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Grand Swiss 2023 R9: Vaishali beats Stefanova, emerges sole leader

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/11/2023

IM Vaishali R defeated GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) in the ninth round of FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Women. The former Women's world champion made an incorrect exchange of pieces in the endgame which eased Vaishali's path towards victory. Her coleader GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) was held to a draw by IM Leya Garifullina, allowing Vaishali to become the sole leader 7/9. She will face another former Women's world champion, GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) in the penultimate round. GM Vidit Gujrathi had a well contested draw against GM Andrey Esipenko. The leader group in the Open section increased to six players as GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and GM Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) joined Esipenko, Vidit, GM Fabiano Caruana (USA) and GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU). Round 10 starts today at 2:30 p.m. local time, 7 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Vidit in a six-pack lead

IM Vaishali R defeated GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) to emerge sole leader | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

GM Vidit Gujrathi drew against GM Andrey Esipenko to maintain his lead | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 official logo | Photo: Official site

Stefanova - Vaishali: 0-1

Two years ago at the very same event when IM Vaishali R (2448) faced GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL, 2424), the game ended in a draw. Now, she again was paired against the former Women's World Champion with the same color, albeit a round earlier. This time, Vaishali was determined to change the outcome.

Position after 34...Kh7

White is already behind two pawns. What White must avoid is, exchanging more pieces, especially her bishop with the a6-knight. That is exactly what White did 35.Bxa6? Rxa6 36.Rb8 Qd5 37.Rb4 Ng5 and it's over for White. Black liquidates the position into a rook endgame with two extra pawns which is easy enough to convert into a full point.

IM Vaishali on beating Stefanova, becoming sole leader and reaching 2492 Elo | Video: ChessBase India
GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) vs IM Vaishali R | Video: ChessBase India
IM Vaishali R analyzes her win over GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) | Video: FIDE

IM Vaishali R scored an emphatic victory over GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

IM Vaishali R is now World no.14 among Women with a live rating of 2492.2 | Source: 2700 chess.com
Anish Giri jokes with Vidit Gujrathi before the start of the game + Vidit interview and analysis | Video: ChessBase India
Hikaru Nakamura's insanely speedy calculations | Video: ChessBase India
GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) analyzes his win against GM Ivan Cheparinov (BUL) | Video: GMHikaru

GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO) - GM Arjun Erigaisi: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO): "I am quite satisfied with my play and the quality of chess I am showing here" | Video: FIDE
Parham Maghsoodloo reveals how his wife and second have helped him reach Elo 2745 and World no.13 | Video: ChessBase India

GM Aravindh Chithambaram made  a nice save from a losing position against GM Alireza Firouzja (FRA)  | Photo: Maria Emelianova/chess.com
GM Anish Giri (NED) starts to think about alternative careers in the game where he plays a beautiful endgame | Video: ChessBase India

Praggnanandhaa - Jumabayev: 1-0

GM R Praggnanandhaa (2738) had never beaten the Kazakhstan no.1 GM Rinat Jumabayev (2585) in either a Classical or Blitz rated games. Their first Classical game ended in a draw in 2019, while the second one was won by the Kazakh. The Blitz game was also won by Rinat who went to win the tournament. For the first time in their battle against each other, Pragg got the white pieces in this event.

Position after 31.Bg4!

31.Bg4! is a nice tactical shot. It is actually a double attack - both Black's queen and c1-rook are threatened. 31...Qd7 now 32.Bd7! is another tactic - deflection, which forces Black to give up material as queen, c1-rook and f7-pawn all three are under attack at the same time. 32...Rxf1 33.Bxc6 Rxf4 34.Qxf4 and White went on to win the game in another dozen and a half moves.

Praggnanandhaa's stunning move reminded us of Fischer's combination | Video: ChessBase India

GM R Praggnanandhaa scored his second win of the event, first ever win in a Classical rated game against GM Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ) | Photo: Maria Emelianova/chess.com
Australia no.1 GM Temur Kuybokarov tells us how he beat Gukesh | Video: ChessBase India

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) drew against IM Leya Garifullina and GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) bounced back with a victory after suffering two consecutive losses | Photo: Maria Emelianova/chess.com

GM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER) - IM Tania Sachdev (pictured): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Maria Emelianova/chess.com

IM Divya Deshmukh (pictured) - GM Elina Danielian (ARM): 1-0 | Photo: Maria Emelianova/chess.com

Round 9 in progress | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Video Gallery

Will India get 2 Candidates? IM Sagar Shah's Round 9 Recap | Video: ChessBase India
The ultimate Indian chess fan - Manish Shah from Scotland | Video: ChessBase India
GM David Howell (ENG) and IM Jovanka Houska (ENG) make their predictions on who will win FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Live stream

Replay FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 Round 9 Live Commentary by IM V Saravanan and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India
Replay FIDE Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss 2023 Round 9 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 9 Open games

Replay Round 9 Women games

Round 9 Open results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
9215
GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi27166½ - ½6GMEsipenko Andrey2683
32
9427
GMFedoseev Vladimir2691½ - ½GMErigaisi Arjun2712
16
91012
GMKeymer Vincent271751 - 05GMNihal Sarin2694
25
9123
GMFirouzja Alireza2777½ - ½GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2649
56
9158
GMPraggnanandhaa R27381 - 0GMJumabayev Rinat2585
93
92514
GMHarikrishna Pentala271641 - 04GMMelkumyan Hrant2650
53
92619
GMVan Foreest Jorden27074½ - ½4GMAryan Chopra2634
65
93452
GMNarayanan S L265141 - 04GMBachmann Axel2604
87
93594
GMKuybokarov Temur258441 - 0GMGukesh D2758
5
94260
GMPonomariov Ruslan26411 - 0GMGupta Abhijeet2609
84
943103
GMMaurizzi Marc`andria25550 - 1GMSadhwani Raunak2641
61
94783
GMKarthikeyan Murali26113½ - ½3GMSantos Latasa Jaime2650
55
94968
GMKollars Dmitrij263331 - 03GMAdhiban B.2551
104
95076
GMMendonca Leon Luke262231 - 03Wu Li2303
113

