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56th Biel MTO R4: Kashish Jain and Ajay Krishna shine in contrasting victories

by Shahid Ahmed - 21/07/2023

FM Kashish Manoj Jain and IM Ajay Krishna S scored contrasting yet fantastic victories at 56th Biel Chess Festival MTO Round 4. Kashish positionally outplayed his opponent GM Nikita Meshkovs (LAT). Ajay on the other hand, launched a sound attack against GM Viktor Erdos (HUN) to register a victory. GM Yan Liu (CHN) has taken sole lead by winning against GM Aryan Chopra. IM Aditya S Samant held GM Ngoc Truong Son Nguyen (VIE) to a draw. GM Pranav Anand defeated IM Marco Materia (FRA) to join Aditya in a four-way pursuit 3.5/4 each. They both will face each other in Round 5 MTO which starts today from 2 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST along with GMT Round 4. Cover photo: Rupali Mullick and Shahid Ahmed. All photos are by Biel Chess Festival unless stated otherwise.

GMT R3: Vincent Keymer joins David Navara in the lead

Vincent Keymer (GER) defeated defending GMT champion Liem Quang Le (VIE), to join the lead with David Navara (CZE) with a score of 17/26. Arjun Erigaisi suffered his second loss against Bassem Amin (EGY) at this event.

Both FM Kashish Manoj Jain and IM Ajay Krishna S scored fantastic victories and became strong contenders to win 'Beauty Award' for MTO Round 4 | Photo: Rupali Mullick and Shahid Ahmed

GMT Round 3: Bassem - Arjun: 4-0

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2710) faced Egypt no.1 GM Bassem Amin (2694) thrice in 2018 in three Classical rated games. All of them ended in draws. This time, Arjun made a paltry mistake which shifted things in his opponent's favor.

Position after 23.Rxa7

Black is already behind a pawn. 23...Qxa7 would have been better than what was played Rxb2? 24.Rxf7! Rb6 25.Rb7 Rxb7 26.Qxb7 Qxb7 27.Bxb7 is winning for White.

GM Arjun Erigaisi lost against GM Bassem Amin (EGY) for the second time at this event

GM Vincent Keymer (GER) defeated GM Liem Quang Le (VIE) to join the lead with GM David Navara (CZE)

MTO Round 4: Erdos - Ajay Krishna: 0-1

IM Ajay Krishna S (2390) launched a very nice attack to beat GM Viktor Erdos (HUN, 2571).

Position after 26...Ne3

26...Ne3! is a remarkable interference. 27.Rxe3 runs into Qxc5. 27.Qxe3?? is out of question as f2+ finishes things in a hurry utilizing the queen and bishop battery. The game continued 27.Nxb7 Nxg4 28.Nxd8+ Rxd8 29.Rd6 Qb7 30.Red1 Nxf2 31.Kxf2 Qe4 32.Kg3 f2 33.Nxe6 dxe6 34.Rxd8 Qe1 35.R1d7+ Kg6 and it's over for White.

IM Ajay Krishna S (pictured) scored a very nice victory against GM Viktor Erdos (HUN) | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Kashish - Meshkovs

Position after 35.g5

FM Kashish Manoj Jain (2375) had a better position against GM Nikita Meshkovs (LAT, 2565). 35.g5 completely disintegrated things for his opponent. White won the game in another six moves.

FM Kashish Manoj Jain (pictured) outplayed GM Nikita Meshkovs (LAT) positionally | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Ngoc Truong Son Nguyen (VIE) - IM Aditya S Samant: 0.5-0.5

