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Chennai Grand Masters 2023 R5: Gukesh subdues Sanan, emerges sole leader

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/12/2023

D Gukesh scored his second win in-a-row against Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) in the fifth round of Chennai Grand Masters 2023. Gukesh seized his advantage and synthesized an attack on the kingside. Sanan had no proper answer to it and succumbed. The Arjun Erigaisi-Levon Aronian saga continues. Arjun had a great opportunity to beat Aronian for the first time in a rated game in over two years. Unfortunately, he pushed a pawn incorrectly in the rook endgame and eventually lost his advantage. The two-time World Cup winner managed to salvage a draw. Pavel Eljanov (UKR) handed Alexandr Predke (SRB) his third consecutive loss. Gukesh is in the sole lead 3.5/5, followed by Pentala Harikrishna and Eljanov at 3/5 each. Arjun is at 2.5/5 along with Aronian and Parham. Penultimate Round 6 starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Arjun Erigaisi misses against Aronian in a thriller

D Gukesh scored another fantastic victory to gain sole lead 3.5/5

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Sanan - Gukesh: 0-1

GM D Gukesh (2720) defeated GM Sanan Sjugirov (HUN, 2703) in their last encounter at World Blitz 2021. This time also he was determined to repeat the same feat.

Position after 26.c5?!

Sanan made a dubious pawn sacrifice 26.c5 to momentarily block the bishop's path and also open the queen's diagonal. However, Gukesh did not hesitate to take the pawn 26...Bxc5 27.Be3 Bxe3 28. Rxe3 f4 Black is not gaining any material immediately due to 29.Re4 Nd5 reinforcing the f4-pawn and unpinning his e6-rook 30.Qxb7 Qg5 finally the g3-knight is really under attack 31.Nf1 Rg6 32.g3 Qf5 33.Rae1 Qxh3 White's position is a wreck and Black won the game in another seven moves.

D Gukesh on his win against Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) | Video: ChessBase India
Sanan Sjugrov vs D Gukesh - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Gukesh made all the right moves against Sanan Sjugirov (HUN)

Arjun - Aronian: 0.5-0.5

Whenever Arjun Erigaisi (2727) and Levon Aronian (USA, 2723) face each other, one can certainly expect fireworks. This time also it was no different. Arjun's 6.Qe2 in Scotch Game was responded with 6...Rb8. A highly unusual line. After 22nd move, the game liquidated into a double rook endgame and eventually a favorable rook endgame for Arjun who had practical chances.

Position after 43.f5?

White needed to play 43.Rc1 to maintain his decisive advantage. It was certainly not easy to find. After pushing his pawn to 43.f5 he realized that a full point left his grasp. The game ended in a draw in the next few moves.

The Arjun Erigaisi - Levon Aronian saga adds a new chapter - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Arjun Erigaisi had a great opportunity to join the lead with Gukesh

Pentala Harikrishna - Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI): 0.5-0.5
It feels good to win with Black- Pavel Eljanov on his second win at the Chennai Grand Masters 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
Serbia no.1 vs Ukraine no.1 - GM Alexandr Predke vs GM Pavel Eljanov | Video: ChessBase India

Pavel Eljanov (UKR) could have finished things earlier against Alexandr Predke (SRB), nevertheless he won it

Former MD of Microsense, S Kailashanathan made the ceremonial first move of the fifth round

Round 5 in progress

Deputy Chief Arbiter - IA Arasu B and Chief Arbiter - IA Gopakumar M S

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S Kailashanathan, former MD of Microsesnse, made the ceremonial first move of the fifth round | Video: ChessBase India
Gutsy Gukesh! IM Sagar Shah's Round 5 summary | Video: ChessBase India
The man who has won over a dozen tournaments in 2023 - IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra | Video: ChessBase India

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Replay Chennai Grand Masters 2023 Round 5 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal with Guest Commentators - GM Anish Giri and IM Sopiko Guramishvili | Video: ChessBase India

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Round 5 results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.PGN
GMSjugirov, Sanan0 - 1GMGukesh, D
GMHarikrishna, Pentala½ - ½GMMaghsoodloo, Parham
GMErigaisi, Arjun½ - ½GMAronian, Levon
GMPredke, Alexandr0 - 1GMEljanov, Pavel


Standings after Round 5

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
GMGukesh, DIND27203,506,7521
GMHarikrishna, PentalaIND269630,57,0010
GMEljanov, PavelUKR269130,56,2522
GMAronian, LevonUSA27232,506,7500
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI27422,506,5010
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND27272,505,5010
GMSjugirov, SananHUN2703204,7511
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB2689102,5000


Round 6 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.PGN
GMGukesh, DGMEljanov, Pavel
GMAronian, LevonGMPredke, Alexandr
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamGMErigaisi, Arjun
GMSjugirov, SananGMHarikrishna, Pentala




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