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Silver Lake Open R2-3: Nihal and Raunak score a hat-trick

by Shahid Ahmed - 25/06/2021

Nihal Sarin made a quick work of his opponent CM A Topalov in just 19 moves in the second round before battling against compatriot IM Raahil Mullick in Round 3 of Silver Lake Open 2021. Raahil played the endgame incorrectly against the Asian Continental Blitz 2019 champion and lost the game. Raunak Sadhwani won both of his rounds tactically after his opponents blundered a piece before resigning their respective games. Both Nihal and Raunak are now among the leaders 3.0/3 each respectively. IM Harshit Raja and GM Abhimanyu Puranik are also undefeated as they scored 2.5/3. Round 4 starts today at 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Nihal beats A Topalov

Nihal and Raunak are the two Indians among the seven players who are in the lead 3.0/3. Both of them scored two fine victories in Round 2 and 3 respectively. IM Harshit Raja and GM Abhimanyu Puranik are also unbeaten, and they are in the hunt 2.5/3.

Nihal is the only player among top five seeds to have 3.0/3 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Round 2: Nihal - A Topalov: 1-0

Nihal made a short work of CM Aleksandar Topalov in just 19 moves.

Position after 13...Bxe5

Black went for a chain exchange 13...Bxe5. Instead, 13...dxe4 would have been just fine. Nihal did not take the bishop because it does not help White's position. He played 14.Nc5

Position after 17...e5

In an already difficult position, Black worsened things 17...e5. After 18.fxe5 Black can neither recapture with the bishop nor the rook because 18.Nb3 is there and that is what Black fell for 18...Rxe5 and 19.Nb3 Black resigned.

Nihal beats Topalov | Video: Sagar Shah

Nihal scored a quick victory against A Topalov | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Klasan - Raunak: 0-1

IM Vladimir Kasan miscalculated to launch an attack by sacrificing his bishop and it did not work. Raunak easily defended his king and won the game.

Position after 33.Bxg4

33.Bxg4 works provided after 33...Qxg4, White plays 34.Qxc2. However, Klasan went for 33.Qxf7+ Kh8 and Black is doing absolutely fine, White cannot continue the attack.

Raunak is very alert tactically | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Zhukenov - Harshit: 0-1

IM Harshit Raja utilized his well coordinated pieces and made a right breakthrough in the endgame to score a victory.

Position after 30.Kf2

Find out the correct continuation for Black in the above diagram.

Harshit Raja moved to 2.0/2 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Round 3: Raahil - Nihal: 0-1

IM Raahil Mullick went for a passive defence of his weak isolated pawn against Nihal.

Position after 31.Ra2

White needed to play 31.Nb2 Ra5 and drop the a3-pawn only when Black doubled them on a-file. In the game White was forced to exchange both rooks on a3 and eventually lose the unprotected kingside pawn, resulting in Black having two passed pawns on two flanks which became insurmountable.

Raahil Mullick vs Nihal Sarin | Positional understanding in the French Winawer | Video: ChessBase India

Raunak - Arsovic: 1-0

IM Goran Arsovic made a simple tactical error in an already difficult position and lost material against Raunak.

Position after 26...Rd2

Find out why 26...Rd2 is a blunder.

Raunak Sadhwani is one of the leader 3.0/3 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Harshit - Kowalski: 0.5-0.5

Harshit had an interesting draw with FM Igor Kowalski.

IM Harshit Raja 2.5/3 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

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Replay Round 2 and 3 games

Round 2 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
3222
IMMullick Raahil238620 - 12GMNihal Sarin2620
3
336
GMSadhwani Raunak255521 - 02IMArsovic Goran2381
23
3713
IMRaja Harshit24592½ - ½2FMKowalski Igor2322
32
31158
WIMRakshitta Ravi219020 - 12IMAgmanov Zhandos2404
18
3134
GMPuranik Abhimanyu25891 - 0FMKalogeris Ioannis2307
38
33485
WFMNurmanova Alua209310 - 11WIMSharma Isha2237
50
339114
Devnani Kush185510 - 11De Vleeschauwer Maarten2198
57
34365
FMEfremov Vladislav217311 - 01Phatak Aanjaneya1769
123
355131
Rajveer Pinkesh Nahar1598½0 - 10CMKanov Nikola2140
70
33450
Tomic Stefan160411 - 01Anaishaa Pinkesh Nahar1155
72

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Round 3 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
3222
IMMullick Raahil238620 - 12GMNihal Sarin2620
3
336
GMSadhwani Raunak255521 - 02IMArsovic Goran2381
23
3713
IMRaja Harshit24592½ - ½2FMKowalski Igor2322
32
31158
WIMRakshitta Ravi219020 - 12IMAgmanov Zhandos2404
18
3134
GMPuranik Abhimanyu25891 - 0FMKalogeris Ioannis2307
38
33485
WFMNurmanova Alua209310 - 11WIMSharma Isha2237
50
339114
Devnani Kush185510 - 11De Vleeschauwer Maarten2198
57
34365
FMEfremov Vladislav217311 - 01Phatak Aanjaneya1769
123
355131
Rajveer Pinkesh Nahar1598½0 - 10CMKanov Nikola2140
70
33450
Tomic Stefan160411 - 01Anaishaa Pinkesh Nahar1155
72

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Round 4 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
413
GMNihal Sarin262033GMSadikhov Ulvi2490
9
4218
IMAgmanov Zhandos240433GMSadhwani Raunak2555
6
4614
IMBoskovic Drasko2451GMPuranik Abhimanyu2589
4
41036
IMMarkovic Zoran S2315IMRaja Harshit2459
13
41350
WIMSharma Isha223722GMAbergel Thal2420
17
41556
FMToncheva Nadya220122IMMullick Raahil2386
22
41623
IMArsovic Goran238122WIMRakshitta Ravi2190
58
44870
CMKanov Nikola214011Devnani Kush1855
114
451123
Phatak Aanjaneya176911Rolic Gojko2118
75
463113
Muskinja Luka1876½½Rajveer Pinkesh Nahar1598
131
43672
Anaishaa Pinkesh Nahar115511Andric Nikola1511
54

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