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Muradli wins Paracin Open 2021, Arjun Erigaisi finishes second

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/07/2021

21st seeded IM Muradli Mahammad of Azerbaijan scored an unbeaten 7.5/9, finished a half point ahead of the competition to win Paracin International Open 2021. Three players finished at 7.0/9. GM Arjun Erigaisi was placed second as he had better tie-breaks. IMs Pranav Venkatesh and Aditya Mittal, GM Abhimanyu Puranik, all three of them scored 6.5/9. They were placed 10th, 14th and 15th according to their tie-breaks. FM Vatsal Singhania scored his second IM-norm. Shantanu Bhambure is the sole untitled player to finish at 25th place with an impressive 6.0/9. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Vatsal Singhania makes his second IM-norm

Both Shantanu Bhambure and FM Vatsal Singhanina played fantastic in this event. However, Vatsal's consistency rewarded him with a second IM-norm. Nine Indians finished under top 30 places. The highest rating was gained by WFM Bommini Mounika Akshaya - 107 Elo rating points followed Aanjaneya Phatak, 77 points.

Arjun Erigaisi remained unbeaten throughout the event | Photo: Rupali Mullick

FM Vatsal Singhania scored his second IM-norm | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Vatsal performed at 2500, gained 32 Elo rating points and the only loss was against the eventual champion of the tournament

Round 7: Ter-Sahakyan - Arjun: 0.5-0.5

Arjun Erigaisi held the top seed GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM) to a draw.

Arjun Erigaisi held top seed Ter-Sahakyan to a draw | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Aditya - Abergel: 1-0

IM Aditya Mittal capitalized on his advantage in the endgame against GM Thal Abergel (FRA).

Position after 36.Ra7

It would have taken Black inhuman effort to save the game 36...Nd3 with the idea of Nf2-e4 to defend the d6-pawn. Of course in a tournament game, these are very difficult to spot. Aditya went on to win the game.

Aditya Mittal moved to 5.5/7 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Pranav made a solid draw with IM Ahmad Ahmadzada | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Sadikhov - Shantanu: 0-1

Shantanu continued his good form and beat his first GM of the event, Ulvi Sadikhov (AZE).

Position after 30.Bh5+

Both 29.Rh4 and 30.Bh5+ did not help White's position, it only helped the black king to advance towards the center. After a few more inaccuracies, Shantanu got a completely winning position.

Shantanu deservedly won the game | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Round 8: Arjun - Aditya: 1-0

Aditya made a few mistakes in the endgame which cost him the game against Arjun.

Position after 41...Kxh6

One of the first significant mistake in the endgame was 41...Kxh6 leaving b4-pawn en prise. The game continued 42.axb4 Bb6 43.Rg8 e4 is the next big mistake. 44.Re8 e3 45.Re6+ and the d6-pawn falls. Rest was just a matter of technique and Arjun won it comfortably.

Aditya lost his sole game of the event against Arjun | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Nubairshah Shaikh held GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM) to a draw | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Shantanu - Budisavljevic: 0.5-0.5

Shantanu was in complete control for the better part of the game against GM Luka Budisavljevic (SRB).

Position after 21...Qb7

Perhaps trading the knight and then getting a quick b6 would have done White slightly better than the text 22.Na5. The line White could have opted for 22.Nxb6 Qxb6 23.Ra6 Qb7 24.b6 Nd7 25.Qb5 Bd8 26.Ra7 etc.

Shantanu should have won this one too | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Pranav - Gavrilescu: 0.5-0.5

IM Pranav Venkatesh avoided a loss as his opponent IM David Gavrilescu (ROU) missed an opportunity.

Position after 18.Qd3

White needed to take on e6 first before playing Qd3. As 18.Qd3 leads to 18...f6 19.Bf4 and now Black can win this. 19...fxe5 allowed White to save the day 20.Bxe5.

Pranav had a rare miscue | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Round 9: Petrosyan - Arjun: 0.5-0.5

Arjun had a hard-fought draw with GM Manuel Petrosyan (ARM).

Petrosyan tried till the very end, but Arjun did not crumble | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Sankalp Gupta drew with the top seed of the touranment GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM) | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Shantanu Bhambure drew his final round game with GM Eltaj Safarli (AZE) which could have gone either way | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Budisavljevic - Pranav: 0-1

Pranav scored a fine victory over GM Luka Budisavljevic (SRB).

Pranav secured 10th place 6.5/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Vatsal drew with IM Aydin Suleymanli (AZE) to finish with 5.5/9 and score his second IM-norm | Photo: Rupali Mullick

WIM Isha Sharma beat GM Prithu Gupta in the last round | Photo: Rupali Mullick

WFM Bommini Mounika Akshaya scored 5.0/9 and gained 107 Elo rating points | Photo: Rupali Mullick

178th seeded Aanjaneya Phatak scored 5.5/9, finished 40th and gained 77 Elo rating points | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Photos: Round 7, 8 and 9.