GM Daniil Yuffa (ESP) - IM Muthaiah Al (pictured): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Luis Ernesto Quesada Perez (CUB) - IM Harikrishnan A Ra (pictured): 0.5-0.5
Replay 56th Biel International Chess Festival 2023 GMT Classical Round 3 Live commentary by GM Arturs Neiksans (LAT) and Angelika Valkova (UKR) Part 1 | Video: Biel Chess Festival
Replay 56th Biel International Chess Festival 2023 GMT Classical Round 3  Live commentary by GM Arturs Neiksans (LAT) and Angelika Valkova (UKR) Part 2 | Video: Biel Chess Festival
Replay 56th Biel International Chess Festival 2023 GMT Classical Round 3  Live commentary by GM Arturs Neiksans (LAT) and Angelika Valkova (UKR) Part 3 | Video: Biel Chess Festival
Replay 56th Biel International Chess Festival 2023 GMT Classical Round 3  Live commentary by GM Arturs Neiksans (LAT) and Angelika Valkova (UKR) Part 4 | Video: Biel Chess Festival

GMT Scoring

Rapid: Win = 2 points, Draw = 1 point and Loss = 0

Classical: Win = 4 points, Draw = 1.5 points and Loss = 0

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GMT Round 3 results

122690GMKeymer, Vincent1 - 0GMLe, Quang Liem27288
232735GMYu, Yangyi½ - ½GMDeac, Bogdan-Daniel26931
342689GMNavara, David½ - ½GMMoussard, Jules26547
452694GMAmin, Bassem1 - 0GMErigaisi, Arjun27106


Current GMT standings

GM Vincent Keymer (GER) joined GM David Navara (CZE) at the top of the leaderboard 17/26 | Source: Official site

Round 4 pairings

182728GMLe, Quang LiemGMErigaisi, Arjun27106
272654GMMoussard, JulesGMAmin, Bassem26945
312693GMDeac, Bogdan-DanielGMNavara, David26894
422690GMKeymer, VincentGMYu, Yangyi27353


MTO Round 4 results

19GMLiu, Yan254231 - 03GMAryan, Chopra26263PGN
22GMNguyen, Ngoc Truong Son2645½ - ½3IMSamant, Aditya S251011PGN
342IMSukandar, Irine Kharisma23580 - 1GMBu, Xiangzhi26761PGN
44GMYuffa, Daniil2603½ - ½IMMuthaiah, Al244521PGN
58GMQuesada Perez, Luis Ernesto2553½ - ½IMHarikrishnan, A Ra240632PGN
610GMPranav, Anand25101 - 0IMMateria, Marco243625PGN
718IMSaraci, Nderim24720 - 1FMDeuer, Marius237439PGN
820IMChasin, Nico24550 - 12Peng, Xiongjian248913PGN
934IMMorawietz, Dieter239620 - 12GMAlbornoz Cabrera, Carlos Daniel25915PGN
106GMErdos, Viktor257120 - 12IMAjay Krishna, S239035PGN


Standings after Round 4

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 
19GMLiu, YanCHN25424827
210GMPranav, AnandIND25103,58,524
339FMDeuer, MariusGER23743,5822,5
41GMBu, XiangzhiCHN26763,5725
511IMSamant, Aditya SIND25103,5723
63GMAryan, ChopraIND262631022,5
732IMHarikrishnan, A RaIND240638,525,5
88GMQuesada Perez, Luis ErnestoCUB255338,523
912IMRodrigue-Lemieux, ShawnCAN24953823
102GMNguyen, Ngoc Truong SonVIE26453822,5


Round 5 pairings

11GMBu, Xiangzhi26764GMLiu, Yan25429
211IMSamant, Aditya S2510GMPranav, Anand251010
339FMDeuer, Marius23743GMYuffa, Daniil26034
432IMHarikrishnan, A Ra240633GMNguyen, Ngoc Truong Son26452
53GMAryan, Chopra262633IMLicznerski, Lukasz243026
65GMAlbornoz Cabrera, Carlos Daniel259133Huang, Renjie244522
721IMMuthaiah, Al244533GMQuesada Perez, Luis Ernesto25538
835IMAjay Krishna, S239033IMRodrigue-Lemieux, Shawn249512
913Peng, Xiongjian248933WGMVantika, Agrawal242828
1017IMWang, Chen247733FMJain, Kashish Manoj237537



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