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FTX Road to Miami R9-12: Arjun Erigaisi storms into the Quarterfinals with Sevian

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/07/2022

Arjun Erigaisi started the day with a loss against Jan-Krzysztof Duda. It was not easy for the FIDE World Cup 2021 winner. When Arjun miscalculated a tactic in the endgame, only then the world no.15 got a chance to get back in the game. Arjun won the next three games in-a-row against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hans Niemann and reigning women's world champion, Wenjun Ju. Although the first two wins were a draw, Arjun showed that he is always ready to grab any opportunity that comes his way. Samuel Sevian maintained his sole lead 28/36, followed by Arjun 26/36 and Duda 24/36. Both Sevian and Arjun have advanced to the Quarterfinals. Round 13 starts today at 9:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Sevian maintains his sole lead

Samuel Sevian (USA) made an incredible rook sacrifice against Wei Yi (CHN) in Round 12 to win the game and maintain his sole lead. Both Sevian and Arjun are doing well in this event. It will certainly be interesting to see how they fare in the Knockout stage.

Arjun Erigaisi has already made it to the Quarterfinals | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Round 9: Arjun Erigaisi - Duda: 0-3

Arjun Erigaisi had an advantageous position against Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) until he went for an incorrect tactic in the endgame.

Position after 46.Ra3

White should have retreated his knight 46.Nf3 and things would have been fine. 46.Ra3 allowed Black to get into the game Qxg5+ 47.Rg3 Kh6 48.Rxg5 Bxg5. Now it is difficult for White to push for a win, in fact, he has to defend the position carefully, something which was not so easy due to the complex nature of the position. White eventually lost the game.

Round 10: Mamedyarov - Arjun Erigaisi: 0-3

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) could have forced a draw by perpetual check. However, he tried too hard to go for a win, instead suffered a loss against Arjun Erigaisi.

Position after 31...Qh4

32.Ng4+ leads to a draw in all plausible variations. However, White went 32.Nh5+ Kf8 33.Qg7+?? Ke7-+ White is out of checks 34.Ng3 Rd1 and it's over. Arjun seized his opportunity perfectly in the end.

Rare Arjun Erigaisi emotions! | Video: ChessBase India

Round 11: Arjun Erigaisi - Niemann: 3-0

In a completely drawn knight endgame, Hans Niemann (USA) blundered by trying to win by force. In reality, there was no win for either side unless someone made a big mistake which was made by the American and Arjun once again grabbed his chance to gain a full point.

Position after 41.Kg3

Black just needs to do Kg5-f5 and Nc8-a7 in no particular order. There is no breakthrough for either side. Black blundered 41...Ke4 42.Kxg4 and now White is completely winning as White's pawns are much faster than Black capturing the knight, moving the king out of the a4-pawn's path.

Hans Niemann hits himself on the head after blundering big time against Arjun Erigaisi | Video: ChessBase India

Round 12: Arjun - Wenjun: 3-0

Arjun Erigaisi finished the day with a nice combination against the reigning Women's World champion, Wenjun Ju (CHN).

Position after 30...Bxc5

Find out the winning continuation for White which Arjun executed in the game after 30...Bxc5.

Replay the live stream

Meltwater Champions Chess Tour FTX Road to Miami Round 9-12 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Highlights

A few interesting finishes of the day

Samuel Sevian (USA) - Sam Shankland (USA): 3-0, Round 11

Hans Niemann (USA) - Richard Rapport (HUN): 0-3, Round 12

Arjun Erigaisi - Wenjun Ju (CHN): 3-0, Round 12

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Arjun Erigaisi: Round 10 | Photo: ChessBase India live stream

Replay Round 9-12 games

Standings after Round 12

Samuel Sevian maintained his sole lead 28/36 | Photo: chess24

All games will start from 9:30 p.m. IST between 10th and 17th July 2022.

Links

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