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Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 RpKrtg+/-
132
GMEsipenko, AndreyFID26836,5269445,548,5028451019,6
22
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA27806,52671444802833106,1
315
GMVidit, Santosh GujrathiIND27166,5266942,546028281013,4
41
GMCaruana, FabianoUSA27866,526684549,502829105
520
GMDeac, Bogdan-DanielROU27016,526574244,5028151013,5
618
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI27076,526514246028131012,6
747
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB26566271046,549,5028171019,6
875
GMKuzubov, YuriyUKR2625626734245027741018
916
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND2712626674549,502783108,3
1012
GMKeymer, VincentGER2717626574245,502777107
1121
GMSevian, SamuelUSA26986264540,544,502748106
1227
GMFedoseev, VladimirSLO26916263438,54202739105,7
1346
GMSindarov, JavokhirUZB26585,527074447,5027671013,8
1442
GMNiemann, Hans MokeUSA26675,527044143,5027601011,7
1581
GMYakubboev, NodirbekUZB26165,5270238,539,5027291015,4
1639
GMBacrot, EtienneFRA26695,526994245,5027651011,9
1780
GMTer-Sahakyan, SamvelARM26185,5269841,544,5027601017,6
1844
GMCheparinov, IvanBUL26585,526974246027541012,2
1933
GMSarana, AlexeySRB26825,5267340,54402724106
2088
GMPetrosyan, ManuelARM26045,526723841,5027491018

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Round 10 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
10220
GMDeac Bogdan-Daniel2701GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi2716
15
10521
GMSevian Samuel269866GMErigaisi Arjun2712
16
10945
GMKorobov Anton2658GMPraggnanandhaa R2738
8
101856
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.264955GMHarikrishna Pentala2716
14
102025
GMNihal Sarin269455GMNajer Evgeniy2648
57
102131
GMTabatabaei M. Amin268555GMNarayanan S L2651
52
102665
GMAryan Chopra2634GMShankland Sam2698
22
103361
GMSadhwani Raunak2641GMSuleymanli Aydin2588
92
103835
GMAbasov Nijat267944GMMendonca Leon Luke2622
76
10445
GMGukesh D2758GMDardha Daniel2580
96
104983
GMKarthikeyan Murali2611GMLazavik Denis2560
102
105084
GMGupta Abhijeet2609GMKrasenkow Michal2531
106
1052104
GMAdhiban B.25513IMSamunenkov Ihor2531
107

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Round 9 Women results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
9121
GMStefanova Antoaneta242460 - 16IMVaishali Rameshbabu2448
12
91136
GMSocko Monika2380½ - ½4GMDronavalli Harika2502
7
9138
GMPaehtz Elisabeth24844½ - ½4IMTania Sachdev2389
32
91938
WGMSavitha Shri B237530 - 1IMKiolbasa Oliwia2375
37
92024
WGMDivya Deshmukh240831 - 03GMDanielian Elina2416
23
92249
WIMKanyamarala Trisha218420 - 13IMVantika Agrawal2435
18

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Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 RpKrtg+/-
112
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND2448724584447,5026691025,2
25
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR25106,524544751,5026121012,1
34
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN25176,524444448026041010,2
425
IMGarifullina, LeyaFID24026247443,544,5025541019
527
IMNarva, MaiEST2399624743638,5025791021,8
639
IMCori T., DeysiPER23676245839,543025621023,6
740
IMMunguntuul, BatkhuyagMGL23666244542,545,5025651024
821
GMStefanova, AntoanetaBUL2424624404345,5025491015
934
IMTsolakidou, StavroulaGRE23855,5247342,545,5025451019,9
1030
IMMilliet, SophieFRA23915,524724446025201016,2
1110
IMAssaubayeva, BibisaraKAZ24695,5244247,55202513105,6
1217
IMJavakhishvili, LelaGEO24375,5239737,54002466103,8
1314
GMCramling, PiaSWE24465,5239337,540,502469102,9
1415
IMMammadzada, GunayAZE24415,5239141,544,502457102,3
1519
GMUshenina, AnnaUKR24345,5238339,542,502458103,2
1643
WGMKamalidenova, MeruertKAZ2351524803942,5025181020,1
1736
GMSocko, MonikaPOL2380524453739,5024721011,2
181
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID25585242943,5470246310-11,5
193
GMMuzychuk, MariyaUKR25195241038,541,50244710-8,9
2016
GMGunina, ValentinaFID24395239837,5410243010-1,5

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Round 10 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
10112
IMVaishali Rameshbabu24487GMTan Zhongyi2517
4
101232
IMTania Sachdev2389IMShuvalova Polina2506
6
10137
GMDronavalli Harika2502WGMBeydullayeva Govhar2383
35
101618
IMVantika Agrawal24354WIMTerbe Julianna2266
48
101729
IMFataliyeva Ulviyya239344WGMDivya Deshmukh2408
24
102233
FMLee Alice238833WGMSavitha Shri B2375
38

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Links

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