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Tepe Sigeman & Co 2022 R5: Arjun Erigaisi misses against Jorden van Foreest

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/05/2022

Arjun Erigaisi got a fantastic opportunity to beat Jorden van Foreest in the final moments of the endgame. The defending champion moved his knight at the wrong part of the board which allowed Arjun to bounce back but much to his chagrin, he was unable to spot it correctly. Hans Niemann continues his great form as he beat Alexei Shirov in the fifth round of 27th Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament. He is now a full point ahead of the field at 4.0/5. Sweden no.1 Nils Grandelius scored the other victory of the round against Salem Saleh who faltered in the endgame. Round 6 starts today at 3:00 p.m. CET (6:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Hans Niemann scores a hat-trick

Hans Niemann scored his third consecutive win and Nils Grandelius picked up his first win of the tournament. Just like the first round, fifth round also had two decisive games, both wins were with white pieces and on top two boards.

Arjun Erigaisi missed a great opportunity against Jorden van Foreest | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Niemann - Shirov: 1-0

Hans Niemann (USA, 2637) made a timely exchange sacrifice to prevent a loss of his pawn and his position getting disintegrated against Alexei Shirov (ESP, 2693).

Position after 25...Nf3

White is forced to play 26.Rxf3 here else the threat of Rxh2 would be devastating. 26...gxf3 White opted the interesting 27.Qc2 instead of the obvious Qxf3. 27...exd5 was played in the game. 27...cxd5 would have prevented Bf5. The game continued 28.Bf5 Qg5+ 29.Kb1 Qh6 30.Bd2 Rxh2 Shirov decided to sacrifice his queen

Position after 30...Rxh2

While the queen sacrifice is not incorrect, it did not add anything for Black. If anything, it only made things better for White. 30...Qf6 would have been a better continuation for Black. 31.Bxh6 Rxh1+ 32.Bc1 R8h2 the attack lacks enough venom 33.Bxd7+ Kb8 34.Nd1 Rxc2 35.Kxc2. White has two minor pieces for a rook, the f3-pawn is unable to get enough support to promote or at least manage to snag one of White's minor pieces. Rest was just a matter of time and technique which Hans had no trouble to convert into a full point.

Hans Niemann is in a terrific form | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Nils Grandelius (SWE) - Salem Saleh (UAE): 1-0 | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Jorden - Arjun: 0.5-0.5

Arjun Erigaisi (2675) got a great opportunity to beat the defending champion, Jorden van Foreest (NED, 2714) after the latter erred in the final moments of the endgame.

Position after 46.Nb6

46.Nf6 and Nf4 both keeps White in the game. However, 46.Nb6 allows Black to snatch the victory. What is the key difference? When the knight is at b6, Black can move his king towards his pawns with a tempo Kc7. Something which is not possible when the knight goes to f6 or f4.  Both 46...Bb1 and Kc7 are winning for Black because the move order does not make a huge difference here. 46...Bb1 47.Ke3 and now Black rushed into capturing the a2-pawn Bxa2. Black needed to activate his king 47...Kc7, the quintessential ethos of an endgame. White pounced on his opportunity to save the game 48.Kd4, thus closing the window of opportunity for Black.

Could Arjun Erigaisi have beaten the defending champion Jorden van Foreest? | Video: ChessBase India

Jorden van Foreest and Arjun Erigaisi analyze their game | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Hanna Sigeman making the first move on Hans Niemann and Alexei Shirov's board | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Round 5 in progress | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Malmo Live from the outside | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Time Control

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 5 results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMNiemann Hans Moke1 - 0GMShirov Alexei
GMGrandelius Nils1 - 0GMSalem A.R. Saleh
GMVan Foreest Jorden½ - ½GMErigaisi Arjun
GMAdams Michael½ - ½GMNavara David


Round 6 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMShirov AlexeiGMNavara David
GMErigaisi ArjunGMAdams Michael
GMSalem A.R. SalehGMVan Foreest Jorden
GMNiemann Hans MokeGMGrandelius Nils



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