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Tata Steel Chess Rapid R4-6: The Arjun Erigaisi day

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/11/2021

It was not Arjun's birthday, but the way he played, it can easily be called 'The Arjun Erigaisi day' as he scored a hat-trick, gained sole lead and beat former US champion Sam Shankland in just 19 moves. In case you missed it, yesterday he won a game in just 17 moves. This just shows his preparation, strength and consistency. He is now a full point ahead of his competition, 5.0/6. Praggnanandhaa and Aronian are at 4.0/6 each. He will face Adhiban, Vidit and Aronian in the final three games tomorrow. Arjun vs. Aronian is something everyone is waiting for with bated breath. Round 7 starts tomorrow at 2 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Praggnanandhaa is still unbeaten

Arjun Erigaisi is playing like a man on a mission who has no desire to slow down. Why would he? When he is playing this good. He should aim for the maximum by swinging for the fences. Who knows a triumph of the Rapid event may land him the 14th spot in the Tata Steel Chess Masters 2022 as it is still not revealed and remains a mystery.

Arjun Erigaisi inches closer towards his career's biggest triumph | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Round 4: Liem - Aronian: 1-0

We all remember Aronian and Liem having a cracker of a game this past summer at Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Chessable Masters Semifinals. This time also they did not. It was a back and forth game, a delight for a spectator and chess enthusiasts.

Position after 31.Bg3

White's first big mistake was 31.Bg3 as it allows 31...d3 and 32...d2.

Position after 40...Ng1

40...Ng1 allowed White an opportunity to get back in the game 41.h3 Ndf3 42.Qd5+ and Black made a big mistake in the next few moves.

Position after 44...Bd6

As the maestro Vishy Anand described, the game truly had a study-like finish as 44...Bd6 cost Aronian his first loss of the event and he lost the lead. Find out why it is a blunder and what Black should have played instead.

Liem had a rollercoaster of a game against Aronian | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Parham - Vidit: 0.5-0.5

Parham and Vidit had an entertaining draw in which the four-knight endgame lasted for 40 moves before Parham had to give up his knight for Vidit's passed pawn.

Analysis position after 87.Nd3

Anand was hoping for White to play 87.Nd3 as it's a 'knight fork' which leads to a tablebase draw. Unfortunately White did not play it, however the outcome remained unchanged.

What a delightful draw | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Praggnanandhaa - Adhiban: 1-0

Anand in the post-match press conference mentioned, Pragg playing the 'move of the tournament' in this game against Adhiban.

Position after 20...a6

20...a6 was a blunder as 21.Qh7+ Kf8 22.Bd6+ simply finishes the game for Black as White has a crushing attack.

Position after 24.Qh2

They say, the hardest game to win is a won game. Well, not if your name is Praggnanandhaa, then you make excellent moves, and it delights the legend, Vishy Anand. 24.Qh2 is definitely one which should make it to the chess books in the years to come.

Praggmatic victory against 'The Beast' featuring the move of the day | Video: ChessBase India

Vaishali - Arjun: 0-1

Vaishali was playing well against Arjun until she made a mistake in the rook ending.

Position after 51.Kf6

51.a5 Ra3 continues the fight, and it probably should have ended in a draw. However, 51.Kf6 completely gives Black a decisive advantage as the king goes far away from the action point after 51...Rb6+. Arjun took a little longer to finish, in the end he won the winning queen endgame where he showcased his endgame technique.

Vaishali's results may not reflect it, but she is playing some excellent chess | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Round 5: Arjun - Liem: 1-0

What does it take to beat a former World Blitz champion? You have to be absolutely precise in finding your opponent's mistakes and make the most out of it. That is exactly what Arjun did.

Position after 20...Rfe8

20...Rfe8 invites trouble after 21.Be4 Qb5 22.Bxb7 Qxb7 23.f5 Qd5 24.f6 and it would not be an understatement to say it's game over for Black. Computer prefers 25.Qh6, although the text works just as much. Black blundered again and this time it was a point of no return, Arjun wrapped up the game comfortably.

Arjun Erigaisi beats Le Quang Liem to take sole lead 4.0/5 | Video: ChessBase India

Shankland - Vaishali: 1-0

Shankland was cruising towards a victory until he made a mistake which completely turned things in Vaishali's favor. Much to her chagrin, she missed her opportunity.

Position after 25.a6

Find out how Black could have completely turned things around after 25.a6.

Round 6: Liem - Parham: 0-1

If you are looking for an example of how quickly tables can turn in a game, the following case is a perfect one:

Position after 49...b3+

The position after 49...b3+ looks like White should win this. A careful examination reveals that it is far from over. After 50.Kc3, it is 50...b2 which saves the day for Black. Isn't it mind-blowing? After a few mutual errors, it was Parham who walked away with a full point. No wonder, Anand had a delightful day as a spectator.

The former World Junior champion won the game in his typical style | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Arjun - Shankland: 1-0

Arjun scored his fourth win in-a-row, in just 19 moves against Shankland.

