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Will Arjun Erigaisi win Qatar Masters 2023?

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/10/2023

GM Arjun Erigaisi defeated GM David Paravyan to gain sole lead 6.5/8 going into the final round of Qatar Masters 2023. He will face the 44th Olympiad Gold medalist and World Rapid 2021 champion - GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) in Round 9. A win will make an outright champion, whereas a draw would result in Playoffs among the players who will finish at 7/9. Six players are at 6/8 each. GM Karthikeyan Murali and GM S L Narayanan who drew their game against each other, are the only two Indians among them. GM Abhimanyu Puranik made a clever draw against World no.7 - GM Anish Giri. IM Vaishali R moves closer to her final GM-norm with a draw against IM Rudik Makarian. Final Round 9 starts today at 1 p.m. local time, 3:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

S L Narayanan and Karthikeyan Murali in the mix

IM Vaishali R will face GM Gregory Kaidanov (USA) in the final round. She will earn her final GM-norm once her game begins, irrespective of the outcome. GM S L Narayanan vs GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and GM Nodirbek Yakubboev (UZB) vs GM Karthikeyan Murali will be the matches involving first place implications including Abdusattorov vs Arjun. GM Abhimanyu Puranik will face the World no.1 and FIDE World Cup 2023 winner, GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR) in the final round.

GM Arjun Erigaisi emerged sole leader 6.5/8 heading into the final round
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Arjun - Paravyan: 1-0

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2712) decided to take rook and two pawns for two of his minor pieces in the endgame against GM David Paravyan (2599).

Position after 16...Bxd6

15...Qd6 allowed White to trade the queens 16.Qxd6 Bxd6 and then go 17.Bxb5 axb5 18.Nxb5 Ra6 19.Nxd6 Rxd6 20.Ba3 Rd2 21.Bxf8 Kxf8 22.f3 White eventually used his double rooks to win the game.

Arjun Erigaisi talks about his win against David Paravyan | Video: ChessBase India
You cannot be careless against Arjun Erigaisi - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

The game between two 44th Olympiad Gold medalists - Javokhir Sindarov (UZB) and Nodirbek Yakubboev (UZB) ended in a draw

GM Karthikeyan Murali and GM S L Narayanan had a well contested draw

Abhimanyu - Giri

Position after 12.Qxf7+!

World no.7 GM Anish Giri (2760) allowed his opponent GM Abhimanyu Puranik (2618) to sacrifice his queen and force a draw. After 12.Qxf7+! Kxf7 13.Nxe6 leads to a draw in all plausible continuations. Try to work out each variation.

GM Abhimanyu Puranik sacrifices his queen against GM Anish Giri (NED) - Game and Interview | Video: ChessBase India

GM Abhimanyu Puranik made a clever draw against the World no.7 - GM Anish Giri (NED)

GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov won the battle of the 44th Olympiad Gold medalists against his Uzbekistan compatriot - GM Jakhongir Vakhidov
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GM Robby Kevlishvili on his game against Gukesh | Video: ChessBase India

GM D Gukesh bounced back with a victory against GM Robby Kevlishvili (NED)
Vaishali powerfully moves closer to her final GM norm | Video: ChessBase India

IM Vaishali R inches closer to her final GM-norm with a draw against IM Rudik Makarian

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"I have 4 IM norms and live rating of 2359, so I am focusing on my Elo" - Aaryan Varshney | Video: ChessBase India
Round 8 starting moments | 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 1 p.m. local time, 3:30 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.

