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Chennai Grand Masters 2023 R6: Arjun wins, Gukesh set for showdown against Harikrishna

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/12/2023

Arjun Erigaisi scored the sole victory in the penultimate round of Chennai Grand Masters 2023. It started a little wild compared to the other games. His opponent Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) decided to sacrifice his bishop to get a couple of pawns and exploit Arjun's weakened king. However, there was not enough compensation and White could not generate a substantial attack. The other games had a relatively calm draw between Gukesh - Eljanov (UKR), Aronian (USA) - Predke (SRB) and Sanan (SRB) - Harikrishna. Harikrishna can spoil Gukesh's tournament if he manages to beat the teenager tomorrow. Final Round 7 starts tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Poised for an exciting finish

Arjun Erigaisi scored a victory to keep his championship chances
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Parham - Arjun: 0-1

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2727) had beaten GM Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI, 2742) few months ago at FIDE World Rapid Team Championship 2023.

Position after 14.Nxf7

The game had a slightly wild start after 14.Nxf7 Kxf7 15.Qxa8

Position after 28...g4

White allowed 28...g4 with the hopes of gaining some chances on the kingside 29.Bxg4 Nxg4 30.h3 Ngf6 31.Qxh6 Rg8 32.g4 and White could not generate enough play to get compensation let alone win or draw the game.

Arjun Erigaisi never gives up - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Arjun Erigaisi scored his second win of the event, Parham suffered his second loss
D Gukesh vs Pavel Eljanov (UKR) | Video: ChessBase India

D Gukesh - Pavel Eljanov (UKR): 0.5-0.5

Levon Aronian (USA) - Alexandr Predke (SRB): 0.5-0.5
Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) vs Pentala Harikrishna | Video: ChessBase India

Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) - Pentala Harikrishna: 0.5-0.5

One of the best trainers of the world - GM FST R B Ramesh made the ceremonial first move of the sixth round

Round 6 in progress

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Replay Chennai Grand Masters 2023 Round 6 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal with Guest Commentator - GM Anish Giri and IM Sopiko Guramishvili | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 6 games

Round 6 results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.PGN
GMGukesh, D½ - ½GMEljanov, Pavel
GMAronian, Levon½ - ½GMPredke, Alexandr
GMMaghsoodloo, Parham0 - 1GMErigaisi, Arjun
GMSjugirov, Sanan½ - ½GMHarikrishna, Pentala


Standings after Round 6

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
GMGukesh, DIND27204010,2521
GMHarikrishna, PentalaIND26963,51,510,0010
GMEljanov, PavelUKR26913,519,5022
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND27273,50,59,2521
GMAronian, LevonUSA2723308,7500
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI27422,517,7510
GMSjugirov, SananHUN27032,507,5011
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB26891,504,5000


Round 7 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.PGN
GMHarikrishna, PentalaGMGukesh, D
GMErigaisi, ArjunGMSjugirov, Sanan
GMPredke, AlexandrGMMaghsoodloo, Parham
GMEljanov, PavelGMAronian, Levon




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