Tepe Sigeman & Co 2022 R4: Hans Niemann extends his sole lead, Arjun Erigaisi draws
18-year-old Hans Niemann is on a roll. After winning 55th Capablanca Memorial a few days ago, the American continues his fantastic momentum. He increased his unbeaten streak to 16 games after winning against the UAE no.1 Salem Saleh in fourth round of 27th Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament. Arjun Erigaisi drew his game with Sweden no.1 Nils Grandelius. He will face the defending champion Jorden van Foreest in Round 5. Jorden is still in search for his first win of the event. Round 5 starts today at 2:00 p.m. CET (5:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022
Hans scores the sole win of the round again
Third consecutive round had only one decisive game. For the second time in-a-row, Hans Niemann was the lone victor.
Salem - Niemann: 0-1
Hans Niemann (USA, 2637) offered an exchange sacrifice, for which he was gaining a valuable pawn and a kingside initiative. Salem Saleh (UAE, 2690) decided to accept it.
It was not like White had a better choice. The threat of Rg8 and Nf4 was looming large. White should have gotten rid of the knight 29.Bxd5 instead of 29.Bb5 to continue the fight. The game continued 30.Nd7+ Rxd7 31.Bxd7 Nf4 32.Rd6 Bxg2 33.Bc6 Rg8 Black had enough compensation for the exchange. White's king was relatively weaker and the kingside pawns fell off quickly. White resigned in another ten moves.
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 4 results
|1||8||2695||GM||Shirov Alexei||½ - ½||GM||Adams Michael||2698||6|
|2||7||2682||GM||Navara David||½ - ½||GM||Van Foreest Jorden||2715||5|
|3||1||2675||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||½ - ½||GM||Grandelius Nils||2635||4|
|4||2||2690||GM||Salem A.R. Saleh||0 - 1||GM||Niemann Hans Moke||2656||3|
Round 5 pairings
|1||3||2656||GM||Niemann Hans Moke||GM||Shirov Alexei||2695||8|
|2||4||2635||GM||Grandelius Nils||GM||Salem A.R. Saleh||2690||2|
|3||5||2715||GM||Van Foreest Jorden||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||2675||1|
|4||6||2698||GM||Adams Michael||GM||Navara David||2682||7|
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)