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35th Cannes Chess Festival R1-4: Nihal scores with a brilliant display of attack

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/02/2022

Nihal Sarin made an unbeaten start at 35th Cannes Chess Festival 2022. After starting the tournament with a win, he drew the next two games. It was a theoretical draw in the second round against FM Joseph Girel. FM Phileas Mathieu thwarted all attemps by Nihal for a breakthrough in the third round. The 17-year-old managed to get back to his winning ways in round 4 as he scored a very nice victory with a brilliant display of attack against WIM Andreaa Navrotescu. He will face IM Harutyun Barseghyan (FRA) in round 5 which starts at 1:30 p.m. IST today. Photo: Amruta Mokal

Nihal makes a steady start

Nihal Sarin scored a fine victory in the fourth round.

Nihal Sarin 3.0/4 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Round 1: Nihal - Crevatin

Nihal Sarin started the tournament with a nice victory over CM Leo Crevatin (SWE).

Position after 19...0-0-0

Nihal found a brilliant breakthrough 20.d5. It completely disintegrated Black's position. Calculate all the variations to see why it is such an effective move.

Nihal in action against Crevatin | Photo: Cannes Echecs

Nihal drew the next two games against FM Joseph Girel (FRA) and FM Phileas Mathieu (FRA) in Round 2 and 3 respectively.

Round 4: Nihal - Andrea

Nihal defeated WIM Andrea Navrotescu (FRA) in the fourth round with a brilliant display of attack as she went wrong early in the middlegame.

Position after 14...Qd5

15.Nd6+ is an excellent move. Black has no defense against it. 15...Kd7 16.Qc3 Bg7 17.Rfd1 Rb8 18.Ra1 exd6 19.Bxf6 yes taking the f6-knight is better than taking the queen here.

Position after 19.Bxf6

19.Rxd5 would have been a loss for White as 19...Nxd5 20.Qf3 Bxe5 gives Black decisive advantage due to the fact of being ahead in material.

Nihal Sarin vs Andreaa Navrotescu in Round 4 | Photo: Cannes Echecs

The huge tournament hall | Photo: Cannes Echecs

The top boards are on the stage | Photo: Cannes Echecs

Picturesque view outside the tournament hall | Photo: Cannes Echecs

A total of 94 players including 11 GMs, 13 IMs, a WGM and 2 WIMs are taking part in the Category A tournament organized by Cannes Echecs Association. The event is taking place at Salon des Ambassadeurs at Cannes, France from 21st to 27th February 2022. The nine-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment for the first 40 moves, then 30 minutes + 30sec/move for the rest of the game.

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Round 4 results

BoardPointsblanks Res.Black Points
13GODENA Michele2442F1 - 0MESHKOVS Nikita2570F3
23PHILIP William2411F0 - 1MAURIZZI Marc Andria2502F3
3BELLAHCENE Bilel2509FX-XBOYER Mahel2407F3
4VALSECCHI Alessio2524FX-XGIREL Joseph2394 F
5RAZAFINDRATSIMA Timothy2386F1 - 0PANTZAR Milton2422F
62NIHAL SARIN2656F1 - 0NAVROTESCU Andreea2229F
72BASSO Pier Luigi2600FX-XMATHIEU Phileas2323F2
82KRZYZANOWSKI Marcin2523F1 - 0PIGEAT Alexandre2314 F2
92NIKOLOV Momchil2501F1 - 0RODRIGUEZ Adrian2306F2
102CARNICELLI Valerio2315F0 - 1DIMITROV Radoslav2487F2


Round 5 pairings

Ech.PtsBlancs Res.Noirs Pts
14MAURIZZI Marc Andria2502 F GODENA Michele2442 F4
2BOYER Mahel2407 F RAZAFINDRATSIMA Timothe2386 F
33BARSEGHYAN Harutyun2439 F NIHAL SARIN2656 F3
43MESHKOVS Nikita2570 F CAN Isik2426 F3
53BELLIA Fabrizio2427 F VALSECCHI Alessio2524 F3
63VLACHOS Anatole2412 F KRZYZANOWSKI Marcin2523 F3
73PHILIPPE Guillaume2411 F BELLAHCENE Bilel2509 F3
83GIREL Joseph2394 F NIKOLOV Momchil2501 F3
93DIMITROV Radoslav2487 F KLIMKOWSKI Jan2350 F3
103ROEBERS Eline2341 F TRAVADON Loic2459 F3



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