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MPL Indian Chess Tour 2022 leg 2 R5-8: Raunak Sadhwani maintains his sole lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/06/2022

Raunak Sadhwani once again started the day with a draw. Although he was completely winning against Leon Luke Mendonca, his resiliency halted Raunak's winning streak. He won the remaining two games against Visakh and Vantika to maintain his sole lead at 17/21. Nihal climbed up to the second spot 15/21, scoring three wins and a draw. Arjun Erigaisi won all four of his games to tie for the third place with Abhimanyu Puranik at 14/21 each. D Gukesh had to withdraw from the tournament for the lack of proper internet connection. Thus, all his scores will not be counted. Round 9 starts today at 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Arjun Erigaisi scores four wins, Gukesh withdraws

Arjun Erigaisi wrecked through the competition by winning all of his games on the second day. He climbed from 13th to shared third place with a score of 14/21.

Raunak Sadhwani is playing fantastic in this event | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Round 5: Leon - Raunak: 1-1

GM Raunak Sadhwani was completely winning against GM Leon Luke Mendonca. However, in the Rook vs Queen endgame, he could not find a way to win the game, despite being ahead by a full minute against his opponent.

Position after 66.g7

Find out the winning plan for Black.

It is well established by now that Leon is very resilient

Round 6: Aradhya - Aravindh: 3-0

A tactical error in the endgame cost GM Aravindh Chthambaram his game against FM Aradhya Garg.

FM Aradhya Garg is a very strong player | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Raunak - Visakh: 3-0

Raunak got a better position out of the opening against GM Visakh N R. The latter decided to give up his queen for a rook to thwart an attack on his kingside. It eventually seemed to have worked out, however Raunak correctly figured his opponent's mistakes and won the game.

Scoring system

Win - 3 points, Draw - 1 point and Loss - 0.

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MPL Indian Chess Tour Leg 2 Round 5-8 Live commentary by GM Srinath Narayanan and IM Tania Sachdev | Video: chess24

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Standings after Round 8

Raunak Sadhwani is still in the sole lead 17/24 | Photo: chess24

All games will start from 3:30 p.m. IST between 2nd and 5th June 2022.

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