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2nd elllobregat Open R5: Aditya Mittal still at the top

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/12/2021

IM Aditya Mittal held the top seed of the tournament, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) to a draw in the fifth round of 2nd elllobregat Open 2021. 15 players including five Indians are at a half point behind 4.0/5. They are - Arjun Erigaisi, Sethuraman, Visakh N R and Sankalp Gupta. Aditya will face Sethuraman at the top board. Visakh, Sethuraman and Sankalp drew with Arjun Erigaisi, Nikita Meshkovs (LAT) and former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) respectively. Aditya Mittal moves closer to his second GM-norm and the tournament triumph both. Round 6 starts today at 9:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Aditya Samant prevails Nico Zwirs

Only one game ended decisively out of first six boards. However, the most interesting draw among them was between Karthikeyan Murali and Harsha Bharathakoti. IM Vignesh N R and Shantanu Bhambure drew with GM Marc Narciso Dublan (ESP) and GM Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez (ESP); FM Aditya S Samant and WIM Isha Sharma defeated IM Nico Zwirs (NED) and WGM Josefine Heinemann (GER) each respectively.

IM Aditya Mittal maintains his sole lead 4.5/5 | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Aditya Mittal - Abdusattorov: 0.5-0.5

IM Aditya Mittal had a well-fought draw with Uzbekistan no.2 GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov.

Aditya Mittal continues his great form | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Visakh N R drew with Arjun Erigaisi

Sethuraman - Nikita: 0.5-0.5

Sethuraman got himself a good position against Nikita Meshkovs (LAT).

Position after 22.Re3

White needs to play a3 sooner than later and make sure nothing happens on the queenside as the rook is misplaced on c5 and the knight cannot do much. Thus the probability of Black launching a successful attack on the queenside is far less than White creating a chance for himself on the kingside. It is all easier than done on a practical game. Knights and queens got exchanged soon, the attack fizzled out, rendering the game end up in an equal rook, bishop and many pawns endgame.

Sethuraman will face Aditya Mittal in the next round | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Sankalp Gupta drew with former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Karthikeyan - Harsha: 0.5-0.5

Karthikeyan Murali and Harsha Bharathakoti, arguably had the most interesting draw of the round.

Position after 19.Re4

It goes without saying that, Karthikeyan is a very creative player, so whenever he gets an opportunity to express his creative side, he does it. 19.Re4 is a beautiful move. Try to figure out if taking the rook on e4 is a good idea for Black or not. The game eventually liquidated into a bishop vs rook endgame.

Position after 35.hxg6

White has two bishops and a bishop for Black's rook. Both players made their attempt to push for a full point, after 22 more moves the game ended in a draw because of insufficient material. Try to work out, what plans should White have in the above position and how can Black defend it.

When Karthikeyan is playing, you can almost always expect the unexpected

IM Vignesh N R (pictured) - GM Marc Narciso Dublan (ESP): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Julen Luis Arizemendi Martinez (ESP) - Shantanu Bhambure (pictured): 0.5-0.5

FM Aditya S Samant (pictured) - IM Nico Zwirs (NED): 1-0

WIM Isha Sharma (pictured) - WGM Josefine Heinemann (GER): 1-0 | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

12th World Champion in the history of chess - Anatoly Karpov visited the tournament during Round 5 | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Replay Round 5 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 5 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
143
IMAditya Mittal24594½ - ½GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek2646
1
224
GMVisakh N R2515½ - ½GMErigaisi Arjun2627
5
36
GMSethuraman S.P.2620½ - ½GMMeshkovs Nikita2557
14
441
IMSankalp Gupta2468½ - ½3GMPonomariov Ruslan2633
2
530
IMSaduakassova Dinara249130 - 13GMSantos Latasa Jaime2633
3
64
GMKarthikeyan Murali26303½ - ½3GMHarsha Bharathakoti2489
31
733
IMBeerdsen Thomas248431 - 03GMFedorchuk Sergey A.2594
9
811
GMSafarli Eltaj257931 - 03IMKacharava Nikolozi2469
39
938
IMVrolijk Liam247030 - 13GMYuffa Daniil2567
12
1013
GMFier Alexandr256331 - 03GMGretarsson Helgi Ass2476
37
1136
IMGarriga Cazorla Pere247730 - 13IMSosa Tomas2542
17
1220
GMVan Foreest Lucas253231 - 03GMMovsziszian Karen2457
45
1346
IMDas Arghyadip24533½ - ½3GMVetoshko Volodymyr2525
21
1448
IMVignesh N R24503½ - ½3GMNarciso Dublan Marc2519
23
1525
GMKrzyzanowski Marcin251031 - 03IMDas Sayantan2436
54

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Round 6 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
143
IMAditya Mittal24594GMSethuraman S.P.2620
6
21
GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek264644GMVan Foreest Lucas2532
20
33
GMSantos Latasa Jaime263344GMVisakh N R2515
24
45
GMErigaisi Arjun262744GMKrzyzanowski Marcin2510
25
517
IMSosa Tomas254244GMSafarli Eltaj2579
11
612
GMYuffa Daniil256744IMBeerdsen Thomas2484
33
729
GMKarthik Venkataraman249144GMFier Alexandr2563
13
814
GMMeshkovs Nikita255744IMSankalp Gupta2468
41
92
GMPonomariov Ruslan2633GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo2485
32
1035
IMBharath Subramaniyam H2479GMKarthikeyan Murali2630
4
1146
IMDas Arghyadip2453GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo2606
7
1275
IMSuarez Uriel Adrian2343GMStocek Jiri2557
15
1321
GMVetoshko Volodymyr2525IMVignesh N R2450
48
1423
GMNarciso Dublan Marc2519IMPantzar Milton2441
53
1589
CMLiyanage Ranindu Dilshan2282GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito2502
26

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