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Grand Swiss 2023 R10: Vaishali vanquishes Zhongyi Tan, secures her place in the Women's Candidates 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/11/2023

IM Vaishali R is in the form of her career. She defeated her fifth former Women's World Champion, GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) in the penultimate round of FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Women. Thus, she earned herself a spot in the FIDE Women's Candidates 2024. She is also maintaining her sole lead 8/10. GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) is the sole woman trailing her by a half point at 7.5/10. In the Open event, GM Hikaru Nakamura won the All-American clash against GM Fabiano Caruana. GM Vidit Gujrathi scored a fantastic victory against the Romania no.2 GM Bogdan Daniel-Deac. GM Arjun Erigaisi also scored an amazing win against GM Samuel Sevian (USA). GM Andrey Esipenko, Nakamura and Vidit are currently in a three-way lead 7.5/10. Arjun will face Nakamura and Vidit will be up against GM Alexandr Predke (SRB) in the final round. Round 11 starts today at 2 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Maria Emelianova/chess.com

Esipenko, Hikaru or Vidit - Which two will secure their places in the Candidates?

IM Vaishali R becomes the second International Master to secure a place in the FIDE Women's Candidates 2024. A few months ago, IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) became the first woman to earn her place at the same event by advancing to the finals of FIDE Women's World Cup 2023 and finishing second eventually.

IM Vaishali R defeated GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) to secure her place in the FIDE Women's Candidates 2024 | Photo: Maria Emelianova/chess.com

GM Vidit Gujrathi defeated GM Bogdan Daniel-Deac (ROU) to stay in contention for a Candidates spot | Photo: Maria Emelianova/chess.com

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 official logo | Photo: Official site

Vaishali - Zhongyi: 1-0

IM Vaishali R (2448) had never won a rated game against GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN, 2517). She drew their first encounter at Astana GP last year. Last month she lost at the 19th Asian Games 2022. She is in the form of her career and it is certainly her time to beat another former Women's World Champion, fifth to be exact (combining Classical, Rapid and Blitz).

Position after 26.g4!

24...Re7 already allowed White to gain an entry 25.Qb4. Now 25...Qg6 prompted White to do what needed to be done 26.g4! h5 27.fxe5 hxg4 28.Qb8+ Kd7 29.Qxa7+ Kc8 30.Qa8+ Kc7 31.Qa7+ Kc8 32.Qa6+ Kc7 clearly the black king is more vulnerable than the white. It is time to bring more pieces into the attack 33.Nf4 Qh7 34.Qa7+ and White won the game in another nine moves. This is undoubtedly one of the best wins of Vaishali at this event, if not the best.

Interview with IM Vaishali after she defeated GM Zhongyi Tan and qualified for the Women's Candidates 2024 | Video: ChessBase India
Vaishali: "The Grandmaster title has been a big dream for me since my childhood" | Video: FIDE
IM Vaishali R analyzes her win over GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) | Video: FIDE

Moments before the start of the game between IM Vaishali R and GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

GM R Praggnanandhaa spectates her sister - IM Vaishali R's game against GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) | Photo: Maria Emelianova/chess.com

IM Vaishali R with her mother Nagalakshmi

IM Vaishali R is now World no.13 among Women with a live rating of 2498.2 | Source: 2700 chess.com

Nakamura - Caruana: 1-0

GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2780) and GM Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2786) have played plenty of games against each other. Their last Classical encounter was at 11th Norway Chess 2023 which was won by the Speed King.

Position after 21.Bxh6!

While the computer says 21.Be5 gives White a substantial decisive advantage, Nakamura opted for the human bishop sacrifice at h6. 21.Bxh6! f6 22.Qxe4 Qxc3 23.Rad1 Rce8 24.Rd8 Bg8 25.Qh4 Qxc2 26.R1d3 Bh7 27.R3d7 g5 28.Qg3 Qb1+ 29.Kh2 Qf5 30.Rxe7 Rxd8 31.Qc7 and White went on to convert his advantage into a full point comfortably.

GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) analyzes his win over GM Fabiano Caruana (USA) | Video: ChessBase India
Is this the Lost US Championship game? | Video: GMHikaru

GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) shattered GM Fabiano Caruana's (USA) chances of winning the tournament | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Deac - Vidit: 0-1

The only time the Romania no.2, GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac (2701) and GM Vidit Gujrathi (2716) played a Classical rated game was at the same event four years ago. Vidit won that game and he was poised to repeat the same result.

Position after 18...Bxe4!

