Dubai Masters: Aravindh and Visakh share the lead after six rounds

by André Schulz
5/10/2024 – With 5.0/6 each, the Indian Grandmasters Aravind Chithambaram and Visakh N R are still the leading duo at the Dubai Masters. Top seed Yu Yangyi, Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun and chess legend Vasyl Ivanchuk belong to the group of 11 pursuers with 4.5/6. | Photo: Aravind Chithambaram (right) at the start of his game against Vladislav Artemiev in round 6. | Photos: Aditya Sur Roy (ChessBase India)

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After six rounds, the two Indian grandmasters Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. and Visakh, N R are still in the lead. In round five, the two players, who both started with 4.0/4, drew their game against each other. In round six, Aravindh also drew against Vladislav Artemiev.

Visakh also drew against his compatriot Aditya Mittal. Sethuraman and Pranav, the runners-up who were playing at table three, also drew. So there was no change at the top of the table.

Vasyl Ivanchuk defeated Sina Movahed and Arad Nazari, both International Masters from Iran, in rounds five and six, and with 4.5/6 he is now one of the eleven players chasing the leading Indian duo.

The top seed of the tournament, Chinese Grandmaster Yu Yangyi, is also part of this group. In round five he defeated IM Alparslan Isik from Turkey and in round six he won against Aleksandar Indjic from Serbia, the first Grandmaster Yu Yangyi had to face in the tournament.

With 4.0/6 Yu's compatriot, Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun, has half a point less. She came from the TePe Sigeman Tournament in Malmö and started in Dubai with a bye (you don't play, but you get half a point), and then followed up with with two wins and three draws in the next five games.

In round six she drew against Javokhir Sindarov from Uzbekistan and currently has a rating-performance of 2609.

Standings after six rounds

1 8
GM Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr. IND 2670 5 2788 0 18 15,5 4 10 7
2 41
GM Visakh, N R IND 2506 5 2774 0 16,5 15 4 10 20,2
3 49
GM Fawzy, Adham EGY 2486 4,5 2780 0 17,5 15,5 3 10 23
4 27
GM Pranav, V IND 2587 4,5 2742 0 16 14,5 3 10 12
5 35
GM Pranesh, M IND 2535 4,5 2737 0 16,5 14,5 4 10 15,7
6 3
GM Artemiev, Vladislav RUS 2705 4,5 2734 0 18,5 15,5 3 10 2,4
7 26
GM Sethuraman, S.P. IND 2588 4,5 2688 0 14,5 13 3 10 7,7
8 17
GM Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2629 4,5 2682 0 17 14 4 10 3,8
9 4
GM Narayanan, S L IND 2695 4,5 2680 0 14 12 3 10 -0,6
10 1
GM Yu, Yangyi CHN 2728 4,5 2668 0 16 13 3 10 -3,4
11 21
GM Aditya, Mittal IND 2607 4,5 2658 0 14,5 12,5 3 10 3,8
12 16
GM Puranik, Abhimanyu IND 2629 4,5 2637 0 13,5 12 4 10 0,7
13 20
GM Ivanchuk, Vasyl UKR 2609 4,5 2629 0 16 13 3 10 1,4
14 37
GM Vignesh, N R IND 2526 4 2658 0 15 13 2 10 10,4
15 38
GM Makhnev, Denis KAZ 2518 4 2645 0 15,5 14 2 10 10,1
16 6
GM Sindarov, Javokhir UZB 2684 4 2627 0 15,5 13 2 10 -4
17 12
GM Sargsyan, Shant ARM 2637 4 2616 0 16 14 2 10 -1,6
18 2
GM Tabatabaei, M. Amin IRI 2707 4 2614 0 16 13 3 10 -6,3
19 32
GM Ju, Wenjun w CHN 2559 4 2607 0 13,5 12 2 10 3,3
20 7
GM Martirosyan, Haik M. ARM 2678 4 2601 0 16,5 14 2 10 -5,3
21 14
GM Donchenko, Alexander GER 2631 4 2601 0 16 14 2 10 -2,2
22 31
GM Ghosh, Diptayan IND 2560 4 2578 0 13,5 11,5 3 10 1,6
23 66
GM Zajic, Milan SRB 2436 4 2576 0 12,5 12 3 10 11,8
24 5
GM Niemann, Hans Moke USA 2688 4 2569 0 15,5 13 2 10 -7,9
25 18
GM Suleymanli, Aydin AZE 2621 4 2554 0 15,5 12,5 3 10 -4,8

...135 players

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