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3rd Yerevan Open R6: Narayanan and Sivuk share the lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/10/2021

Top seed GM Narayanan S L scored his fifth consecutive victory as he defeated FM Arash Daghli (IRI) to maintain his lead 5.5/6 at the end of the sixth round of 3rd Yerevan Open. He is joined by GM Vitaly Sivuk (UKR) who also has the same points. They will clash in the seventh round. Three players are at a half point behind at 5.0/6 each. They are - GMs D Gukesh, Abhimanyu Puranik and IM David Shahinyan (ARM). Gukesh and Abhimanyu will face each other in Round 7. IM Bharath Subramaniyam H defeated GM Luka Paichadze (GEO). IMs P Shyam Nikhil, D K Sharma and WIM Isha Sharma held GMs Harsha Bharathakoti, Karen Movsziszian (ARM) and Vahe Baghdasaryan (ARM) to a draw each respectively. Round 7 starts today at 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Praggnanandhaa wins 3rd Yerevan Open Blitz

A day after winning the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour Finals, Praggnanandhaa scored 7.5/9 to win 3rd Yerevan Open Blitz. He had a full point lead heading into the final round. A last round loss against the eventual runner-up - Harsha Bharathakoti also did not diminish his championship chances. Apart from Praggnanandhaa and Harsha, Haik Martirosyan (ARM) also finished with the same score. He was placed third according to the tie-breaks. Pragg won AMD 250,000 (approx. ₹39319), Harsha earned AMD 180,000 (approx. ₹28310) and Haik got AMD 120,000 (approx. ₹18873).

Narayanan scored a fine victory | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Narayanan - Daghli: 1-0

GM Narayanan S L got a better position out of the opening against FM Arash Daghli (IRI).

Position after 27...Qh5

In an already difficult position, Black misplaced his queen 27...Qh5 which resulted in Black getting into further trouble after 28.Kg1. Now Black cannot retreat his bishop to c8 as 28...Bc8 results in 29.g4 Qh6 30.f5 Qg7 31.f6 Qh8. Thus, Black decided to sacrifice the bishop 28...Be2 29.g4 Bxg4 30.hxg4 Qxg4+ 31.Qg2. Now Black does not have enough compensation for the sacrificed bishop. Narayanan wrapped up the game in another nine moves.

Artur - Gukesh: 0-1

IM Artur Davtyan (ARM) was forced to give up his piece to prevent his queen from getting trapped by GM D Gukesh's pieces.

Position after 15...g5

After taking the pawn on b7, White has made some bad decisions which resulted in the queen getting cramped and lacking safe squares. 15...g5 forced White to play 16.Nxg5, else 16.Bg3 runs into Rfc8 17.Qd6 Rb6 18.Qe7 Re8 and the queen gets trapped. Gukesh converted his material advantage into a win with ease.

Gukesh outplayed his opponent | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Abhimanyu - Arystanbek: 1-0

GM Abhimanyu Puranik got the better of IM Arystanbek Urazayev (KAZ) after the latter misplayed the endgame.

GM Abhimanyu Puranik 5.0/6 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Harsha Bharathakoti - IM P Shyam Nikhil: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Karthik Venkataraman - GM Hrair Simonian (ARM): 1-0 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Luka Paichadze (GEO) - IM Bharath Subramaniyam H: 0-1 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Arjun Erigaisi - IM Raahil Mullick: 1-0 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Sandipan Chanda - IM Sidhant Mohapatra: 1-0 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM D K Sharma - GM Karen Movsziszian (ARM): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

WIM Isha Sharma - GM Vahe Baghdasaryan (ARM): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

For more Round 6 photos, please click here.

Highlights

Here are a few interesting finishes of Round 6.

