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3rd Yerevan Open R4: Sychev, Mikaelyan and Daghli at the top

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/10/2021

Gukesh was playing well in both 3rd Yerevan Open and CoinDCX Chess Super League. However, it takes a toll on the player eventually as both tournaments have completely different format and time control. Armenian GM Arman Mikaelyan got the better of India's youngest GM in the fourth round. Kunal M's fantastic run came to an end as his opponent Klementy Sychev proved too strong for him. GMs Klementy Sychev (RUS), Arman Mikaelyan and FM Arash Daghli (IRI) are in a three-way lead 4.0/4. Arjun Erigaisi was unable to endure a drawn endgame against Arash Tahbaz. Both Narayanan S L and Abhimanyu Puranik won their respective games. They are at a half point behind the leader. Round 5 starts today at 12:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Narayanan and Abhimanyu in pursuit

It was a tough day for the Indian players at the top as only GMs Narayanan S L and Abhimanyu Puranik managed to score victories.

Arman Mikaelyan got the better of Gukesh | Photo: Rupali Mullick

A Mikaelyan - Gukesh: 1-0

GM Arman Mikaelyan (ARM) seized his opportunity when GM D Gukesh misplaced his knight which cost him two pawns in quick succession.

Position after 32...Nc4

Black had to play 32...g5 to drive the knight away from f4 and remove the future threat of Nxd5. 32...Nc4 invited 33.Qb4 which threatens both Ne7+ and Nxd5. Black cannot save both of them. First d5 fell and then a6 which gave White a decisive advantage.

Sychev - Kunal: 1-0

GM Klementy Sychev (RUS) brought Kunal's fantastic run to an end.

Position after 20.Qc4

Perhaps 20...Rab8 21.Bxd4 cxd4 22.Qxd4 Qb5 would have been a better continuation for Black. 20...e5 indirectly provoked White to play 21.f4 as the intention is to open the f-file and attack on f7 which gave White counterplay. 21...Rab8 22.Rf2 Nc6 23.Rd7 Nd8 24.Re7 Ne6 25.f5 Rc7 26.fxe6 Rxe7 27.exf7+ and it is over for Black.

GM Klementy Sychev stopped Kunal's great momentum | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Narayanan - Sturt: 1-0

GM Narayanan scored a fine victory showcasing his great understanding of the position against IM Raven Sturt (USA).

GM Narayanan S L 3.5/4 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Arjun - Tahbaz: 0-1

Endgame grind is really tough to endure. The tendency to make a breakthrough incessantly increases when you feel like you are running out of things to do. That is exactly what happened with GM Arjun Erigaisi against IM Arash Tahbaz (IRI).

Position after 59.c4

The game would have ended in a draw if White did not go for 59.c4 break which was unnecessary.

Position after 71...Rbc4

Black is making a checkmate threat at c1. Find out the best way for White to respond. 72.a3 turned to be fatal for White.

Abhimanyu - Bharath: 1-0

GM Abhimanyu Puranik showed fine technique in the major piece endgame against IM Bharath Subramaniyam H. A well-timed break by Abhimanyu and an incorrect response by Bharath, decided the fate of the game.

Position after 50.e4

It is evident that White has the upper hand. What Black cannot afford here is to open the b1-h7 diagonal as that will end the game due to Black's lack of light square control. In a race of destructive attack, White ends up at the top 50...Bd4 51.exf5 Qd2 52.fxg6+ Kg7 53.Qf1 Kxg6 54.Qb1+ and White is completely winning.

GM Abhimanyu Puranik 3.5/4 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

For more Round 4 photos, please click here.

Highlights

Here are a few interesting finishes of Round 4.

FM Arash Daghli (IRI) defeated GM Aleksey Goganov (RUS)

GM Abhimanyu Puranik defeated IM Bharath Subramaniyam H

Replay Round 4 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 4 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
117
GMMikaelyan Arman248731 - 03GMGukesh D2640
2
29
GMSychev Klementy255531 - 03Kunal M2290
57
337
FMDaghli Arash242731 - 0GMGoganov Aleksey2557
8
41
GMNarayanan S.L.26471 - 0IMSturt Raven2485
18
53
GMErigaisi Arjun26340 - 1IMTahbaz Arash2459
24
625
IMDavtyan Artur2453½ - ½GMPantsulaia Levan2570
4
75
GMPuranik Abhimanyu25681 - 0IMBharath Subramaniyam H2435
30
87
GMPetrosian Tigran L2562½ - ½Pour Agha Bala Amirreza2432
32
955
IMNadanian Ashot23170 - 1GMSivuk Vitaly2529
12
1015
IMNikitenko Mihail24990 - 1GMSimonian Hrair2430
33
1154
FMAtakhan Abtin23190 - 1GMQuparadze Giga2495
16
1253
IMMorchiashvili Bachana231921 - 02GMPaichadze Luka2566
6
1310
GMPultinevicius Paulius255221 - 02FMNazari Arad2298
56
1461
FMYeritsyan Hayk22682½ - ½2GMHayrapetyan Hovik2500
14
1563
WIMPriyanka Nutakki226320 - 12GMMovsziszian Karen2480
20

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Round 5 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
137
FMDaghli Arash242744GMSychev Klementy2555
9
212
GMSivuk Vitaly25294GMMikaelyan Arman2487
17
316
GMQuparadze Giga2495GMNarayanan S.L.2647
1
424
IMTahbaz Arash2459GMPuranik Abhimanyu2568
5
533
GMSimonian Hrair24303IMShahinyan David2469
23
62
GMGukesh D264033IMPetriashvili Nikoloz2432
31
74
GMPantsulaia Levan257033GMGolubka Petro2438
29
834
IMPranav Anand243033GMPetrosian Tigran L2562
7
932
Pour Agha Bala Amirreza243233GMPultinevicius Paulius2552
10
1020
GMMovsziszian Karen248033IMMorchiashvili Bachana2319
53
1122
IMGharibyan Mamikon247133Mahdavi Reza2124
85
1257
Kunal M229033IMDavtyan Artur2453
25
1399
Agasarov Benik203333IMUrazayev Arystanbek2451
27
1435
IMZarubitski Viachaslau2430GMErigaisi Arjun2634
3
158
GMGoganov Aleksey2557FMOhanyan Emin2373
45

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Links

Yerevan Chess Federation