3rd Yerevan Open R7: Sivuk beats Narayanan to take sole lead
Vitaly Sivuk (UKR) brought an end to Narayanan's four-game unbeaten streak as the former defeated him in the seventh round to take sole lead 6.5/7 at 3rd Yerevan Open. Narayanan got himself into a cramped position out of the opening and could not put up a good fight against the Ukrainian. Abhimanyu Puranik completely turned things around against Gukesh to win from an almost lost position. He is now just a half point behind the leader at 6.0/7. GM Karthik Venkataraman scored his fourth consecutive victory to move to 5.5/7. He will face Gukesh in the eighth round. IM Pranav Anand scored an impressive victory over GM Sandipan Chanda. Round 8 starts today at 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick
Abhimanyu bests Gukesh
The second board witnessed an exciting battle between two Indian players - Gukesh and Abhimanyu. The former was well on his way to victory but Abhimanyu fought back well and scored a victory from a difficult position. IM Moksh Amit Doshi drew with GM Harsha Bharathakoti and CM Prraneeth Vuppala scored a victory against IM Viachaslau Zarubitski (BLR).
Sivuk - Narayanan: 1-0
GM Vitaly Sivuk (UKR) outplayed GM Narayanan S L right out of the opening as the latter made some passive choices.
12...e4 13.Nd2 d5 would have been a better choice. 12...Bb8 led to 13.d5 e4 14.Nd2 Nb6 15.Qb3 Bf5 16.Rfd1 Nbd7 an unpleasant position for Black.
Gukesh - Abhimanyu: 0-1
GM D Gukesh had an advantage initially against GM Abhimanyu Puranik.
The bishop at a3 is not doing much and White should prioritize pushing the passed pawn. Since the d4-pawn is weak and Black's knight is out of play, 22.Bb2 threatening Bxd4 makes a lot of sense. 22.Qe4 d3 23.Qxa4 d2 allowed Black's d-pawn to become a monster. It played a key role in Black's victory.
Amirezza - Karthik: 0-1
Untitled Amirezza Pour Agha Bala (IRI) made a positional mistake of exchanging his light square bishop for GM Karthik Venkataraman's knight.
29.Bxe4 may not lose instantly for White, but it certainly puts him on the highway to a loss. 29...Bxe4 needed to be met with an interesting variation 30.f5 exf5 31.e6, if 30...gxf5 then 31.g6 according to the computer. The game continued 30.Rc4 Qb7 31.Rfc1 Kd7. Now Black has a deadly threat of Rh8-h1. White may have been able to momentarily stop it 32.Nf5 Rh8 33.Nh6. However, it left a vaccuum on the queenside 34...Nxb3. Black won the game in another eight moves.
IM Arystanbek Urazayev (KAZ) held GM Arjun Erigaisi to a draw | Photo: Rupali Mullick
Pranav - Sandipan: 1-0
IM Pranav Anand is a very strong talented youth. If you make a mistake against him, he will catch and make you pay. GM Sandipan Chanda made a mistake for which he had to suffer a loss.
Find out why 19...b5 is a big mistake and the best continuation for White.
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Here are a few interesting finishes of Round 7.
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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 7 results
|1||12||GM||Sivuk Vitaly||UKR||2529||5½||1 - 0||5½||GM||Narayanan S.L.||IND||2647||1|
|2||2||GM||Gukesh D||IND||2640||5||0 - 1||5||GM||Puranik Abhimanyu||IND||2568||5|
|3||7||GM||Petrosian Tigran L||ARM||2562||4½||½ - ½||5||IM||Shahinyan David||ARM||2469||23|
|4||30||IM||Bharath Subramaniyam H||IND||2435||4½||½ - ½||4½||GM||Sychev Klementy||RUS||2555||9|
|5||37||FM||Daghli Arash||IRI||2427||4½||0 - 1||4½||GM||Mikaelyan Arman||ARM||2487||17|
|6||32||Pour Agha Bala Amirreza||IRI||2432||4½||0 - 1||4½||GM||Karthik Venkataraman||IND||2483||19|
|7||24||IM||Tahbaz Arash||IRI||2459||4½||1 - 0||4½||IM||Nadanian Ashot||ARM||2317||55|
|8||27||IM||Urazayev Arystanbek||KAZ||2451||4||½ - ½||4||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||IND||2634||3|
|9||4||GM||Pantsulaia Levan||GEO||2570||4||½ - ½||4||GM||Babujian Levon||ARM||2447||28|
|10||8||GM||Goganov Aleksey||RUS||2557||4||1 - 0||4||IM||Petriashvili Nikoloz||GEO||2432||31|
|11||10||GM||Pultinevicius Paulius||LTU||2552||4||1 - 0||4||GM||Golubka Petro||UKR||2438||29|
|12||34||IM||Pranav Anand||IND||2430||4||1 - 0||4||GM||Chanda Sandipan||IND||2543||11|
|13||44||IM||Moksh Amit Doshi||IND||2379||4||½ - ½||4||GM||Harsha Bharathakoti||IND||2517||13|
|14||16||GM||Quparadze Giga||GEO||2495||4||1 - 0||4||IM||Daneshvar Bardiya||IRI||2403||39|
|15||53||IM||Morchiashvili Bachana||GEO||2319||4||½ - ½||4||IM||Gharibyan Mamikon||ARM||2471||22|
Round 8 pairings
|1||5||GM||Puranik Abhimanyu||IND||2568||6||6½||GM||Sivuk Vitaly||UKR||2529||12|
|2||1||GM||Narayanan S.L.||IND||2647||5½||5½||IM||Shahinyan David||ARM||2469||23|
|3||17||GM||Mikaelyan Arman||ARM||2487||5½||5½||IM||Tahbaz Arash||IRI||2459||24|
|4||19||GM||Karthik Venkataraman||IND||2483||5½||5||GM||Gukesh D||IND||2640||2|
|5||16||GM||Quparadze Giga||GEO||2495||5||5||GM||Petrosian Tigran L||ARM||2562||7|
|6||26||IM||Shyaamnikhil P||IND||2453||5||5||GM||Goganov Aleksey||RUS||2557||8|
|7||9||GM||Sychev Klementy||RUS||2555||5||5||FM||Nazari Arad||IRI||2298||56|
|8||30||IM||Bharath Subramaniyam H||IND||2435||5||5||GM||Pultinevicius Paulius||LTU||2552||10|
|9||3||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||IND||2634||4½||5||IM||Pranav Anand||IND||2430||34|
|10||4||GM||Pantsulaia Levan||GEO||2570||4½||4½||GM||Simonian Hrair||ARM||2430||33|
|11||13||GM||Harsha Bharathakoti||IND||2517||4½||4½||FM||Daghli Arash||IRI||2427||37|
|12||44||IM||Moksh Amit Doshi||IND||2379||4½||4½||GM||Hayrapetyan Hovik||ARM||2500||14|
|13||20||GM||Movsziszian Karen||ARM||2480||4½||4½||FM||Hakemi Arman||IRI||2323||51|
|14||55||IM||Nadanian Ashot||ARM||2317||4½||4½||IM||Gharibyan Mamikon||ARM||2471||22|
|15||27||IM||Urazayev Arystanbek||KAZ||2451||4½||4½||FM||Atakhan Abtin||IRI||2319||54|