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Grand Swiss 2023 R8: Caruana, Esipenko and Deac join Vidit in a four-way lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/11/2023

GM Vidit Gujrathi made a 16-move quick draw against GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) in the eighth round of FIDE Grand Swiss 2023. The result allowed GM Fabiano Caruana (USA), GM Andrey Esipenko and GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU) to catch up with Vidit in the lead 6/8. GM Arjun Erigaisi once again missed a good opportunity against GM Yuriy Kuzubov (UKR). While it was not a definite win unlike the last round, he had a promising position. GM R Praggnanandhaa would be disappointed after grinding a relatively balanced rook endgame for seven hours and 127 moves. When his opponent GM Nodirbek Yakubboev (UZB) blundered, Praggnanandhaa could not seize his chance. Round 9 starts today at 11:30 a.m. local time, 4 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Vaishali, Anna Muzychuk and Stefanova remain at the top

IM Vaishali R spotted a nice tactic against IM Sophie Milliet (FRA). However, she was unable to follow through. Thus, allowing her opponent to escape with a draw. GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) and GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) had a relatively calm draw. Vidit-Nakamura is third shortest game of the day and the event in terms of moves. GM Sandro Mareco (ARG) lost to GM Jeffery Xiong (USA) in 14 moves. GM Anna Ushenina (UKR) drew against IM Cori T Deysi (PER) in 11 moves. All of them happened in the eighth round.

GM Vidit Gujrathi made a quick 16-move draw against GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 official logo | Photo: Official site
Vidit's shortest draw of the event so far | Video: ChessBase India
Vidit Gujrathi's thoughts on his 16-move draw against Hikaru Nakamura | Video: ChessBase India
"When streamers play over the board chess, they draw huge numbers" - Hikaru Nakamura | Video: ChessBase India
GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) analyzes his game against GM Vidit Gujrathi | Video: GMHikaru
GM Vidit Gujrathi and GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) analyze their game | Video: FIDE

GM Vidit Gujrathi and GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) analyzes their game | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Arjun - Kuzubov: 0.5-0.5

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2712) was facing GM Yuriy Kuzubov (UKR, 2625) for the first time in a rated game. He got a good position in the middlegame. However, he delayed seizing his opportunity.

Position after 32...Qb4

White needed to go 33.e5 immediately to seize his advantage. 33.Re3 Ne6 34.e5 is just not the same. Black got time to regroup 31...fxe5 32.Be1 Qf8 33.Qxf8+ Nhxf8 Black is now completely out of the woods.

GM Arjun Erigaisi had a promising position against GM Yuriy Kuzubov (UKR) | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
GM Samuel Sevian (USA) vs GM Alireza Firouzja (FRA) | Video: ChessBase India
GM Sam Sevian (USA) on how he effortlessly managed to beat GM Alireza Firouzja (FRA) | Video: ChessBase India

Yakubboev - Praggnanandhaa: 0.5-0.5

The only Classical rated game between GM Nodirbek Yakubboev (UZB, 2616) and GM R Praggnanandhaa (2738) took place earlier this year at Sharjah Masters. The Uzbek won that encounter. Praggnanandhaa was determined to equalize the score. He grinded a balanced rook endgame and found himself on the verge of victory when his opponent blundered.

Position after 92.Ra8??

92.Ra8?? created the opportunity Black was hoping for. 92...Kf2 93.Ra1 Re1 94.Ra2+ Kf1 95.Ra3 Re2+ 96.Kh1 Kf2 97.Kh2 Re8?! 98.Ra2+ Kf3? and Black just lost his only chance in the game. 96...Re3 was what Black needed to play to win the game. It was possible to execute the same idea after 97.Kh2 Kf1+ 98.Kh1 Re3

Final moments: GM Nodirbek Yakubboev (UZB) vs GM R Praggnanandhaa | Video: ChessBase India

GM R Praggnanandhaa would be disappointed for missing out on his win after grinding for over seven hours and 127 moves | Photo: Maria Emelianova/chess.com

GM Nihal Sarin turned things around against GM Niclas Huschenbeth (GER) to score a win | Photo: Maria Emelianova/chess.com

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR, pictured) - GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Vaishali - Sophie: 0.5-0.5

IM Vaishali R (2448) was facing IM Sophie Milliet (FRA, 2391) for the first time in a rated game. She found herself in a commanding position in the middlegame after the Frenchwoman erred.

