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Chennai Grand Masters 2023 R3: Arjun Erigaisi pulverizes Predke

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/12/2023

Arjun Erigaisi scored his first win of the event against Alexandr Predke (SRB) in the third round of Chennai Grand Masters 2023. After losing the first round against Harikrishna, Arjun was virtually in a must-win situation to stay in the championship hunt and keep his chances in the FIDE Circuit. Alexandr Predke (SRB) made a positional mistake which allowed his opponent to force the queen exchange. Arjun made the most out of his opportunity to trail the leaders - Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) and Harikrishna by a half point at 1.5/3 each along with Levon Aronian (USA), Pavel Eljanov (UKR) and D Gukesh. A mutual blunder between Harikrishna and Eljanov allowed the former to salvage a half point via perpetual check. Gukesh had a relatively calm draw against Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI). Round 4 starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Harikrishna escapes against Eljanov

Arjun Erigaisi scored his first win of the event

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Harikrishna - Eljanov: 0.5-0.5

The sole rated game played earlier this year between GM Pentala Harikirshna (2696) and GM Pentala Eljanov (UKR, 2691) ended in a draw at World Rapid Team Championship. Their last decisive rated game occurred in 2019.

Position after 25...a5

White should have taken on b5 here 26.Bxb5. Instead, he went for an adventurous 26.Bxh7+? which is incorrect if Black plays correctly. Fortunately White, his opponent didn't. 26...Kxh7 27.Qh4+ Kg8 28.Rh5 f5 29.Rh8+ Kf7 30.Qh5+ Kf6?? Black blundered. 30...Qg6 would have been winning for White 31.Re7+ Kf6 32.Qe2 Rxh8 33.Qe5+ Kg7 34.Rxg7 is what Harikrishna felt to be his only way to continue the fight. White got an opportunity to force perpetual 31.Rh6+ gxh6 32.Qxh6+ Kf7 33.Qh7+ Kf6 34.Qh6+ Kf7 and it's a draw.

Harikrishna and Eljanov reacts to the live commentary of their own game as there is a 15 minutes delay | Video: ChessBase India
Harikrishna goes crazy! Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Harikrishna and Eljanov had an exciting draw but it was certainly not a thrilling one for Harikrishna
Dark Bishop vs Knotty Knight - Sanan v Aronian | Video: ChessBase India
My strategy was to play crappy chess - Levon Aronian | Video: ChessBase India

Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) and Levon Aronian (USA) had an interesting draw

Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) and D Gukesh had a relatively calm draw

Arjun - Predke: 1-0

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2727) played only two rated games against GM Alexandr Predke (SRB, 2689). He lost the first one and drew the second. It was time for Arjun to deliver the equalizer.

Position after 26...Bg4

26...Bg4 allowed White to force queen trades after 27.Rxe3 Qxe3 28.Qd4 Qxd4 29.Nxd4. However, Arjun was unsure how he would make progress if his opponent went for 29...a5. Thus, after 29...Bd7 he immediately went 30.a5 to make a breakthrough on the queenside and push for a win. It was not easy but White showed some fine technique to convert his advantage into a win.

Arjun Erigaisi, how are you so good? | Arjun vs Predke - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Arjun Erigaisi breaks down his incredible win at the Chennai Grand Masters 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

Arjun Erigaisi scored a very nice victory over Alexandr Predke (SRB)

Levon Aronian (USA) greeted by Samantha Jackson, Public Diplomacy Press Officer and Spokesperson at US Consulate General Chennai

Samantha Jackson shared a few words before inaugurating the round

Sunday means it's packed to the brim

The live audience following the commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal, also getting to witness the players' analysis live in person

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Video Gallery

Samantha Jackson inaugurates Round 3 of Chennai Grand Masters 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
People behind the organization of Chennai Grand Masters 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
Arjun the boss! | IM Sagar Shah's Round 3 summary | Video: ChessBase India
Anti-Cheating Measures at the Chennai Grand Masters 2023! | Video: ChessBase India

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Replay Chennai Grand Masters 2023 Round 3 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal with Guest Commentators - GM Anish Giri and IM Sopiko Guramishvili | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 3 games

Round 3 results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.PGN
GMMaghsoodloo, Parham½ - ½GMGukesh, D
GMSjugirov, Sanan½ - ½GMAronian, Levon
GMHarikrishna, Pentala½ - ½GMEljanov, Pavel
GMErigaisi, Arjun1 - 0GMPredke, Alexandr


Standings after Round 3

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
GMSjugirov, SananHUN2703202,7511
GMHarikrishna, PentalaIND2696202,7510
GMAronian, LevonUSA27231,502,2500
GMEljanov, PavelUKR26911,502,0011
GMGukesh, DIND27201,502,0000
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND27271,501,7510
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB2689102,0000
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI2742101,5000


Round 4 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.PGN
GMGukesh, DGMPredke, Alexandr
GMEljanov, PavelGMErigaisi, Arjun
GMAronian, LevonGMHarikrishna, Pentala
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamGMSjugirov, Sanan




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