Arjun Erigaisi started hitting the next level at Goldmoney Asian Rapid this past summer when he ended Aronian's undefeated streak at the event. The healthy rivalry with Aronian began since then. The most anticipated match of the event between Aronian and Arjun did not disappoint. It delivered everything one can fathom - action, drama, high stakes, high-tension match which showcased Arjun's another quality which the majority of the Indian youth possess - true grit. No matter how adverse things might get, one needs to have the courage to fight back, even if your opponent is the mighty, only two-time World Cup winner in the history of chess. If you are wondering when are we going to get more Aronian-Arjun, you don't have to wait longer as they will play two blitz games in the next two days, starts tomorrow from 2 p.m. IST at Tata Steel Chess India 2021 Blitz. Photo: Lennart Ootes
Only Praggnanandhaa remains undefeated
Praggnanandhaa holds the unique distinction of the only player beating the eventual champion, Arjun Erigaisi. He is also the only player who has remained undefeated. The tournament lineup selection has truly been fantastic as there was no theoretical or quick uneventful draws. There was plenty of fighting chess, creative play and some beautiful positions and executions. The tournament has been the perfect example of what super tournaments should have, a great mix of world class players along with the youth.
"I think it's a huge discovery for India. For him, it's a great boost of confidence and maybe for us, we have discovered a star." - Vishy Anand on how important Arjun Erigaisi 's triumph is for the Indian chess at this stage.
"Before the game, I was trying to calm myself down, be normal and play as I usually do. As the game started, I started feeling nervous and especially after I got into a bad position, I was really regretting my previous draw with white. In the end, I am very happy" - Arjun Erigaisi on his mindset before and during the game against Levon Aronian, one whom he was looking forward to play since the 'Draw of lots'.
Round 7: Shankland - Liem: 1-0
Although the rook, knight and few pawns' endgame seem relatively equal, it is very easy to go wrong, especially when you are down on the clock and not in your best shape.