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Grand Swiss 2023 R2: Arjun Erigaisi wins two in-a-row, Raunak holds Nakamura to a draw

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/10/2023

GM Arjun Erigaisi scored his second win at FIDE Grand Swiss 2023. He got the better of Spain no.3 GM David Anton Guijarro (ESP). The 20-year-old is now World no.27 in live ratings and one of the seven players at 2/2. He will face GM Alexey Sarana (SRB) in Round 3. GM S L Narayanan continues his good form as he had a hard-fought draw against the 44th Chess Olympiad Gold medalist, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB). GM Aravindh Chithambaram drew against GM Samuel Sevian (USA). GM Raunak Sadhwani continues his great form as he drew against the World no.4 GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA). Raunak will go against GM R Praggnanandhaa in the third round. IM Vaishali R and GM Harika Dronavalli showed their grit against IM Eline Roebers (NED) and GM Thanh Trang Hoang (HUN) respectively. Round 3 starts today at 2:30 p.m. local time, 7 p.m. IST. Photos by IM Sagar Shah unless specified otherwise

Vaishali and Harika provide staunch defence

India no.1 GM D Gukesh drew against the former World Champion, GM Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR). GM Aryan Chopra held the Germany no.1 - GM Vincent Keymer. GM Leon Luke Mendonca drew against the super strong GM Vladislav Artemiev. GM Vidit Gujrathi bounced back with a victory over GM Abhijeet Gupta.

GM Arjun Erigaisi defeated Spain no.3 GM David Anton Guijarro to move to 2/2 | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 official logo | Photo: Official site
GM Fabiano Caruana vs GM Hans Niemann - The All-American clash | Video: ChessBase India

GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) and GM S L Narayanan had a hard-fought draw | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Anton - Arjun

Position after 21.Nb4

GM David Anton Guijarro's (ESP, 2653) position was already in shambles. 21.Nb4 allowed GM Arjun Erigaisi (2712) to go 21...Rxb4! It is not exactly an exchange sacrifice as Black traps White's bishop at the center of the board. 22...c6 23.Qb6 cxd5 after a few moves White landed himself in a mating net in an already lost position.

Position after 39.c7

Anything else wouldn't have affected the outcome. It's just that 39.c7?? accelerated things for Black. Find out the finish.

Arjun Erigaisi's exchange sacrifice propels him to World No. 27 | Video: ChessBase India
"It's been quite a start"- Erwin L'ami on his perfect start at the FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

GM Raunak Sadhwani - GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA): 0.5-0.5
17-year-old Raunak Sadhwani holds world no.3 Hikaru Nakamura | Video: ChessBase India
GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) analyzes his game against GM Raunak Sadhwani | Video: GMHikaru

GM D Gukesh drew against former World Champion, GM Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR)
Super GM Anish Giri reveals secrets of hanging pawns and his second Jan Smeets | Video: ChessBase India

GM Aryan Chopra had a solid draw against Germany no.1, GM Vincent Keymer

GM Vladislav Artemiev - GM Leon Luke Mendonca: 0.5-0.5

Vidit - Abhijeet

Position after 61.Nxc5

Although it might seem like White has the upper hand due to his pawns being protected and connected compared to Black's isolated split pawns, White is still not winning yet. Of course, Black needs to find the precise defense. 61...Rg3 is key to Black saving the game 62.Rb7+ Kf6 63.Kh4 Rg4+ Keeping White's king on the edge and activating Black's own king was the way to save the game. 61...Ne7? allowed the white king to get back in the game 62.Kg5 Re1 63.Ra6 Rg1+ 64.Kf4 Rf1+ 65.Ke3 Re1+ 66.Kf2 Rb1 67.Rxa5 and White went on to win the game.

Final moments: GM Vidit Gujrathi vs GM Abhijeet Gupta | Video: ChessBase India
Battle of the future GMs: IM Eline v IM Vaishali | Video: ChessBase India

IM Vaishali R saved a difficult queen and minor piece endgame against IM Eline Roebers (NED)

Harika - Thanh Trang

Position after 40.Kf3

The endgame is winning for Black. However, there is one key factor which GM Thanh Trang Hoang (HUN, 2398) needed to take care of. Black cannot afford to move the f7-pawn. It acts like a shield to maximize her extra pawns on the kingside. 40...f5? and Black is no longer winning. GM Harika Dronavalli (2502) correctly found the resource 41.Ra8 g4+ 42.hxg4 hxg4+ 43.Kg3 Kg5 44.Rg8+ Kf6 45.Ra8 Ra3+ 46.Kh4 g3 47.a7 Kg7 48.Kg5 and White went on to save the game in the next few moves.

