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Grand Swiss 2023 R4: Vaishali crushes Mariya in 23 moves

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/10/2023

IM Vaishali R is in a fantastic form. She defeated the former Women's World Champion, GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) in just 23 moves in the fourth round of FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Women. Mariya's ambitious play backfired badly as it was her opponent who got an opportunity to launch a devastating attack on the kingside. GM Arjun Erigaisi and GM Aravindh Chithambaram, both playing with black pieces, missed great winning opportunities against GM Alexandr Predke (SRB) and GM Nikita Vitiugov (ENG). GM Vidit Gujrathi scored his third win in-a-row. He completed his hat-trick of victories against GM Alexei Shirov (ESP). Round 5 starts today at 2:30 p.m. local time, 7 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Andrey Esipenko gains sole lead 3.5/4, Vidit scores a hat-trick

GM Andrei Esipenko emerged sole leader as he defeated the new FIDE World Junior champion, GM Marc`andria Maurizzi (FRA). He is followed by 17 players at 3/4 including top seed GM Fabiano Caruana (USA), GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA), GM Arjun Erigaisi and GM Vidit Gujrathi. In the Women's event, GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) missed a winning opportunity against GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN). Thus, there are four leaders now - Zhongyi, Anna, IM Vaishali R and IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ). 

IM Vaishali R made a short work of former Women's World Champion - GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) in 23 moves | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 official logo | Photo: Official site

Mariya - Vaishali: 0-1

This past summer, former Women's World Champion, GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR, 2519) eliminated IM Vaishali R (2448) from the FIDE Women's World Cup 2023. Those two games were the only Classical rated games they played against each other and on both occassion, Vaishali lost. Apart from those two games, Vaishali had never lost a rated game against Mariya. It was time for Vaishali to avenge the loss of the grand stage.

Position after 16.e6?!

16.e6?! is a bold choice, considering the fact that White is yet to complete the development of pieces and Black has a bishop pair. 16...f5 17.Bg5 Bxf3 18.gxf3 Qb7 it would not be an understatement to say that White is completely lost. 19.Ne2 Qxf3 20.Bxe7 Rd2 21.Bxc5 Rxe2 22.Qc4 Ng3 23.e7+ Kh8 and it's over.

IM Vaishali R wins against former Women's World Champion - GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) | Video: ChessBase India
Vaishali: "I am very happy and very lucky that I have Praggnanandhaa's support." | Video: FIDE

IM Vaishali R en route her victory against GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

GM R Praggnanandhaa glances his elder sister - IM Vaishali R's game | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Vaishali R is now World no.16 among Women with a live rating of 2481.3 | Source: 2700chess.com

Predke - Arjun

Position after 21.Bxh7+

GM Alexandr Predke (SRB, 2656) made a Greek gift sacrifice 21.Bxh7+? However, it is not as dangerous as White might want it to be as he does not have enough resource to continue the flow of attack. 21...Kxh7 22.Qh4+ Kg8 23.Ng5 Rxe5 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Qh8+ Ke7 26.Qxg7 Rxe1 27.Rxe1+ Kd6 28.Qf6+ Kc5 29.Re7 Qd6 30.Qxf7

Position after 30.Qxf7

Black needed to save the bishop first 30...Bc6 31.Ne6+ Kb4 and the black king is in no danger as White does not have enough material to stir up trouble. 30...Kb4? 31.Rd7 Nd2 is a virtual draw offer as 32.Rxd6 Rc1+ forces a perpetual check with rook and knight.

GM Arjun Erigaisi had a great opportunity to win against the new Serbia no.2 - GM Alexandr Predke | Photo: IM Sagar Shah
GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) vs GM M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI) | Video: ChessBase India
"It's great to have found such a lovely lady!" - Hikaru Nakamura on his wife Atousa | Video: ChessBase India
GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) analyzes his win over GM M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI) | Video: GMHikaru
GM Alireza Firouzja (FRA) vs GM Nijat Abasov (AZE) | Video: ChessBase India
How did an opening expert like Anish get a lost position in 15 moves? | Video: ChessBase India

Niemann - Rapport

Position after 40...Qc7

In the above position, find out the winning continuation for White which GM Hans Niemann (USA, 2667) executed against GM Richard Rapport (ROU, 2752).

