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Grand Swiss 2023 R5: Nakamura, Esipenko and Arjun Erigaisi in a three-way lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/10/2023

IM Vaishali R continues her great form at FIDE Grand Swiss Women 2023. She drew against GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) in the fifth round. She is also having a great event so far. IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ) defeated GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) to gain sole lead 4.5/5. In the Open section, GM Arjun Erigaisi scored a victory against the Kazakhstan no.1, GM Rinat Jumabayev. Arjun joins GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and GM Andrey Esipenko in a three-way lead 4/5. GM Vidit Gujrathi shared the point with GM Evgeniy Najer. GM S L Narayanan defeated the India no.1 D Gukesh for the second time in two weeks. Round 6 starts today at 2:30 p.m. local time, 7 p.m. IST. Photo: IM Sagar Shah

Vaishali draws against Anna Muzychuk, Bibisara emerges sole leader

GM Vidit Gujrathi is the sole Indian at 3.5/5, out of the 16 pursuers. In the Women's event, WGM Savitha Shri B and IM Vantika Agrawal drew against IM Mai Narva (EST) and GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (SUI). GM Harika Dronavalli and IM Tania Sachdev scored wins against IM Divya Deshmukh and IM Oliwia Kiolbasa (POL) respectively.

GM Arjun Erigaisi defeated GM Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ) to join the lead with GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and GM Andrey Esipenko

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 official logo | Photo: Official site

Arjun - Rinat: 1-0

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2712) has never lost a Classica or Blitz rated game against the Kazakhstan no.1 GM Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ, 2585). That statistic remained unchanged yesterday.

Position after 54.Kf4

King activity is of paramount importance in the endgame. White did that when he went 54.Kf4. Black also needed to go 54...Ke6 immediately. 54...b5? reduced Black's chances after 55.g5 White went on to win the game after both players made mutual inaccuracies.

GM Arjun Erigaisi vs GM Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ) | Video: ChessBase India
GM Arjun Erigaisi on his win against GM Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ) | Video: ChessBase India
Why did Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and Alexey Sarana (SRB) call the arbiter? | Video: ChessBase India
GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) vs GM Alexey Sarana (SRB) | Video: ChessBase India
GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) analyzes his win over GM Alexey Sarana (SRB) | Video: GMHikaru
Hikaru Nakamura: "If I win this tournament, it will be the highlight of the year for me." | Video: FIDE

GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) won against GM Alexey Sarana (SRB) to get into the three-way lead

Firouzja - Niemann: 0.5-0.5

GM Hans Niemann (USA, 2667) is yet to beat his contemporary GM Alireza Firouzja (FRA, 2777) in a Classical rated game. Both of them were born in the same year - 2003. Firouzja won their first Classical game in 2015 at World Under-12 championship. Their last Classical battle was at Sinquefield Cup 2022 last year. It ended in a draw. The American had a great opportunity to score his first win in a Classical rated game over the former World no.2.

Position after 26.Qd2??

White should have defended his knight 26.Ba6. Maybe White felt that 26...Bh3 or Rexf4 might turn out to be deadly but it was not. 26.Qd2?? Qxc4 27.Qxd7 now Black needed to play Rfe8 first to go for the win. Instead, he went 27...Re2? and White managed to save the game 28.Bxc6.

GM Hans Niemann (USA) almost manages to beat the defending Grand Swiss winner - GM Alireza Firouzja (FRA) | Video: ChessBase India
Alireza Firouzja and Hans Niemann analyse their game | Video: FIDE

GM Hans Niemann (USA) is having a great tournament
GM Evgeniy Najer vs GM Vidit Gujrathi | Video: ChessBase India

GM Evgeniy Najer - GM Vidit Gujrathi: 0.5-0.5

S L Narayanan - Gukesh: 1-0

India no.1 GM D Gukesh (2758) eliminated GM S L Narayanan (2651) at the FIDE World Cup 2023 few months ago. Since then Narayanan defeated Gukesh in the fifth round of the recently concluded Qatar Masters. Now he won again in the fifth round of FIDE Grand Swiss 2023.

Position after 15.g4

White made his intentions very clear about what he is playing for 15.g4 e4 might have opened the dark squared bishop's path but it also created a new future target for White. 16.Nd2 Qe7 17.Kb1 Kh8 18.Rhg1 Na4 19.gxf5 Nxc3+ 20.bxc3 Bxf5 21.Bxh5 b5 both players are launching an attack on each other's king. However, it is White whose attack turned out to be more effective than his opponent's. 

GM S L Narayanan beats GM D Gukesh for the second time in a fortnight | Video: ChessBase India
Interview with GM S L Narayanan | Video: ChessBase India
Bibisara Assaubayeva: "It will be great if I get one of the Candidates' spots" | Video: FIDE

IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ) defeated GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) to emerge sole leader | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
IM Vaishali R v GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) | Video: ChessBase India

IM Vaishali R - GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR): 0.5-0.5

WGM Savitha Shri B - IM Mai Narva (EST): 0.5-0.5

GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (SUI) - IM Vantika Agrawal (pictured): 0.5-0.5

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Video Gallery

Round 5 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
14-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra beats top German GM Alexander Donchenko by a queen sacrifice | Video: ChessBase India
GM Abhimanyu Mishra's father talks about the troubles they are facing with sponsorship in the USA | Video: ChessBase India
Round 5 recap by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Walk the path of Sagar's recaps! From the hotel to the playing hall at Douglas, Isle of Man | Video: ChessBase India
The venue tour of FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 - Villa Marina in Douglas, Isle of Man | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Live stream

