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Victory for Valiant Vidit Gujrathi and R Vaishali at FIDE Grand Swiss 2023, Qualify to the Candidates 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/11/2023

GM Vidit Gujrathi scored an emphatic victory against GM Alexandr Predke (SRB) to win FIDE Grand Swiss 2023. He became a clear champion scoring 8.5/11. Apart from staging an epic comeback after losing the first round, his countrymate GM Arjun Erigaisi's draw against GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and his good friend GM Anish Giri's (NED) win over GM Andrey Esipenko played a key role in Vidit winning the tournament. IM Vaishali R drew her final round game against IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul to become FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 winner. GM Pia Cramling (SWE) holding GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) to a draw ensured Vaishali becomes the champion without the necessity of tie-breaks. Vidit, Nakamura and Vaishali have secured their place in the Candidates via this event. Thus, Praggnanandhaa and Vaishali become the first-ever Indian siblings and probably also among the world to qualify in the same edition of Candidates. Photo: IM Sagar Shah

Vidit stages an epic comeback, Vaishali outstanding

This was the first time, both Grand Swiss - Open and Women events were won by Indians. It was also the biggest win of the career of both GM Vidit Gujrathi and IM Vaishali R. Vidit revealed that his trainers are - GM Daniele Vocaturo (ITA) and GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly.

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Women and Open winners - IM Vaishali R and Vidit Gujrathi | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Open champion - GM Vidit Gujrathi 8.5/11 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Women champion - IM Vaishali R 8.5/11 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
The Vaishali, Nagalakshmi and Praggnanandhaa interview | Video: ChessBase India

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 official logo | Photo: Official site

Vidit - Predke: 1-0

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2712) holding GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2780) to a draw and GM Anish Giri (NED, 2760) beating GM Andrey Esipenko (2683) helped pave the way for GM Vidit Gujrathi (2716) become the champion. Of course, he needed to win against GM Alexandr Predke (SRB, 2656). The game reached a queenless middlegame after eight moves.

Position after 20...Bc6

Vidit capitalized on his opponent's inaccuracy 20...Bc6 to grab a pawn 21.Nxa6! Nd7 22.Bf1 Ra8 23.Bd6 Ba4 24.Bf4 Ra5 25.Nc7+ Bxc7 26.Bxc7 Bxd1 27.Bxa5 Rxa5 28.Rxd1 Ne5 29.a4 Rc5 30.Rd4 Rc1 31.Rb4 Rb1 32.f4 White returns the pawn to activate his bishop.

Position after 32.f4

32...gxf3+ 33.gxf3 Nxf3+ 34.Kg2 Nd2 35.Bd3 Re1 36.Kf2 and White won the game in another dozen moves.

The game that made Vidit a Candidate | Video: ChessBase India
The Vidit Gujrathi vlog on winning the FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 + becoming a Candidate! | Video: ChessBase India
Vidit Gujrathi: "Without a doubt, this is the highlight of my career so far!" | Video: FIDE

GM Vidit Gujrathi scored an emphatic victory against GM Alexandr Predke (SRB) to become the champion | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

GM Vidit Gujrathi is absolutely delighted for making a storybook comeback and a fairytale ending | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

GM Vidit Gujrathi is now India no.3 and World no.16 in the live ratings | Source: 2700 chess.com
What Did Hikaru Nakamura tell Arjun Erigaisi after the game? | Video: ChessBase India

GM Arjun Erigaisi - GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
Anish Giri's thrilling win ends Esipenko's Candidates dream | Video: ChessBase India
"It's my birthday party, I am inviting my guests. Only I've to show up" - epic Anish Giri interview | Video: ChessBase India
GM Fabiano Caruana (USA) vs GM Vincent Keymer (GER) | Video: ChessBase India
When Praggnanandhaa Realized that he Blundered and took back his move | Video: ChessBase India
IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul (MGL) vs IM Vaishali R | Video: ChessBase India
The Vaishali vlog | Video: ChessBase India

IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul (MGL) - IM Vaishali R: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
Vaishali: "This tournament is the biggest win in my career so far; it was such an experience!" | Video: FIDE
Praggnanandhaa: "I am happy to see that she (Vaishali) finally is where she belongs!" | Video: FIDE

GM Pia Cramling (SWE)- GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Round 11 in progress | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Candidates spots earned via this event: Open - GM Vidit Gujrathi and GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Women - IM Vaishali R and GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN).

