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Alef Super Stars 2023 R3: Yangyi scores, Nihal draws

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/11/2023

Nihal Sarin drew his third round game against Sanan Sjugirov at Alef Super Stars 2023. Their last Classical battle took place earlier this year at 6th Sharjah Masters which ended in a draw. The first eleven moves were exactly the same as the last time. However, Sanan deviated on the twelfth move with g5. The Hungary no.1 took an aggressive approach. It did not yield anything substantial and the game ended in a draw. Meanwhile, China no.3 Yangyi Yu grinded a positional advantage and converted it into a win after 75 moves. The position reached a completely winning same color bishop endgame for the Chinese when his opponent had no reason to continue further. Round 4 starts today at 4:30 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

Yangyi emerges early sole leader

Nihal Sarin had a well contested draw against Sanan Sjugirov (HUN)
Nihal Sarin is in an aggressive mood in Sharjah - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Nihal Sarin's in-depth post game analysis with Sanan Sjugirov | Video: ChessBase India

Yangyi Yu (CHN) scored his second win of the tournament, against Salem Saleh (UAE) in the third round

Round 3 in progress
Interview with Moldova no.1 - GM Viorel Iordachescu, Head Coach of Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club | 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 3 games

Round 3 results

122720GMYu, Yangyi1 - 0GMSalem, A.R. Saleh26354
232703GMSjugirov, Sanan½ - ½GMNihal, Sarin26921


Standings after Round 3

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 
12GMYu, YangyiCHN27202,502950
21GMNihal, SarinIND2692202811
33GMSjugirov, SananHUN2703102557
44GMSalem, A.R. SalehUAE26350,502432


Round 4 pairings

142635GMSalem, A.R. SalehGMNihal, Sarin26921
232703GMSjugirov, SananGMYu, Yangyi27202


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