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Immovable Arjun Erigaisi and Solid Nihal Sarin at the Sunway Sitges 2019

by Sagar Shah - 21/12/2019

Two Indian youngsters are performing admirably at the Sunway Sitges 2019. Both of them are on 6.0/8 and both of them are unbeaten. They are Nihal Sarin and Arjun Erigaisi. Also on 6.0/8 are S.L. Narayanan and Abhimanyu Puranik. Round 8 at the Sunway Sitges proved to be one where the youth outclassed the experience. Vassily Ivanchuk was beaten by 16-year-old American prodigy Awonder Liang, while Parham Maghsoodloo couldn't hold the 14-year-old Javokhir Sindarov. Anton Korobov continues to lead the event with 7.0/8, with five players half a point behind him on 6.5/8. A pictorial round 8 report from the Sunway Sitges 2019. 

With two rounds to go, things are heating up at the Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival 2019. Although Anton Korobov maintains his lead with 7.0/9, he has a group of four hungry players on his heels at 6.5/8. Behind them are 18 players with 6.0/8!

Korobov has played a very consistent event and is on 7.0/8. He has a rating performance of 2872 and is gaining 17 Elo points. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Azeri GM Vasif Durarbayli held Korobov to a draw | Photo: Lennart Ootes

American youngster Awonder Liang provided the upset of the day by beating Vassily Ivanchuk with some fine endgame tactics! | Photo: Lennart Ootes

The resignation moment captured by Awonder Liang | Photo: Lennart Ootes
Daniel King analyzes Awonder Liang versus Ivanchuk

Another upset of the day was Javokhir Sindarov beating Parham Maghsoodloo | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Nihal Sarin has been rock solid at the event with four draws and four wins. He beat the talented Kazkh female player Dinara Saduakassova | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Nihal's performance at the event. He faces the strong German GM Dennis Wagner in round 9.

Playing exceedingly well and also on 6.0/8 and unbeaten is Arjun Erigaisi | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Arjun Erigaisi has been unshakable at the event. He also faces a stiff challenge in the form of Karthikeyan Murali in round 9.

Blindfold king Timur Gareyev had the advantage and pushed hard throughout the game, but was unable to break through Arjun's defenses. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

After a 5.0/5 start Narayanan lost his game to Korobov, but has steadied his boat with two draws and is now on 6.0/8 | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Abhimanyu lost his game to Igor Kovalenko and is on 6.0/8 | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Praggnanandhaa drew his round 8 game against GM Girish Koushik and is on 5.5/8 | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Raunak Sadhwani will turn 14 on 22nd of December. On his second last day as a 13-year-old he held GM Sasikiran Krishnan to a draw. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Chess players and food:

One of the important things that chess players must take care off while playing chess is "what should they take along with them to the game for energy?" Lennart Ootes went across the playing hall and captured the different foodstuffs that were carried by different players.

KitKat is S.L. Narayanan's favourite! | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Raunak Sadhwani believes in carrying dark chocolate | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Little Pragg believes in natural food and always has a banana by his side! The banana is always intact, so we begin to wonder if Pragg ever eats it! | Photo: Lennart Ootes

You will always find a lot of takers for Snickers! | Photo: Lennart Ootes

A perfect drink for Star Wars' fans! | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Results of round 8

Bo.No. NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtg No.
13GMKorobov Anton 2668 ½ - ½6 GMDurarbayli Vasif 260918
28GMKovalenko Igor 2647 1 - 06 GMPuranik Abhimanyu 258026
323GMLiang Awonder 2593 1 - 0 GMIvanchuk Vassily 26901
425GMSantos Latasa Jaime 2585 ½ - ½ GMDonchenko Alexander 26449
513GMNarayanan.S.L 2626 ½ - ½ GMSvane Rasmus 259722
627GMWagner Dennis 2578 ½ - ½ GMHeimann Andreas 261714
733GMNasuta Grzegorz 2545 1 - 0 GMSalgado Lopez Ivan 260520
821GMGareyev Timur 2598 ½ - ½ GMErigaisi Arjun 254434
92GMMaghsoodloo Parham 26905 0 - 15 GMSindarov Javokhir 252642
105GMSasikiran Krishnan 26565 ½ - ½5 IMSadhwani Raunak 250748

Standings after round 8

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
13GMKorobov AntonUKR266807,040,544,038,00
28GMKovalenko IgorLAT264706,538,042,033,50
318GMDurarbayli VasifAZE260906,538,041,032,50
433GMNasuta GrzegorzPOL254506,536,039,531,75
523GMLiang Awonder16USA259306,533,036,028,75
69GMDonchenko AlexanderGER264406,038,542,531,00
725GMSantos Latasa JaimeHESP25852572Ext6,038,541,029,50
811GMTabatabaei M.AminIRI263506,038,041,529,75
934GMErigaisi Arjun16IND254406,037,541,530,75
1026GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND258006,037,541,529,75
1221GMGareyev TimurUSA259806,036,540,529,00
1316GMNihal SarinH16IND261206,036,540,029,25
1427GMWagner DennisGER257806,036,539,528,50
1522GMSvane RasmusGER259706,036,039,529,00
1631GMGukesh D16IND254706,035,038,527,25
1732GMShevchenko KirillUKR254706,035,038,525,75
1814GMHeimann AndreasGER261706,034,037,527,25
1960IMErenberg ArielISR247906,034,037,026,50
2043IMBjerre Jonas BuhlH16DEN25260Skanderborg Skakklub6,033,537,026,50

Pairings of round 9

Bo.No. NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtg No.
GMLiang Awonder 2593 7 GMKorobov Anton 2668
GMDurarbayli Vasif 2609 GMKovalenko Igor 2647
GMDonchenko Alexander 26446 GMNasuta Grzegorz 2545
GMShevchenko Kirill 25476 6 GMTabatabaei M.Amin 2635
GMPuranik Abhimanyu 25806 6 GMNarayanan.S.L 2626
GMHeimann Andreas 26176 6 GMSantos Latasa Jaime 2585
GMNihal Sarin 26126 6 GMWagner Dennis 2578
GMErigaisi Arjun 25446 6 GMKarthikeyan Murali 2611
GMSindarov Javokhir 25266 6 GMAdly Ahmed 2607
IMErenberg Ariel 24796 6 GMGareyev Timur 2598


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