Replay live stream

Replay Round 8 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay Round 8 Live Commentary by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko, IM Jovanka Houska, and IM Irene Sukandar | Video: Qatar Chess Association

Replay Round 8 games

Round 8 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMCarlsen, Magnus *)28391 - 05GMKaidanov, Gregory2554
35
22
GMNakamura, Hikaru *)278051 - 05GMPranav, V2579
27
36
GMErigaisi, Arjun27121 - 0GMParavyan, David2599
23
412
GMSindarov, Javokhir2658½ - ½GMYakubboev, Nodirbek2616
19
520
GMKarthikeyan, Murali2611½ - ½GMNarayanan.S.L,2651
13
618
GMPuranik, Abhimanyu26185½ - ½5GMGiri, Anish2760
3
722
GMVakhidov, Jakhongir260750 - 15GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek2716
5
824
GMSethuraman, S.P.25985½ - ½5GMMaghsoodloo, Parham2707
7
931
GMShimanov, Aleksandr25665½ - ½5GMOparin, Grigoriy2681
11
104
GMGukesh, D27581 - 0GMKevlishvili, Robby2521
43
1140
GMFawzy, Adham2535½ - ½GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.2649
14
1242
GMVignesh, N R2527½ - ½GMAryan, Chopra2634
15
1316
GMSalem, A.R. Saleh26321 - 0IMAhmadzada, Ahmad2494
55
1446
GMPranesh, M25150 - 1GMGupta, Abhijeet2609
21
1554
GMRaja, Rithvik R2495½ - ½GMJumabayev, Rinat2585
25
1626
GMKuybokarov, Temur25841 - 0IMSamadov, Read2492
58
1728
GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin2578½ - ½GMAbdisalimov, Abdimalik2487
59
1830
GMAditya, Mittal2572½ - ½IMZou, Chen2418
88
1975
IMVaishali, Rameshbabu2448½ - ½IMMakarian, Rudik2548
37
208
GMVan Foreest, Jorden270741 - 04IMMadaminov, Mukhiddin2484
61

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Standings after Round 8

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2 
16
GMErigaisi, ArjunU20IND27126,502810
213
GMNarayanan.S.L,IND2651602800
312
GMSindarov, JavokhirU20UZB2658602773
42
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA2780602766
520
GMKarthikeyan, MuraliIND2611602751
619
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB2616602741
75
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekU20UZB2716602718
823
GMParavyan, DavidFID25995,502713
97
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI27075,502700
103
GMGiri, AnishNED27605,502683
1131
GMShimanov, AleksandrFID25665,502669
1216
GMSalem, A.R. SalehAr.UAE26325,502666
131
GMCarlsen, MagnusNOR28395,502655
144
GMGukesh, DU20IND27585,502637
24
GMSethuraman, S.P.IND25985,502637

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Round 9 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
118
GMPuranik, Abhimanyu2618GMCarlsen, Magnus *)2839
1
213
GMNarayanan.S.L,265166GMNakamura, Hikaru *)2780
2
35
GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek27166GMErigaisi, Arjun2712
6
419
GMYakubboev, Nodirbek261666GMKarthikeyan, Murali2611
20
53
GMGiri, Anish27606GMSindarov, Javokhir2658
12
621
GMGupta, Abhijeet2609GMGukesh, D2758
4
77
GMMaghsoodloo, Parham2707GMKuybokarov, Temur2584
26
811
GMOparin, Grigoriy2681GMSethuraman, S.P.2598
24
923
GMParavyan, David2599GMSalem, A.R. Saleh2632
16
1015
GMAryan, Chopra26345GMShimanov, Aleksandr2566
31
1137
IMMakarian, Rudik254855GMVan Foreest, Jorden2707
8
129
GMNihal, Sarin269455GMFawzy, Adham2535
40
1341
GMYilmazyerli, Mert253355GMFedoseev, Vladimir2691
10
1414
GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.264955GMVignesh, N R2527
42
1549
GMIniyan, P251055GMVakhidov, Jakhongir2607
22
1625
GMJumabayev, Rinat258555IMPrraneeth, Vuppala2510
50
1727
GMPranav, V257955GMRaja, Rithvik R2495
54
1888
IMZou, Chen241855GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin2578
28
1959
GMAbdisalimov, Abdimalik248755GMAditya, Mittal2572
30
2035
GMKaidanov, Gregory255455IMVaishali, Rameshbabu2448
75

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