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Grand Swiss 2023 R7: Vidit outplays Sindarov, emerges sole leader

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/11/2023

GM Vidit Gujrathi defeated GM Javokhir Sindarov (UZB) in the seventh round of FIDE Grand Swiss 2023. The win put Vidit in the sole lead position 5.5/7. He outplayed the 44th Olympiad Gold medalist in the middlegame. After getting a winning position, the India no.4 felt that he gave his opponent some counterplay in the end which he should not have. GM Arjun Erigaisi missed a great opportunity to beat GM Andrey Esipenko. A win would have made him a coleader with Vidit. The draw puts him in the pack of 13 players who are at 5/7. IM Vaishali R defeated the reigning two-time World Blitz Women's champion, IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ). She joined the lead with GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) and GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL). Round 8 starts today at 2:30 p.m. local time, 7 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Vaishali joins Anna Muzychuk and Stefanova at the top

GM Vidit Gujrathi defeated GM Javokhir Sindarov (UZB) to gain sole lead 5.5/7 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 official logo | Photo: Official site

Sindarov - Vidit: 0-1

GM Vidit Gujrathi (2716) has played only one Rapid rated game against GM Javokhir Sindarov (UZB, 2658) at the recently concluded 19th Asian Games 2022. Vidit lost that game. This was the first time Sindarov and Vidit faced each other in a Classical rated game.

Position after 24.h4?

After dropping the a4-pawn 23.Kg2 Nbxa4 White made another mistake of weakening his kingside 24.h4? Qf4 25.Ncxe5 Rxe5! 26.Nxe5 Qxe5 27.h5 Rxd3! 28.Bxf7+ Kf8 both side have a total of three pieces hanging, yet Black comes out on top in each variation.

GM Vidit Gujrathi on beating GM Javokhir Sindarov (UZB) and becoming sole leader of FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
GM Vidit Gujrathi vs GM Javokhir Sindarov (UZB) | Video: ChessBase India
GM Vidit Gujrathi analyzes his win over GM Javokhir Sindarov (UZB) | Video: FIDE

GM Vidit Gujrathi played the middlegame in an excellent way against GM Javokhir Sindarov (UZB) | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

Arjun - Esipenko: 0.5-0.5

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2712) has never lost a Classical rated game against GM Andrey Esipenko (2683). That statistic remained unchanged yesterday. They faced each other in the first round of the same event in 2021. Two years later, the result was the same. Although Arjun had a good chance to win the game.

Position after 47...Bc2??

White's solitary opportunity in the endgame was when Black blundered 47...Bc2?? White needed to pin the c2-bishop 48.Re2 and Black could not have avoided a material loss. The game continued 48.Rg4 and it meandered into a draw.

GM Arjun Erigaisi missed his win against GM Andrey Esipenko | Photo: IM Sagar Shah
GM R Praggnanandhaa on scoring his first win at Grand Swiss and on Vaishali showing her true potential | Video: ChessBase India

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - GM Aleksandra Goryachkina: 0.5-0.5

Bibisara - Vaishali: 0.5-0.5

IM Vaishali R (2448) had never beaten IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ, 2469) in a Classical or Blitz rated game. It was about time for Vaishali to change that fact. Their last encounter at the very same event in 2021 ended in a draw. This one was also heading towards the same outcome, until Bibisara blundered.

Position after 36.Kg1??

36.Kg1?? ran into Bd4 absolute pin 37.Kf2 b4 38.Bh3+ Kf7 the king does not need to advance as it can go beyond e5 anytime soon, moreover the combined power of passed b-pawn and the bishop is enough for Black to fetch the full point.

Vaishali is unstoppable! Beats Bibisara, reaches 2489, leads with 5.5/7 | Video: ChessBase India

IM Vaishali R rejoins the lead with a victory over IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ) | Photo: IM Sagar Shah

IM Vaishali R is now World no.16 among Women with a live rating of 2489 | Source: 2700chess.com
GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) analyzes her win over GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) | Video: FIDE
"You never really drown!" - IM Tania Sachdev on making a comeback to chess after a year | Video: ChessBase India

Round 7 in progress | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

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Video Gallery

Round 7 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
Into the mind of Vidit Gujrathi - A minute before his game! | Video: ChessBase India
Why is Alexei Shirov under so much stress? | Video: ChessBase India
Round 7 recap by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Who wants to be a millionaire - chess version! featuring GM Emil Sutovsky | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Live stream

Replay FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Round 7 Live Commentary by IM V Saravanan and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay FIDE Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss 2023 Round 7 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 7 Open games

