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Sunway Sitges Open R4: Nino Batsiashvili beats Karen Grigoryan

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/12/2020

Eleven players share the lead with 3.5 points at the conclusion of Round 4 in VII Sunway Sitges Open. All top three boards ended up in draws in Round 4. Although GM Nicholas Checa was winning against GM Jules Moussard for the better part of the game, but he could not convert it. GM Nino Batsiashvili scored a fantastic win against GM Karen Grigoryan. IM Leon Mendonca was held to a draw by FM Mahel Boyer and Souhardo Basak lost to IM Hans Niemann. Leon will face veteran GM Oleg Romanishin and Souhardo will go against Xavier Serrano Aspa in Round 5 starting tonight from 9 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Top three boards end in draws

Defending champion Korobov suffered a loss against GM Hipolito Asis Gargatagli. Georgian GM Nino Batsiashvili after delivering a Masterclass defeated Armenian GM Karen Grigoryan. IM Leon Mendonca was held to a draw by FM Mahel Boyer and Souhardo Basak lost to IM Hans Niemann. Shubham Bandikatte beat second seed Abderezzak Slimani and he is now at 3.5/4 in Group B.

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

Korobov suffers a loss

After escaping from the jaws of defeat in Round 2 and salvaging a draw in Round 3, the defending champion Korobov got outplayed by Hipolito Asis Gargatagli.

Hipolito - Korobov

Position after 18...Kg7

Find out the best continuation for white after 18...Kg7

It will be a tall order for Korobov to make a comeback to defend his title | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Sunway Chess Open

Nino beats Karen

Nino Batsiashvili got an advantage early in the opening against Karen Grigoryan.

Batsiashvili - Grigoryan

Position after 14...b5

14...b5 definitely looks bad for black. What is the correct continuation for white?

With this win Nino joins ten other leaders with 3.5/4 | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Boyer held Leon

Mahel Boyer played absolutely solid and gave Leon no chance which resulted in a draw.

Leon's temperature is being checked as part of the safety measures | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Niemann beats Souhardo

Souhardo played a bit inaccurately in the middle game, however he still managed to get a seemingly equal endgame, until he made a strange backward move.

Niemann - Souhardo

Position after 33...Ne8

Instead of 33...Ne8, black should have played a bit more actively with 33...Nd5.

Photo Gallery

GM Matthieu Cornette giving his lecture | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

GM Nino Batsiashvili gave a lecture before beating Karen Grigoryan and taking the lead | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Various parts of the tournament hall has a beautiful view | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Replay Round 4 games

Round 4 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
12GMCheparinov Ivan26603½ - ½3GMPlat Vojtech255211
218GMCheca Nicolas25273½ - ½3GMMoussard Jules26265
319GMBellahcene Bilel25103½ - ½3GMSantos Ruiz Miguel25817
425GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito24701 - 0GMKorobov Anton26931
527GMBatsiashvili Nino24661 - 0GMGrigoryan Karen H.26513
66GMSantos Latasa Jaime25881 - 0IMGines Esteo Pedro Antonio243731
78GMDragnev Valentin25640 - 1GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo245929
828GMStefanova Antoaneta2466½ - ½GMCornette Matthieu25589
912GMFier Alexandr25491 - 0IMBulmaga Irina242433
1030IMMaurizzi Marc Andria2445½ - ½GMNevednichy Vladislav254613
1114GMKrysa Leandro2544½ - ½FMCarbonell Sancho Marc231851
1221GMNarciso Dublan Marc2495½ - ½FMCsiki Endre223166
134GMLagarde Maxime265121 - 02FMEsplugas Esteve Vicenc231950
1452FMMsellek Ilyass231620 - 12GMLopez Martinez Josep Manuel254215
1516IMMendonca Leon Luke25302½ - ½2FMBoyer Mahel230753
1620GMFlom Gabriel249921 - 02Dalaud Dorian229155
1722IMGarriga Cazorla Pere24872½ - ½2Ortega Serra Marc228857
1864FMAntova Gabriela224721 - 02IMDardha Daniel248523
1924IMNiemann Hans Moke247821 - 02Souhardo Basak227659
2026IMSochacki Christophe246921 - 02IMHernando Rodrigo Julio Antonio227560



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


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