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Alef Super Stars 2023 R2: Two Calm Draws

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/11/2023

Nihal Sarin drew his game against Yangyi Yu in the second round of Alef Super Stars 2023. Their previous encounter earlier this year at 6th Sharjah Masters ended in a draw. Unlike last time, Yangyi did not play Petroff's Defence. He opted for Berlin in the Ruy Lopez. A draw was agreed after 30th move when the position did not offer much for either player. The UAE no.1 Salem Saleh is yet to beat the new Hungary no.1 Sanan Sjugirov in a Classical rated game. That statistic remained unchanged yesterday. However, they will face once again in the fifth round with reversed color. Round 3 starts today at 4:30 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

30 moves or less

Nihal Sarin had a relatively calm draw against Yangyi Yu
What did Nihal Sarin do when Yu Yangyi offered a draw? Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

UAE no.1 Salem Saleh drew against the Hungary no.1 Sanan Sjugirov in 25 moves
Salem Saleh and Sanan Sjugirov analyze their game | Video: ChessBase India

Photo Gallery

Ceremonial first move of Round 2

Nihal Sarin and Yangyi Yu after their game

Spectators watch Salem and Sanan analyze their game
Alef Super Stars 2023 venue tour | 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 Round 2 games

Round 2 results

142635GMSalem, A.R. Saleh0.5-0.5GMSjugirov, Sanan27033
212692GMNihal, Sarin0.5-0.5GMYu, Yangyi27202


Round 3 pairings

122720GMYu, YangyiGMSalem, A.R. Saleh26354
232703GMSjugirov, SananGMNihal, Sarin26921


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