Hans Niemann analyzes his win over Richard Rapport (2752) | Video: ChessBase India

Vidit - Shirov: 1-0

A little over seven years ago, back when the tournament was called Isle of Man Open, GM Vidit Gujrathi (2716) lost to the legendary GM Alexei Shirov (ESP, 2655). After that they faced each other twice at FIDE Belgrade GP 2022. Vidit lost the second game and drew the third one. It was about time for Vidit to score his first win over Shirov in a Classical rated game.

Position after 26...Bxa3?

The motive behind 26...Bxa3 is 27.bxa3 Rxc3 utlitizing the fact that the white queen is overworked defending both f5-rook and c3-bishop. However, Black missed the intermediate move 27.Rxf6! gxf6 28.bxa3 Rh3 29.Bb4+ Kg7 30.Rg1+ Kh8 31.Rg3 Rxg3 32.hxg3 Kg7 33.Bc2 Rh8 34.d5 Qa7 35.Qf3 and it's over.

Vidit Gujrathi in sizzling form, wins three in-a-row, beats Shirov | Video: ChessBase India

GM Vidit Gujrathi scored a hat-trick of wins with a victory over GM Alexei Shirov (ESP) | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

Vitiugov - Aravindh

Position after 27...Nc4+

27.Kb2?? invited Nc4+! 28.Bxc4 dxc4 29.Rb5 a6 30.Rc5 and now Rb8+ would have led to a win for Aravindh. Instead, he went 30...Re8. Black's advantage slowly evaporated and White got some chances. However, it ended in a draw eventually in a queen endgame.

GM Aravindh Chithambaram missed a great opportunity to beat the new England no.1 - GM Nikita Vitiugov | Photo: IM Sagar Shah
GM Nihal Sarin vs GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM) | Video: ChessBase India
"I hope reaching 2700 Elo is just the start!" - Nihal Sarin | Video: ChessBase India

GM Nihal Sarin outplayed GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM) positionally | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

GM Raunak Sadhwani - GM Jeffery Xiong (USA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

Anna Muzychuk - Zhongyi

Position after 33...Bb8

After getting such a position which ideally should be winning for White, GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2510) is bound to be disappointed to repeat the same result as the FIDE Women's World Cup 2023 against her longtime rival GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN, 2517).

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) v GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) | Video: ChessBase India

GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) escaped with a draw against GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

IM Gunay Mammadzada (AZE) - WGM Savitha Shri B: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

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Round 4 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India

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Replay FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Round 4 Live Commentary by IM V Saravanan and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay FIDE Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss 2023 Round 4 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.

Replay Round 4 Open games

Replay Round 4 Women games

Round 4 Open results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
4247
GMPredke Alexandr2656½ - ½GMErigaisi Arjun2712
16
41111
GMYu Yangyi272021 - 02GMNarayanan S L2651
52
41415
GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi271621 - 02GMShirov Alexei2655
48
41517
GMVitiugov Nikita27112½ - ½2GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649
56
4235
GMGukesh D2758½ - ½GMSaric Ivan2647
58
42563
GMYilmaz Mustafa2640½ - ½GMPraggnanandhaa R2738
8
42725
GMNihal Sarin26941 - 0GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel2618
80
42861
GMSadhwani Raunak2641½ - ½GMXiong Jeffery2693
26
43914
GMHarikrishna Pentala271611 - 0IMRoyal Shreyas2407
112
44183
GMKarthikeyan Murali26111½ - ½1GMShevchenko Kirill2671
38
44259
GMSvane Rasmus264611 - 01GMMendonca Leon Luke2622
76
44565
GMAryan Chopra26341½ - ½1GMTheodorou Nikolas2619
78
45384
GMGupta Abhijeet2609½1 - 0½GMAdhiban B.2551
104

