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Junior U21 Round Table Open R1-6: Alexey Sarana in sole lead 5.5/6

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/10/2021

IM Bharath Subramaniyam H is terrific from at Junior U21 Round Table Open. He prevented the tournament leader, GM Alexey Sarana 5.5/6 from making a double hat-trick. Bharath is at 4.5/6 along with GM Abhimanyu Puranik, GM Hans Niemann, GM Vugar Asadli, IM Muradli Mahammad and IM Nail Bashirli. Arjun Erigaisi 5.0/6 will face Sarana in the seventh round. Gukesh, Praggnanandhaa and Iniyan suffered a loss in the sixth round against Arjun, Muradli and Bashirli respectively. A total of 57 players including 9 GMs, 8 IM, a WGM and 4 WIMs are taking part from 14 countries across the world, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Total prize fund is €20000, first prize being €10000. Round 7 starts today at 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE

Arjun Erigaisi in the title fray

GM Arjun Erigaisi is the only player who is at a half point behind the tournament leader 5.0/6.

Top seed GM Alexey Sarana 5.5/6 | Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE

Round 3: Abhimanyu - Bharath: 0.5-0.5

IM Bharath Subramaniyam made a nice save from a difficult position against GM Abhimanyu Puranik.

Position after 25...Rb3

White needed to play 26.Ng6 as it takes advantage of Black's back rank and there is a threat of Bxc4 too. However, the game continued 26.Rcxc4 Rxc4 27.Rxc4 Rxb5 and White's advantage dwindled.

Gukesh - Lucas: 1-0

Gukesh won a very exciting endgame against GM Lucas van Foreest.

Round 4: Iniyan - Praggnanandhaa: 1-0

Iniyan defeated Praggnanandhaa in an explosive game which should have gone Pragg's way.

Position after 22.Qe3

It is evident that Black has more than enough compensation for the sacrificed piece. Find out the best continuation for Black. The game continued 22...Bf3 and White slowly managed to get back in the game and eventually turn things in his favor.

Round 5: Sarana - Iniyan: 1-0

Iniyan made a miscalculation in a seemingly equal endgame against GM Alexey Sarana (RUS).

Position after 23.axb5

White is doing a double attack on the e7-bishop and a7-pawn. Find out the best way for Black to respond. The game continued 23...Rd7 which turned things in White's favor.

GM Alexey Sarana (RUS) made his sole lead by beating GM Iniyan | Photo: Христинка Илиева

Gukesh - Bharath: 0.5-0.5

IM Bharath Subramaniyam H held GM D Gukesh to a draw.

IM Bharat Subramaniyam continues his impressive run | Photo: Христинка Илиева

Blohberger - Arjun: 0-1

GM Arjun Erigaisi won an interesting back and forth game against IM Felix Blohberger (AUT). It could have gone either player's way.

IM Felix Blohberger (AUT) had an exciting game against GM Arjun Erigaisi | Photo: Христинка Илиева

Abhimanyu - Stoyanov: 1-0

GM Abhimanyu Puranik scored a clinical victory over FM Tsvetan Stoyanov (BUL).

Position after 23...Kh8

White is very much ready to launch an attack. Find out the best way, like Abhimanyu did in the game.

GM Abhimanyu Puranik scored a nice victory with a brilliant display of attack | Photo: Христинка Илиева

Praggnanandhaa - Yordanov: 1-0

Pragg scored a fantastic victory by making a double rook sacrifice against FM Lachezar Yordanov (BUL).

Position after 20...Kd8

Find out the best continuation for White after 20...Kd8.

Praggnanandhaa showcased a brilliant display of attack | Photo: Христинка Илиева

Round 6: Bharath - Sarana: 0.5-0.5

Bharath held Sarana to a well-fought draw.

Arjun - Gukesh: 1-0

Arjun Erigaisi turned things in his favor as he capitalized on his opponent, Gukesh's mistake.

Position after 42...g6

42...g6 gave the opening White was looking for 43.Nf6+ Kg7 44.Qg5 and White masterfully used his knights to manipulate the position and score a win.

