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4th Sharjah Masters 2021 R4-6: Tabatabaei takes sole lead 5.0/6

by Shahid Ahmed - 23/09/2021

M Amin Tababtabaei (IRI) has taken sole lead 5.0/6 by winning against the UAE no.1 Salem Saleh in the sixth round of 4th Sharjah Masters 2021. Five players are trailing by a half point at 4.5/6 each. They are - Pavel Eljanov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Rinat Jumabayev, Narayanan S L and Mikheil Mchedlishvili. All six of them have remained unbeaten so far. Arjun Erigaisi is close behind at 4.0/6. Adhiban made fifth consecutive draw to move to 3.5/6. He will face countryman Raunak Sadhwani who is also at 3.5/6 in the seventh round. Round 7 starts today at 4:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich/Sharjah Chess Club

Narayanan in the title fray

After starting the event with a hat-trick of wins, Narayanan has made a hat-trick of draws. He is performing at 2794 with an undefeated score 4.5/6. He still has a very good chance of winning the event.

S.L. Narayanan and Amin Tabatabaei are the leaders with 3.0/3 | Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich/Sharjah Chess Club

Round 4: Narayanan - Tabatabaei: 0.5-0.5

Narayanan and Tabatabaei (IRI) had an incredible draw in the fourth round.

Position after 38.Ne4

Black is forced to play 38...Qf5 to keep the f4-knight protected. Now comes the interesting part - 39.Nxc3 Rxc3 40.Qh1 is suggested to be equal by the computer, same with 39...bxc3 40.Rc2 f6 41.Nd7 despite White being ahead by a rook. Black's compensation is, weakened White's king, misplaced queen and the b or c-passed pawn depending on which piece captures on c3. Capturing the c8-rook after 39.Nd6 Qf6 40.Nxc8 is met with 40...Rh3 41.Qg3 Rxg3+ 42.fxg3. Although White has two rooks and a knight for a queen, it is still not easy to play and with the clock ticking down to the last few seconds, it also makes things quite difficult. Narayanan made the correct practical decision to repeat moves and make a draw.

Narayanan had an interesting game | Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich/Sharjah Chess Club

Round 5: Arjun - Eljanov: 0.5-0.5

GM Arjun Erigaisi made a solid draw with GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR).

Round 6: Adhiban - Arjun: 0.5-0.5

Adhiban made his fifth consecutive draw of the event, this time against Arjun Erigaisi.

'The Beast' is yet to be unleashed | Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich/Sharjah Chess Club

Nisipeanu - Abhijeet: 0.5-0.5

Abhijeet Gupta made a nice save against GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu.

Position after 32...e5

Facing with a difficult choice of determining the best way to give up the e6-pawn, Black decided to go 32...e5 33.dxe5 fxe5 34.Nf3 Nd7

Position after 35...Nd7

Here 36.Nxg5 could have made things difficult for Black. However, the game continued 36.Ra6 Nxc5 37.Ra8+ Ke7 38.Nxe5 Kf6 and Black managed to get back in the game and eventually make a draw.

Gritty Abhijeet drew with Nisipeanu | Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich/Sharjah Chess Club

Highlights

Here are a few interesting finishes from Round 4-6:

GM Narayanan S L drew with GM M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI), Round 4

GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (GER) defeated IM Ishaq Saeed (UAE), Round 4

GM Arkadij Naiditsch (AZE) won against GM Dimitrios Mastrovasilis (GRE), Round 5

GM Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) defeated GM Adly Ahmed (EGY), Round 5

GM Neuris Delgado Ramirez (PAR) defeated GM Haik M Martirosyan (ARM), Round 6

GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy (UKR) lost to IM Oliver Dimakiling (PHI), Round 6

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Sharjah Masters Round 6 Live commentary by GM Ioannis Papaioannou and WGM Eva Repkova | Video: Sharjah Chess

Replay Round 4-6 games

Round 6 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
118
GMTabatabaei M. Amin262441 - 04GMSalem A.R. Saleh2679
4
212
GMNarayanan.S.L26324½ - ½4GMNaiditsch Arkadij2663
6
333
GMMchedlishvili Mikheil25714½ - ½4GMJumabayev Rinat2651
9
413
GMMoussard Jules2631½ - ½GMMaghsoodloo Parham2695
2
53
GMEljanov Pavel26801 - 0GMGanguly Surya Shekhar2630
14
65
GMAdhiban B.26723½ - ½GMErigaisi Arjun2626
17
722
GMMastrovasilis Dimitrios26153½ - ½3GMParavyan David2660
7
88
GMNisipeanu Liviu-Dieter26573½ - ½3GMGupta Abhijeet2612
23
910
GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek264831 - 03GMNiemann Hans Moke2609
25
1028
GMDelgado Ramirez Neuris258831 - 03GMMartirosyan Haik M.2636
11
1116
GMIdani Pouya262730 - 13GMYakubboev Nodirbek2604
26
1230
GMCan Emre25773½ - ½3GMYilmaz Mustafa2624
19
1320
GMHakobyan Aram26213½ - ½3GMSindarov Javokhir2571
34
1436
GMNikolov Momchil2522½ - ½GMSethuraman S.P.2628
15
1521
GMAdly Ahmed26191 - 0GMFirat Burak2466
39

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Round 7 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
13
GMEljanov Pavel26805GMTabatabaei M. Amin2624
18
26
GMNaiditsch Arkadij2663GMMchedlishvili Mikheil2571
33
39
GMJumabayev Rinat2651GMNarayanan.S.L2632
12
42
GMMaghsoodloo Parham269544GMDelgado Ramirez Neuris2588
28
54
GMSalem A.R. Saleh267944GMMoussard Jules2631
13
617
GMErigaisi Arjun262644GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek2648
10
726
GMYakubboev Nodirbek26044GMNisipeanu Liviu-Dieter2657
8
827
GMSadhwani Raunak2603GMAdhiban B.2672
5
97
GMParavyan David2660GMIordachescu Viorel2587
29
1014
GMGanguly Surya Shekhar2630GMMastrovasilis Dimitrios2615
22
1119
GMYilmaz Mustafa2624GMBogner Sebastian2574
31
1223
GMGupta Abhijeet2612GMHakobyan Aram2621
20
1334
GMSindarov Javokhir2571GMAdly Ahmed2619
21
1411
GMMartirosyan Haik M.26363GMCan Emre2577
30
1515
GMSethuraman S.P.262833IMKhademalsharieh Sarasadat2490
37

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