Arjun Erigaisi dominates Stepan Avagyan Memorial

by André Schulz
6/18/2024 – Arjun Erigaisi continues to impress: after a strong performance at the French Team Championships, he won the Stepan Avagyan Memorial in Jermuk, Armenia, with 6.0/9, finishing 1.5 points ahead of his closest rivals. With a live rating of 2778.1, he is now ranked 4th in the world. | Photos: Chess Academy Armenia

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The young Indian grandmasters keep making headlines with their successes, though they take turns doing so. Praggnanandhaa caused a storm in his home country when he finished second in the last World Cup to qualify for the Candidates' Tournament, in which two other Indians, Vidit and Gukesh, also took part. Gukesh won the Candidates and now will play reigning World Champion Ding Liren for the title. And Gukesh has good chances in this match as the defending champion is currently far from his best. And now Arjun Erigaisi is racing up the Elo list.

After a fine performance at the French Team Championship in Chartres, where he played for Philidor Metz, Erigaisi also impressed at the Stepan Avagyan Memorial in Jermuk, Armenia. Erigaisi started the tournament in Jermuk as the world's number 4 in live rankings, behind Carlsen, Nakamura and Caruana, but continued to gain rating points.

Erigaisi started in Jermuk with wins against the two Armenians Robert Hovhannisyan and Shant Sarsyan. This was followed by three draws in rounds three to five and then another victory, against German Grandmaster Matthias Blübaum. Erigaisi seems to be familiar with the classics, as he improved a game from the 1986 world championship match between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov.

After a draw in the seventh round, Erigaisi defeated the young Russian Volodar Murzin in the penultimate round. The game was calm and balanced for a long time, but Murzin collapsed in the endgame.

In the final round of the Stepan Avagyan Memorial 2024, all games ended in draws, and there were no more changes in the table. Behind Erigaisi, Samuel Sevian, M. Amin Tabatabaei and Bogdan-Daniel Deac took the places.

Final standings



André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.
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