Highlights

Here are some interesting finishes of Round 1-6

FM Beloslava Krasteva (BUL) lost to GM Vugar Asadli (AZE), Round 1

GM Abhimanyu Puranik defeated Georgios Alexakis (GRE), Round 1

GM Hans Niemann (USA) drew with FM Elliott Papadiamandis (FRA), Round 2

IM Nail Bashirli (AZE) lost to GM Hans Niemann, Round 3

GM D Gukesh defeated GM Lucas van Foreest (NED), Round 3

FM Marco Dobrikov (GER) lost to FM Tsvetan Stoyanov (BUL), Round 3

IM Nail Bashirli (BUL) defeated Grigorios Vardakas (GRE), Round 5

GM Iniyan lost to IM Nail Bashirli (AZE), Round 6

Photo Gallery

Round 1

Untitled Viktor Boev (BUL) held GM Arjun Erigaisi to a draw | Photo: Христинка Илиева

GM R Praggnanandhaa scored a comfortable win against FM Mahitosh Dey | Photo: Христинка Илиева

GM D Gukesh was held to a draw by FM Valentin Mitev (BUL) | Photo: Христинка Илиева

CM Simeon Todev (BUL) lost to WGM Vantika Agrawal | Photo: Христинка Илиева

The tournament hall | Photo: Христинка Илиева

Venue: Hotel Imperial in Plovdiv, Bulgaria | Photo: Христинка Илиева

Outside the venue | Photo: Христинка Илиева

Liveboards on display | Photo: Христинка Илиева

Round 2

Vantika lost to GM Abhimanyu Puranik | Photo: Христинка Илиева

IM Bharath Subramaniyam H defeated FM Marco Dobrikov (GER) Photo: Христинка Илиева

GM Iniyan defeated Bulgaria no.2 woman IM Nurgyul Salimova | Photo: Христинка Илиева

Arjun and Gukesh won their respective games | Photo: Христинка Илиева

Replay Round 1-6 games

Round 6 results

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
116
IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND24354½ - ½5GMSarana AlexeyRUS2635
1
22
GMErigaisi ArjunIND262641 - 04GMGukesh DIND2599
5
36
GMAsadli VugarAZE25784½ - ½4GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND2568
7
43
GMPraggnanandhaa RIND26170 - 1IMMuradli MahammadAZE2487
12
54
GMNiemann Hans MokeUSA26091 - 0FMOchedzan TymonPOL2300
26
610
GMIniyan PIND25220 - 1IMBashirli NailAZE2382
19
78
GMVan Foreest LucasNED253531 - 03FMPapadiamandis ElliotFRA2404
17
818
FMStoyanov TsvetanBUL23963½ - ½3IMPetrov MartinBUL2533
9
923
FMGiannoulakis LamprosGRE231931 - 03IMBlohberger FelixAUT2493
11
1031
FMMahitosh DeyIND22543½ - ½3IMGokerkan Cem KaanTUR2465
13
1128
FMYordanov LachezarBUL229630 - 13IMIoannidis EvgeniosGRE2445
15
1214
FMAlexakis DimitrisGRE24601 - 03Boev ViktorBUL2257
30
1320
FMVan Dael SiemNED23700 - 1WIMUrh ZalaSLO2234
32
1433
FMMitev ValentinBUL2223½ - ½IMSalimova NurgyulBUL2362
21
1524
WIMVantika AgrawalIND2315½ - ½Popvasilev KaloyanGER2132
42

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Round 7 pairings

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
11
GMSarana AlexeyRUS26355GMErigaisi ArjunIND2626
2
27
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND2568GMNiemann Hans MokeUSA2609
4
312
IMMuradli MahammadAZE2487GMAsadli VugarAZE2578
6
419
IMBashirli NailAZE2382IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND2435
16
55
GMGukesh DIND259944FMGiannoulakis LamprosGRE2319
23
615
IMIoannidis EvgeniosGRE244544GMVan Foreest LucasNED2535
8
726
FMOchedzan TymonPOL2300GMPraggnanandhaa RIND2617
3
89
IMPetrov MartinBUL2533FMMahitosh DeyIND2254
31
932
WIMUrh ZalaSLO2234GMIniyan PIND2522
10
1013
IMGokerkan Cem KaanTUR2465WFMMehmed ElifBUL2260
29
1139
CMErdogmus Yagiz KaanTUR2150FMAlexakis DimitrisGRE2460
14
1241
Vardakas GrigoriosGRE2140FMStoyanov TsvetanBUL2396
18
1311
IMBlohberger FelixAUT249333FMYordanov LachezarBUL2296
28
1417
FMPapadiamandis ElliotFRA240433Stoyanov PlamenBUL2017
49
1521
IMSalimova NurgyulBUL236233WIMVantika AgrawalIND2315
24

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