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Qatar Masters 2023 R6: Arjun Erigaisi joins S L Narayanan, Sindarov and Yakubboev in a four-way lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/10/2023

India's 83rd GM Aditya Samant put up a very good fight against the World no.1 GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR). However, an incorrect decision in the endgame cost the teenager the sixth round game at Qatar Masters 2023. The sole leader GM S L Narayanan drew his game against the World Rapid 2021 champion GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB). GM Arjun Erigaisi got the better of IM Rudik Makarian. Arjun joined Narayanan, GM Javokhir Sindarov and GM Nodirbek Yakubboev (UZB) in a four-way lead 5/6. GM D Gukesh bounced back from his previous round loss to end IM Vaishali R's unbeaten streak at this event. Round 7 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

Prraneeth stuns Nihal

Eight players are trailing the leaders by a half point at 4.5/6 each. Three Indians - GM Karthikeyan Murali, GM D Gukesh and GM Pranav Venkatesh are there along with GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA), GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) and GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR). IM Vaishali R is still the highest scoring female at this event.

GM Arjun Erigaisi scored a smooth victory to join GM S L Narayanan and two more in the lead

Aditya Samant - Carlsen: 0-1

GM Aditya S Samant (2511) played an almost flawless game against the World no.1, GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2839). He only faltered in the endgame when he declined going for the bishop vs knight endgame.

Position after 35...Kd6

Now 36.Rxc6+ Nxc6 37.Nb5+ Ke5 38.Nxa7 Nxa7 and White is not in any trouble. The resultant bishop vs knight seems balanced. However, White decided to go for 38.Bd5?? after Ra6-+ 39.Nxc7 Ra5 White is unable to get the desired two minor pieces vs rook endgame 40.Ne6 Ne7 41.Bc4 Ra4 42.Bb3 Rxe4+ 43.Kd3 Nd5 and it's over.

A stunning blunder - GM Magnus Carlsen vs GM Aditya Samant | Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

India's 83rd GM Aditya S Samant put up a very good fight against the World no.1 and FIDE World Cup 2023 winner - GM Magnus Carlsen
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Indian GM SL Narayanan takes on Olympiad Gold Medalist Nodirbek Abdusattorov | Video: ChessBase India
"Abdusattorov's style is very close to Magnus" - GM S L Narayanan | Video: ChessBase India

GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) - GM S L Narayanan: 0.5-0.5
A joke that only chess players can understand! GM Arjun Erigaisi vs IM Rudik Makarian | Video: ChessBase India
Arjun Erigaisi's reaction when his opponent played ...Ng8 in the opening! | Video: ChessBase India

GM Arjun Erigaisi defeated IM Rudik Makarian to join the four-way lead

Karthikeyan - Parham

Position after 39.Nxf5+

Is it possible for the knight to stop three connected passed pawns on a, b and c-file? The answer is yes. White also has connected passed pawns on e and f-file. Thus, both players need to play correctly to ensure they don't lose the game.

"It was a complicated game in the Caro-Kann" - GM Karthikeyan Murali | Video: ChessBase India

GM Karthikeyan Murali drew against GM Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) to set up a clash against Magnus Carlsen in Round 7

Gukesh - Vaishali

Position after 30...b4?

IM Vaishali R (2448) made a positional mistake of pushing her passed b-pawn a bit early 30...b4? 31.Nb3 Bc3 32.Nc5 Qd6 33.Rc1 Rb8 34.Qa7 b3 35.Nfxe6 b2 36.Rb1 fxe6 37.Nxe6 and things went out of hand for Black. 30...Bf5 is what Black needed to play to continue the fight against GM D Gukesh (2758).

The clash between the present and future of Indian chess - GM D Gukesh vs IM Vaishali R | Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

GM D Gukesh ended IM Vaishali R's unbeaten streak

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Prraneeth - Nihal

Position after 33.Kg2

Should Black take the e4-pawn here with either of his pieces? If the answer is yes, the result would be same as it happened in the game. 33...Nxe4? 34.Kf3 Nd2+ 35.Kg4 Ne4 after repeating once, White went 38.h4 Re5 39.hxg5 Nf2+ 40.Kf3 Nh3+ 41.Rxe5 Nxg1+ 42.Kg2 dxe5 43.d6 and White's split passed pawns are stronger than Black's knight and two connected passed pawns.

Final position after 43.d6

GM Prraneeth Vuppala got the better of GM Nihal Sarin

Video Gallery

Prraneeth Vuppala tricks Nihal Sarin at the Qatar Masters 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
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" I enjoy every moment in this tournament, no matter the result! " FM Banh Gia Huy | Video: ChessBase India
"Playing with such great players pushes me to do my best!" FM Zoubaier Amdouni | Video: ChessBase India
"My dream opponent is Magnus Carlsen" The Inspirational Story of Shriram Rameshbabu | Video: ChessBase India
Round 6 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
The wonderful arrangements at the Qatar Masters 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

Schedule

There are one round every day from 11th to 20th October 2023 starting from 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Monday 16th October 2023 is a rest day. Only last round on 20th October starts at 12 p.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. IST.

