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Satty Zhuldyz Rapid and Blitz 2023: Arjun Ergaisi increases his sole lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 25/04/2023

Arjun Erigaisi did not have the best start in the Blitz event of Satty Zhuldyz 2023. He scored only 2/5 in the first five games, winning only two and losing three. The India no.1 in Blitz recovered scoring 5/6 to finish the first day of Blitz with a 7/11 score. He missed a few wins and then won some games which could have gone either way. The most impressive performance of the day was by the World Blitz 2022 Bronze medalist, Haik Martirosyan. The Armenian scored an unbeaten 9/11. He set the tone of the day by winning against Arjun in the very first round of the day. Arjun is currently leading the tournament 16.5/20, followed by Levon Aronian 14.5/20 and then Haik 13.5/20. Blitz Round 12 starts today at 2 p.m. local time, 1:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Haik Martirosyan scores an impressive 9.0/11 and remains undefeated

The two point lead in an eleven-round Blitz final day may not seem much, as we all know anything can happen in Blitz. Arjun will start the day for the third time in this event, against Haik Martirosyan. Although he might be three points behind, Arjun must-win this game to make sure his chances of catching up reduces drastically by minimizing his momentum.

GM Arjun Erigaisi defeated GM Boris Gelfand in Round 7 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 1: A Rollercoaster start

The first game between GM Arjun Erigaisi (2737) and GM Haik Martirosyan (ARM, 2770) could have had any of the three results. Eventually it went towards Haik's favor.

Full game: Arjun Erigaisi vs Haik Martirosyan (ARM) | Video: ChessBase India

GM Haik Martirosya (ARM) won Bronze in World Blitz and he is World no.12 Blitz for a reason | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 3: Blunder in the opening

World no.1 among women, GM Yifan Hou (CHN, 2601) blundered as early as move no.8. GM Arjun Erigaisi seized his advantage and went on to win his second game in-a-row.

When the world no.1 blunders on move no.8 - Arjun Erigaisi vs Yifan Hou | Video: ChessBase India

GM Arjun Erigaisi got a winning position within the first ten moves against GM Yifan Hou (CHN) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
India no.1 vs World no. 5 - Levon Aronian vs Arjun Erigaisi | Video: ChessBase India
Levon Aronian vs Alexander Grischuk | Video: ChessBase India

For more Blitz Round 1-11 photos, please click here.

A Grand Simul with Satty Zhuldyz Rapid and Blitz participants | Video: ChessBase India
Satty Zhuldyz 2023 Blitz Round 1-11 Live commentary by IM and WGM Jovanka Houska, FM James Canty | Video: ChessBase India

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Blitz Round 11 results

162737GMErigaisi, Arjun1 - 0GMLagno, Kateryna250812
272770GMMartirosyan, Haik M.½ - ½GMAronian, Levon28095
382591GMSindarov, Javokhir1 - 0GMKramnik, Vladimir27124
492601GMHou, Yifan0 - 1GMKeymer, Vincent26513
5102727GMGrischuk, Alexander½ - ½GMGelfand, Boris26012
6112568GMVakhidov, Jakhongir½ - ½IMAssaubayeva, Bibisara24401


Blitz standings after Round 11

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
17GMMartirosyan, Haik M.ARM27709048,257
23GMKeymer, VincentGER26518036,757
36GMErigaisi, ArjunIND27377032,256
45GMAronian, LevonUSA28096,5132,254
58GMSindarov, JavokhirUZB25916,5028,756
610GMGrischuk, AlexanderRUS27276028,254
711GMVakhidov, JakhongirUZB25684,51,526,502
82GMGelfand, BorisISR26014,51,523,250
912GMLagno, KaterynaRUS25084,51,519,753
104GMKramnik, VladimirRUS27124,51,518,003
119GMHou, YifanCHN26013013,001
121IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ24402010,500


Blitz Round 12 pairings

1122508GMLagno, KaterynaIMAssaubayeva, Bibisara24401
2112568GMVakhidov, JakhongirGMGelfand, Boris26012
3102727GMGrischuk, AlexanderGMKeymer, Vincent26513
492601GMHou, YifanGMKramnik, Vladimir27124
582591GMSindarov, JavokhirGMAronian, Levon28095
672770GMMartirosyan, Haik M.GMErigaisi, Arjun27376



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