Dubai Open Chess: Praggnanandhaa, Arjun proceed with wins; Vignesh surprises prime seed Predke

Published:Mar 9, 202422:00
Dubai Open Chess: Praggnanandhaa, Arjun proceed with wins; Vignesh surprises prime seed Predke

Arjun Erigiasi and R. Praggnanandhaa stayed on track of their much-awaited conflict following their third straight victory that made them a part of a eight-man main pack within the Dubai Open chess event in Dubai on Monday.

On a day when N. R. Vignesh surprisingly held prime seeded Russian Alexandr Predke and V. S. Rathnavel exceeded expectations by proving equal to Germany's Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Arjun defeated Raja Rithvik in 32 strikes and Praggnanandhaa stopped P. Shyaamnikhil in simply 25 to be among the many leaders.

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Sahaj Grover was the third Indian to keep up an all-win file after racing previous Ritviz Parab in 23 strikes.

Different leaders have been Vladimir Akopian (USA), Rinat Jumabayev (Kazakhstan), Aram Hakobyan (Armenia), Mahammad Muradli (Azerbaijan) and Alexander Indjic (Serbia).

Main outcomes (Indians except said):

Third spherical: Alexandr Predke (FIDE, 2.5) drew with N. R. Vignesh (2.5); R. Raja Rithvik (2) misplaced to Arjun Erigaisi (3); P. Shyam Nikhil (2) misplaced to R. Praggnanandhaa (3); Vladimir Akopian (USA, 3) bt Siddharth Jagadeesh (Sgp, 2); Kushagra Mohan (2) misplaced to Rinat Jumabayev (Kaz, 3); Rohith Krishna (2) misplaced to Alexander Indjic (Srb, 3); Aram Hakobyan (Arm, 3) bt Suyog Wagh (2); Kashish Jain (2) misplaced to Mahammad Muradli (Aze, 3); Sahaj Grover (3) bt Ritviz Parab (2); V. S. Rathnavel (2.5) drew with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Ger, 2.5); Abhijeet Gupta (2.5) drew with Ortik Nigamatov (Uzb, 2.5); L. R. Srihari (2.5) drew with S. P. Sethuraman (2.5); Ziaur Rahman (Ban, 2.5) drew with Raunak Sadhwani (2.5).

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