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Alef Super Stars 2023 Rapid R1-3: Yangyi extends his lead, Nihal struggles

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/12/2023

Nihal Sarin had a tough start in the Rapid segment of Alef Super Stars 2023. He drew the first game against Salem Saleh (UAE). Then he lost the next two games against Yangyi Yu (CHN) and Sanan Sjugirov (HUN). The China no.3 increased his lead. He is now nine points ahead of Nihal. Salem had a great day to get himself closer. Yangyi extends his sole lead 34/48, Nihal is still at second place 23/48, followed closely by Sanan 22/48 and Salem reduced the gap 17/48. Three more rounds of Rapid games will be played today. Rapid Round 4 starts today at 4:30 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

Only Yangyi remains unscathed

Yangyi Yu (CHN) extended his lead, Salem Saleh (UAE) had a great day

Round 1: Nihal Sarin - Salem Saleh (UAE): 0.5-0.5
As smooth as butter - Yangyi Yu vs Sanan Sjugirov, Round 1 | Video: ChessBase India

Round 1: Yangyi Yu (CHN) - Sanan Sjugirov (HUN): 1-0

Round 1 in progress

Yangyi Yu (CHN) peeks at Nihal and Salem's endgame
Did Nihal Sarin make a narrow escape against Salem Saleh? | Video: ChessBase India

Round 2: Nihal Sarin - Yangyi Yu (CHN): 0-1
Hunting down the King - Salem Saleh vs Sanan Sjugirov, Round 2 | Video: ChessBase India
Wild game + Intense analysis! - Yangyi Yu vs Salem Saleh, Round 3 | Video: ChessBase India

Round 3: Yangyi Yu (CHN) - Salem Saleh: 0.5-0.5
Blunders Can Be Brutal - Sanan Sjugirov vs Nihal Sarin, Round 3 | Video: ChessBase India

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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 Rapid Round 1-3 games

Rapid Round 1-3 results

Round 1 on 2023/12/04 at 16:30
112667GMNihal, Sarin½ - ½GMSalem, A.R. Saleh26804
222699GMYu, Yangyi1 - 0GMSjugirov, Sanan25713
Round 2 on 2023/12/04 at 17:45
142680GMSalem, A.R. Saleh1 - 0GMSjugirov, Sanan25713
212667GMNihal, Sarin0 - 1GMYu, Yangyi26992
Round 3 on 2023/12/04 at 19:00
122699GMYu, Yangyi½ - ½GMSalem, A.R. Saleh26804
232571GMSjugirov, Sanan1 - 0GMNihal, Sarin26671


Standings after Round 3

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtg TB1 
12GMYu, YangyiCHN269910
24GMSalem, A.R. SalehUAE26808
33GMSjugirov, SananHUN25714
41GMNihal, SarinIND26672


Round 4-6 pairings

Round 4 on 2023/12/05 at 16:30
142680GMSalem, A.R. SalehGMNihal, Sarin26671
232571GMSjugirov, SananGMYu, Yangyi26992
Round 5 on 2023/12/05 at 17:45
132571GMSjugirov, SananGMSalem, A.R. Saleh26804
222699GMYu, YangyiGMNihal, Sarin26671
Round 6 on 2023/12/05 at 19:00
142680GMSalem, A.R. SalehGMYu, Yangyi26992
212667GMNihal, SarinGMSjugirov, Sanan25713


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