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Aleksey Goganov clinches ChessMood Open, Narayanan finishes second

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/10/2021

Alexey Goganov (RUS) drew with Narayanan S L in the final round to win the ChessMood Open. Narayanan had to settle for second place. This is the third event of the year when Narayanan performed at over 2700. He gained 10 Elo rating points in this event which took his live rating to 2657. Goganov won 2,500,000 Armenian Drams (approx. ₹3.95 lacs), Narayanan received 1,750,000 AMD (approx. ₹2.76 lacs). Praggnanandhaa, Abhimanyu Puranik and Karthik Venkataraman scored 6.5/9 each. They were placed sixth, eighth and tenth respectively according to tie-breaks. IM Vaishali scored 6.5/9. She is the highest placed woman of the event. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Narayanan becomes India no.5

GM Narayanan S L has been consistently doing well throughout the year. For the second time in the year, he finished in second place. The previous one was at Riga Technical University Open 2021.

GM Narayanan S L is now 2657 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

ChessMood Open logo | Photo: Official site

Narayanan - Goganov: 1-0

GM Narayanan S L tried to create chances for himself against GM Alexey Goganov. However, the Russian did not budge and Narayanan eventually had to settle for a draw and second place.

Aleksey Goganov was solid throughout the event | Photo: Rupali Mullick
GM Narayanan S L reaches 2657, becomesIndia no.5 | Video: ChessBase India

Narayanan tweeted on his fantastic performance.

Before the tournament, he visited Chess Academy Armenia.

Arjun - Hakobyan 0-1

GM Arjun Erigaisi went wrong early in the opening against GM Aram Hakobyan (ARM).

Position after 20.Qd3

White is already behind in development and 20.Qd3 certainly does not help the case. 20.Re1 Rae8 21.Qd1 could have been a better continuation.

Arjun Erigaisi ended the event with two consecutive losses | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Abhimanyu - Danielyan: 1-0

GM Abhimanyu Puranik won a wild game against IM Vahe Danielyan (ARM).

Position after 17...d5

It is not easy to make it work by going all-out against Abhimanyu as he thrives on sharp positions. Black's early attempt at an onslaught completely backfired him. The game continued 18.dxe4 dxc4 19.Qxc4 and it would not be an understatement to say, White is completely winning here.

Position after 32.Ne8

32.Ne8 is such a beautiful move which spells disaster for Black. The threat is Qxf8#. 32...Rxe8 does not save things as 33.Qxf8+ Rxf8 34.Rg7+ Kh8 35.Rxf8#. Black only delays the inevitable via 32...hxg2+ 33.Kxg2 Qe4+ 34.Kg1 and it's all over.

Abhimanyu scored an emphatic victory to finish at eighth place | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Vaishali - Gukesh: 0.5-0.5

IM Vaishali had a very good opportunity to create huge trouble for GM Gukesh.

Position after 19...Kh7

20.b5 Nxe5 21.hxg5 Nxd3 22.Qxh6+ Kg8 23.Qg6+ Kh8 24.Qxd3 gives White a decent advantage. The game continued 20.exf6 Qxf6 21.hxg5 Qxg5 and Black managed to save the game.

Vaishali scored 4.5 points in the last five games | Photo: Rupali Mullick

6th GM R Praggnanandhaa 6.5/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

8th GM Abhimanyu Puranik 6.5/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

10th GM Karthik Venkataraman 6.5/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Mitrabha Guha - GM Gevorg Harutjunyan (ARM): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Artashes Minasian (ARM) - IM Moksh Amit Doshi: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Vedant Panesar - GM Giga Quparadze (GEO): 1-0 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

For more Round 9 photos, please click here.

Highlights

Here are a few interesting finishes of Round 9.

GM Abhimanyu Puranik defeated IM Vahe Danielyan (ARM)

GM Luka Paichadze drew with IM David Shahinyan (ARM)

Replay Round 9 games

The tournament is taking place at Tsaghkadzor Marriott Hotel, Tsaghkadzor in Armenia from 4th to 12th October 2021. Time control is 90'/40 + 30' + 30" per move. Everyday game starts at 3 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. IST), except 12th October, the final round will start at 10:30 a.m. local time (12 p.m. IST).

Round 9 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMNarayanan.S.L2647½ - ½7GMGoganov Aleksey2557
14
213
GMPetrosian Tigran L.2562½ - ½GMPantsulaia Levan2570
9
319
GMMosadeghpour Masoud24866½ - ½6GMPraggnanandhaa R2618
5
46
GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel26076½ - ½6GMKarthik Venkataraman2483
21
54
GMErigaisi Arjun26340 - 1GMHakobyan Aram2603
8
610
GMPuranik Abhimanyu25681 - 0IMDanielyan Vahe2335
51
712
GMPaichadze Luka2566½ - ½IMShahinyan David2469
27
840
WGMVaishali R2419½ - ½5GMGukesh D2640
2
93
GMSargsyan Shant26405½ - ½5GMBabujian Levon2447
32
1034
IMPetriashvili Nikoloz243250 - 15GMPetrosyan Manuel2605
7
1172
FMDilanyan Grigor221451 - 05GMChanda Sandipan2543
15
1218
GMMikaelyan Arman248751 - 05Gholami Orimi Mahdi2430
37
1326
IMGharibyan Mamikon24715½ - ½5Chaqryan Erik2181
80
1433
IMBharath Subramaniyam H243550 - 1GMHarutyunyan Tigran K.2567
11
1523
IMMitrabha Guha2479½ - ½GMHarutjunyan Gevorg2409
41
1624
GMMinasian Artashes2472½ - ½IMMoksh Amit Doshi2379
46
1728
IMDavtyan Artur2453½ - ½IMFarahat Ali2392
43
1829
IMShyaamnikhil P2453½ - ½IMSidhant Mohapatra2367
49
1930
IMUrazayev Arystanbek2451½ - ½FMOhanyan Emin2373
47
2031
IMSchekachikhin Maksim24481 - 0Mkrtchyan Sargis R.2199
75

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Krtg+/-
114
GMGoganov AlekseyRUS25577,547,051,041025,3
21
GMNarayanan.S.LIND26477,048,552,041010,0
39
GMPantsulaia LevanGEO25707,046,551,051010,7
413
GMPetrosian Tigran L.ARM25627,044,048,541013,9
56
GMTer-Sahakyan SamvelARM26076,550,554,54108,1
65
GMPraggnanandhaa RU16IND26186,549,054,05103,1
78
GMHakobyan AramU20ARM26036,545,049,05104,4
810
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND25686,545,049,04106,6
919
GMMosadeghpour MasoudIRI24866,543,547,05107,8
1021
GMKarthik VenkataramanIND24836,543,546,55109,3
1172
FMDilanyan GrigorARM22146,045,048,542087,0
1227
IMShahinyan DavidARM24696,043,045,551014,9
1312
GMPaichadze LukaGEO25666,042,045,5410-3,0
147
GMPetrosyan ManuelARM26056,041,546,0510-6,2
1518
GMMikaelyan ArmanARM24876,039,542,5410-1,9
1640
WGMVaishali RU20wIND24196,036,539,04100,7
1726
IMGharibyan MamikonU18ARM24715,544,547,5410-1,6
184
GMErigaisi ArjunU18IND26345,544,047,5410-9,6
1932
GMBabujian LevonARM24475,544,046,551011,4
202
GMGukesh DU16IND26405,543,548,0410-14,0

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