Position after 12...Bxe5

12...Bxe5 only further worsens Black's already cramped position. 13.dxe5 g6 14.0-0 Nc5 15.Rac1 a5 16.Qh4 and it's just over for Black.

Arjun deserves to be delighted with the way he has played the tournament so far | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Photo Gallery

First move is being made on Parham-Vidit's board | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Families stick together - Praggnanandhaa and Vaishali... | Photo: Lennart Ootes

...Vidit and Vedika | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Sam Shankland scored 50% again and he is at 50% score too | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Tania, Arjun and Sagar having a great time during the analysis | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Some clips to watch

Replay Round 4-6 games

Round 4-6 results

Round 4 on 2021/11/18 at 1400 h
Bo.No.FEDRtg NameResultName FEDRtgNo.
110VIE2715
GMLe Quang Liem1 - 0GMAronian Levon
ARM27617
28IRI2516
GMMaghsoodloo Parham½ - ½GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi
IND26396
39IND1821
GMPraggnanandhaa R1 - 0GMAdhiban B.
IND26265
41IND2388
GMKarthikeyan Murali½ - ½GMShankland Sam
USA26474
52IND2210
WGMVaishali R0 - 1GMErigaisi Arjun
IND23233
Round 5 on 2021/11/18 at 1530 h
Bo.No.FEDRtg NameResultName FEDRtgNo.
13IND2323
GMErigaisi Arjun1 - 0GMLe Quang Liem
VIE271510
24USA2647
GMShankland Sam1 - 0WGMVaishali R
IND22102
35IND2626
GMAdhiban B.½ - ½GMKarthikeyan Murali
IND23881
46IND2639
GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi½ - ½GMPraggnanandhaa R
IND18219
57ARM2761
GMAronian Levon½ - ½GMMaghsoodloo Parham
IRI25168
Round 6 on 2021/11/18 at 1700 h
Bo.No.FEDRtg NameResultName FEDRtgNo.
110VIE2715
GMLe Quang Liem0 - 1GMMaghsoodloo Parham
IRI25168
29IND1821
GMPraggnanandhaa R½ - ½GMAronian Levon
ARM27617
31IND2388
GMKarthikeyan Murali½ - ½GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi
IND26396
42IND2210
WGMVaishali R½ - ½GMAdhiban B.
IND26265
53IND2323
GMErigaisi Arjun1 - 0GMShankland Sam
USA26474

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Round 7-9 pairings

Round 7 on 2021/11/19 at 1400 h
Bo.No.FEDRtg NameResultName FEDRtgNo.
14USA2647
GMShankland SamGMLe Quang Liem
VIE271510
25IND2626
GMAdhiban B.GMErigaisi Arjun
IND23233
36IND2639
GMVidit Santosh GujrathiWGMVaishali R
IND22102
47ARM2761
GMAronian LevonGMKarthikeyan Murali
IND23881
58IRI2516
GMMaghsoodloo ParhamGMPraggnanandhaa R
IND18219
Round 8 on 2021/11/19 at 1530 h
Bo.No.FEDRtg NameResultName FEDRtgNo.
110VIE2715
GMLe Quang LiemGMPraggnanandhaa R
IND18219
21IND2388
GMKarthikeyan MuraliGMMaghsoodloo Parham
IRI25168
32IND2210
WGMVaishali RGMAronian Levon
ARM27617
43IND2323
GMErigaisi ArjunGMVidit Santosh Gujrathi
IND26396
54USA2647
GMShankland SamGMAdhiban B.
IND26265
Round 9 on 2021/11/19 at 1700 h
Bo.No.FEDRtg NameResultName FEDRtgNo.
15IND2626
GMAdhiban B.GMLe Quang Liem
VIE271510
26IND2639
GMVidit Santosh GujrathiGMShankland Sam
USA26474
37ARM2761
GMAronian LevonGMErigaisi Arjun
IND23233
48IRI2516
GMMaghsoodloo ParhamWGMVaishali R
IND22102
59IND1821
GMPraggnanandhaa RGMKarthikeyan Murali
IND23881

Details

Standings after Round 6

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
13
GMErigaisi ArjunIND23235,00,012,5051
29
GMPraggnanandhaa RIND18214,00,511,7520
37
GMAronian LevonARM27614,00,511,0032
46
GMVidit Santosh GujrathiIND26393,50,08,5022
54
GMShankland SamUSA26473,00,07,5021
68
GMMaghsoodloo ParhamIRI25163,00,07,2522
71
GMKarthikeyan MuraliIND23883,00,06,0010
810
GMLe Quang LiemVIE27152,50,06,5021
92
WGMVaishali RwIND22101,00,52,5000
105
GMAdhiban B.IND26261,00,52,0000

Details

Tata Steel Chess India 2021 Rapid Round 4-6 | Live commentary by IM Tania Sachdev, IM Sagar Shah and Samay Raina | Video: ChessBase India

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