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Levon Aronian wins Satty Zhuldyz Rapid and Blitz 2023, Arjun Ergaisi second

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/04/2023

Arjun Erigaisi faltered on the second day of Blitz. He started with a draw against Haik Martirosyan, suffered three consecutive losses between Round 19 and 21, including a loss against the eventual champion Levon Aronian. The only two-time FIDE World Cup winner in history, won the Satty Zhuldyz Rapid and Blitz 2023 with one round to spare. Even a last round loss against the World Blitz 2022 Bronze medalist, Haik Martirosyan, did not deter his championship hopes. Aronian won the tournament scoring 23/33, Arjun Erigaisi finished second 21.5/33 and Haik finished third 21/33. Blitz did not go well for Arjun, however, one must not forget his excellent performance in the Rapid event. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Haik Martirosyan beats Aronian and tops the Blitz

The next best thing to winning the tournament is considered to be, beating the champion of the tournament. Arjun could not do it, Haik managed to do that. In fact, the Armenia no.2 is the sole player to remain undefeated against Levon Aronian in both Rapid and Blitz events. Aronian managed to beat the remaining ten players at least once in either Rapid or the Blitz event. That is certainly a unique feat achieved by Haik.

Champion - GM Levon Aronian (USA) 23/33 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Runner-up - GM Arjun Erigaisi 21.5/33 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Second Runner-up - GM Haik Martirosyan (ARM) 21/33 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

As we mentioned in our previous report, the key game for Arjun to win the tournament was the first game of the day against the Armenia no.2, GM Haik Martirosyan. The game ended in a draw.

It was a must-win game for Arjun in Round 12 to set the tone for the day | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Levon Aronian won the tournament with a round to spare. Thus, a last round against a former compatriot, Haik Martirosyan, did not deter his championship chances. He has never lost against Aronian in rated games.

Haik Martirosyan secured his place on the podium by beating Levon Aronian in the final round of Blitz | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Satty Zhuldyz Rapid and Blitz 2023 participants | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Pyrotechnics for the participants at the closing ceremony | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Video Gallery

A Fierce Rook endgame on the board - Vincent Keymer vs Alexander Grischuk, Round 1 | Video: ChessBase India
An EPIC pawn race against the World no. 1 - Jakhongir Vakhidov vs Hou Yifan, Round 8 | Video: ChessBase India
Armenia no.2 takes on Germany no.1 - Haik M. Martirosyan vs Vincent Keymer, Round 9 | Video: ChessBase India
A Stunning Queen blunder! IM Bibisara Assaubayeva vs GM Vincent Keymer | Video: ChessBase India
The revenge of the World no.1? Hou Yifan vs Arjun Erigaisi, Round 14 | Video: ChessBase India
Two consecutive Blunders on the board | Levon Aronian vs Haik M. Martirosyan, Round 22 | Video: ChessBase India

For more Blitz Round 12-22 photos, please click here.

Satty Zhuldyz 2023 Blitz Round 12-22 Live commentary by IM and WGM Jovanka Houska, FM James Canty | Video: ChessBase India

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Blitz Round 22 results

1122508GMLagno, Kateryna½ - ½GMErigaisi, Arjun27376
252809GMAronian, Levon0 - 1GMMartirosyan, Haik M.27707
342712GMKramnik, Vladimir1 - 0GMSindarov, Javokhir25918
432651GMKeymer, Vincent1 - 0GMHou, Yifan26019
522601GMGelfand, Boris½ - ½GMGrischuk, Alexander272710
612440IMAssaubayeva, Bibisara½ - ½GMVakhidov, Jakhongir256811


Blitz standings after Round 22

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
17GMMartirosyan, Haik M.ARM277015,50165,5012
25GMAronian, LevonUSA2809150150,0011
33GMKeymer, VincentGER2651131139,0010
410GMGrischuk, AlexanderRUS2727131129,758
56GMErigaisi, ArjunIND2737120116,759
64GMKramnik, VladimirRUS271211,50113,759
78GMSindarov, JavokhirUZB259110,50106,258
811GMVakhidov, JakhongirUZB2568101,5106,506
92GMGelfand, BorisISR2601100,5105,252
1012GMLagno, KaterynaRUS25088182,003
119GMHou, YifanCHN26018176,755
121IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ24405,5064,502



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