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Alef Super Stars 2023 R6: Yangyi tops the Classical segment, Nihal in pursuit

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/12/2023

Nihal Sarin had a tepid draw against Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) in the sixth round of Alef Super Stars 2023. Thus, Nihal remains undefeated in the Classical segment. Salem Saleh (UAE) and Yangyi Yu (CHN) had an exciting draw. At one point, it seemed like Yangyi can go for a win. However, he decided to repeat moves as the position was very sharp. Yangyi topped the Classical segment of the tournament 24/36, Nihal is close behind 21/36, followed by Sanan 18/36 and Salem 9/36. Three rounds of Rapid games will be played today. Rapid Round 1 starts today at 4:30 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. IST. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

Yangyi and Nihal remain undefeated

All three rounds starting with an even number, witnessed both games ending in draws

Salem Saleh (UAE) and Yangyi Yu (CHN) had an exciting draw
Salem Saleh (UAE) vs Yangyi Yu (CHN) - game and their analysis | Video: ChessBase India

Nihal Sarin and Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) had a tepid draw

Nihal and Sanan take a glance of Salem-Yangyi's game

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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 6 games

Round 6 results

142635GMSalem, A.R. Saleh½ - ½GMYu, Yangyi27202
212692GMNihal, Sarin½ - ½GMSjugirov, Sanan27033


Standings after Round 6

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 
12GMYu, YangyiCHN27202402802
21GMNihal, SarinIND26922102743
33GMSjugirov, SananHUN27031802682
44GMSalem, A.R. SalehUAE2635902512


Rapid Round 1-3 pairings

Round 1 on 2023/12/04 at 16:30
112667GMNihal, SarinGMSalem, A.R. Saleh26804
222699GMYu, YangyiGMSjugirov, Sanan25713
Round 2 on 2023/12/04 at 17:45
142680GMSalem, A.R. SalehGMSjugirov, Sanan25713
212667GMNihal, SarinGMYu, Yangyi26992
Round 3 on 2023/12/04 at 19:00
122699GMYu, YangyiGMSalem, A.R. Saleh26804
232571GMSjugirov, SananGMNihal, Sarin26671


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