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Silver Lake Open R6: Nihal beats Petrosyan to take sole lead 5.5/6

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/06/2021

Nihal Sarin is very determined to hit top gear before he begins his FIDE World Cup 2021 campaign next month. He showcased his endgame prowess against Manuel Petrosyan in Round 6 of Silver Lake Open to take the sole lead 5.5/6. He will face IM Denis Makhnev in the next round. Both Raunak and Abhimanyu drew their respective games. Raunak along with three other players are in the title fray at 5.0/6 each. Harshit, Rakshitta and Isha won their respective games. Only three rounds left to go. Round 7 starts today at 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Raunak stays in the hunt

Nihal converted his minute advantage into a substantial one to beat one of Levon Aronian's second, Manuel Petrosyan. Raahil lost to Samvel Ter-Sahakyan who will face Raunak in the next round. Both Raunak and Abhimanyu Puranik drew their respective games.

Nihal Sarin scored a fantastic victory | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Nihal - Manuel: 1-0

Nihal converted his extra pawn advantage beautifully in the endgame against Manuel Petrosyan.

Position after 26...Bd7

Find out the correct plan for White in the above diagram.

Nihal Sarin is performing at Elo 2824 at Silver Lake Open | Video: Sagar Shah

Nihal played a fantastic endgame | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Sedlak - Raunak: 0.5-0.5

Raunak made a quick 11-move draw with GM Nikola Sedlak.

Raunak stays in the hunt 5.0/6 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Ter-Sahakyan - Raahil: 0-1

Raahil played inaccurately after his opponent GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan sacrificed a knight.

Position after 21...Qc5

Black needed to complete the development of the pieces. 22...Bb7 with the idea of 0-0-0 would have been better than the text. White recovered the piece eventually and the game was decided when Black missed a tactic and blundered a rook.

Samvel will face Raunak in the next round | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Stukan - Puranik: 0.5-0.5

FM Martin Stukan held GM Abhimanyu Puranik to a draw.

Abhimanyu is steadily moving ahead | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Toghrul Hasanzade lost to IM Harshit Raja | Photo: Rupali Mullick

CM Damjan Jandric lost to WIM Rakshitta Ravi | Photo: Rupali Mullick

WIM Isha Sharma defeated Uno Skonnord | Photo: Rupali Mullick

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Replay Round 6 games

Round 6 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
613
GMNihal Sarin26201 - 0GMPetrosyan Manuel2625
2
627
GMSedlak Nikola25194½ - ½GMSadhwani Raunak2555
6
631
GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel264441 - 04IMMullick Raahil2386
22
6425
FMStukan Martin23764½ - ½4GMPuranik Abhimanyu2589
4
61135
IMHasanzade Toghrul23170 - 1IMRaja Harshit2459
13
62564
CMJandric Damjan217530 - 13WIMRakshitta Ravi2190
58
63150
WIMSharma Isha22371 - 0Skonnord Uno2112
78
647123
Phatak Aanjaneya176920 - 12Konyves Almos2102
81
651114
Devnani Kush1855½ - ½Gagic Milan A2180
63
659107
Djordjevic Nevena19231 - 0Rajveer Pinkesh Nahar1598
131
63472
Anaishaa Pinkesh Nahar115521 - 02Veljkovic Varvara1621
49

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Round 7 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
7111
IMMakhnev Denis24805GMNihal Sarin2620
3
726
GMSadhwani Raunak255555GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel2644
1
754
GMPuranik Abhimanyu2589IMAgmanov Zhandos2404
18
7613
IMRaja Harshit2459GMSedlak Nikola2519
7
71022
IMMullick Raahil23864IMGovedarica Radovan2289
42
71358
WIMRakshitta Ravi219044GMAbramovic Bosko2334
28
71924
FMMilosevic Milos2377WIMSharma Isha2237
50
75191
Nemeth Zalan205522Devnani Kush1855
114
755101
Bozanic Jovan196122Phatak Aanjaneya1769
123
76198
Majoros Rozsa Evelin19971Rajveer Pinkesh Nahar1598
131
72852
Strbac Dusan157333Anaishaa Pinkesh Nahar1155
72

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