And here we go for the 5th round of the Serbia Chess Open 2022! Today in the Masters tournament, the only two players with 100% of points played each other: the Turkish grandmaster Can Emre (2599 Elo) against the Indian grandmaster Adhiban B. (2616 Elo).
In a rare variation of the Catalan, Can Emre with the white pieces quickly sacrificed the c4-pawn to get very active pieces which allowed him to recover his pawn soon after. Both players signed the draw after 13 moves.
Final position after 13…Qxc5
This allows three players who were at 3.5 points out of 4 to join them at the top of the tournament: the Greek international master Ioannidis Evgenios (2459 Elo), the Russian grandmaster Alexander Motylev (2619 Elo) and the Indian grandmaster Aryan Chopra (2609 Elo)
Motylev (left) and Ioannidis (right), among the
co-leaders of the tournament with 4.5 points out of 5.
Note the superb performance so far of the Greek international master Ioannidis Evgenios (2459 Elo) who currently has a performance at 2800 Elo! He is well on his way to the international grandmaster norm.
Position after 31.Rc1
Today, Ioannidis defeated the grandmaster Jumabayev Rinat (2628 Elo). In this position, Jumabayev could secure the draw with 31...Rxa4 32.Rc8+ Bf8 33.Bh6 Ne6 and White had to settle for an equal endgame. Instead, Jumabayev played 31...h5? and after 32.Rc4 he had to defend an inferior endgame which he ended up losing.
Tomorrow on the first three boards, the leaders of the tournament with 4.5 points out of 5 will face each other. Note that the first Serbian player, grandmaster Ivic Velimir (2628 Elo) is close with 4 points out of 5.
As for the Amateurs tournament, four players were in the lead with 4 points out of 5 including the Turkish FIDE master Kilic Efe Mert (2194 Elo) who made a draw against the Singaporean player Teo Hong Ming (1850 Elo). There are only two players left with 100% and these two players will face each other tomorrow: Shoshin Kirill (1938 Elo) and the candidate master Aaditya Dhingra (1965 Elo).
Don't miss the start of the games tomorrow, round 6 at 4pm!
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