16...g5 17.Bd2 g4 paved the way for Black to gain a pawn. 18.Be2 Bxe4! 19.Nxe4 N6d5! Black tactially recovers the piece. 20.Nf6 is forced else White loses his queen Bxf6 21.Qe4 Bg7 22.Qe1 Qxc2 Black gained another pawn. However, soon Black had to return a pawn.

Position after 38.Be1?

38.Be1? turned things completely in Black's favor. 38...Ng5 39.Kh1 Red8 40.Qh5 Qg6 41.Qxg6 fxg6 42.Ba5 Rf8 43.Rxd4 exd4 and Black won the game in another dozen moves.

Vidit Gujrathi: "Today, I was just hoping to get a fight, because with black it is not really easy" | Video: FIDE
GM Vidit Gujrathi analyzes his win over GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU) | Video: FIDE

GM Vidit Gujrathi's decision to play an aggressive 16...g5 worked out quite well for him against the Romania no.2 GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Sevian - Arjun: 0-1

For the first time, GM Samuel Sevian (USA, 2698) faced GM Arjun Erigaisi (2712) in a rated game.

Position after 22...Nc6

It was clear that Arjun was playing for only one result - win. He was unafraid of giving up the exchange 22...Nc6 23.cxd5 Ne5 24.Nc5 Qxf5 25.Bxf5 Bc8 26.Bxc8 Rfxc8 27.Rxa4? b2-+ 28.Rb4 Rab8 29.Nb7 Rc2 30.Rb5 Nc4 31.d6 Nd2 32.d7 Rc1 and Black won as his passed pawn proved to be much faster and stronger.

Arjun Erigaisi: "In the top, everyone wants to win, especially with the white pieces" | Video: FIDE

GM Arjun Erigaisi scored an important victory against GM Samuel Sevian (USA) to set up a clash against GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) in the final round | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) defeated IM Cori T Deysi (PER) to stay a half point behind Vaishali at 7.5/10 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Round 10 in progress | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan on her chess career, streaming and marrying Hikaru Nakamura | Video: ChessBase India

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Replay FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Round 10 Live Commentary by IM V Saravanan and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
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Schedule

Every day game starts at 2:30 p.m. local time, 7 p.m. IST between 25th October and 4th November 2023, except on 3rd when the game starts at 11:30 a.m. local time, 4 p.m. IST. Rest day is on Tuesday 31st October 2023. The last round on 5th November will start at 2 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST.

Time Control

The time control for each game is: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Qualification

The winner and the runner-up of Grand Swiss shall qualify for the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024. If one or both these players has (-ve) already qualified to the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024 at the moment of the beginning of Grand Swiss via different qualification track or do (-es) not need to qualify for the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024, the qualification spot(s) shall go to the highest-placed player(s) in the final standings who has (-ve) not yet qualified to the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024 at the moment of the beginning of Grand Swiss

Prizes

The total prize fund in the Open is US$ 460,000 with the first prize being $80,000. For Women's the total prize fund is $140,000, first prize $25,000. Total numbers of prizes are 69, Open - 46 and Women - 23.

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Round 10 Open results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
10220
GMDeac Bogdan-Daniel27010 - 1GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi2716
15
10521
GMSevian Samuel269860 - 16GMErigaisi Arjun2712
16
10945
GMKorobov Anton2658½ - ½GMPraggnanandhaa R2738
8
101856
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.26495½ - ½5GMHarikrishna Pentala2716
14
102025
GMNihal Sarin26945½ - ½5GMNajer Evgeniy2648
57
102131
GMTabatabaei M. Amin26855½ - ½5GMNarayanan S L2651
52
102665
GMAryan Chopra2634½ - ½GMShankland Sam2698
22
103361
GMSadhwani Raunak2641½ - ½GMSuleymanli Aydin2588
92
103835
GMAbasov Nijat26794½ - ½4GMMendonca Leon Luke2622
76
10445
GMGukesh D2758½ - ½GMDardha Daniel2580
96
104983
GMKarthikeyan Murali2611½ - ½GMLazavik Denis2560
102
105084
GMGupta Abhijeet26090 - 1GMKrasenkow Michal2531
106
1052104
GMAdhiban B.255131 - 0IMSamunenkov Ihor2531
107

