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3rd Yerevan Open R5: Narayanan wins an endgame grind

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/10/2021

Top seed GM Narayanan S L scored a 103-move marathon win over GM Giga Quparadze by grinding an endgame which the Georgian could have saved in the fifth round of 3rd Yerevan Open. Narayanan is joined by GMs Klementy Sychev (RUS), Vitaly Sivuk (UKR) and FM Arash Daghli (IRI) in the lead 4.5/5. Ten players including D Gukesh and Abhimanyu Puranik are at a half point behind 4.0/5. IM Raahil Mullick continues his good form. After a draw with Goganov in the second round, this time he drew with GM Sandipan Chanda. He will now face GM Arjun Erigaisi in the sixth round. Round 6 starts today at 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Gukesh and Abhimanyu in the mix

It was a good day for the Indian players at the top. WGM Vantika Agrawal held IM Mihail Nikitenko (BLR) to a draw.

Narayanan is back at the top | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Quparadze - Narayanan: 0-1

GM Giga Quparadze (GEO) sacrificed an exchange in a relatively equal position against GM Narayanan S L.

Position after 23...Rfe8

24.Rxf6 was unnecessary. White could have opted for 24.Nf3 and things would remain fine.

Position after 62...Kxg4

Although there is no fortress which White can put up, try to find out what White should not do, that will help in figuring out whether it is possible for White to hold or not. Narayanan won the game after 41 more moves with a correct grind when his opponent broke and made a grave mistake.

IM Arash Tahbaz (IRI) held GM Abhimanyu Puranik to a draw | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Gukesh - Petriashvili: 1-0

IM Nikoloz Petriashvili (GEO) decided to sacrifice a pawn to complete the development of his queenside pieces against GM D Gukesh.

Position after 16...b6

16...Bd7 was a viable option. 16...b6 immediately prompted White to grab the free pawn as there is no compensation for Black. 17.cxb6 Bb7 18.bxa7 gives White a clear advantage. Gukesh converted it into a win comfortably.

Gukesh is back to his winning ways | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Pranav - Petrosian: 0-1

IM Pranav Anand managed to overcome difficult position and almost save the game against GM Tigran L Petrosian.

Position after 40...Rxd3

It is very easy to make an incorrect decision and lose the game for White. Find out what is the correct way for White to proceed to make sure that he does not lose the game?

Pranav Anand put up a very good fight | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Viachaslau Zarubitski (BLR) - GM Arjun Erigaisi: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Raahil Mullick - GM Sandipan Chanda: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

WGM Vantika Agrawal - IM Mihail Nikitenko (BLR): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

For more Round 5 photos, please click here.

Highlights

Here are a few interesting finishes of Round 5.

IM Pranav Anand lost to GM Tigran L Petrosian (ARM)

Kunal M lost to IM Artur Davtyan (ARM)

Replay Round 5 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 5 results

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
137
FMDaghli ArashIRI24274½ - ½4GMSychev KlementyRUS2555
9
212
GMSivuk VitalyUKR25291 - 04GMMikaelyan ArmanARM2487
17
316
GMQuparadze GigaGEO24950 - 1GMNarayanan S.L.IND2647
1
424
IMTahbaz ArashIRI2459½ - ½GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND2568
5
533
GMSimonian HrairARM24300 - 13IMShahinyan DavidARM2469
23
62
GMGukesh DIND264031 - 03IMPetriashvili NikolozGEO2432
31
74
GMPantsulaia LevanGEO25703½ - ½3GMGolubka PetroUKR2438
29
834
IMPranav AnandIND243030 - 13GMPetrosian Tigran LARM2562
7
932
Pour Agha Bala AmirrezaIRI243231 - 03GMPultinevicius PauliusLTU2552
10
1020
GMMovsziszian KarenARM248030 - 13IMMorchiashvili BachanaGEO2319
53
1122
IMGharibyan MamikonARM24713½ - ½3Mahdavi RezaIRI2124
85
1257
Kunal MIND229030 - 13IMDavtyan ArturARM2453
25
1399
Agasarov BenikARM203330 - 13IMUrazayev ArystanbekKAZ2451
27
1435
IMZarubitski ViachaslauBLR2430½ - ½GMErigaisi ArjunIND2634
3
158
GMGoganov AlekseyRUS25571 - 0FMOhanyan EminARM2373
45

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Round 6 pairings

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
11
GMNarayanan S.L.IND2647FMDaghli ArashIRI2427
37
29
GMSychev KlementyRUS2555GMSivuk VitalyUKR2529
12
325
IMDavtyan ArturARM245344GMGukesh DIND2640
2
45
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND256844IMUrazayev ArystanbekKAZ2451
27
57
GMPetrosian Tigran LARM256244IMTahbaz ArashIRI2459
24
617
GMMikaelyan ArmanARM248744Pour Agha Bala AmirrezaIRI2432
32
723
IMShahinyan DavidARM246944IMMorchiashvili BachanaGEO2319
53
822
IMGharibyan MamikonARM2471GMPantsulaia LevanGEO2570
4
929
GMGolubka PetroUKR2438GMGoganov AlekseyRUS2557
8
1013
GMHarsha BharathakotiIND2517IMShyaamnikhil PIND2453
26
1155
IMNadanian AshotARM2317GMHayrapetyan HovikARM2500
14
1285
Mahdavi RezaIRI2124GMQuparadze GigaGEO2495
16
1319
GMKarthik VenkataramanIND2483GMSimonian HrairARM2430
33
146
GMPaichadze LukaGEO25663IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND2435
30
153
GMErigaisi ArjunIND263433IMMullick RaahilIND2368
46

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Links

Yerevan Chess Federation