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Aeroflot R06: Vaibhav Suri stuns top seed Vladislav Artemiev

by Satanick Mukhuty - 25/02/2020

India's Vaibhav Suri became the one to pull off the big stunner in round six of Aeroflot Open 2020 by defeating none other than the event's top seed Vladislav Artemiev of Russia. With four draws in the last five rounds, Vaibhav was having a somewhat lacklustre tournament, but with this one redeeming victory he has now successfully broken into the top ten on the leaderboard. Elsewhere, the 16-year-old Arjun Erigaisi too delivered a power-packed performance beating the strong Armenian Grandmaster Haik M. Martirosyan, while Bharath Subramaniyam managed to hold his own in a tense battle against the winner of this year's Gibraltar Masters David Paravyan. We bring an illustrated report.

Rauf Mamedov continues to lead the Aeroflot Open 2020 with an unbeaten score of 5.0/6 points. Sanan Sjugirov, Mustafa Yılmaz, and Manuel Petrosyan are the three players who constitute the chasing pack and follow him closely just half a point behind. Among the Indians, there are now five players led by the young Bharath Subramaniyam on 4.0/5 each. Vaibhav Suri and Arjun Erigaisi are notably the ones who have climbed up the leaderboard. While Vaibhav outplayed the top seed Vladislav Artemiev in the sixth round, Arjun impressed by beating the strong 2630-rated Armenian Haik M. Martirosyan. 

Vaibhav Suri in action against the Russian phenom Vladislav Artemiev | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Arjun Erigaisi started off the tournament with a shock defeat against IM Olga Badelka but has recovered well since then with a series of compelling performances | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Vaibhav took charge in the game out of the opening itself. This was a classical Sicilian and Artemiev looked completely off colour with the black pieces. The Indian made good use of his superior activity and managed to cleanly liquidate into a winning ending with two passers on the queenside.

Arjun, on the other hand, edged out Haik in a complicated middlegame. It was a Sicilian once again but the Indian youngster wielded the black pieces and found creative ways to make use of the open file that his opponent carelessly conceded.

Bharath Subramaniyam proved his mettle once again by holding his own against David Paravyan. This was a complex melee where fortunes changed hands more than once and in the end the Russian decided to even out things with a perpetual | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Results of round six

Bo.No.NameFEDRtgPts. ResultPts. NameFEDRtgNo.
140GMPetrosyan Manuel ARM25904 ½ - ½ GMMamedov Rauf AZE264311
24GMSjugirov Sanan RUS2674 1 - 0 GMZvjaginsev Vadim RUS262321
326GMSmirin Ilia ISR2615 ½ - ½ GMSarana Alexey RUS26565
46GMAdhiban B. IND2654 ½ - ½ GMSavchenko Boris RUS257344
58GMJumabayev Rinat KAZ2646 ½ - ½ GMAleksandrov Aleksej BLR259238
629GMYilmaz Mustafa TUR2607 1 - 0 GMRiazantsev Alexander RUS263913
743GMIdani Pouya IRI2577 ½ - ½ GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND263015
896IMBharath Subramaniyam H IND2402 ½ - ½ GMParavyan David RUS262917
910GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek UZB26443 ½ - ½ GMAntipov Mikhail Al. RUS256248
1039GMVaibhav Suri IND25913 1 - 03 GMArtemiev Vladislav RUS27281

Standings after round six

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 
111GMMamedov RaufAZE26435,032569
24GMSjugirov SananRUS26744,532589
329GMYilmaz MustafaTUR26074,532535
440GMPetrosyan ManuelARM25904,522580
596IMBharath Subramaniyam HU18IND24024,032624
671IMSuleymanli AydinU18AZE24744,032616
739GMVaibhav SuriIND25914,032590
85GMSarana AlexeyRUS26564,032588
938GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR25924,032583
1043GMIdani PouyaIRI25774,032582
116GMAdhiban B.IND26544,032575
123GMMaghsoodloo ParhamIRI26744,032567
1315GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.IND26304,032551
1417GMParavyan DavidRUS26294,032548
158GMJumabayev RinatKAZ26464,032537
1646GMErigaisi ArjunU18IND25634,032490
1723GMZhou JianchaoCHN26224,032485
1844GMSavchenko BorisRUS25734,032484
1948GMAntipov Mikhail Al.RUS25624,032483
2026GMSmirin IliaISR26154,022550

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