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Standings after Round 4

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
132
GMEsipenko, AndreyFID26833,526158,59,50
272
GML'ami, ErwinNED262732733911,50
3111
IMZhalmakhanov, RamazanKAZ24473271389,50
447
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB26563270799,50
542
GMNiemann, Hans MokeUSA26673270578,50
657
GMNajer, EvgeniyFID2648327006,570
746
GMSindarov, JavokhirUZB2658326947,58,50
893
GMJumabayev, RinatKAZ25853268578,50
916
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND2712326648100
101
GMCaruana, FabianoUSA2786326579110
112
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA27803265767,50
1211
GMYu, YangyiCHN2720326556,58,50
133
GMFirouzja, AlirezaFRA27773265378,50
1412
GMKeymer, VincentGER2717326445,570
1515
GMVidit, Santosh GujrathiIND27163263878,50
1621
GMSevian, SamuelUSA26983263278,50
1723
GMArtemiev, VladislavFID2697326225,56,50
1833
GMSarana, AlexeySRB2682325847,590
1939
GMBacrot, EtienneFRA26692,52746790
2044
GMCheparinov, IvanBUL26582,527267,58,50

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Round 5 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
5657
GMNajer Evgeniy264833GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi2716
15
5716
GMErigaisi Arjun271233GMJumabayev Rinat2585
93
51656
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649GMNihal Sarin2694
25
52152
GMNarayanan S L265122GMGukesh D2758
5
5248
GMPraggnanandhaa R273822GMMareco Sandro2606
85
52660
GMPonomariov Ruslan264122GMHarikrishna Pentala2716
14
52718
GMMaghsoodloo Parham270722GMSadhwani Raunak2641
61
54034
GMAmin Bassem2680GMGupta Abhijeet2609
84
544100
GMKozak Adam2566GMAryan Chopra2634
65
548112
IMRoyal Shreyas2407GMKarthikeyan Murali2611
83
55476
GMMendonca Leon Luke262211GMParligras Mircea-Emilian2561
101
557113
Wu Li2303½½GMAdhiban B.2551
104

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Round 4 Women results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
433
GMMuzychuk Mariya251920 - 1IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448
12
4107
GMDronavalli Harika25020 - 12IMMunguntuul Batkhuyag2366
40
41315
IMMammadzada Gunay2441½ - ½WGMSavitha Shri B2375
38
41937
IMKiolbasa Oliwia23751½ - ½1WGMDivya Deshmukh2408
24
42241
IMAulia Medina Warda236211 - 01IMTania Sachdev2389
32
42418
IMVantika Agrawal2435½1 - 00WIMGomez Barrera Javiera Belen2266
47

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Standings after Round 4

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
14
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN25173,524478,5100
25
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR25103,524448,5110
312
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND24483,524376,580
410
IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ24693,52436790
543
WGMKamalidenova, MeruertKAZ23513247678,50
640
IMMunguntuul, BatkhuyagMGL2366324595,56,50
721
GMStefanova, AntoanetaBUL2424324177,58,50
81
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID2558324005,56,50
920
IMInjac, TeodoraSRB2426323505,55,50
1030
IMMilliet, SophieFRA23912,524966,570
1125
IMGarifullina, LeyaFID24022,524857,580
1234
IMTsolakidou, StavroulaGRE23852,524827,590
1335
WGMBeydullayeva, GovharAZE23832,524797,58,50
148
GMPaehtz, ElisabethGER24842,524209100
1522
IMBulmaga, IrinaROU24232,524187,57,50
1613
IMEfroimski, MarselISR24472,52396670
1716
GMGunina, ValentinaFID24392,523657,590
1817
IMJavakhishvili, LelaGEO24372,52362670
1929
IMFataliyeva, UlviyyaAZE2393225077,580
2042
IMGuichard, PaulineFRA2358225058,510,50

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Round 5 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
5212
IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448GMMuzychuk Anna2510
5
51438
WGMSavitha Shri B237522IMNarva Mai2399
27
5172
GMKosteniuk Alexandra2523IMVantika Agrawal2435
18
51824
WGMDivya Deshmukh2408GMDronavalli Harika2502
7
52132
IMTania Sachdev23891IMKiolbasa Oliwia2375
37

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Links

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Tournament Regulations: Open and Women


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