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Yangyi Yu dominates Alef Super Stars 2023, Nihal Sarin second

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/12/2023

Yangyi Yu (CHN) won Alef Super Stars 2023 convincingly. He scored 56/84 to become the winner of the triathlon. Nihal Sarin won the Blitz segment scoring 16/24. Thus, taking his final score to 45/84. Salem Saleh (UAE) scored 11/24 in the Blitz to finish third with an overall 38/84, followed by Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) 33/84. Nihal gained 16.4 Blitz Elo rating points, taking his live rating to 2705.4. He is now World no. 25 in the live ratings. Nihal made a good finish. It will certainly help him to carry this momentum into World Rapid and Blitz which starts in the last week of this month in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

Nihal tops the Blitz event

Champion - GM Yangyi Yu (CHN) 56/84
Yangyi Yu on his dominating performance at the Alef Super Stars 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

Runner-up - GM Nihal Sarin 45/84
I am quite satisfied with my performance - GM Nihal Sarin | Video: ChessBase India

Second Runner-up - GM Salem Saleh (UAE) 38/84
You need to speak chess yourself and not through someone - Salem Saleh | Video: ChessBase India

4th GM Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) 33/84
Garry Kasparov's style of playing is really impressive - Sanan Sjugirov | Video: ChessBase India

The top four finishers (L to R): 4th GM Sanan Sjugirov (HUN), 2nd GM Nihal Sarin, 1st GM Yangyi Yu (CHN) and 3rd GM Salem Saleh (UAE)

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Video Gallery

The way Nihal Sarin plays with just 6 seconds on clock - Nihal vs Yangyi, Round 8 - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Salem Saleh vs Sanan Sjugirov, Round 2 | Video: ChessBase India
Sanan Sjugirov vs Nihal Sarin, Round 3 | Video: ChessBase India
Sanan Sjugirov vs Salem Saleh, Round 5 | Video: ChessBase India
I am very excited to see how Hikaru performs in the Candidates - WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni (LUX) | Video: ChessBase India


All four players will play Double Round Robin in Classical and Rapid time controls. The Blitz event will be a Triple Round-Robin.

Time control

Classical: 40 moves in 90 minutes + additional 30 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds from move no.1.

Rapid: 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

Blitz: 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.


Classical: Win - 6 points, Draw - 3 points and Loss - 0

Rapid: Win - 4, Draw - 2 and Loss - 0

Blitz: Win - 2, Draw - 1 and Loss - 0


Classical: 27th November to 3rd December. Every day game starts at 4:30 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. IST. Rest day is on Friday 1st December 2023.

Rapid: 4th and 5th December. Three rounds each day from 4:30 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. IST.

Blitz: 6th December. Round 1 starts at 4:30 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. IST.

Replay Blitz Round 1-12 games

Blitz Round 12 results

142668GMSalem, A.R. Saleh1 - 0GMYu, Yangyi27622
212689GMNihal, Sarin½ - ½GMSjugirov, Sanan25693


Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtg TB1 
11GMNihal, SarinIND268916
22GMYu, YangyiCHN276212
34GMSalem, A.R. SalehUAE266811
43GMSjugirov, SananHUN25699


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