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28th Abu Dhabi Masters 2022 R2-3: Arjun Erigaisi emerges sole leader

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/08/2022

Arjun Erigaisi outplayed Serbia no.1 Aleksandar Indjic to emerge sole leader at 28th Abu Dhabi Masters 2022. 26 players including 11 Indians are in pursuit at 2.5/3 each. IM Aditya Samant first drew with GM Nihal Sarin in Round 2 and then he defeated GM Abhijeet Gupta in the third round, after the latter made a simple miscalculation. IM Sammed Shete defeated GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM) with a masterful play in the endgame. He drew the next game against GM Sethuraman S P. Among the women, WIM Rucha Pujari and WIM Sakshi Chitlange picked up emphatic wins over IM Dushyant Sharma and IM Vardaan Nagpal respectively. Round 4 starts today at 5 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Abhijeet Gupta implodes against Aditya Samant

IM Aditya S Samant is a strong player and there is no doubt that he is a future grandmaster of India. After a draw with Nihal Sarin in the second round, he was up against GM Abhijeet Gupta. The five-time Commonwealth champion, made a simple calculation error and resigned in just 22 moves. MPL 31st National Under-18 Open champion, CM Soham Kamotra endured a really tough position and eventually seized his opportunity when Bangladesh no.1, GM Ziaur Rahman blundered in the final moments of the game.

One cannot afford to trifle with IM Aditya Samant | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Arjun Erigaisi defeated Aleksandar Indjic to become the sole leader 3/3 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

India now has five players above 2710 and in World top 35 | Source: 2700chess.com

Round 2: Hovhannisyan - Sammed: 0-1

IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete (2381) scored a nice win against GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM, 2599) by using his king in the endgame.

Position after 39...Ke3

Black brought his king all the way from g7 to e3. It definitely paid off in the end. It was certainly not an easy endgame to win for Black by any stretch of the imagination. However, the advancement of the king played a key role in earning the full point against Armenia no.10.

IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete used his king quite well in the endgame | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Rucha - Dushyant: 1-0

IM Dushyant Sharma (2406) went extremely wrong early in the middlegame against WIM Rucha Pujari (2229).

Position after 19...Kd7

Black overstretched his pawns 15...g4 16.Nd2 Nxg3 17.fxg3 Bxd3 18.Qxd3 Qd6 19.e4 Kd7 and we reach the above position. 20.0-0 Rbf8 21.exd5 Qxd5 22.Rf5 Qd6 24.Ne4 Qg6 25.Rf6 Qg8 26.Nc5+ and Black resigned in three more moves as there was an impending checkmate threat.

WIM Rucha Pujari defeated IM Dushyant Sharma comfortably | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Vardaan - Sakshi

Position after 26...Nxc4

White's position was already dwindling. 27.Rxc4 did not help his case bxc4 28.Be7 Rxe7 29.Qxe7 c3 and Black is now completely winning.

WIM Sakshi Chitlange continues her path towards 2300 and becoming India's next Woman Grandmaster | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Prraneeth Vuppalao - GM M Amin Tabatababei (IRI): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Aditya Samant - GM Nihal Sarin: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

CM Kushagra Mohan - GM Abhijeet Gupta: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

For more Round 2 photos, please click here.

Round 3: Arjun Erigaisi - Indjic: 1-0

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2689) scored a nice victory over Serbia no.1 GM Aleksandar Indjic (2613).

Posiion after 31.Bxc5

Both White and Black have color weaknesses for the obvious reasons. However, Black is in serious trouble as his king is more vulnerable than White's. Apart from the h3-pawn, both sides have their pawn on the same color as their bishop and the opposite of their color weaknesses. Arjun had no trouble converting his decisive advantage into a full point.

IM Sammed Shete continues his good form by making a solid draw with GM Sethuraman S P | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Abhijeet - Aditya Samant

Position after 19.Be3

GM Abhijeet Gupta had a momentary blindspot as he played 19.Be3 after Black took his knight 18...Bxg3. He was certainly hoping for d5 to regain his piece after the retreat of the g3-bishop. However, that does not work because Aditya found the intermediate move 19...Bc4 20.Qd2 Bb8 and now White has no way to recover the piece as d5 is no longer a fork/double attack. White resigned after two more moves.

Eric - Jobava

Position after 24.Bxf7

Black is completely winning here. Can you find the winning combination which Jobava executed in the game? It was a perfect bounce back after he lost his previous round game against Indonesia no.1 woman, IM Irine Kharisma Sukandar (2373). This position would certainly make it to the Clearance chapter in future chess books.

