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Tepe Sigeman & Co 2022 R3: Hans Niemann halts Arjun Erigaisi

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/05/2022

Arjun Erigaisi met his match in the form USA's top junior Hans Niemann. The in-form India no.4 suffered his first loss in the third round of 27th Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2022. An incorrect queen exchange destroyed Arjun's pawn structure and made the position even more difficult to play. Niemann being an enterprising player, had no trouble seizing his advantage and converting it into a full point. Both Arjun and Niemann are currently in the lead at 2.0/3 each. The remaining three games ended in draws. Round 4 starts today at 3:00 p.m. CET (6:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Hans denies Arjun's hat-trick, joins the lead

Just like the previous round, the third round also witnessed only one decisive game. Hans Niemann scored his first win of the event against the tournament leader, Arjun Erigaisi.

Hans Niemann (USA) and Arjun Erigaisi share the lead 2.0/3 | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Niemann - Arjun: 1-0

Arjun Erigaisi (2675) made an incorrect queen exchange offer which was initially declined by Hans Niemann (USA, 2637). He gained a tempo by developing his bishop and then exchanged the queen at the next opportunity.

Position after 19...Qc6

What Black could have done instead is 19...b5 20.Qb3 Qb7 maneuver the knight to b6 and so on. 19...Qc6 20.Qxc6 bxc6 fragmented Black's pawn structure. The position became far more unpleasant and difficult to play.

Position after 43.h5

The straw that broke the camel's back moment would be 43...g5. After 44.a4 it was a point of no return for Black. There were no breakthroughs left for Black which means the chance to salvage the position was gone. 43...a4 was worth a try.

Battle of the Super Juniors - Hans Niemann vs Arjun Erigaisi | Video: ChessBase India

Salem Saleh (UAE) - Alexey Shirov (ESP): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Nils Grandelius (SWE) - David Navara (CZE): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Jorden van Foreest (NED) - Michael Adams (ENG): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022

Time Control

90 minutes for 40 moves and then 30 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move (Malmö rules-no draws before move 40).

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Round 3 results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMSalem A.R. Saleh½ - ½GMShirov Alexei
GMNiemann Hans Moke1 - 0GMErigaisi Arjun
GMGrandelius Nils½ - ½GMNavara David
GMVan Foreest Jorden½ - ½GMAdams Michael


Round 4 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMShirov AlexeiGMAdams Michael
GMNavara DavidGMVan Foreest Jorden
GMErigaisi ArjunGMGrandelius Nils
GMSalem A.R. SalehGMNiemann Hans Moke



3rd - 8th May - 3 p.m. CET (6:30 p.m. IST), 7th May - 2 p.m. CET (5:30 p.m. IST).

9th May - 12 p.m. CET (3:30 p.m. IST)


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