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Standings after Round 10

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 RpKrtg+/-
132
GMEsipenko, AndreyFID26837,5269657,561028751024,9
22
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA27807,526845660028721011,2
315
GMVidit, Santosh GujrathiIND27167,5267252,556028591018,2
447
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB2656727005862028341024,2
516
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND2712726705560028111013,1
612
GMKeymer, VincentGER27177266153,558028051011,6
71
GMCaruana, FabianoUSA27866,526805660,50278510-0,1
820
GMDeac, Bogdan-DanielROU27016,5266352,55602765108,7
918
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI27076,526545357,502761107,3
104
GMGiri, AnishNED27606,5265450540274310-1,7
1117
GMVitiugov, NikitaENG27116,526464852,502752105,5
1246
GMSindarov, JavokhirUZB26586270853,557027621014,6
1380
GMTer-Sahakyan, SamvelARM2618627035053027581019,3
1481
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB2616626984950027231016,1
1544
GMCheparinov, IvanBUL26586269553,557,5027471012,5
1639
GMBacrot, EtienneFRA26696268952,556,5027511011,2
1775
GMKuzubov, YuriyUKR2625626715357027211013,4
1833
GMSarana, AlexeySRB268262671525602717105,7
1941
GMWojtaszek, RadoslawPOL26686267147,550,502732108,9
2045
GMKorobov, AntonUKR26586266652,556,502723109,2

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Round 11 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11116
GMErigaisi Arjun27127GMNakamura Hikaru2780
2
11215
GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi27167GMPredke Alexandr2656
47
1168
GMPraggnanandhaa R27386GMDeac Bogdan-Daniel2701
20
111656
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649GMYu Yangyi2720
11
111714
GMHarikrishna Pentala2716GMYilmaz Mustafa2640
63
111858
GMSaric Ivan2647GMNihal Sarin2694
25
112052
GMNarayanan S L2651GMMatlakov Maxim2674
37
11246
GMRapport Richard275255GMAryan Chopra2634
65
113373
GMSvane Frederik262655GMSadhwani Raunak2641
61
113776
GMMendonca Leon Luke2622GMXiong Jeffery2693
26
11435
GMGukesh D275844GMAkobian Varuzhan2582
95
1145104
GMAdhiban B.255144GMSantos Latasa Jaime2650
55
1149100
GMKozak Adam256644GMKarthikeyan Murali2611
83
115236
GMDonchenko Alexander2676GMGupta Abhijeet2609
84

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Round 10 Women results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
10112
IMVaishali Rameshbabu244871 - 0GMTan Zhongyi2517
4
101232
IMTania Sachdev23891 - 0IMShuvalova Polina2506
6
10137
GMDronavalli Harika25021 - 0WGMBeydullayeva Govhar2383
35
101618
IMVantika Agrawal243541 - 0WIMTerbe Julianna2266
48
101729
IMFataliyeva Ulviyya239340 - 14WGMDivya Deshmukh2408
24
102233
FMLee Alice23883½ - ½3WGMSavitha Shri B2375
38

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Standings after Round 10

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 RpKrtg+/-
112
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND2448824645559,5026961031,2
25
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR25107,5244656,561,5026311015,2
340
IMMunguntuul, BatkhuyagMGL2366724405255025851029,5
425
IMGarifullina, LeyaFID24026,524695557025381019,3
54
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN25176,5244556,560,502549104,2
621
GMStefanova, AntoanetaBUL24246,524355558,5025321014,7
714
GMCramling, PiaSWE24466,5239845,548,502504107,7
843
WGMKamalidenova, MeruertKAZ23516247747,552025441026,4
934
IMTsolakidou, StavroulaGRE2385624705256025351020,7
1039
IMCori T., DeysiPER2367624645053,5025161020,5
1127
IMNarva, MaiEST2399624624851,5025171016,3
1210
IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ2469624415862,502506105,2
133
GMMuzychuk, MariyaUKR25196240848,5520247510-5,6
1417
IMJavakhishvili, LelaGEO24376240547,55102466104,2
1515
IMMammadzada, GunayAZE24416239050,55402450101,5
1630
IMMilliet, SophieFRA23915,5247754,556,5024841012,9
1736
GMSocko, MonikaPOL23805,5244546,549,5024661012
1832
IMTania, SachdevIND23895,5243943,545,502458109,5
191
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID25585,5243353,5570246110-12,8
207
GMDronavalli, HarikaIND25025,523974750,50243010-9,6

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Round 11 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11140
IMMunguntuul Batkhuyag236678IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448
12
1191
GMGoryachkina Aleksandra2558GMDronavalli Harika2502
7
111136
GMSocko Monika2380IMTania Sachdev2389
32
111324
WGMDivya Deshmukh240855IMEfroimski Marsel2447
13
111418
IMVantika Agrawal243555IMKiolbasa Oliwia2375
37
112350
WIMNassr Lina20662WGMSavitha Shri B2375
38

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