Jobava is Insane | Video: Eric Rosen

Tanmay - Vokhidov: 0.5-0.5

The new Olympiad Gold medalist, GM Shamisiddin Vokhidov (UZB, 2552) survived by the skin of his teeth against FM Tanmay Chopra (2337).

Position after 32...Ne5

Black blundered big time 32...Ne5. This is a prime example of overprotection going terribly wrong. The position was already doomed. 32...Ne5 just hastened the demise of Black's position. 33.Rxf5 gxf5 34.Qh7+ Kf8 and now 35.Ne6+ finishes things. Instead, he opted for 35.Qxf5. Black soon made another big mistake which gave White another opportunity to win, which he could not find and settled for a draw by repetition.

CM Soham Kamotra persevered a completely lost position and beat GM Ziaur Rahman (BAN) | Photo: Rupali Mullick

For more Round 3 photos, please click here.

A total of 148 players including 43 GMs, 35 IMs, 7 WGMs and 3 WIMs are taking part from 31 countries across the world including India. The tournament is being organized by Abu Dhabi Chess Club & Mind Games from 17th to 25th August 2022 at Abu Dhabi, UAE. The nine-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Replay Round 2-3 games

Round 3 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
312
GMTomashevsky Evgeny27022½ - ½2GMSadhwani Raunak2622
19
324
GMErigaisi Arjun268921 - 02GMIndjic Aleksandar2613
21
3522
GMKarthikeyan Murali26132½ - ½2GMAnton Guijarro David2668
9
3730
GMHarsha Bharathakoti25572½ - ½2GMNisipeanu Liviu-Dieter2644
13
3916
GMAryan Chopra26272½ - ½2GMIniyan P2556
31
31070
IMSammed Jaykumar Shete23812½ - ½2GMSethuraman S.P.2625
17
31248
IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh24570 - 1GMAmin Bassem2687
5
3136
GMRobson Ray26821 - 0CMPrraneeth Vuppala2464
45
31410
GMTabatabaei M. Amin2664½ - ½GMChanda Sandipan2458
47
31512
GMNihal Sarin26511 - 0GMZanan Evgeny2510
39
31614
GMGupta Abhijeet26310 - 1FMSamant Aditya S2430
55
31718
GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel2625½ - ½CMKushagra Mohan2426
59
31826
GMAdhiban B.25981 - 0IMPoormosavi Seyed Kian2404
64
320115
Sanket Chakravarty2275½ - ½GMGagare Shardul2521
35
321131
IMManish Anto Cristiano F2215½ - ½IMDavtyan Artur2520
37
32238
GMArjun Kalyan25131 - 0WIMPujari Rucha2229
126
32374
WGMVantika Agrawal237110 - 11GMPredke Alexandr2692
3
32475
IMAjay Krishna S23671½ - ½1GMHovhannisyan Robert2599
25
32783
Panda Sambit234610 - 11GMMendonca Leon Luke2571
29
32887
FMTanmay Chopra23371½ - ½1GMVokhidov Shamsiddin2552
33

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Round 4 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
412
GMTomashevsky Evgeny27023GMErigaisi Arjun2689
4
4322
GMKarthikeyan Murali2613GMRobson Ray2682
6
4531
GMIniyan P2556GMSalem A.R. Saleh2679
8
469
GMAnton Guijarro David2668GMAdhiban B.2598
26
4711
GMMareco Sandro2657GMHarsha Bharathakoti2557
30
4823
GMHakobyan Aram2612GMNihal Sarin2651
12
41015
GMSindarov Javokhir2629GMArjun Kalyan2513
38
41155
FMSamant Aditya S2430GMAryan Chopra2627
16
41217
GMSethuraman S.P.2625GMHarutyunyan Tigran K.2524
34
41319
GMSadhwani Raunak2622IMSukandar Irine Kharisma2373
72
4143
GMPredke Alexandr26922IMSammed Jaykumar Shete2381
70
4151
GMWang Hao273522IMDas Arghyadip2446
52
41659
CMKushagra Mohan242622GMTabatabaei M. Amin2664
10
41821
GMIndjic Aleksandar261322IMNitish Belurkar2416
60
41927
GMJobava Baadur258522IMPranesh M2404
65
42069
GMLaxman R.R.238122GMKuybokarov Temur2583
28
42129
GMMendonca Leon Luke257122IMMohammad Fahad Rahman2401
66
42235
GMGagare Shardul252122FMRohith Krishna S2358
78
42337
IMDavtyan Artur252022Sanket Chakravarty2275
115
42443
IMVignesh N R246722CMSoham Kamotra2251
123

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