Position after 17.Ng6!

16...Nxd5? 17.Ng6! Nxe3 18.Rxf7! Rxf7 19.Qf3 Qf6 20.Nxe5 Qxf3 21.Ndxf3 bxc3 22.bxc3 c5 23.Bxf7+ Kf8 24.Re1 would have maintained a firm grip on the position. 24.Bb3 Rb8 25.Ng6+ Ke8 26.Ba4+ Bd7 27.Re1 cxd4 28.cxd4 Bxa4 29.Rxe3 White's attack diminished and Black eventually escaped with a draw.

IM Vaishali R missed a win against IM Sophie Milliet (FRA) | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Round 8 in progress | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Video Gallery

The atmosphere when Vidit Gujrathi took on Hikaru Nakamura | Video: ChessBase India
"I need to be even more professional to reach 2700" - Aravindh Chithambaram | Video: ChessBase India
Tania Sachdev beats an Armenian talent - Mariam Mkrtchyan | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Live stream

Replay FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Round 8 Live Commentary by IM V Saravanan and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay FIDE Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss 2023 Round 8 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 8 Open games

Replay Round 8 Women games

Round 8 Open results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
8115
GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi2716½ - ½5GMNakamura Hikaru2780
2
8416
GMErigaisi Arjun27125½ - ½5GMKuzubov Yuriy2625
75
81481
GMYakubboev Nodirbek26164½ - ½4GMPraggnanandhaa R2738
8
82025
GMNihal Sarin269441 - 04GMHuschenbeth Niclas2605
86
82393
GMJumabayev Rinat25854½ - ½GMHarikrishna Pentala2716
14
82865
GMAryan Chopra2634½ - ½GMBluebaum Matthias2668
40
83277
GMTari Aryan2619½ - ½GMNarayanan S L2651
52
83456
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.26491 - 0GMMaurizzi Marc`andria2555
103
8365
GMGukesh D27583½ - ½3GMTheodorou Nikolas2619
78
83784
GMGupta Abhijeet26093½ - ½3GMMartirosyan Haik M.2696
24
84031
GMTabatabaei M. Amin268531 - 03GMKarthikeyan Murali2611
83
84561
GMSadhwani Raunak26413½ - ½3IMRoyal Shreyas2407
112
846104
GMAdhiban B.2551½ - ½GMDonchenko Alexander2676
36
852107
IMSamunenkov Ihor2531½ - ½GMMendonca Leon Luke2622
76

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Standings after Round 8

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 RpKrtg+/-
132
GMEsipenko, AndreyFID26836269135,538028671019,1
215
GMVidit, Santosh GujrathiIND2716626673235028531013,9
31
GMCaruana, FabianoUSA278662663353902851106,2
420
GMDeac, Bogdan-DanielROU2701626383234,5028241012,3
547
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB26565,5271536,539,5028361019,4
644
GMCheparinov, IvanBUL26585,526853134,5028011015,5
72
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA27805,5267334,53802809102,8
875
GMKuzubov, YuriyUKR26255,5266932,534,5027841017
933
GMSarana, AlexeySRB26825,5266831,534,5027771010,7
1016
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND27125,526643640,502795108,6
1121
GMSevian, SamuelUSA26985,526483134,502764107
1218
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI27075,5264631,53502784107,9
1327
GMFedoseev, VladimirSLO26915,52623293202742105,4
1439
GMBacrot, EtienneFRA2669527053235027841012,1
1546
GMSindarov, JavokhirUZB26585270435,538,5027771012,8
1642
GMNiemann, Hans MokeUSA2667527033335,5027711011,1
1741
GMWojtaszek, RadoslawPOL26685265329,531,502736107,1
1812
GMKeymer, VincentGER271752652323502742102,3
197
GMAronian, LevonUSA27425265231340274410-0,2
2017
GMVitiugov, NikitaENG27115264731,535,502739102,6