GM Harika Dronavalli made a narrow escape against Hungary no.1 woman (active) GM Thanh Trang Hoang | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Video Gallery

Round 2 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
Arjun's roar! 7.5/20 for Indians on Round 2 of FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
What are chess players without family! | Video: ChessBase India
The first person she interviewed was Magnus Carlsen | Azhar Amanov - FIDE Marketing Specialist | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Live stream

Replay FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Round 2 Live Commentary by IM V Saravanan and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay FIDE Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss 2023 Round 2 Live Commentary by GM David Howell (ENG) and IM Jovanka Houska (ENG) | Video: FIDE

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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Replay Round 2 Women games

Round 2 Open results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
2613
GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek27161½ - ½1GMNarayanan S L2651
52
2749
GMAnton Guijarro David265310 - 11GMErigaisi Arjun2712
16
2921
GMSevian Samuel26981½ - ½1GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649
56
21761
GMSadhwani Raunak2641½½ - ½½GMNakamura Hikaru2780
2
2205
GMGukesh D2758½½ - ½½GMPonomariov Ruslan2641
60
22169
GMMurzin Volodar2633½½ - ½½GMPraggnanandhaa R2738
8
22365
GMAryan Chopra2634½½ - ½½GMKeymer Vincent2717
12
22477
GMTari Aryan2619½1 - 0½GMHarikrishna Pentala2716
14
22883
GMKarthikeyan Murali2611½0 - 1½GMShankland Sam2698
22
22923
GMArtemiev Vladislav2697½½ - ½½GMMendonca Leon Luke2622
76
23025
GMNihal Sarin2694½½ - ½½GMSuleymanli Aydin2588
92
24215
GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi271601 - 00GMGupta Abhijeet2609
84
25167
GMIdani Pouya263301 - 00GMAdhiban B.2551
104

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Standings after Round 2

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
147
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB265622726110
272
GML'ami, ErwinNED262722716120
3111
IMZhalmakhanov, RamazanKAZ244722680120
41
GMCaruana, FabianoUSA27862266711,50
516
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND271222653120
632
GMEsipenko, AndreyFID26832260311,50
733
GMSarana, AlexeySRB26822259211,50
839
GMBacrot, EtienneFRA26691,527521,520
944
GMCheparinov, IvanBUL26581,527421,520
1048
GMShirov, AlexeiESP26551,527201,51,50
1152
GMNarayanan, S LIND26511,527161,520
77
GMTari, AryanNOR26191,527161,520
1353
GMMelkumyan, HrantARM26501,527071,520
1480
GMTer-Sahakyan, SamvelARM26181,5270711,50
1556
GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.IND26491,526981,520
1657
GMNajer, EvgeniyFID26481,526961,51,50
1786
GMHuschenbeth, NiclasGER26051,526891,52,50
1894
GMKuybokarov, TemurAUS25841,526851,520
196
GMRapport, RichardROU27521,526691,520
20103
GMMaurizzi, Marc`andriaFRA25551,526681,520

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Round 3 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
3216
GMErigaisi Arjun271222GMSarana Alexey2682
33
31052
GMNarayanan S L2651GMVitiugov Nikita2711
17
31856
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649GMTabatabaei M. Amin2685
31
3202
GMNakamura Hikaru278011GMAryan Chopra2634
65
32154
GMPichot Alan265011GMGukesh D2758
5
3228
GMPraggnanandhaa R273811GMSadhwani Raunak2641
61
32668
GMKollars Dmitrij263311GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi2716
15
32874
GMDurarbayli Vasif262511GMNihal Sarin2694
25
33076
GMMendonca Leon Luke262211GMFedoseev Vladimir2691
27
33914
GMHarikrishna Pentala2716½½GMKarthikeyan Murali2611
83
354110
GMGreenfeld Alon2455½0GMGupta Abhijeet2609
84
357104
GMAdhiban B.255100IMKolbus Dietmar2225
114

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Round 2 Women results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
2124
WGMDivya Deshmukh240810 - 11GMTan Zhongyi2517
4
2431
IMRoebers Eline23901½ - ½1IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448
12
2621
GMStefanova Antoaneta242411 - 01WGMSavitha Shri B2375
38
2117
GMDronavalli Harika2502½½ - ½½GMHoang Thanh Trang2398
28
21311
WGMWagner Dinara2461½½ - ½½IMTania Sachdev2389
32
22241
IMAulia Medina Warda236201 - 00IMVantika Agrawal2435
18

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Standings after Round 2

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
143
WGMKamalidenova, MeruertKAZ235122439110
24
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN251722408120
35
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR251022391120
421
GMStefanova, AntoanetaBUL242422375110
522
IMBulmaga, IrinaROU242322298110
642
IMGuichard, PaulineFRA23581,52558120
731
IMRoebers, ElineNED23901,525061,52,50
825
IMGarifullina, LeyaFID24021,524841,51,50
98
GMPaehtz, ElisabethGER24841,524021,51,50
103
GMMuzychuk, MariyaUKR25191,5240011,50
1112
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND24481,523901,51,50
1210
IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ24691,5238311,50
1315
IMMammadzada, GunayAZE24411,5238011,50
1435
WGMBeydullayeva, GovharAZE2383125231,52,50
1527
IMNarva, MaiEST239912523120
1628
GMHoang, Thanh TrangHUN2398125191,52,50
1724
WGMDivya, DeshmukhIND240812517220
29
IMFataliyeva, UlviyyaAZE239312517220
1934
IMTsolakidou, StavroulaGRE238512510230
2030
IMMilliet, SophieFRA239112510220

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Round 3 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
3612
IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448IMGarifullina Leya2402
25
381
GMGoryachkina Aleksandra255811WGMDivya Deshmukh2408
24
31030
IMMilliet Sophie239111GMDronavalli Harika2502
7
31332
IMTania Sachdev238911IMEfroimski Marsel2447
13
31738
WGMSavitha Shri B237511GMUshenina Anna2434
19
32236
GMSocko Monika2380½0IMVantika Agrawal2435
18

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