GM Arjun Erigaisi wins Stepan Avagyan Memorial, jumps to career-high 4th spot in live rating

Arjun Erigaisi

In a thrilling display of chess mastery, Indian Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi secured victory at the Stepan Avagyan Memorial 2024 in Jermuk, Armenia. His remarkable performance not only clinched the title but also propelled him to a career-high live rating of No. 4 in the world.

Arjun Erigaisi’s stellar performance

Erigaisi faced off against Russian GM Volodar Murzin in the eighth and penultimate round. With precision and determination, Erigaisi outplayed his opponent in a 63-move battle. This win took him to a total of six points in the tournament, with four wins and as many draws. His unassailable lead of 1.5 points over three players secured the crown in a strong 10-player field.

Erigaisi’s stellar performance didn’t stop there. He now boasts a live rating of 2779.9 ELO points. This remarkable achievement places him at No. 4 in the world rankings. He trails only the chess titans: Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Hikaru Nakamura, and Fabiano Caruana (USA).

Throughout the year, Erigaisi has been challenging himself in open tournaments. His victories include the Menorca Open crown in April and a strong finish in the TePe Sigeman Chess Tournament in May. Notably, he secured a joint-fifth position in the Sharjah Masters Open tournament. Against Murzin, Erigaisi capitalized on his opponent’s error in the rook and minor piece endgame, sealing his title.

In the last round of the tournament, Erigaisi faces local GM Manuel Petrosyan. He aims to secure another victory and close the gap on Fabiano Caruana, currently in third place with 2795.6 ELO points in the live ratings.

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