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Grand Swiss 2023 R6: Vidit Gujrathi joins the eight-way lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 31/10/2023

GM Arjun Erigaisi drew against the China no.3 GM Yangyi Yu in the sixth round of FIDE Grand Swiss 2023. GM Vidit Gujrathi defeated GM Hans Niemann (USA) to join the eight player group of leaders along with Arjun. Vidit's Ba7, Bb8 maneuver in the middle game surprised the most successful chess coach of all time, GM Peter Heine Nielsen (DEN). He also quipped on twitter that maybe it was the first time, he was seeing such a maneuver to attack the c7-e5 pawn chain. GM Aravindh Chithambaram drew against GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB). The All-Kerala battle between GM Nihal Sarin and GM S L Narayanan ended in a draw. IM Vaishali R continues her unbeaten fantastic run to hold GM Aleksandra Goryachkina to a draw. Speaking of fantastic, GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) defeated the sole leader - IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ) to gain sole lead for herself 5/6. She is also the only player at 5/6 currently. Today is a rest day. Round 7 starts tomorrow, Wednesday 1st November at 2:30 p.m. local time, 7 p.m. IST. Photo: John Saunders

Anna Muzychuk beats Bibisara to gain sole lead, Vaishali draws against Goryachkina

GM Vidit Gujrathi defeated GM Hans Niemann (USA) to become one of the eight leaders 4.5/6 | Photo: John Saunders

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) is standing tall by becoming the sole player at 5/6, combining both Open and Women's event | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 official logo | Photo: Official site

Vidit - Niemann: 1-0

GM Vidit Gujrathi (2716) has played only one Rapid rated game against GM Hans Niemann (USA, 2667). Vidit won that encounter. This was the first-ever Classical rated game against each other.

Position after 26.Bb8

25.Ba7 followed by 26.Bb8 is a unique maneuver. It even made the most successful chess coach of all time, GM Peter Heine Nielsen (DEN) tweet, "Maybe the first time I have seen the middlegame concept, of getting a bishop to b8 to attack the c7-e5 pawnchain."

Position after 39.Qb7

The c7-pawn is a lost cause. The real question is - should Black take h3-pawn right away or first trade pawns on e4? What is the difference? 39...dxe4? loses the game for Black whereas 39...Qxh3 leads to an interesting line where Black can force a draw with correct play. The game continued 39...dxe4? and Black went on to lose the game.

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GM Yangyi Yu (CHN) vs GM Arjun Erigaisi | Video: ChessBase India

GM Yangyi Yu (CHN) - GM Arjun Erigaisi: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: IM Sagar Shah
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GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) - GM Aravindh Chithambaram: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

GM Nihal Sarin - GM S L Narayanan: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

Two Keralites - GM S L Narayanan and GM Nihal Sarin conversing after their game | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

GM Aryan Chopra - GM Pentala Harikrishna: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: IM Sagar Shah
Final moments: GM B Adhiban vs GM Eduardo Iturrizaga (ESP) | Video: ChessBase India

Anna Muzychuk - Bibisara: 1-0

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2510) had played only one rated game against IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ, 2469) at World Blitz Women 2021 which the former lost.

Position after 25.Qc4

Anna mentioned in the post-game interview that Black should have gone 25...Qd5 here and traded the queens. The resultant knight endgame would have been balanced. Instead, Black played 25...e6.

Position after 43.h6+!

46.h6+! is an excellent pawn sacrifice. Anna wanted to fight and win the game. Thus, she made a humane move 43.h6+! Qxh6 44.Qd7+ Kf8 45.b5 Qg5+ 46.Kf1 Qc1+ 47.Kg2 Qg5+ 48.Kf3 Qf5+ 49.Ke3 Qc5+ 50.Kd3 Qb6?? 51.Kc4+- and now Black can no longer save the game. 50...g5 would have kept the game going.

GM Anna Muzychuk's (UKR) stunning queen endgame to beat IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ) | Video: ChessBase India
GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) analyzes her win over IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ) | Video: FIDE

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) scored a fine victory to emerge sole leader 5/6 | Photo: IM Sagar Shah
IM Vaishali R vs GM Aleksandra Goryachkina | Video: ChessBase India

IM Vaishali R - GM Aleksandra Goryachkina: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

Round 6 in progress | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

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Video Gallery

Round 6 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
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A Tragic Blunder | GM Nino vs IM Tania | Video: ChessBase India
"I will reveal my trainer if I win this tournament" - GM Andrey Esipenko | Video: ChessBase India
An extremely unusual tactic in the Isle of Man | Lazavik vs Wojtaszek | ChessRanga | Video: ChessBase India
The life story of WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni (LUX) | A charming personality in the world of chess | Video: ChessBase India
Round 6 recap | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Live stream

Replay FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Round 6 Live Commentary by IM V Saravanan and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay FIDE Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss 2023 Round 6 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 6 Open games

