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Biel GMT 2021 R2: Nihal holds Gelfand to a draw

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/07/2021

All four games ended in a draw in the second round of 54th Biel International Chess Festival 2021 GMT. Nihal held Gelfand to a draw. Studer and Pichot topped the previous day's seven-hour battle by playing for seven hours and 40 minutes in an interesting game where the momentum shifted from Studer to Pichot's favor until it returned to equilibrium. Vaishali continues her impressive run as she drew with GM Maksim Chigaev (RUS). IM Harshit Raja defeated the bullet specialist GM Andrew Tang (USA). GMT Classical Round 3 and MTO Round 4 starts at 5:30 p.m. IST today. Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Studer-Pichot marathon runs for 7 hours 40 mins, Ganguly shares the lead with Salem

Nihal Sarin played well against Boris Gelfand to hold him to a draw by perpetual check. Perhaps the most interesting game of the day was between Noel Studer and Alan Pichot. Studer having the advantage first, was unable to capitalize it. Later Pichot had a clear way to win, but he missed it. The game ran for 7 hours and 40 minutes and it was 138 move long interesting battle with a lot of layers. Ganguly joined the lead with Salem Saleh with a 100% score of 3.0/3. They will face each other in the fourth round.

Nihal played a good game against Gelfand | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Surya Sekhar Ganguly is one of the leader 3.0/3 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GMT: Nihal - Gelfand: 0.5-0.5

Nihal made an interesting draw with Gelfand.

Position after 26.Nh7

Instead of choosing to defend the d3-pawn, Nihal found an active play on the kingside 26.Nh7. White responded 26...Rxd3 with 27.Rxg7+ which Black has to take Bxg7 28.Rxg7+ Ke6 29.Ng5+ Kf6 30.Rg6+ and Black cannot get out of perpetual. Even if the king goes to the back rank, White always has a Nh7-f6+ perpetual. There is also an alternative of trying to promote the h-pawn.

Studer - Pichot: 0.5-0.5

Switzerland's very own Noel Studer had a very interesting marathon encounter with Alan Pichot (ARG).

Position after 25...Qa7

White has a clear advantage in the above position, and it is just a matter of time for White to convert the passed a-pawn. However, in reality, it is not as easy as it sounds. 26.Na4 was probably the best way for White to continue as Nb6 is the threat and a5-pawn is tactically defended.

Position after 41.Kh3

The game continued 41...Rh1+ 42.Kg4 and White managed to escape. The better choice was 41...Qf1+ 42.Kg4 Rd4+ and now Black is completely irrespective of the fact whether White decides to take the rook at d4 or play 43.f4. Seven hours and 42 minutes, 138-moves later the game ended in a draw.

Pichot had a better and definitive chance than Studer in the marathon game | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

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Fistbump is rapidly replacing handshake owing to the Covid-19 pandemic | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Kamsky has a 2-1 score against Lagarde in this event so far | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Vincent Keymer getting checked randomly | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

A bird's eye view of Nihal-Gelfand's game | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

It was a good opportunity for Studer to score his first victory over Pichot in this tournament | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Alan Pichot had a more clear chance at win | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

The GMT participants | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

GMT Classical Round 2 results

Bo.No.RtgNameResultNameRtgNo.
182581GMStuder Noel½ - ½GMPichot Alan26305
262620GMNihal Sarin½ - ½GMGelfand Boris26754
372591GMKeymer Vincent½ - ½GMAlekseenko Kirill26993
412658GMKamsky Gata½ - ½GMLagarde Maxime26482

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Round 3 pairings

Bo.No.RtgNameResultNameRtgNo.
122648GMLagarde MaximeGMStuder Noel25818
232699GMAlekseenko KirillGMKamsky Gata26581
342675GMGelfand BorisGMKeymer Vincent25917
452630GMPichot AlanGMNihal Sarin26206

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GMT Overall standings

GMT Classical Scoring: Win - 4 points, Draw - 1.5 points and Loss - 0.

MTO Round 3 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMSaleh Salem A.R.268221 - 02GMPuranik Abhimanyu2589
14
213
GMFedorchuk Sergey25982½ - ½2GMEljanov Pavel2671
2
35
GMChithambaram Aravindh26412½ - ½2GMYuffa Daniil2578
16
417
GMWagner Dennis25722½ - ½2GMBanusz Tamas2631
6
523
GMValsecchi Alessio252720 - 12GMGanguly Surya Shekhar2625
8
69
GMNarayanan S.L.26242½ - ½2GMDragnev Valentin2569
18
77
GMChigaev Maksim2630½ - ½2WGMVaishali R2393
33
828
IMKalyan Arjun2503½ - ½GMErdos Viktor2614
10
911
GMR Praggnanandhaa26081 - 0IMBänziger Fabian2392
34
1036
IMSeul Georg23720 - 1GMMurali Karthikeyan2606
12
1129
IMRaja Harshit24841 - 0GMTang Andrew2525
24
124
GMSethuraman S.P.264411 - 0FMTahay Alexis2349
39
1315
GMGukesh Dommaraju25781½ - ½1FMStelmaszyk Nico2296
43
1450
Pahud Cédric220010 - 11GMErigaisi Arjun2567
19
1555
WIMRakhmangulova Anastasiya216710 - 11GMSadhwani Raunak2555
20

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Round 4 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
18
GMGanguly Surya Shekhar262533GMSaleh Salem A.R.2682
1
22
GMEljanov Pavel2671GMWagner Dennis2572
17
313
GMFedorchuk Sergey2598GMChithambaram Aravindh2641
5
46
GMBanusz Tamas2631IMRaja Harshit2484
29
516
GMYuffa Daniil2578GMNarayanan S.L.2624
9
618
GMDragnev Valentin2569GMR Praggnanandhaa2608
11
712
GMMurali Karthikeyan2606WGMVaishali R2393
33
825
GMNR Visakh251622GMSethuraman S.P.2644
4
923
GMValsecchi Alessio252722GMChigaev Maksim2630
7
1010
GMErdos Viktor261422IMGschnitzer Adrian2420
31
1114
GMPuranik Abhimanyu258922IMKalyan Arjun2503
28
1230
IMNR Vignesh242822GMErigaisi Arjun2567
19
1320
GMSadhwani Raunak255522IMHaimovich Tal2388
35
1438
FMPapadiamandis Elliot236322GMKorpa Bence2536
21
1522
GMKantor Gergely25272IMJ Sai Agni Jeevitesh2322
40

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