Tepe Sigeman & Co 2022 R2: Arjun Erigaisi outplays Salem, now World no.51
Arjun Erigaisi ensured his opponent UAE no.1 does not get into his familiar territory, which is to play attacking chess. He beautifully maneuvered his pieces and did not let the sharp player express his creativity. Eventually, he had to sacrifice an exchange in order to create an escape for his trapped knight. Czech Republic no.1 David Navara made a beautiful queen sacrifice which was thwarted by the American prodigy, Hans Niemann. The game ended in a draw. Michael Adams (ENG) and Alexei Shirov (ESP) drew with Nils Grandelius (SWE) and Jorden van Foreest (NED). Round 3 starts today at 3:00 p.m. CET (6:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022
Arjun Erigaisi gains early sole lead
Round 2 witnessed only one decisive game. Thus, it allowed Arjun Erigaisi to gain an early sole lead 2.0/2. Arjun will face 55th Capablanca Memorial Elite winner, Hans Niemann (USA) in Round 3.
Arjun - Salem: 1-0
Arjun Erigaisi (2675) did not allow Salem Saleh (UAE, 2690) to play his natural game, which is to play attacking chess. Instead, he outplayed his opponent with positional play.
White gets complete control of the position after 23.Nd5. He slowly improved his position and soon trapped his opponent's knight.
The only way to get out of this was 36...Ra4 37.Bb3 Rxe4 38.Qf5. Black decided to give up an exchange 38...Rxe3 39.Rxe3 now White is completely winning.
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).
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Round 2 results
|1||8||2695||GM||Shirov Alexei||½ - ½||GM||Van Foreest Jorden||2715||5|
|2||6||2698||GM||Adams Michael||½ - ½||GM||Grandelius Nils||2635||4|
|3||7||2682||GM||Navara David||½ - ½||GM||Niemann Hans Moke||2656||3|
|4||1||2675||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||1 - 0||GM||Salem A.R. Saleh||2690||2|
Round 3 pairings
|1||2||2690||GM||Salem A.R. Saleh||GM||Shirov Alexei||2695||8|
|2||3||2656||GM||Niemann Hans Moke||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||2675||1|
|3||4||2635||GM||Grandelius Nils||GM||Navara David||2682||7|
|4||5||2715||GM||Van Foreest Jorden||GM||Adams Michael||2698||6|
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)