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29th Tepe Sigeman & Co 2024 R1: Arjun Erigaisi outplays Wenjun, now World no.5

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/04/2024

Arjun Erigaisi started off 29th TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2024 with a win over reigning Women's World Champion - Wenjun Ju (CHN). The win moved him up to World no.5 in the live ratings. Wenjun played a line in the Grunfeld which she herself won with the white pieces. However, in this game, it was Arjun who deviated and capitalized on his opponent's mistake. Anton Korobov (UKR) also started with a win as he seized his opportunity against Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) in the endgame. Marc` Andria Maurizzi's (FRA) ambitious approach did not work against Vincent Keymer (GER). The defending champion, Peter Svidler drew against the Sweden no.1 - Nils Grandelius. Round 2 starts tomorrow Sunday 28th May at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Mikael Svensson/

Korobov stuns Abdusattorov

Arjun Erigaisi will face Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) in Round 2.

Arjun Erigaisi scored an emphatic victory against Wenjun Ju (CHN)

Arjun - Wenjun: 1-0

Arjun Erigaisi (2756) sacrificed an exchange sacrifice offered by the reigning Women's World Champion, Wenjun Ju (CHN, 2559). She had played this line against her fellow compatriot Kaiyu Ning (CHN) and won with white pieces.

Position after 12...cxd4

Black played 12...cxd4 allowing 13.Nb6 Qe6 14.Nxa8 Qxe5 15.Qb3 deviating from Wenjun's earlier win Nc7. Black had enough compensation until she incorrectly recaptured a bishop.

Position after 18...Qg4

19.Bxf6 exf6? Black needed to go Bxf6 to keep things in balance 20.Qb5 Nc5 21.b4 d3 22.f3 Qd4 would have been a sharp but a better continuation for Black. Instead, 19...exf6? displaced the queen after 20.h3 Qg5 21.Qb5 Rd8 22.Re8+ Rxe8 23.Qxg5 fxg5 24.Nxe8 and White soon won the game.

Arjun Erigaisi takes on Women's World Champion - Analysis by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

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Arjun Erigaisi started off with a victory and became World no.5 in the live ratings

Arjun Erigaisi is now World no.5 with a live rating 2763.6 | Source:

Maurizzi - Keymer

Position after 18.gxh6??

Marc' Andria Maurizzi (FRA, 2605) launched an ambitious attack 18.gxh6?? it did not pan out. Vincent Keymer (GER, 2726) found the correct defense Nd7 19.fxe5 g6 20.Qh3 Nxe5 21.0-0 Bxe4 22.Bxe4 Qg5+ 23.Kh1 Rad8 24.Rg1 Qxe3 Black thwarted all White's attempts to stir up trouble and won the game.

Marc' Andria Maurizzi's (FRA) bold approach did not work out against Vincent Keymer (GER)

Anton Korobov (UKR) capitalized on Nodirbek Abdusattorov's (UZB) mistake in the endgame

Peter Svidler - Nils Grandelius (SWE): 0.5-0.5

Tanmaya Lal, Indian Ambassador to Sweden & Latvia, made the inaugural first move on Peter Svidler and Nils Grandelius' board

Round 1 in progress

GM Laurent Fressinet (FRA) and GM Stellan Brynell (SWE) are the official commentators
Replay TepeSigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2024  Round 1 Live Commentary by GM Laurent Fressinet (FRA) and GM Stellan Brynell (SWE) | Video: Sveriges Schackförbund

Time Control

90 minutes for 40 moves and then 30 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move (Malmö rules-no draws before move 40).

Replay Round 1 games

Round 1 results

Marc` Andria Maurizzi - Vincent Keymer: 0-1

Anton Korobov - Nodirbek Abdusattorov: 1-0

Arjun Erigaisi - Wenjun Ju: 1-0

Peter Svidler - Nils Grandelius: 0.5-0.5


Standings after Round 1


Round 2 pairings

Vincent Keymer - Nils Grandelius

Wenjun Ju - Peter Svidler

Nodirbek Abdusattorov - Arjun Erigaisi

Marc` Andria Maurizzi - Anton Korobov


27th April - 2nd May: 3 p.m. CET, 6:30 p.m. IST, 3rd May: 12 p.m. CET, 3:30 p.m. IST.


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