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Sunway Sitges Open R3: Korobov concedes a draw

by Shahid Ahmed - 16/12/2020

Top seed Anton Korobov was held to a draw by Spanish GM Marc Narciso Dublan. Defending champion Korobov had an extra pawn but he couldn't keep it and Dublan managed to find a perpetual check to make a draw. Only six players are at 100% score at the conclusion of Round 3. Leon played the endgame brilliantly to beat Victor Alvarez and Souhardo held IM Christophe Sochacki to a draw, although he had a winning opportunity. Leon will face FM Mahel Boyer and Souhardo will go against IM Hans Moke Niemann in Round 4 starting tonight from 9 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Dublan holds the top seed

Korobov's woes continued as GM Marc Narciso Dublan held the newly crowned Ukraine champion, to a draw. The defending champion had an advantage but it evaporated as he made an inaccuracy and the Spanish GM made a draw eventually by the virtue of a perpetual check. IM Leon Mendonca Luke played the endgame brilliantly against Victor Alvarez Albiol and scored a full point. Untitled Souhardo Basak continues his good form, although this time he missed a win in the endgame, still managed to make a draw against IM Christophe Sochacki. Shubham Bandikatte beat sixth seed Joan Vallbona Domingo to move to 2.5/3 in Group B.

Marc Narciso Dublan held the top seed Anton Korobov to a draw | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Sunway Chess Open

Korobov managed to gain a pawn which gave him decisive advantage. However, he could not maintain it and Dublan equalized the position without any difficulty.

Korobov - Dublan

Position after 20...Ndf6

Find out why 20...Ndf6 is not the correct move for black.

A missed opportunity

Untitled Souhardo Basak held IM Christophe Sochacki to a draw. Although Souhardo had a winning position in the endgame.

Souhardo - Sochacki

Position after 38...Bxe6

White has a decisive advantage after 38...Bxe6. Find out the best continuation for white.

Souhardo played some solid chess in Round 3 | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Leon plays the endgame brilliantly

Leon's opponent Alvarez made a big positional mistake in the seemingly equal Rook and Opposite Color Bishop endgame.

Leon - Alvarez

Position after 44.Kh3

44.Kh3 is a mistake. Find out why and what white should have done instead.

Leon is back on his winning ways | Photo: Niki Riga

Replay Round 3 games

Round 3 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMKorobov Anton26932½ - ½2GMNarciso Dublan Marc2495
21
223
IMDardha Daniel248520 - 12GMCheparinov Ivan2660
2
35
GMMoussard Jules262621 - 02IMGarriga Cazorla Pere2487
22
429
GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo24592½ - ½2GMSantos Latasa Jaime2588
6
57
GMSantos Ruiz Miguel258121 - 02IMNiemann Hans Moke2478
24
69
GMCornette Matthieu25582½ - ½2IMMaurizzi Marc Andria2445
30
711
GMPlat Vojtech255221 - 02FMEsplugas Esteve Vicenc2319
50
831
IMGines Esteo Pedro Antonio24372½ - ½2GMFier Alexandr2549
12
933
IMBulmaga Irina24242½ - ½2GMKrysa Leandro2544
14
1045
WGMUnuk Laura234620 - 12GMCheca Nicolas2527
18
1119
GMBellahcene Bilel251021 - 02FMMsellek Ilyass2316
52
123
GMGrigoryan Karen H.26511 - 0GMRomanishin Oleg M2402
39
1349
WFMToncheva Nadya23210 - 1GMDragnev Valentin2564
8
1451
FMCarbonell Sancho Marc23181 - 0GMMaze Sebastien2557
10
1513
GMNevednichy Vladislav25461 - 0Svoboda Vaclav2407
38
1657
Ortega Serra Marc2288½ - ½GMFlom Gabriel2499
20
1725
GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito24701 - 0IMEden James2323
48
1859
Souhardo Basak2276½ - ½IMSochacki Christophe2469
26
1927
GMBatsiashvili Nino24661 - 0FMPeycheva Gergana2257
62
2063
FMOrtega Ruiz Jose Miguel22510 - 1GMStefanova Antoaneta2466
28
2166
FMCsiki Endre22311 - 0GMSiebrecht Sebastian2429
32
2268
Alvarez Albiol Victor22060 - 11IMMendonca Leon Luke2530
16
2375
WFMEizaguerri Floris Maria216710 - 11GMLagarde Maxime2651
4
2415
GMLopez Martinez Josep Manuel254211 - 01CMPapadiamandis Elliot2134
80
2517
GMCuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando25281½ - ½1Villar Reymundo Juan Antonio2129
82

Details

Prizes

Total Prize fund - €27155. For the entire prize details, click here.

Schedule

13th - 22nd December - 9:00 p.m. IST

23rd December - 2:00 p.m. IST

Links

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