Replay Round 7 Women games

Round 7 Open results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
7346
GMSindarov Javokhir26580 - 1GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi2716
15
7416
GMErigaisi Arjun2712½ - ½GMEsipenko Andrey2683
32
71352
GMNarayanan S L26510 - 1GMAronian Levon2742
7
71718
GMMaghsoodloo Parham27071 - 0GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649
56
72073
GMSvane Frederik2626½ - ½GMNihal Sarin2694
25
7248
GMPraggnanandhaa R273831 - 03GMGupta Abhijeet2609
84
72614
GMHarikrishna Pentala27163½ - ½3GMMurzin Volodar2633
69
72728
GMGrandelius Nils26893½ - ½3GMAryan Chopra2634
65
73588
GMPetrosyan Manuel260431 - 03GMSadhwani Raunak2641
61
74450
GMIvanchuk Vasyl2653½ - ½GMKarthikeyan Murali2611
83
74664
GMWarmerdam Max26361 - 0GMAdhiban B.2551
104
74799
IMAmar Elham256820 - 12GMGukesh D2758
5
75376
GMMendonca Leon Luke26222½ - ½2IMGurel Ediz2514
108

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Standings after Round 7

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
115
GMVidit, Santosh GujrathiIND27165,526482325,50
247
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB26565271928,5310
339
GMBacrot, EtienneFRA26695269124,5270
432
GMEsipenko, AndreyFID26835268727,529,50
516
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND27125267026,530,50
62
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA27805266624270
71
GMCaruana, FabianoUSA2786526622730,50
875
GMKuzubov, YuriyUKR26255266223250
912
GMKeymer, VincentGER27175264623,5260
1041
GMWojtaszek, RadoslawPOL26685264620,5220
1120
GMDeac, Bogdan-DanielROU2701526332426,50
1227
GMFedoseev, VladimirSLO2691526182123,50
1346
GMSindarov, JavokhirUZB26584,527032729,50
1442
GMNiemann, Hans MokeUSA26674,5269626280
1580
GMTer-Sahakyan, SamvelARM26184,5268822,5250
1644
GMCheparinov, IvanBUL26584,526782426,50
173
GMFirouzja, AlirezaFRA27774,5266824270
186
GMRapport, RichardROU27524,5265924270
1933
GMSarana, AlexeySRB26824,5265424,527,50
2010
GMDuda, Jan-KrzysztofPOL27264,5265024,5270

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Round 8 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
8115
GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi27165GMNakamura Hikaru2780
2
8416
GMErigaisi Arjun271255GMKuzubov Yuriy2625
75
81481
GMYakubboev Nodirbek261644GMPraggnanandhaa R2738
8
82025
GMNihal Sarin269444GMHuschenbeth Niclas2605
86
82393
GMJumabayev Rinat25854GMHarikrishna Pentala2716
14
82865
GMAryan Chopra2634GMBluebaum Matthias2668
40
83277
GMTari Aryan2619GMNarayanan S L2651
52
83456
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649GMMaurizzi Marc`andria2555
103
8365
GMGukesh D275833GMTheodorou Nikolas2619
78
83784
GMGupta Abhijeet260933GMMartirosyan Haik M.2696
24
84031
GMTabatabaei M. Amin268533GMKarthikeyan Murali2611
83
84561
GMSadhwani Raunak264133IMRoyal Shreyas2407
112
846104
GMAdhiban B.2551GMDonchenko Alexander2676
36
852107
IMSamunenkov Ihor2531GMMendonca Leon Luke2622
76

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Round 7 Women results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
7210
IMAssaubayeva Bibisara24690 - 1IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448
12
7822
IMBulmaga Irina24231 - 0GMDronavalli Harika2502
7
71638
WGMSavitha Shri B23750 - 1WGMWagner Dinara2461
11
72126
IMMatnadze Bujiashvili Ann24002½ - ½2IMVantika Agrawal2435
18
72224
WGMDivya Deshmukh240820 - 12IMAulia Medina Warda2362
41
72347
WIMGomez Barrera Javiera Belen22660 - 12IMTania Sachdev2389
32

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Standings after Round 7

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
112
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND24485,524752628,50
25
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR25105,524682933,50
321
GMStefanova, AntoanetaBUL24245,5242623,5260
430
IMMilliet, SophieFRA23915246924260
51
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID25585242024,526,50
634
IMTsolakidou, StavroulaGRE23854,5248124,527,50
710
IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ24694,524642729,50
839
IMCori T., DeysiPER23674,5246422,5250
925
IMGarifullina, LeyaFID24024,5246324250
1040
IMMunguntuul, BatkhuyagMGL23664,5244425,528,50
114
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN25174,5243428,530,50
1222
IMBulmaga, IrinaROU24234,5242723,5250
136
IMShuvalova, PolinaFID25064,523872122,50
1419
GMUshenina, AnnaUKR24344,523852123,50
1529
IMFataliyeva, UlviyyaAZE23934246325260
1627
IMNarva, MaiEST23994245220,5230
173
GMMuzychuk, MariyaUKR25194241423,5260
1813
IMEfroimski, MarselISR2447423972325,50
1914
GMCramling, PiaSWE2446423912122,50
2017
IMJavakhishvili, LelaGEO24374237122,5250

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Round 8 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
8212
IMVaishali Rameshbabu24485IMMilliet Sophie2391
30
8117
GMDronavalli Harika2502IMInjac Teodora2426
20
81832
IMTania Sachdev238933WIMMkrtchyan Mariam2343
44
81918
IMVantika Agrawal2435WGMSavitha Shri B2375
38
82450
WIMNassr Lina206612WGMDivya Deshmukh2408
24

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