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2nd elllobregat Open R7: Top seed Abdusattorov is back in the title fray

by Shahid Ahmed - 07/12/2021

IM Aditya Mittal made a great save against GM Arjun Erigaisi in a completely lost position in the seventh round of 2nd elllobregat Open 2021. Top seed of the tournament, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) beat IM Thomas Beerdssen (NED) to join six other leaders 5.5/7. They are - Jaime Santos Latasa (ESP), Arjun Erigaisi, Eltaj Safarli (AZE), Nikita Meshkovs (LAT), Muradli Mahammad (AZE) and Aditya Mittal. In the penultimate round, Aditya will face Jaime, Arjun Erigaisi will be up against Nikita and Abhimanyu Puranik 5.0/7 will be facing Muradli. Round 8 starts today at 9:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Arjun Erigaisi and Aditya Mittal in a seven-way lead

Only three games ended decisively among the top ten boards and Black won in all of them. IM Sayantan Das defeated GM Harsha Bharathakoti. IM Arghyadip Das, IM Sidhant Mohapatra and CM Prraneeth Vuppala drew with GM Jiri Stocek (CZE), GM Marc Narciso Dublan (ESP) and IM Nico Zwirs (NED) respectively.

Top seed Nodirbek Abdusattorov is back at the top | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Arjun Erigaisi - Aditya Mittal: 0.5-0.5

GM Arjun Erigaisi got himself a pleasant position in the middlegame, despite his opponent IM Aditya Mittal having a bishop pair.

Position after 18...Bb4

19.Nb3 Qa4 20.fxe4 dxc4 21.d5 Bxg4 22.Qxc4 Qb5 23.Rc1 Be2 24.Qxc6 Rhe8 25.Nf3 Qxc6 26.Rxc6 Bd3+ 27.Ka1 Bxe4 and Black managed to free up the position which gave him a slight edge due to both bishop getting activated in the open position. Arjun eventually liquidated into a completely winning rook endgame.

Position after 64.a7+

The one thing that you should not do when you have two connected passed pawns in a rook ending is, push the rook pawn to the seventh rank without having a sure way to win as this results in a draw because Black has a lot of stalemate tricks and it becomes excruciatingly difficult to move the knight-pawn, in this case b-pawn to the desired square which can fetch you a full point. Arjun probably made this mistake under time scramble. Aditya capitalized on his opponent's mistake and the game ended in a draw in the next few moves.

Karthikeyan - Nikita: 0.5-0.5

Karthikeyan got himself a good position, however he was unable to capitalize on it against Nikita Meshkovs (LAT).

Position after 26.h4

It is evident from the above diagram that White is in full control. After 26...Qg3, White needed to go 27.fxg6 hxg6 28.h5 and things could have turned out better than the game continuation. In the game both bishop and queen got exchanged in consecutive moves, White still had a better position which practically is not easy to convert into win.

Karthikeyan is now at 5.0/7 | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Sethuraman - Karthik: 0.5-0.5

Sethuraman had a fantastic position against Karthik Venkataraman.

Position after 24...g6

24...g6 creates dark square weakness for Black on the kingside. 25.Ng4 is an interesting way for White to exploit that. Find out why it is a good idea. The game continued 25.Be2 Ne4 and Black managed to defend the position.

Sethuraman and Karthik, both are now 5.0/7 | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

GM Abhimanyu Puranik - GM Sankalp Gupta: 1-0 | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

GM Jiri Stocek (CZE) - IM Arghyadip Das (pictured): 0.5-0.5

IM Sayantan Das (pictured) - GM Harsha Bharathakoti: 1-0 | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

IM Sidhant Mohapatra - GM Marc Narciso Dublan (ESP): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

CM Prraneeth Vuppala (pictured) - IM Nicoz Zwirs (NED): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Replay Round 7 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 7 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
111
GMSafarli Eltaj25795½ - ½5GMSantos Latasa Jaime2633
3
25
GMErigaisi Arjun26275½ - ½5IMAditya Mittal2459
43
34
GMKarthikeyan Murali2630½ - ½5GMMeshkovs Nikita2557
14
433
IMBeerdsen Thomas24840 - 1GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek2646
1
56
GMSethuraman S.P.2620½ - ½GMKarthik Venkataraman2491
29
620
GMVan Foreest Lucas2532½ - ½GMYuffa Daniil2567
12
713
GMFier Alexandr25630 - 1IMMuradli Mahammad2501
27
853
IMPantzar Milton2441½ - ½4GMFedorchuk Sergey A.2594
9
948
IMVignesh N R245040 - 14GMPonomariov Ruslan2633
2
107
GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo26064½ - ½4IMKacharava Nikolozi2469
39
118
GMPuranik Abhimanyu260441 - 04IMSankalp Gupta2468
41
1250
IMAyats Llobera Gerard24484½ - ½4GMBernadskiy Vitaliy2592
10
1315
GMStocek Jiri25574½ - ½4IMDas Arghyadip2453
46
1474
IMValenzuela Gomez Fernando234440 - 14IMSosa Tomas2542
17
1586
FMSamant Aditya S229740 - 14GMVetoshko Volodymyr2525
21

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Round 8 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek2646GMSafarli Eltaj2579
11
23
GMSantos Latasa Jaime2633IMAditya Mittal2459
43
314
GMMeshkovs Nikita2557GMErigaisi Arjun2627
5
427
IMMuradli Mahammad25015GMPuranik Abhimanyu2604
8
521
GMVetoshko Volodymyr252555GMPonomariov Ruslan2633
2
64
GMKarthikeyan Murali263055GMKrzyzanowski Marcin2510
25
775
IMSuarez Uriel Adrian234355GMSethuraman S.P.2620
6
812
GMYuffa Daniil256755IMPantzar Milton2441
53
917
IMSosa Tomas254255IMDas Sayantan2436
54
1029
GMKarthik Venkataraman249155GMVan Foreest Lucas2532
20
1136
IMGarriga Cazorla Pere24775GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo2606
7
129
GMFedorchuk Sergey A.2594IMVrolijk Liam2470
38
1310
GMBernadskiy Vitaliy2592IMDas Arghyadip2453
46
1435
IMBharath Subramaniyam H2479GMFier Alexandr2563
13
1539
IMKacharava Nikolozi2469GMStocek Jiri2557
15

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