Replay Round 6 Women games

Round 6 Open results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
6211
GMYu Yangyi2720½ - ½4GMErigaisi Arjun2712
16
6615
GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi27161 - 0GMNiemann Hans Moke2667
42
61313
GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek27163½ - ½3GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649
56
61725
GMNihal Sarin26943½ - ½3GMNarayanan S L2651
52
62570
GMSargsyan Shant2631½ - ½GMPraggnanandhaa R2738
8
62665
GMAryan Chopra2634½ - ½GMHarikrishna Pentala2716
14
6365
GMGukesh D275820 - 1GMSuleymanli Aydin2588
92
63983
GMKarthikeyan Murali26112½ - ½2GMMartirosyan Haik M.2696
24
64284
GMGupta Abhijeet260921 - 02GMShevchenko Kirill2671
38
64761
GMSadhwani Raunak264121 - 02GMLazavik Denis2560
102
652105
GMFawzy Adham2535½ - ½GMMendonca Leon Luke2622
76
653104
GMAdhiban B.25511 - 0GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo2615
82

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Standings after Round 6

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
147
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB26564,527072022,50
246
GMSindarov, JavokhirUZB26584,5270018200
332
GMEsipenko, AndreyFID26834,5268219210
416
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND27124,5266719,522,50
52
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA27804,5266717,520,50
61
GMCaruana, FabianoUSA27864,5266119,522,50
715
GMVidit, Santosh GujrathiIND27164,526461719,50
841
GMWojtaszek, RadoslawPOL26684,5261713,5150
9111
IMZhalmakhanov, RamazanKAZ2447427191820,50
1081
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB26164269514,5150
1139
GMBacrot, EtienneFRA26694268516,5190
1211
GMYu, YangyiCHN27204266719,5220
133
GMFirouzja, AlirezaFRA27774266517,520,50
1445
GMKorobov, AntonUKR26584266216180
1575
GMKuzubov, YuriyUKR26254265515160
1623
GMArtemiev, VladislavFID26974265417,519,50
1712
GMKeymer, VincentGER27174264417190
1820
GMDeac, Bogdan-DanielROU27014263618200
1933
GMSarana, AlexeySRB26824263019210
2027
GMFedoseev, VladimirSLO26914262515,517,50

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Round 7 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
7346
GMSindarov Javokhir2658GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi2716
15
7416
GMErigaisi Arjun2712GMEsipenko Andrey2683
32
71352
GMNarayanan S L2651GMAronian Levon2742
7
71718
GMMaghsoodloo Parham2707GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649
56
72073
GMSvane Frederik2626GMNihal Sarin2694
25
7248
GMPraggnanandhaa R273833GMGupta Abhijeet2609
84
72614
GMHarikrishna Pentala271633GMMurzin Volodar2633
69
72728
GMGrandelius Nils268933GMAryan Chopra2634
65
73588
GMPetrosyan Manuel260433GMSadhwani Raunak2641
61
74450
GMIvanchuk Vasyl2653GMKarthikeyan Murali2611
83
74664
GMWarmerdam Max2636GMAdhiban B.2551
104
74799
IMAmar Elham256822GMGukesh D2758
5
75376
GMMendonca Leon Luke262222IMGurel Ediz2514
108

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Round 6 Women results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
6212
IMVaishali Rameshbabu24484½ - ½4GMGoryachkina Aleksandra2558
1
6127
GMDronavalli Harika25021 - 0WGMSavitha Shri B2375
38
6169
GMBatsiashvili Nino247521 - 02IMTania Sachdev2389
32
61918
IMVantika Agrawal243520 - 12WIMMkrtchyan Mariam2343
44
62333
FMLee Alice23881½ - ½WGMDivya Deshmukh2408
24

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Standings after Round 6

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
15
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR2510524502124,50
212
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND24484,5247620220
310
IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ24694,524671921,50
421
GMStefanova, AntoanetaBUL24244,5240816,5190
51
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID25584,5240116,518,50
625
IMGarifullina, LeyaFID2402424821616,50
730
IMMilliet, SophieFRA23914247318190
834
IMTsolakidou, StavroulaGRE2385424731719,50
929
IMFataliyeva, UlviyyaAZE2393424541717,50
1040
IMMunguntuul, BatkhuyagMGL23664245019220
114
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN25174244322240
123
GMMuzychuk, MariyaUKR25194241215,517,50
1313
IMEfroimski, MarselISR24474239815170
1443
WGMKamalidenova, MeruertKAZ23513,5248516,518,50
1539
IMCori T., DeysiPER23673,5246915,517,50
1627
IMNarva, MaiEST23993,5244614160
1722
IMBulmaga, IrinaROU24233,524121819,50
1815
IMMammadzada, GunayAZE24413,5239617,5200
197
GMDronavalli, HarikaIND25023,5239215,517,50
2019
GMUshenina, AnnaUKR24343,523921517,50

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Round 7 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
7210
IMAssaubayeva Bibisara2469IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448
12
7822
IMBulmaga Irina2423GMDronavalli Harika2502
7
71638
WGMSavitha Shri B2375WGMWagner Dinara2461
11
72126
IMMatnadze Bujiashvili Ann240022IMVantika Agrawal2435
18
72224
WGMDivya Deshmukh240822IMAulia Medina Warda2362
41
72347
WIMGomez Barrera Javiera Belen22662IMTania Sachdev2389
32

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