Replay FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Round 5 Live Commentary by IM V Saravanan and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay FIDE Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss 2023 Round 5 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 5 Open games

Replay Round 5 Women games

Round 5 Open results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
5657
GMNajer Evgeniy26483½ - ½3GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi2716
15
5716
GMErigaisi Arjun271231 - 03GMJumabayev Rinat2585
93
51656
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649½ - ½GMNihal Sarin2694
25
52152
GMNarayanan S L265121 - 02GMGukesh D2758
5
5248
GMPraggnanandhaa R27382½ - ½2GMMareco Sandro2606
85
52660
GMPonomariov Ruslan26412½ - ½2GMHarikrishna Pentala2716
14
52718
GMMaghsoodloo Parham270721 - 02GMSadhwani Raunak2641
61
54034
GMAmin Bassem2680½ - ½GMGupta Abhijeet2609
84
544100
GMKozak Adam25660 - 1GMAryan Chopra2634
65
548112
IMRoyal Shreyas2407½ - ½GMKarthikeyan Murali2611
83
55476
GMMendonca Leon Luke26221½ - ½1GMParligras Mircea-Emilian2561
101
557113
Wu Li2303½0 - 1½GMAdhiban B.2551
104

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Standings after Round 5

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
12
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA27804266410120
232
GMEsipenko, AndreyFID26834265812,513,50
316
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND2712426541214,50
472
GML'ami, ErwinNED26273,5272414170
542
GMNiemann, Hans MokeUSA26673,5272312140
647
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB26563,5271014,5160
7111
IMZhalmakhanov, RamazanKAZ24473,5270912,514,50
857
GMNajer, EvgeniyFID26483,527041212,50
946
GMSindarov, JavokhirUZB26583,5270112130
1081
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB26163,5269099,50
111
GMCaruana, FabianoUSA27863,5266414,517,50
123
GMFirouzja, AlirezaFRA27773,5265712140
1311
GMYu, YangyiCHN27203,5265612,5150
1412
GMKeymer, VincentGER27173,5264710,512,50
1515
GMVidit, Santosh GujrathiIND27163,5264112,514,50
1622
GMShankland, SamUSA26983,5263412140
1721
GMSevian, SamuelUSA26983,5262812,514,50
1823
GMArtemiev, VladislavFID26973,5262311,5130
1941
GMWojtaszek, RadoslawPOL26683,526159100
2052
GMNarayanan, S LIND26513272612,514,50

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Round 6 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
6211
GMYu Yangyi27204GMErigaisi Arjun2712
16
6615
GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi2716GMNiemann Hans Moke2667
42
61313
GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek271633GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649
56
61725
GMNihal Sarin269433GMNarayanan S L2651
52
62570
GMSargsyan Shant2631GMPraggnanandhaa R2738
8
62665
GMAryan Chopra2634GMHarikrishna Pentala2716
14
6365
GMGukesh D27582GMSuleymanli Aydin2588
92
63983
GMKarthikeyan Murali261122GMMartirosyan Haik M.2696
24
64284
GMGupta Abhijeet260922GMShevchenko Kirill2671
38
64761
GMSadhwani Raunak264122GMLazavik Denis2560
102
652105
GMFawzy Adham2535GMMendonca Leon Luke2622
76
653104
GMAdhiban B.2551GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo2615
82

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Round 5 Women results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
5212
IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448½ - ½GMMuzychuk Anna2510
5
51438
WGMSavitha Shri B23752½ - ½2IMNarva Mai2399
27
5172
GMKosteniuk Alexandra2523½ - ½IMVantika Agrawal2435
18
51824
WGMDivya Deshmukh24080 - 1GMDronavalli Harika2502
7
52132
IMTania Sachdev238911 - 0IMKiolbasa Oliwia2375
37

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Standings after Round 5

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
110
IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ24694,524561214,50
212
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND24484245512,5140
35
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR25104244514,517,50
41
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID2558423909,510,50
530
IMMilliet, SophieFRA23913,5248111120
625
IMGarifullina, LeyaFID24023,5247411,5120
74
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN25173,524531516,50
840
IMMunguntuul, BatkhuyagMGL23663,5245011,513,50
922
IMBulmaga, IrinaROU24233,524101212,50
1021
GMStefanova, AntoanetaBUL24243,5240411,513,50
1113
IMEfroimski, MarselISR24473,524031112,50
1243
WGMKamalidenova, MeruertKAZ23513249712140
1334
IMTsolakidou, StavroulaGRE23853248311,513,50
1428
GMHoang, Thanh TrangHUN23983248310120
1529
IMFataliyeva, UlviyyaAZE23933244711,5120
168
GMPaehtz, ElisabethGER24843241114150
173
GMMuzychuk, MariyaUKR25193240911120
1815
IMMammadzada, GunayAZE24413239813150
1920
IMInjac, TeodoraSRB2426323749,5100
2035
WGMBeydullayeva, GovharAZE23832,5246912,514,50

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Round 6 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
6212
IMVaishali Rameshbabu244844GMGoryachkina Aleksandra2558
1
6127
GMDronavalli Harika2502WGMSavitha Shri B2375
38
6169
GMBatsiashvili Nino247522IMTania Sachdev2389
32
61918
IMVantika Agrawal243522WIMMkrtchyan Mariam2343
44
62333
FMLee Alice23881WGMDivya Deshmukh2408
24

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