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Paracin Open 2021 R4-6: Arjun Erigaisi in the championship fray

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/07/2021

Arjun Erigaisi is the only Indian who is closest to the sole leader IM Raven Sturt at the conclusion of Round 6 of Paracin Open 2021. Arjun is a half point behind the leader, along with three other players. Both IM Sankalp Gupta and IM Aditya Mittal are at an unbeaten 4.5/6, Pranav Venkatesh also has the same score. Sankalp is on his way to score a GM-norm if he can maintain his form in the last three rounds. Aditya and Pranav will also be eyeing to score their second GM-norm. Untitled Shantanu Bhambure had a good opportunity against GM Misratdin Iskandarov, but unfortunately for the former, it ended in a draw. The tournament can still be won by anybody. Round 7 starts today at 8 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Raven Sturt takes sole lead 5.5/6

IM Raven Sturt (USA) has taken a sole lead at the end of the sixth round. Four players are at a half point behind him. They are - IM Muradli Mahammad (AZE), IM Mikhail Bryakin (RUS), GM Arjun Erigaisi and IM Mamikon Gharbiyan (ARM). Arjun faces the top seed of the tournament GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM) in the seventh round.

Arjun Erigaisi scored a hat-trick of wins before making a draw in Round 6| Photo: Rupali Mullick

Round 4: Safarli - Sankalp: 0.5-0.5

IM Sankalp Gupta had a well-fought draw against GM Eltaj Safarli (AZE).

Sankalp is performing at 2604 and undefeated so far| Photo: Rupali Mullick

Arjun - Agibileg: 1-0

Arjun got a fantastic position in the middlegame against IM Uurtsaikh Agibileg (MGL).

Position after 26...Bg7

The game continued 27.Nf1. However, there was a better continuation. Find out what it is.

Arjun Erigaisi moves to 3.5/4 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Rithvik drew with Aleksandrov in 20 moves | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Raahil Mullick drew with IM Meilis Annaberdiev (TKM) | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Pikula - Aditya: 0.5-0.5

IM Aditya Mittal was completely winning against GM Dejan Pikula (SRB).

Position after 37.Re1

The text 37...Rb2 is not the best move here. There is a better and definitive continuation for Black. Find out what was it.

Position after 43.g4

Black has got one more chance to push for a win. The king at g2 is vulnerable, how can Black capitalize on that fact?

Aditya definitely would have liked to win this game | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Abhimanyu Puranik beat FM Lachezar Yordanov (BUL) | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Harshit Raja defeated IM Jacob Sylvan (DEN) | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Round 5: Gavrilescu - Arjun: 0-1

Arjun won the rook and opposite color bishop by showcasing the correct technique against GM David Gavrilescu (ROU).

Position after 32.Rfc1

32.Rfc1 was not a good idea as the resultant rook and opposite color bishop ending is winning for Black because after 32...Rxc1 33.Rxc1 Rxb2, Black not only gains the b2-pawn but h2 also falls.

Arjun scored his third consecutive victory of the event | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Rithvik - Abhimanyu: 0.5-0.5

GM Abhimanyu Puranik provided strong resistance against IM Rithvik Raja R's attack in the middlegame. However, in the endgame, it was Rithvik who once again got the upper hand and this time there was a clear way to make the most out of it.

Position after 52...Bd3

Black's king is in a precarious situation. White would like to gain the e6-pawn, but how? 53.Rf8+ Rf7 54.Rxf7+ Kxf7 and the pressure got relieved for Black. Puranik got rewarded with a draw.

Rithvik had a good chance at the end | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Raahil - Harshit: 1-0

IM Harshit Raja cornered his own rook and got it trapped against IM Raahil Mullick.

Position after 18...Ra1

The rook at a1 is trapped. Find out the best way to capture it. Black should have played 18...Rb6 and things would have been fine.

Raahil won against compatriot Harshit | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Nikitenko - Vatsal: 0.5-0.5

FM Vatsal Singhania was completely winning against IM Mihal Nikitenko (BLR).

Position after 18.Rfd1

Find out the correct continuation for Black in the above position. The text 18...Rf6 was also good, but it was not the optimum one and White got a chance to get back in the game and salvage a draw eventually.

Vatsal was on the brink of a victory | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Aditya Mittal won against WFM Meruert Kamalidenova (KAZ) with ease | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Pranav - Savic: 1-0

Pranav beat his first GM of the event in Round 5, against Miodrag R Savic (SRB).

Position after 34...Bf6

Find out the winning combination for White, which Pranav did in the game.

Pranav scored a fine victory with a beautiful maneuvering, resulting in a combination | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Round 6: Arjun - Muradli: 0.5-0.5

Arjun Erigaisi had a well-fought draw against IM Mahammad Muradli (AZE). However, it was not without chances.

Position after 28...Nd7

White could have tried to extract something out of this position. How should have White capitalized here?

Arjun had a good opportunity to push for a win | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Raahil played too passive and paid a heavy price for it | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Two in-form kids - Pranav and Aditya, drew their game against each other | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Raja Rithvik R held GM Eltaj Safarli (AZE) to a draw | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Shantanu Bhambure held GM Misratdin Iskandarov (AZE) to a draw | Photo: Rupali Mullick

FM Vatsal Singhania held IM David Gavrilescu (ROU) to a draw | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Photos: Round 4, 5 and 6.

Highlights

Here are a couple of interesting finishes from Round 6.