Time control

Time control for each tournament game is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Prizes

The total prize fund of the tournament is US$ 108250. The top three prizes are $25000, $15000 and $10000 each.

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Round 6 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
148
IMSamant, Aditya S25110 - 1GMCarlsen, Magnus *)2839
1
22
GMNakamura, Hikaru *)27804½ - ½4GMParavyan, David2599
23
35
GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek27164½ - ½GMNarayanan.S.L,2651
13
46
GMErigaisi, Arjun271241 - 04IMMakarian, Rudik2548
37
520
GMKarthikeyan, Murali26114½ - ½4GMMaghsoodloo, Parham2707
7
630
GMAditya, Mittal257240 - 14GMSindarov, Javokhir2658
12
725
GMJumabayev, Rinat258540 - 14GMYakubboev, Nodirbek2616
19
84
GMGukesh, D27581 - 04IMVaishali, Rameshbabu2448
75
98
GMVan Foreest, Jorden2707½ - ½GMShimanov, Aleksandr2566
31
1079
IMSrihari, L R2438½ - ½GMAryan, Chopra2634
15
1116
GMSalem, A.R. Saleh2632½ - ½GMKaidanov, Gregory2554
35
1218
GMPuranik, Abhimanyu2618½ - ½GMKevlishvili, Robby2521
43
1322
GMVakhidov, Jakhongir2607½ - ½GMPranesh, M2515
46
1424
GMSethuraman, S.P.2598½ - ½IMAhmadzada, Ahmad2494
55
1526
GMKuybokarov, Temur2584½ - ½GMSankalp, Gupta2518
45
16102
IMPanda, Sambit23950 - 1GMPranav, V2579
27
1744
GMBellahcene, Bilel252030 - 13GMGiri, Anish2760
3
1850
IMPrraneeth, Vuppala251031 - 03GMNihal, Sarin2694
9
1910
GMFedoseev, Vladimir269131 - 03GMMousavi, Seyed Khalil2492
57
2011
GMOparin, Grigoriy268131 - 03Xiao, Tong(Qd)2476
63

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Standings after Round 6

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2 
113
GMNarayanan.S.L,IND2651502870
212
GMSindarov, JavokhirU20UZB2658502835
36
GMErigaisi, ArjunU20IND2712502816
419
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB2616502776
52
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA27804,502743
623
GMParavyan, DavidFID25994,502710
77
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI27074,502708
85
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU20UZB27164,502695
920
GMKarthikeyan, MuraliIND26114,502689
101
GMCarlsen, MagnusNOR28394,502684
114
GMGukesh, DU20IND27584,502667
1227
GMPranav, VU20IND25794,502596
1375
IMVaishali, RameshbabuwIND2448402695
1425
GMJumabayev, RinatKAZ2585402671
1579
IMSrihari, L RU20IND2438402670

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Round 7 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMCarlsen, Magnus *)2839GMKarthikeyan, Murali2611
20
27
GMMaghsoodloo, Parham2707GMNakamura, Hikaru *)2780
2
319
GMYakubboev, Nodirbek261655GMErigaisi, Arjun2712
6
413
GMNarayanan.S.L,265155GMSindarov, Javokhir2658
12
523
GMParavyan, David2599GMGukesh, D2758
4
627
GMPranav, V2579GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek2716
5
73
GMGiri, Anish276044GMKarthik, Venkataraman2563
32
835
GMKaidanov, Gregory255444GMVan Foreest, Jorden2707
8
931
GMShimanov, Aleksandr256644GMFedoseev, Vladimir2691
10
1011
GMOparin, Grigoriy268144GMAdhiban, B.2551
36
1115
GMAryan, Chopra263444GMFawzy, Adham2535
40
1237
IMMakarian, Rudik254844GMSalem, A.R. Saleh2632
16
1339
GMVisakh, N R254744GMPuranik, Abhimanyu2618
18
1450
IMPrraneeth, Vuppala251044GMVakhidov, Jakhongir2607
22
1545
GMSankalp, Gupta251844GMSethuraman, S.P.2598
24
1643
GMKevlishvili, Robby252144GMJumabayev, Rinat2585
25
1746
GMPranesh, M251544GMKuybokarov, Temur2584
26
1855
IMAhmadzada, Ahmad249444GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin2578
28
1975
IMVaishali, Rameshbabu244844GMAditya, Mittal2572
30
2014
GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.26494IMSrihari, L R2438
79

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