Serbia Open R2-3: Pranav V holds Raunak to a draw
Nine players including the top seed of the event, Fedoseev is in the lead with a 100% score at the conclusion of Round 3 at Serbia Open 2021. The other leaders are - Asadli, Kovalenko, Petrosyan, Shevchenko, Indjic, Basso, Serbian GM Bogosavljevic and the only IM among them Ozenir from Turkey. Among the Indians, Nihal, Arjun, Raunak and Pranav are at 2.5/3 each respectively. Pranav has so far delivered an impressive performance. He beat IM Marko Nenezic in Round 2 and had a good opportunity against GM Raunak Sadhwani in Round 3, but eventually made a draw. Round 4 starts today at 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick
Nihal, Arjun, Raunak and Pranav in pursuit
Nihal, Arjun, Raunak and Pranav are at 2.5/3 each respectively. Untitled Pranav V played fantastic against GM Raunak Sadhwani, got a good position but he was unable to go for the risky correct line. He took a cautious approach, which cost him a half point.
Round 2: Nihal - Rithvik: 1-0
IM Raja Rithvik R fell for a well-known trap in the English opening.
It is tempting to take the f2-pawn but a careful calculation reveals that it is a poison-pawn. 10...Nfg4 would have been a better continuation for Black. White won the game in another twelve moves.
Rozen - Arjun: 0-1
Arjun Erigaisi was worse for the better part of the game against IM Eytan Rozen (ISR). He waited for his opportunity and then struck.
43.Rb7 completely disregards Black's plans. Find out the best continuation for Black.
Raunak - Raahil: 1-0
Raunak Sadhwani outplayed IM Raahil Mullick after the latter made some inaccurate positional decisions.
24...Kh8 actually does not help Black's case, since White gets a tempo 25.Bc4. After 25...Rf8 26.Rd1 Rce8 27.Rcd2 Bf4 28. Rd7, White invades to the seventh rank. 24...Nf6 would have been a better idea to bring the knight back into action.
Iskandarov - Vardaan: 0-1
IM Vardaan Nagpal was completely winning against GM Misratdin Iskandarov.
Black decided to repeat moves by giving checks on h3 and h2, probably due to time trouble. However, there was a way for Black to go for a win. Find out how.
Nenezic - Pranav: 0-1
Pranav had a difficult position for the better part of the middlegame against IM Marko Nenezic (SRB). He endured it and waited for his opponent to make a mistake.
Find out why 48.Ne6 is a mistake and what White should have played instead to regain his advantage. Pranav showed fantastic understanding and seized the opportunity to score a win.
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Round 3: Arnaudov - Nihal: 0.5-0.5
Nihal had a hard-fought draw with GM Petar Arnaudov G (BUL).
Arjun - Boskovic: 0.5-0.5
Arjun Erigaisi defended well in a rook vs. rook and bishop endgame. Before that, he was in a bit of a trouble.
The game went on 38...b3 39.exf7+ Rxf7 40.Qxg6 Qf6 and White got away by trading queens. Instead Black could have played 38...Qa6+ and make things difficult for White.
Pranav - Raunak: 0.5-0.5
Pranav had a fantastic opportunity against Raunak in the middlegame.
White needed to play 18.f4 here to take advantage of Black's displaced king as well as both knighets stranded on the same f-file. Instead, a cautious play 18.Qc2 h4 19.Rfe1 diminished all advantage.
Puranik - Yankelevich: 0.5-0.5
Abhimanyu Puranik had a half chance in the endgame against IM Lev Yankelevich (GER).
White needed to play 24.dxc5 here to go for a win but Abhimanyu opted for 24.c4 and the game eventually ended in a draw.
Here are a couple of interesting finishes from Round 2 and 3