Tepe Sigeman & Co 2022 R1: Arjun Erigaisi beats Shirov, now World no.58
Arjun Erigaisi scored a fiery win agaianst Alexei Shirov (ESP) in the first round of TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022. This win moved him three places up in the live ratings. Thus he is now World no.58. Salem Saleh (UAE) was the only other victor of the round. He defeated Czech Republic no.1 David Navara in his typical fashion of a great display of attack. Arjun will face the UAE no.1 in the second round. Hans Niemann (USA) and Nils Grandelius (SWE) drew with Michael Adams (ENG) and defending champion Jorden van Foreest (NED) respectively. Round 2 starts today at 3:00 p.m. CET (6:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022
An exciting start
Round 1 witnessed 50% decisive games. Both games were absolutely exciting. Both winners of the first round will face each other in the second round.
Arjun - Shirov: 1-0
It is well-known that the Botvinnik System in the Semi-Slav produces sharp games. The encounter between Arjun Erigaisi (2675) and Alexei Shirov (ESP, 2695) was no less, either.
White arrived at a completely winning position within 30 moves. Despite Black being ahead by a pawn, the b5-pawn combined with the bishop at c6 is making things extremely difficult for the black king. 29...a3 was played here. 30.Rxd8+ Kxd8 31.Qd3+ Qd4 32.Qxa3 would have been a quicker win for White. Or 30...Qxd8 31.h6 is also winning. The game continued 30.Ra2 Qc3 31.h6 Rh8 now White found a beautiful backward move 32.Qd1!
White won the game in another nine moves.
90 minutes for 40 moves and then 30 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move (Malmö rules-no draws before move 40).
Replay Round 1 games
Round 1 results
|1||1||2675||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||1 - 0||GM||Shirov Alexei||2695||8|
|2||2||2690||GM||Salem A.R. Saleh||1 - 0||GM||Navara David||2682||7|
|3||3||2656||GM||Niemann Hans Moke||½ - ½||GM||Adams Michael||2698||6|
|4||4||2635||GM||Grandelius Nils||½ - ½||GM||Van Foreest Jorden||2715||5|
Round 2 pairings
|1||8||2695||GM||Shirov Alexei||GM||Van Foreest Jorden||2715||5|
|2||6||2698||GM||Adams Michael||GM||Grandelius Nils||2635||4|
|3||7||2682||GM||Navara David||GM||Niemann Hans Moke||2656||3|
|4||1||2675||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||GM||Salem A.R. Saleh||2690||2|
3rd - 8th May - 3 p.m. CET (6:30 p.m. IST), 7th May - 2 p.m. CET (5:30 p.m. IST).
9th May - 12 p.m. CET (3:30 p.m. IST)