Replay Round 7-9 games

Round 7 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
731
GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel2643½ - ½5GMErigaisi Arjun2567
6
755
GMPostny Evgeny25781 - 0IMSankalp Gupta2429
26
7923
IMAditya Mittal24381 - 0GMAbergel Thal2414
32
71025
IMAhmadzada Ahmad2431½ - ½Pranav V2366
47
71513
GMSadikhov Ulvi249040 - 14Bhambure Shantanu2391
41
71635
IMRaja Rithvik R24084½ - ½4IMRaja Harshit2484
14
71818
IMGavrilescu David247041 - 04IMMullick Raahil2386
43
71922
FMDudin Gleb24394½ - ½4FMVatsal Singhania2371
46
72024
IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh243641 - 04FMGrieve Harry2351
53
72380
WIMBeydullayeva Govhar22640 - 1GMPuranik Abhimanyu2589
4
72481
FMJocev Milan2260½ - ½GMPrithu Gupta2472
16
73567
FMBarseghyan Armen Ar.23161 - 0WIMRakshitta Ravi2190
108
737178
Phatak Aanjaneya17691 - 0CMDev Shah2270
78
739100
WIMSharma Isha221330 - 13WFMKamalidenova Meruert2334
56
75096
WGMVarshini V222631 - 03CMAslanov Umid2019
159
75198
Ojas Kulkarni221631 - 03Gusev Mikhail1859
177
752157
WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya20293½ - ½3CMKostov Deyan Samuil2215
99

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Round 8 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
846
GMErigaisi Arjun25671 - 0IMAditya Mittal2438
23
851
GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel26435½ - ½5IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2436
24
81041
Bhambure Shantanu23915½ - ½5GMBudisavljevic Luka2509
11
81247
Pranav V23665½ - ½5IMGavrilescu David2470
18
8154
GMPuranik Abhimanyu25891 - 0FMKurmangaliyeva Liya2322
65
81614
IMRaja Harshit24841 - 0WGMHeinemann Josefine2285
73
81826
IMSankalp Gupta24291 - 0FMBarseghyan Armen Ar.2316
67
82046
FMVatsal Singhania2371½ - ½FMBabazada Khazar2409
34
82162
FMOhanyan Emin2324½ - ½IMRaja Rithvik R2408
35
82213
GMSadikhov Ulvi24904- - +Phatak Aanjaneya1769
178
82316
GMPrithu Gupta247240 - 14FMVetokhin Savva2324
63
82940
IMRadovanovic Nikola239541 - 04WGMVarshini V2226
96
83086
Ivanovic Marko224541 - 04IMMullick Raahil2386
43
83251
FMKamer Kayra23554½ - ½4Ojas Kulkarni2216
98
84159
FMNogerbek Kazybek23281 - 0WIMRakshitta Ravi2190
108
84678
CMDev Shah2270½ - ½CMDebevec Blaz2135
121
848157
WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya2029½ - ½Papakonstantinou Dimitrios2251
83
860159
CMAslanov Umid201930 - 13WIMSharma Isha2213
100

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Round 9 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
922
GMPetrosyan Manuel26326½ - ½GMErigaisi Arjun2567
6
9726
IMSankalp Gupta2429½ - ½GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel2643
1
983
GMSafarli Eltaj2604½ - ½Bhambure Shantanu2391
41
9924
IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh24360 - 1GMPuranik Abhimanyu2589
4
91111
GMBudisavljevic Luka25090 - 1Pranav V2366
47
91227
IMZarubitski Viachaslau2426½ - ½IMRaja Harshit2484
14
91423
IMAditya Mittal24381 - 0Phatak Aanjaneya1769
178
9157
IMSuleymanli Aydin25635½ - ½5FMVatsal Singhania2371
46
91935
IMRaja Rithvik R24085½ - ½5Ivanovic Marko2245
86
93298
Ojas Kulkarni2216½ - ½FMNogerbek Kazybek2328
59
93543
IMMullick Raahil238640 - 1Pavlov Mark2195
106
936100
WIMSharma Isha221341 - 04GMPrithu Gupta2472
16
940142
Jordanov Mihail20824+ - -4CMDev Shah2270
78
94696
WGMVarshini V222640 - 14WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya2029
157
953108
WIMRakshitta Ravi21901 - 0Ilijic Mihajilo2058
147

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Final Standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Krtg+/-
121
IMMuradli MahammadAZE24617,548,540,061027,8
26
GMErigaisi ArjunIND25677,048,537,051010,9
310
IMAnnaberdiev MeilisTKM25327,043,533,56106,3
49
GMIskandarov MisratdinAZE25337,042,031,56102,0
52
GMPetrosyan ManuelARM26326,549,535,5410-3,5
65
GMPostny EvgenyISR25786,548,035,04100,1
712
IMSturt RavenUSA25006,545,537,05109,9
819
IMGharibyan MamikonARM24646,545,536,051011,1
98
GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR25356,544,533,0410-2,4
1047
Pranav VIND23666,544,532,552039,0
1125
IMAhmadzada AhmadAZE24316,544,035,051015,0
1215
IMAitbayev AslanKAZ24756,543,531,05101,6
1318
IMGavrilescu DavidROU24706,543,033,55106,2
1423
IMAditya MittalIND24386,542,534,05106,8
154
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND25896,541,531,0510-7,1
1642
IMYankelevich LevGER23896,047,033,041015,6
1720
IMBryakin MikhailRUS24636,046,536,55107,4
181
GMTer-Sahakyan SamvelARM26436,045,531,0410-13,3
1926
IMSankalp GuptaIND24296,044,532,541011,7
2038
WGMSargsyan Anna M.wARM23976,044,031,06108,1
2117
IMNikitenko MihailBLR24726,043,533,55104,7
223
GMSafarli EltajAZE26046,042,531,0310-12,0
2327
IMZarubitski ViachaslauBLR24266,042,030,04101,0
2414
IMRaja HarshitIND24846,041,531,0510-1,7
2541
Bhambure ShantanuIND23916,039,029,042013,8
26122
FMDolgun CanTUR21336,036,024,5440108,8
2735
IMRaja Rithvik RIND24085,546,531,02108,4
2811
GMBudisavljevic LukaSRB25095,546,035,0410-3,8
2946
FMVatsal SinghaniaIND23715,546,030,532032,0
3034
FMBabazada KhazarAZE24095,545,031,041010,2

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