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Round 9 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
9215
GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi271666GMEsipenko Andrey2683
32
9427
GMFedoseev Vladimir2691GMErigaisi Arjun2712
16
91012
GMKeymer Vincent271755GMNihal Sarin2694
25
9123
GMFirouzja Alireza2777GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649
56
9158
GMPraggnanandhaa R2738GMJumabayev Rinat2585
93
92514
GMHarikrishna Pentala271644GMMelkumyan Hrant2650
53
92619
GMVan Foreest Jorden270744GMAryan Chopra2634
65
93452
GMNarayanan S L265144GMBachmann Axel2604
87
93594
GMKuybokarov Temur25844GMGukesh D2758
5
94260
GMPonomariov Ruslan2641GMGupta Abhijeet2609
84
943103
GMMaurizzi Marc`andria2555GMSadhwani Raunak2641
61
94783
GMKarthikeyan Murali261133GMSantos Latasa Jaime2650
55
94968
GMKollars Dmitrij263333GMAdhiban B.2551
104
95076
GMMendonca Leon Luke262233Wu Li2303
11

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Round 8 Women results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
8212
IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448½ - ½5IMMilliet Sophie2391
30
8117
GMDronavalli Harika2502½ - ½IMInjac Teodora2426
20
81832
IMTania Sachdev238931 - 03WIMMkrtchyan Mariam2343
44
81918
IMVantika Agrawal2435½ - ½WGMSavitha Shri B2375
38
82450
WIMNassr Lina206610 - 12WGMDivya Deshmukh2408
24

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Standings after Round 8

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 RpKrtg+/-
112
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND24486246334,538026451020,5
25
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR2510624613842,5026451013,6
321
GMStefanova, AntoanetaBUL2424624383335,5026141019,7
425
IMGarifullina, LeyaFID24025,524693334025601017,5
530
IMMilliet, SophieFRA23915,5246633,535,5025721019,5
64
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN25175,5245236,539,502585106,9
740
IMMunguntuul, BatkhuyagMGL23665,5244134,537,5025771022,6
834
IMTsolakidou, StavroulaGRE23855247932,535,5025641019,2
927
IMNarva, MaiEST2399524622830,5025361014,7
1039
IMCori T., DeysiPER23675246030,533025311017,5
1110
IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ2469524533639,502537107
121
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID2558524333335,50251810-4,4
1313
IMEfroimski, MarselISR244752396313402487103,9
1419
GMUshenina, AnnaUKR243452382293202472103,9
1542
IMGuichard, PaulineFRA23584,5246331,534,5024971015,2
1636
GMSocko, MonikaPOL23804,524372830,502463109,5
1722
IMBulmaga, IrinaROU24234,5241932,534,502443102,4
1814
GMCramling, PiaSWE24464,5239829310243610-0,9
196
IMShuvalova, PolinaFID25064,5238930,532,50242710-8,3
2015
IMMammadzada, GunayAZE24414,5238733,536,50241510-2,4

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Round 9 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
9121
GMStefanova Antoaneta242466IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448
12
91136
GMSocko Monika23804GMDronavalli Harika2502
7
9138
GMPaehtz Elisabeth248444IMTania Sachdev2389
32
91938
WGMSavitha Shri B23753IMKiolbasa Oliwia2375
37
92024
WGMDivya Deshmukh240833GMDanielian Elina2416
23
92249
WIMKanyamarala Trisha218423IMVantika Agrawal2435
18

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