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Barcelona Open 2021 R1-5: Hakobyan halts the Jeevitesh juggernaut

by Shahid Ahmed - 23/08/2021

Fourth seeded GM Aram Hakobyan brought IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh's fantastic momentum to a screeching halt as he beat him in the fifth round to take the sole lead 5.0/5 at Barcelona Open 2021. GMs Karthikeyan Murali and Visakh N R are the only two player who are at a half point behind the leader 4.5/5 each respectively. While Karthikeyan drew with Sethuraman in the fifth round, Visakh beat GM Fernanda Peralta in a very nice finish. Karthikeyan will face Hakobyan today in the sixth round which will probably have huge implications for the championship, Visakh will go against the fierce Alexander Fier. Round 6 starts today at 8:00 p.m. IST. Photo: Catalan Chess Federation

Karthikeyan and Visakh in pursuit

18 players are at 4.0/5 including the top seed Sethuraman S P who drew his last two games. GMs Praggnanandhaa, Aravindh, Arjun Kalyan, IMs Vignesh, Jeevitesh, Vaishali, Aditya Mittal and Pranav Anand are among the Indians who is in a very a close fight at 4.0/5 each respectively.

GM Aram Hakobyan is the sole leader 5.0/5 | Photo: Catalan Chess Federation

Round 3: Praggnanandhaa - Pranav: 1-0

Praggnanandhaa and Pranav drew with each other at the recently concluded Riga Technical University Open 2021, however this time IM Pranav Anand made an inaccuracy in the middlegame which got him in trouble.

Position after 16...Qxd5

16...Qxd5 causes Black to lose the e5-pawn. 17.c4 Qd6 18.Ba3 Qd8 and it was just over for Black.

Praggnanandhaa is now at 4.0/5 | Photo: Catalan Chess Federation

Karthikeyan - O'gorman: 1-0

GM Karthikeyan Murali scored a very nice victory over FM Tom O'gorman (IRL).

Position after 25...bxa2

White is completely winning here and does not need to be concerned about the pawn promotion at a1. Find out the beautiful winning continuation which Karthikeyan did in the game.

Karthikeyan will face the sole leader Hakobyan in the sixth round | Photo: Catalan Chess Federation

Round 4: Yuffa - Jeevitesh: 0-1

GM Daniil Yuffa (RUS) had a substantial advantage against IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh J.

Position after 27...Nc5

28.d4 would have maintained White's advantage. However, 28.Ne2 allowed Black to get some offense, 28...Nd3+ 29.Kb1 Nf2 which prompted White to make a mistake.

Position after 30.Rh7

30.Rh7 is a blunder. Find out why and what White needed to play to make sure he does not lose.

Round 5: Jeevitesh - Hakobyan: 0-1

Jeevitesh's fantastic momentum came to an end against GM Aram Hakobyan (ARM).

Position after 15.Nc5

White needed to play 15.c3 or Nc3. 15.Nc5 pins the own knight against the c2-pawn. It all went downhill for White from here.

IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh J made an impressive start 4.0/5


Here is an interesting finish from Round 5:

GM Fernando Peralta (ARG) lost to GM Visakh N R

GM Visakh N R 4.5/5 | Photo: Catalan Chess Federation

Replay Round 1-5 games

Round 5 results

135IMSai Agni Jeevitesh J232240 - 14GMHakobyan Aram26124
21GMSethuraman S.P.2644½ - ½4GMKarthikeyan Murali26066
39GMFier Alexandr2558½ - ½GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.26412
45GMPraggnanandhaa R2608½ - ½IMSochacki Christophe249014
57GMPeralta Fernando25700 - 1GMVisakh N R251612
623IMVignesh N R2428½ - ½GMLopez Martinez Josep Manuel252411
715GMDvirnyy Danyyil24883½ - ½GMHamitevici Vladimir247116
83GMMoussard Jules262131 - 03FMHristodorescu Daniel221152
941MKMartin Barcelo Carles226330 - 13GMYuffa Daniil255610
1031IMHernandez Cristian Andres236530 - 13IMArjun Kalyan250313
1119IMAditya Mittal246431 - 03MKRos Alonso Jaume218060
1243FMBoix Moreno Daniel225230 - 13GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo245920
1345FMJimenez Ruano Adrian224030 - 13IMPranav Anand241724
1425WGMVaishali R239331 - 03Romero Pallares Daniel222250
1576Alcala Gonzalez Cesar208931 - 03IMNezad Husein Aziz238628


Round 6 pairings

14GMHakobyan Aram26125GMKarthikeyan Murali26066
212GMVisakh N R25164GMFier Alexandr25589
316GMHamitevici Vladimir247144GMSethuraman S.P.26441
42GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.264144IMAditya Mittal246419
520GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo245944GMMoussard Jules26213
630FMO`gorman Tom237744GMPraggnanandhaa R26085
710GMYuffa Daniil255644IMVignesh N R242823
824IMPranav Anand241744GMLopez Martinez Josep Manuel252411
913IMArjun Kalyan250344WGMVaishali R239325
1014IMSochacki Christophe249044IMSai Agni Jeevitesh J232235
1140FMDalaud Dorian22864Alcala Gonzalez Cesar208976
1262MKDel Amo Carbo Jordi2173GMPeralta Fernando25707
1377WIMGomez Barrera Javiera Belen2083GMDvirnyy Danyyil248815
1481Vasquez Toledo Cristian2064MKAlvarez Albiol Victor221451
1528IMNezad Husein Aziz23863CMBlasco Coll Andreu219855



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Edit: Praggnanandhaa-Pranav and Yuffa-Jeevitesh games corrected.

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@ 27/08/2021 by Shahid Ahmed (en)

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