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Sunway Sitges Open R7: Korobov is back at the top

by Shahid Ahmed - 21/12/2020

Top two boards ending up in hard fought draws allowed the defending champion and top seed of the tournament Anton Korobov to catch up with the leaders with 5.5/7. Korobov along with four overnight leaders Jaime, Cheparinov, Niemann and Moussard are now joined by Checa, Fier and Nevednichy at the top spot with an eight-way lead. With three rounds to go, the tournament is still wide open, anyone can win. IM Leon salvaged a draw against FM Marc Sancho, Souhardo beat Alex Morales and Shubham drew with Antonio Sole in Round 7. Round 8 will start tonight from 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Eight-way lead

All four leaders GM Jaimes Santos Latasa, GM Ivan Cheparinov, IM Hans Niemann and GM Jules Moussard drew their respective games. Thus allowing GM Anton Korobov, GM Nicolas Checa, GM Alexandr Fier and GM Vladislav Nevednichy to join them at the top of the leaders table with 5.5/7. IM Leon Mendonca faced a stiff competition in the form of FM Marc Carbonell Sancho. He managed to salvage a draw from a completely lost position. Souhardo Basak beat Alex Catarineu Morales and Shubham Bandikatte drew with Antonio Madrid Sole to move to 5.0/7 in Group B.

Korobov is back at the top | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Sunway Chess Open

Korobov - Martinez: 1-0

The defending champion and the top seed of the tournament Anton Korobov defeated Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez to get back in the lead.

Korobov - Martinez

Position after 20...h5

What is the best way for white to continue after 20...h5 ?

Checa - Grigoryan: 1-0

GM Nicolas of USA won against GM Karen Grigoryan of Armenia in just 29 moves to join the eight-way lead.

Checa - Grigoryan

Position after 22...Rg4

22...Rg4 is a blunder. Find out why.

Carbonell - Leon: 0.5-0.5

Leon was in great trouble for the better part of the game. However he put up a great fight against Marc Carbonell Sancho and managed to salvage a draw.

Carbonell - Leon

Position after 28...Kh8

Find out the best continuation for white after 28...Kh8

Photo Gallery

Beautiful vista from one of the tournament hall | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

View from the terrace of the tournament hall | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

It is absolutely pleasant to play when the scenery looks that beautiful | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Outside of the Hotel Sunway Playa Golf and Spa | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Replay Round 7 games

Round 7 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
16GMSantos Latasa Jaime25885½ - ½5GMCheparinov Ivan26602
224IMNiemann Hans Moke24785½ - ½5GMMoussard Jules26265
31GMKorobov Anton26931 - 0GMLopez Martinez Josep Manuel254215
418GMCheca Nicolas25271 - 0GMGrigoryan Karen H.26513
54GMLagarde Maxime2651½ - ½GMFlom Gabriel249920
67GMSantos Ruiz Miguel2581½ - ½IMSochacki Christophe246926
729GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo2459½ - ½GMMaze Sebastien255710
811GMPlat Vojtech2552½ - ½GMNarciso Dublan Marc249521
919GMBellahcene Bilel25100 - 1GMFier Alexandr254912
1013GMNevednichy Vladislav25461 - 0GMStefanova Antoaneta246628
119GMCornette Matthieu25584½ - ½4FMMsellek Ilyass231652
1227GMBatsiashvili Nino246641 - 04GMKrysa Leandro254414
1351FMCarbonell Sancho Marc23184½ - ½4IMMendonca Leon Luke253016
1423IMDardha Daniel248541 - 04IMHernando Rodrigo Julio Antonio227560
1525GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito247040 - 14Lever Erwan220069
1631IMGines Esteo Pedro Antonio24374½ - ½4FMJimenez Ruano Adrian227958
1753FMBoyer Mahel23071 - 0GMDragnev Valentin25648
1855Dalaud Dorian2291½ - ½IMGarriga Cazorla Pere248722
1930IMMaurizzi Marc Andria24451 - 0IMOotes Lars237344
2064FMAntova Gabriela2247½ - ½IMGatineau Yovann242334



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