines Esteo Pedro Antonio2413
60
1123
GMNarciso Dublan Marc2519½ - ½IMVrolijk Liam2470
38
123
GMSantos Latasa Jaime263321 - 0FMSamant Aditya S2297
86
1351
GMKjartansson Gudmundur244320 - 12GMKarthikeyan Murali2630
4
147
GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo26062½ - ½2IMPantzar Milton2441
53
1554
IMDas Sayantan243621 - 02GMPuranik Abhimanyu2604
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Round 5 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
143
IMAditya Mittal24594GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek2646
1
224
GMVisakh N R2515GMErigaisi Arjun2627
5
36
GMSethuraman S.P.2620GMMeshkovs Nikita2557
14
441
IMSankalp Gupta24683GMPonomariov Ruslan2633
2
530
IMSaduakassova Dinara249133GMSantos Latasa Jaime2633
3
64
GMKarthikeyan Murali263033GMHarsha Bharathakoti2489
31
733
IMBeerdsen Thomas248433GMFedorchuk Sergey A.2594
9
811
GMSafarli Eltaj257933IMKacharava Nikolozi2469
39
938
IMVrolijk Liam247033GMYuffa Daniil2567
12
1013
GMFier Alexandr256333GMGretarsson Helgi Ass2476
37
1136
IMGarriga Cazorla Pere247733IMSosa Tomas2542
17
1220
GMVan Foreest Lucas253233GMMovsziszian Karen2457
45
1346
IMDas Arghyadip245333GMVetoshko Volodymyr2525
21
1448
IMVignesh N R245033GMNarciso Dublan Marc2519
23
1525
GMKrzyzanowski Marcin251033IMDas Sayantan2436
54

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