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Alef Super Stars 2023 R4: Contrasting draws

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/12/2023

Nihal Sarin made a quick draw against Salem Saleh (UAE) in the fourth round of Alef Super Stars 2023. They will still play five more games - two Rapid and three Blitz, against each other. Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) had a hard-fought draw against Yangyi Yu (CHN). The majority of the game was a rook and knight endgame. The China no.3 maintains his sole lead 18/24, followed by Nihal 15/24, Sanan 9/24 and Salem 6/24. Only two more rounds of Classical games left before the triathlon moves to faster time controls. Today is a rest day. Round 5 starts tomorrow Saturday 2nd December 2023 at 4:30 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

Yangyi maintains his sole lead

Salem Saleh (UAE) and Nihal Sarin had a quick 10-move draw
The commentator is shocked - GM Salem Saleh vs GM Nihal Sarin - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) and Yangyi Yu (CHN) had a hard-fought draw after 72 moves

Ceremonial first move of Round 4

Round 4 in progress

Salem Saleh and Nihal Sarin analyzing a game

Nihal Sarin with his fans

Mr. Talal Al Zaabi hosted Nihal Sarin and members of the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club after the fourth round

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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 Round 4 games

Round 4 results

142635GMSalem, A.R. Saleh0.5-0.5GMNihal, Sarin26921
232703GMSjugirov, Sanan0.5-0.5GMYu, Yangyi27202


Round 5 pairings

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


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