Photo Gallery

Runner-up in Open - GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 8/11 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
"The simple answer is I don't have any problems" - Nakamura makes it to the Candidates 2024 | Video: ChessBase India

Runner-up in Women - GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) 8/11 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Second Runner-up in Open - GM Andrey Esipenko 7.5/11 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Second Runner-up in Women - GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) 7.5/11 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

V for victory and V for Vaishali and Vidit's triumph at FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Nagalakshmi (Praggnanandhaa and Vaishali's mother) and Vaishali getting interviewed by IM Sagar Shah | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Video Gallery

Round 11 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
The closing ceremony of the FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 | Vidit and Vaishali triumph | Video: ChessBase India
A very unique chess promoter from Iran - Mohammad Kheirkhah | Video: ChessBase India
12 special memories from the FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 | Sagar's final walking recap! | Video: ChessBase India

The maestro, Vishy Anand tweeted on Vidit and Vaishali's triumph

Vidit tweeted on his triumph

Vaishali on her victory

Replay Live stream

Replay FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Round 11 Live Commentary by IM V Saravanan and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay FIDE Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss 2023 Round 11 Live Commentary by GM David Howell (ENG) and IM Jovanka Houska (ENG) | Video: FIDE

Schedule

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

Replay Round 11 Open games

Replay Round 11 Women games

Round 11 Open results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11116
GMErigaisi Arjun27127½ - ½GMNakamura Hikaru2780
2
11215
GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi27161 - 07GMPredke Alexandr2656
47
1168
GMPraggnanandhaa R273861 - 0GMDeac Bogdan-Daniel2701
20
111656
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649½ - ½GMYu Yangyi2720
11
111714
GMHarikrishna Pentala27160 - 1GMYilmaz Mustafa2640
63
111858
GMSaric Ivan2647½ - ½GMNihal Sarin2694
25
112052
GMNarayanan S L2651½ - ½GMMatlakov Maxim2674
37
11246
GMRapport Richard275251 - 05GMAryan Chopra2634
65
113373
GMSvane Frederik26265½ - ½5GMSadhwani Raunak2641
61
113776
GMMendonca Leon Luke26221 - 0GMXiong Jeffery2693
26
11435
GMGukesh D275841 - 04GMAkobian Varuzhan2582
95
1145104
GMAdhiban B.25514½ - ½4GMSantos Latasa Jaime2650
55
1149100
GMKozak Adam256641 - 04GMKarthikeyan Murali2611
83
115236
GMDonchenko Alexander2676½ - ½GMGupta Abhijeet2609
84

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 RpKrtg+/-
115
GMVidit, Santosh GujrathiIND27168,526716468028761022,4
22
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA2780826876771,5028571010,3
332
GMEsipenko, AndreyFID26837,527027074028221021
416
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND27127,526816671028061014
512
GMKeymer, VincentGER27177,526736367,5028011012,6
618
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI27077,5266062,567027891012,4
74
GMGiri, AnishNED27607,526576266,502770102,2
846
GMSindarov, JavokhirUZB26587270764,568027931020,1
947
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB26567270270,575027901020
101
GMCaruana, FabianoUSA27867268467,572,50278110-1,1
1110
GMDuda, Jan-KrzysztofPOL2726726506064,502734101,2
1213
GMAbdusattorov, NodirbekUZB2716726486165,502748104,5
138
GMPraggnanandhaa, RIND27387263756,560,50273410-0,7
1481
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB26166,5270659,561027271018,2
1580
GMTer-Sahakyan, SamvelARM26186,527016265,5027511020,2
1663
GMYilmaz, MustafaTUR26406,5269959,563027531017,1
1744
GMCheparinov, IvanBUL26586,526986469027441013,5
1839
GMBacrot, EtienneFRA26696,526956569,5027491012,2
1941
GMWojtaszek, RadoslawPOL26686,5267459,56302728109,3
2020
GMDeac, Bogdan-DanielROU27016,526716266,502728104,2

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Round 11 Women results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11140
IMMunguntuul Batkhuyag23667½ - ½8IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448
12
1191
GMGoryachkina Aleksandra2558½ - ½GMDronavalli Harika2502
7
111136
GMSocko Monika23801 - 0IMTania Sachdev2389
32
111324
WGMDivya Deshmukh240851 - 05IMEfroimski Marsel2447
13
111418
IMVantika Agrawal24355½ - ½5IMKiolbasa Oliwia2375
37
112350
WIMNassr Lina206620 - 1WGMSavitha Shri B2375
38

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 RpKrtg+/-
112
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND24488,524566873026581030,1
25
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR25108244668,574,5026141014,3
34
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN25177,5244467,57202572108,2
440
IMMunguntuul, BatkhuyagMGL23667,5244164,568,5025701030,6
525
IMGarifullina, LeyaFID2402724656769025311019,8
621
GMStefanova, AntoanetaBUL2424724306872025201014,2
714
GMCramling, PiaSWE244672409586202506108,6
83
GMMuzychuk, MariyaUKR25197240359630250010-2,8
934
IMTsolakidou, StavroulaGRE23856,5246563,568025241021,2
1039
IMCori T., DeysiPER23676,5246459,563,5025111021,8
1127
IMNarva, MaiEST23996,524636165025131017,3
1236
GMSocko, MonikaPOL23806,524395660024911017,1
1310
IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ24696,52437697402496104,2
1417
IMJavakhishvili, LelaGEO24376,5240558,562,502460103,7
1543
WGMKamalidenova, MeruertKAZ2351624815964025131023,6
1630
IMMilliet, SophieFRA2391624746568024831013,6
171
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID25586244064,568,50246810-13,6
1824
WGMDivya, DeshmukhIND240862414515302419102,2
197
GMDronavalli, HarikaIND25026241358,5630244510-8,8
2022
IMBulmaga, IrinaROU24236240958,560,502432101

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Links

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Tournament Regulations: Open and Women