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3rd Yerevan Open R7: Sivuk beats Narayanan to take sole lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 21/10/2021

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 did not give any chance to Narayanan | Photo: Rupali Mullick

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.

Position after 12...Bb8

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.

Position after 21...Rc7

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.

Abhimanyu completely turned things around in his favor | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Bharath Subramaniyam made a solid draw with GM Klementy Sychev | Photo: Rupali Mullick

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.

Position after 29.Bxe4

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.

GM Karthik Venkataraman has scored four consecutive victories | Photo: Rupali Mullick

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.

Position after 19...b5

Find out why 19...b5 is a big mistake and the best continuation for White.

IM Pranav Anand got the better of GM Sandipan Chanda | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Moksh Amit Doshi - GM Harsha Bharathakoti: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Viachaslau Zarubitski (BLR) - CM Prraneeth Vuppala: 0-1 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Raahil Mullick - Atharva Godbole: 0-1 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

WFM Srishti Pandey defeated WIM Priyanka Nutakki in second consecutive tournament | Photo: Rupali Mullick

For more Round 7 photos, please click here.

Highlights

Here are a few interesting finishes of Round 7.

GM Vitaly Sivuk (UKR) defeated GM Narayanan S L

GM Aleksey Goganov (RUS) defeated IM Nikoloz Petriashvili (GEO)

Replay Round 7 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 7 results

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
112
GMSivuk VitalyUKR25291 - 0GMNarayanan S.L.IND2647
1
22
GMGukesh DIND264050 - 15GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND2568
5
37
GMPetrosian Tigran LARM2562½ - ½5IMShahinyan DavidARM2469
23
430
IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND2435½ - ½GMSychev KlementyRUS2555
9
537
FMDaghli ArashIRI24270 - 1GMMikaelyan ArmanARM2487
17
632
Pour Agha Bala AmirrezaIRI24320 - 1GMKarthik VenkataramanIND2483
19
724
IMTahbaz ArashIRI24591 - 0IMNadanian AshotARM2317
55
827
IMUrazayev ArystanbekKAZ24514½ - ½4GMErigaisi ArjunIND2634
3
94
GMPantsulaia LevanGEO25704½ - ½4GMBabujian LevonARM2447
28
108
GMGoganov AlekseyRUS255741 - 04IMPetriashvili NikolozGEO2432
31
1110
GMPultinevicius PauliusLTU255241 - 04GMGolubka PetroUKR2438
29
1234
IMPranav AnandIND243041 - 04GMChanda SandipanIND2543
11
1344
IMMoksh Amit DoshiIND23794½ - ½4GMHarsha BharathakotiIND2517
13
1416
GMQuparadze GigaGEO249541 - 04IMDaneshvar BardiyaIRI2403
39
1553
IMMorchiashvili BachanaGEO23194½ - ½4IMGharibyan MamikonARM2471
22

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Round 8 pairings

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
15
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND25686GMSivuk VitalyUKR2529
12
21
GMNarayanan S.L.IND2647IMShahinyan DavidARM2469
23
317
GMMikaelyan ArmanARM2487IMTahbaz ArashIRI2459
24
419
GMKarthik VenkataramanIND24835GMGukesh DIND2640
2
516
GMQuparadze GigaGEO249555GMPetrosian Tigran LARM2562
7
626
IMShyaamnikhil PIND245355GMGoganov AlekseyRUS2557
8
79
GMSychev KlementyRUS255555FMNazari AradIRI2298
56
830
IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND243555GMPultinevicius PauliusLTU2552
10
93
GMErigaisi ArjunIND26345IMPranav AnandIND2430
34
104
GMPantsulaia LevanGEO2570GMSimonian HrairARM2430
33
1113
GMHarsha BharathakotiIND2517FMDaghli ArashIRI2427
37
1244
IMMoksh Amit DoshiIND2379GMHayrapetyan HovikARM2500
14
1320
GMMovsziszian KarenARM2480FMHakemi ArmanIRI2323
51
1455
IMNadanian AshotARM2317IMGharibyan MamikonARM2471
22
1527
IMUrazayev ArystanbekKAZ2451FMAtakhan AbtinIRI2319
54

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Links

Yerevan Chess Federation