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3rd Yerevan Open R3: Gukesh and Kunal in a five-way lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/10/2021

Kunal M is the only untitled player among the five who are at 100% score 3.0/3 at the end of the third round of 3rd Yerevan Open. Kunal beat IM David Shahinyan in a very instructive game. GM D Gukesh is the only other Indian in the lead. GMs Arman Mikaelyan (ARM), Klementy Sychev (RUS) and FM Arash Daghli (IRI) are the remaining three players at the top. IM Bharath Subramaniyam drew with GM Arjun Erigaisi. Abhimanyu Puranik also drew his game. Top seed Narayanan defeated Vantika Agrawal to move to 2.5/3. Round 4 starts today at 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Kunal is performing at over 3000

There are 17 players who are at a half point behind the leader. GMs Narayanan S L, Arjun Erigaisi, Abhimanyu Puranik and IM Bharath Subramaniyam H are the only four Indians among them. FM Manoj Kashish Jain, WFM Sahithi Varshini and Sambit Panda held their higher rated opponents GM Karthik Venkataraman, IM Vaishali and IM Moksh Amit Doshi respectively.

IM Sidhant scored a big upset against GM Paulius | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Gukesh - Golubka: 1-0

GM Gukesh scored a nice win over GM Petro Golubka (UKR).

Position after 50...Qg4

Find out why 50...Qg4 is a big mistake.

GM D Gukesh 3.0/3 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Kunal - Shahinyan: 1-0

Kunal M played fantastic against IM David Shahinyan (ARM). He kept grabbing Black's weak pawns one by one and eventually ended up getting himself a completely winning rook ending with two extra pawns. It is an instructive game for anyone to know, how to convert an advantage into a win.

Vantika - Narayanan: 0-1

WGM Vantika Agrawal sacrificed a pawn in the endgame to create chances in the back rank against GM Narayanan S L.

Position after 35...h5

36.Nc6 is not a good idea as 36...Nxc6 37.bxc6 Qxc6 38.Qb8+ Bc8 39.Qe5 Qc7 and there isn't much for White to go on. Instead, 36.Ra1 or Qb4 would have been a better choice for White.

Position after 46...c3

46...Bh3 would have been completely winning for Black. Yet 46...c3 allows White a chance to fight back. What is it? The game continued 47.h4 and Black won the game eventually.

Vantika put up a good fight against Narayanan | Photo: Rupali Mullick

FM Manoj Kashish Jain - GM Karthik Venkataraman: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

WFM Sahithi Varshini - IM Vaishali: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Moksh Amit Doshi - Sambit Panda: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

For more Round 3 photos, please click here.

Highlights

Here are a few interesting finishes of Round 3.

GM Hrair Simonian (ARM) drew with GM Tigran L Petrosian (ARM)

GM Hovik Hayrapetyan (ARM) lost to FM Arash Daghli (IRI)

GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO) defeated FM Hayk Yeritsyan (ARM)

Replay Round 3 games

The tournament is taking place at Yerevan in Armenia from 14th to 22nd October 2021. Time control is 90'/40 + 30' + 30" per move. Round 1-4 and 6-8 starts at 2 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. IST). Round 5 and the final round will start at 11:00 a.m. local time (12:30 p.m. IST).

Round 3 results

Bo.No. NameGrFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameGrFEDRtg No.
12
GMGukesh DU16IND264021 - 02GMGolubka PetroUKR2438
29
230
IMBharath Subramaniyam HU14IND24352½ - ½2GMErigaisi ArjunU18IND2634
3
332
Pour Agha Bala AmirrezaU18IRI24322½ - ½2GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND2568
5
433
GMSimonian HrairARM24302½ - ½2GMPetrosian Tigran LARM2562
7
534
IMPranav AnandU16IND243020 - 12GMSychev KlementyRUS2555
9
614
GMHayrapetyan HovikARM250020 - 12FMDaghli ArashU18IRI2427
37
747
IMSidhant MohapatraIND236720 - 12GMMikaelyan ArmanARM2487
17
857
Kunal MIND229021 - 02IMShahinyan DavidARM2469
23
94
GMPantsulaia LevanGEO25701 - 02FMYeritsyan HaykARM2268
61
1052
WIMVantika AgrawalIND23220 - 1GMNarayanan S.L.IND2647
1
116
GMPaichadze LukaGEO2566½ - ½IMPetriashvili NikolozGEO2432
31
128
GMGoganov AlekseyRUS25571 - 0IMDaneshvar BardiyaU16IRI2403
39
1312
GMSivuk VitalyUKR25291 - 0IMPadmini RoutIND2380
43
1454
FMAtakhan AbtinU16IRI23191 - 0GMHarsha BharathakotiIND2517
13
1562
Panesar VedantU18IND22660 - 1IMNikitenko MihailBLR2499
15

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Round 4 pairings

Bo.No. NameGrFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameGrFEDRtg No.
117
GMMikaelyan ArmanARM248733GMGukesh DU16IND2640
2
29
GMSychev KlementyRUS255533Kunal MIND2290
57
337
FMDaghli ArashU18IRI24273GMGoganov AlekseyRUS2557
8
41
GMNarayanan S.L.IND2647IMSturt RavenUSA2485
18
53
GMErigaisi ArjunU18IND2634IMTahbaz ArashIRI2459
24
625
IMDavtyan ArturARM2453GMPantsulaia LevanGEO2570
4
75
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND2568IMBharath Subramaniyam HU14IND2435
30
87
GMPetrosian Tigran LARM2562Pour Agha Bala AmirrezaU18IRI2432
32
955
IMNadanian AshotARM2317GMSivuk VitalyUKR2529
12
1015
IMNikitenko MihailBLR2499GMSimonian HrairARM2430
33
1154
FMAtakhan AbtinU16IRI2319GMQuparadze GigaGEO2495
16
1253
IMMorchiashvili BachanaGEO231922GMPaichadze LukaGEO2566
6
1310
GMPultinevicius PauliusLTU255222FMNazari AradU18IRI2298
56
1461
FMYeritsyan HaykARM226822GMHayrapetyan HovikARM2500
14
1563
WIMPriyanka NutakkiIND226322GMMovsziszian KarenARM2480
20

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Links

Yerevan Chess Federation