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Arjun Erigaisi dominates 5th Stepan Avagyan Memorial with a 2823 performance

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/06/2024

Arjun Erigaisi is playing phenomenally for a really long time. Despite winning 5th Stepan Avagyan Memorial 2024 with a round to spare, he did not want a quick draw. He kept fighting against Manuel Petrosyan (ARM). Tried to look for chances. While all other games got over much earlier, Arjun played on. The game only ended in a draw via perpetual check as there was no better choice left for the current World no.4. He scored an unbeaten 6.5/9, with a performance of 2823 and gained 7.2 Elo rating points, taking his live rating to 2778.1. The defending champion, Samuel Sevian (USA), M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI) and Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU) scored 5/9 each. They secured second, third and fourth place respectively. However, they shared the prize as per the tournament regulations. Photo: Chess Academy of Armenia

Arjun keeps fighting, even after winning the tournament

Arjun Erigaisi is a world-class player. He is a soft-spoken powerhouse. The world is talking about him as he is letting his performance on the board speak for himself. The strong Category 17 tournament had an average rating of 2668. The total prize fund of the tournament was 7450000 AMD (≈ US$ 18400). The top three prizes were 3100000 AMD (≈ US$ 7976), 1 850 000 AMD (≈ US$ 4760) and 1500000 (≈ US$ 3859) each. There were also Chessify prizes for all ten participants. The top three Chessify prizes were - bundles worth $350, $300 and $250 each

Champion - Arjun Erigaisi 6.5/9 | Photo: Chess Academy of Armenia

Top four - 4th Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU) 5/9, 3rd M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI) 5/9, 1st Arjun Erigaisi 6.5/9 and 2nd Samuel Sevian (USA) 5/9 with GM Smbat Lputian, Vice-President, Armenia Chess Federation and other guests | Photo: Chess Academy of Armenia

Stepan Avagyan Memorial will take place from 9th to 18th June 2024 | Photo: Chess Academy of Armenia

Stepan Avagyan Memorial Official logo | Photo: Chess Academy of Armenia

By IM Sagar Shah

Arjun hasn't played many super tournaments but that's because he hasn't got invitations. Since 2024 began, he has played the following classical tournaments:

1. Bundesliga (West)

2. Israeli National League

3. Shenzhen Masters

4. Grenke Open

5. Menorca Open

6. Tepe Sigeman

7. Sharjah Masters

8. The French League

9. Stepan Avagyan Memorial


Apart from that he has also played in Rapid and Blitz events like the Warsaw leg of the Grand Chess Tour. In all the above tournaments combined he has played in 70 games, with 41 wins, 27 draws and just 2 losses - making it a total Elo gain of 40.9.


The boy is the current India no.1 by 15 Elo points ahead of Gukesh and the world no.4 behind Carlsen, Nakamura and Caruana. Arjun's grit, persistence and never give up spirit is simply amazing. Take a bow, Arjun. 2800 Elo is not too far you!

Photo Gallery

Arjun Erigaisi receiving his prize | Photo: Chess Academy of Armenia

Arjun Erigaisi with his trophy and diploma | Photo: Chess Academy of Armenia

Arjun Erigaisi sitting next to his mother | Photo: Chess Academy of Armenia

Closing ceremony | Photo: Chess Academy of Armenia

Chess journalist, Tarjei J Svensen shared Arjun Erigaisi's rating jump is third highest for a 2700 player. The top two are - Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. That certainly speaks volumes about Arjun's strength.

Game theory expert, Dr. Mehmet Ismail shared the following

Replay Round 9 live stream | Video: Chess Academy of Armenia

Replay Round 9 games

Round 9 results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMDeac Bogdan-Daniel½ - ½GMMartirosyan Haik M.
GMMurzin Volodar½ - ½GMBluebaum Matthias
GMPetrosyan Manuel½ - ½GMErigaisi Arjun
GMHovhannisyan Robert½ - ½GMSevian Samuel
GMSargsyan Shant½ - ½GMTabatabaei M. Amin


Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Krtg+/-
GMErigaisi ArjunIND27616,526,7504107,2
GMSevian SamuelUSA2687522,2504102,3
GMTabatabaei M. AminIRI2713521,750410-1,3
GMDeac Bogdan-DanielROU2680521,5004103,1
GMHovhannisyan RobertARM26114,519,2505107,7
GMMartirosyan Haik M.ARM26624,519,0005100,8
GMPetrosyan ManuelARM2625418,2505100,8
GMSargsyan ShantARM2639417,250510-1
GMBluebaum MatthiasGER26473,515,000410-7,1
GMMurzin VolodarFID2650313,000510-12,5


Time Control

90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game (with 30 seconds increment starting from move one).


The total prize fund is 7450000 AMD (≈ US$ 18400). The top three prizes are 3100000 AMD (≈ US$ 7976), 1 850 000 AMD (≈ US$ 4760) and 1500000 (≈ US$ 3859). There are also Chessify prizes for all ten participants. The top three Chessify prizes are - bundles worth $350, $300 and $250 each.


Sunday 9 June at 19:00 Opening Ceremony
Monday 10 June at 15:00 Round 1
Tuesday 11 June at 15:00 Round 2
Wednesday 12 June at 15:00 Round 3
Thursday 13 June at 15:00 Round 4
Friday 14 June at 15:00 Round 5
Saturday 15 June at 15:00 Round 6
Sunday 16 June at 15:00 Round 7
Monday 17 June at 15:00 Round 8
Tuesday 18 June at 11:00 Round 9
Tuesday 18 June at 17:00 Closing Ceremony


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