IM Uurtsaikh Agibileg (MGL) lost to GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM)

GM Thal Abergel (FRA) beat FM Read Samadov (AZE)

Replay Round 4-6 games

Round 4 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
453
GMSafarli Eltaj2604½ - ½IMSankalp Gupta2429
26
476
GMErigaisi Arjun25671 - 0IMAgibileg Uurtsaikh2413
33
488
GMAleksandrov Aleksej2535½ - ½IMRaja Rithvik R2408
35
4910
IMAnnaberdiev Meilis2532½ - ½IMMullick Raahil2386
43
41322
FMDudin Gleb24391 - 0Phatak Aanjaneya1769
178
41444
GMPikula Dejan2384½ - ½IMAditya Mittal2438
23
4164
GMPuranik Abhimanyu258921 - 02FMYordanov Lachezar2325
61
41814
IMRaja Harshit248421 - 02IMSylvan Jacob2322
64
42016
GMPrithu Gupta247220 - 12FMKurmangaliyeva Liya2322
65
42634
FMBabazada Khazar240921 - 02Tanmay Chopra2273
77
43046
FMVatsal Singhania237121 - 02FMIvic Matija2226
97
431147
Ilijic Mihajilo205820 - 12Pranav V2366
47
43724
IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh24361 - 0WIMSharma Isha2213
100
439111
FMZhukov Anton21740 - 1Bhambure Shantanu2391
41
440115
CMRowe Duane21570 - 1Souhardo Basak2364
49
44150
FMBaglan Esat23591 - 0Ojas Kulkarni2216
98
45378
CMDev Shah22701 - 0Ferey Antonin2148
116
465163
Shoshin Kirill200110 - 11WGMVarshini V2226
96
477149
Tisma Ivan2055½0 - 1½WIMRakshitta Ravi2190
108
478157
WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya2029½½ - ½½Krivenko Dion2115
130

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Round 5 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
5318
IMGavrilescu David24700 - 1GMErigaisi Arjun2567
6
5635
IMRaja Rithvik R24083½ - ½3GMPuranik Abhimanyu2589
4
51143
IMMullick Raahil238631 - 03IMRaja Harshit2484
14
51217
IMNikitenko Mihail24723½ - ½3FMVatsal Singhania2371
46
51423
IMAditya Mittal243831 - 03WFMKamalidenova Meruert2334
56
51626
IMSankalp Gupta24293½ - ½3IMSredojevic Ivan2284
74
51747
Pranav V236631 - 03GMSavic Miodrag R2421
28
52463
FMVetokhin Savva2324½ - ½IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2436
24
52633
IMAgibileg Uurtsaikh24131 - 0CMDev Shah2270
78
52941
Bhambure Shantanu23911 - 0Zhukenov Aituar2241
88
53049
Souhardo Basak23640 - 1Samaridis Konstantinos2081
143
535178
Phatak Aanjaneya17690 - 12IMAitbayev Aslan2475
15
53696
WGMVarshini V222620 - 12GMPrithu Gupta2472
16
54677
Tanmay Chopra22732½ - ½2AIMCiric Pavle2078
145
56298
Ojas Kulkarni2216½ - ½Konyves Almos2102
135
563100
WIMSharma Isha22131 - 0Stankovic Boris2084
141
566108
WIMRakshitta Ravi21901 - 0Acarbay Algi1972
167
57594
FMStrugnell Carl222910 - 11WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya2029
157

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Round 6 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
731
GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel26435GMErigaisi Arjun2567
6
755
GMPostny Evgeny2578IMSankalp Gupta2429
26
7923
IMAditya Mittal2438GMAbergel Thal2414
32
71025
IMAhmadzada Ahmad2431Pranav V2366
47
71513
GMSadikhov Ulvi249044Bhambure Shantanu2391
41
71635
IMRaja Rithvik R240844IMRaja Harshit2484
14
71818
IMGavrilescu David247044IMMullick Raahil2386
43
71922
FMDudin Gleb243944FMVatsal Singhania2371
46
72024
IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh243644FMGrieve Harry2351
53
72380
WIMBeydullayeva Govhar2264GMPuranik Abhimanyu2589
4
72481
FMJocev Milan2260GMPrithu Gupta2472
16
73567
FMBarseghyan Armen Ar.2316WIMRakshitta Ravi2190
108
737178
Phatak Aanjaneya1769CMDev Shah2270
78
739100
WIMSharma Isha221333WFMKamalidenova Meruert2334
56
75096
WGMVarshini V222633CMAslanov Umid2019
159
75198
Ojas Kulkarni221633Gusev Mikhail1859
177
752157
WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya202933CMKostov Deyan Samuil2215
99

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Round 7 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
731
GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel26435GMErigaisi Arjun2567
6
755
GMPostny Evgeny2578IMSankalp Gupta2429
26
7923
IMAditya Mittal2438GMAbergel Thal2414
32
71025
IMAhmadzada Ahmad2431Pranav V2366
47
71513
GMSadikhov Ulvi249044Bhambure Shantanu2391
41
71635
IMRaja Rithvik R240844IMRaja Harshit2484
14
71818
IMGavrilescu David247044IMMullick Raahil2386
43
71922
FMDudin Gleb243944FMVatsal Singhania2371
46
72024
IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh243644FMGrieve Harry2351
53
72380
WIMBeydullayeva Govhar2264GMPuranik Abhimanyu2589
4
72481
FMJocev Milan2260GMPrithu Gupta2472
16
73567
FMBarseghyan Armen Ar.2316WIMRakshitta Ravi2190
108
737178
Phatak Aanjaneya1769CMDev Shah2270
78
739100
WIMSharma Isha221333WFMKamalidenova Meruert2334
56
75096
WGMVarshini V222633CMAslanov Umid2019
159
75198
Ojas Kulkarni221633Gusev Mikhail1859
177
752157
WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya202933CMKostov Deyan Samuil2215
99

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