IM Artur Davtyan (ARM) lost to GM D Gukesh

IM Mamikon Gharibyan (ARM) drew with GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO)

IM Ashot Nadanian (ARM) defeated GM Hovik Hayrapetyan (ARM)

Replay Round 6 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 6 results

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
11
GMNarayanan S.L.IND26471 - 0FMDaghli ArashIRI2427
37
29
GMSychev KlementyRUS25550 - 1GMSivuk VitalyUKR2529
12
325
IMDavtyan ArturARM245340 - 14GMGukesh DIND2640
2
45
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND256841 - 04IMUrazayev ArystanbekKAZ2451
27
57
GMPetrosian Tigran LARM25624½ - ½4IMTahbaz ArashIRI2459
24
617
GMMikaelyan ArmanARM24874½ - ½4Pour Agha Bala AmirrezaIRI2432
32
723
IMShahinyan DavidARM246941 - 04IMMorchiashvili BachanaGEO2319
53
822
IMGharibyan MamikonARM2471½ - ½GMPantsulaia LevanGEO2570
4
929
GMGolubka PetroUKR2438½ - ½GMGoganov AlekseyRUS2557
8
1013
GMHarsha BharathakotiIND2517½ - ½IMShyaamnikhil PIND2453
26
1155
IMNadanian AshotARM23171 - 0GMHayrapetyan HovikARM2500
14
1285
Mahdavi RezaIRI2124½ - ½GMQuparadze GigaGEO2495
16
1319
GMKarthik VenkataramanIND24831 - 0GMSimonian HrairARM2430
33
146
GMPaichadze LukaGEO256630 - 1IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND2435
30
153
GMErigaisi ArjunIND263431 - 03IMMullick RaahilIND2368
46

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Round 7 pairings

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
112
GMSivuk VitalyUKR2529GMNarayanan S.L.IND2647
1
22
GMGukesh DIND264055GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND2568
5
37
GMPetrosian Tigran LARM25625IMShahinyan DavidARM2469
23
430
IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND2435GMSychev KlementyRUS2555
9
537
FMDaghli ArashIRI2427GMMikaelyan ArmanARM2487
17
632
Pour Agha Bala AmirrezaIRI2432GMKarthik VenkataramanIND2483
19
724
IMTahbaz ArashIRI2459IMNadanian AshotARM2317
55
827
IMUrazayev ArystanbekKAZ245144GMErigaisi ArjunIND2634
3
94
GMPantsulaia LevanGEO257044GMBabujian LevonARM2447
28
108
GMGoganov AlekseyRUS255744IMPetriashvili NikolozGEO2432
31
1110
GMPultinevicius PauliusLTU255244GMGolubka PetroUKR2438
29
1234
IMPranav AnandIND243044GMChanda SandipanIND2543
11
1344
IMMoksh Amit DoshiIND237944GMHarsha BharathakotiIND2517
13
1416
GMQuparadze GigaGEO249544IMDaneshvar BardiyaIRI2403
39
1553
IMMorchiashvili BachanaGEO231944IMGharibyan MamikonARM2471
22

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Final Standings in Blitz

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
14
GMPraggnanandhaa RU16IND25997,549,053,50,0
26
GMHarsha BharathakotiIND25767,547,550,50,0
33
GMMartirosyan Haik M.ARM26567,546,551,00,0
42
GMQuparadze GigaGEO26587,052,056,00,0
516
GMPourramezanali AmirrezaIRI23937,048,553,00,0
65
GMGabuzyan HovhannesARM25807,046,050,00,0
78
GMSargsyan ShantU20ARM25377,045,549,50,0
817
GMGolubka PetroUKR23926,545,549,00,0
928
IMDavtyan ArturU20ARM23116,544,047,00,0
1041
IMBharath Subramaniyam HU14IND22306,540,042,50,0
1123
GMHayrapetyan HovikARM23526,044,547,00,0
1263
Rostami HosseinU16IRI18576,044,546,00,0
1313
IMNikitenko MihailBLR24306,044,048,00,0
1437
IMGharibyan MamikonU18ARM22546,044,046,00,0
151
GMHovhannisyan RobertARM26696,043,547,50,0
1633
IMMorchiashvili BachanaGEO22786,042,545,50,0
1722
IMShahinyan DavidARM23726,042,545,00,0
1866
CMPrraneeth VuppalaU14IND17596,041,543,50,0
1938
CMPiliposyan RobertU14ARM22476,040,543,50,0
2014
IMPetriashvili NikolozU20GEO24306,038,041,50,0

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Links

Yerevan Chess Federation