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Reykjavik Open 2023 R5-6: Maxime Lagarde joins Abhijeet Gupta in the lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/04/2023

GM Abhijeet Gupta defeated GM Pranav Venkatesh in the fifth round to gain sole lead 5/5. In the sixth round Abhijeet made a short 21-move draw against Turkey no.1 GM Mustafa Yilmaz. It allowed GM Maxime Lagarde (FRA) to catch up to him. He defeated Turkey no.2 GM Emre Can. Pranav bounced back by winning against IM Dimitar Mardov (USA). He is one of the sixth players in pursuit at a score of 5/6. FM Sahithi Varshini M defeated GM Simon Williams in the sixth round after the latter misplayed in the endgame allowing the teenager to score a win. She is now the highest scoring female player of Reykjavik Open 2023 so far 4.5/6. Round 7 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

Sahithi Varshini beats Simon Williams

A total of 27 players are at 4.5/6. There are five Indians among them. They are - IM Sidhant Mohapatra, IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad, IM P Shyam Nikhil, GM Vignesh N R and FM Sahithi Varshini M. Sidhant and Dhulipalla both scored 1.5/2 on the final double round of the event.

GM Abhijeet Gupta is making all the right moves so far | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

Pranav - Abhijeet, Round 5

Position after 28...Rg6+

The above position certainly gives an inkling that something has gone terribly wrong for White. 29.Kh1 Qf6 30.Rxd5 Qxf3+ 32.Kh2 Qf4+ 33.Kh1 Rxe3 34.Bxe3 Qf3+ 35.Kh2 Qxd5 36.Bf4 was perhaps a better continuation for GM Pranav V (2545). He decided the block the check by self-pinning the knight 29.Ng2 Qf6 30.f4? Nxf4 31.Bxf4 Qxf4-+ gave GM Abhijeet Gupta (2620) gained a decisive advantage. Black went on to win the game comfortably.

GM Abhijeet Gupta got the better of GM Pranav Venkatesh | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

IM Sidhant Mohapatra made a short work of IM Jonah B Willow (ENG) in just 19 moves | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Dimitar - Pranav, Round 6

Position after 16.Qc2?

16.Qc2? is a mistake by IM Dimitar Mardov (USA, 2445) as it allows Black to gain advantage using tactics. Try to find out how.

GM Pranav Venkatesh bounced back in the sixth round by scoring an emphatic victory over IM Dimitar Mardov (USA) | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

Round 6: IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (pictured) - GM Gabor Papp (HUN): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

Simon - Sahithi, Round 6

Position after 49...Rc3

FM Sahithi Varshini (2262) has offered her bishop as a sacrifice to GM Simon Williams (ENG, 2461). 50.Rxc3 obviously does not work bxc3 51.hxg6 c2 and Black wins. Thus, White's only defense was 50.Re1 Be4 51.Bxe4 dxe4 52.Rb1 Rb7 and the game goes on. However, the game continued 50.Ra1 Bc2 51.Rxf6 Ra3-+ and Black gained a decisive advantage due to her menacing pawns on the queenside. Black won the game after nine more moves.

FM Sahithi Varshini defeated GM Simon Williams (ENG) to move to 4.5/6 | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

Round 5 and 6 in progress | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

Beautiful view of the pier outside the venue | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

A total of 401 players including 34 GMs, 34 IMs, 5 WGMs and 5 WIMs are taking part from 45 countries across the world. The seven day nine-round Swiss League Rating tournament is organized by Icelandic Chess Federation from 29th March to 4th April 2023 at Harpa Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland. The time control of the tournament is 40 moves in 90 minutes + 30 minutes with 30 seconds increment from move no.1. Accelerated pairings are used in all rounds.

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Round 6 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
615
GMGupta Abhijeet26205½ - ½GMYilmaz Mustafa2629
4
6512
GMLivaic Leon256941 - 04GMPanchanathan Magesh Chandran2460
35
6741
IMMardov Dimitar244540 - 14GMPranav V2545
15
6842
IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad24414½ - ½4GMPapp Gabor2544
16
6943
IMWadsworth Matthew J243941 - 04GMVisakh N R2538
20
61054
IMSidhant Mohapatra23764½ - ½4GMLie Kjetil A.2515
22
61985
FMSalles Louis22870 - 1IMVignesh N R2513
24
62089
FMHeurtebize Olivier22690 - 1IMShyaamnikhil P2477
28
63025
GMStefansson Hannes251031 - 03WIMPandey Srishti2156
120
63751
IMAjay Krishna S238231 - 03CMVemparala Nikash2100
146
64433
GMWilliams Simon K24610 - 1FMSahithi Varshini M2262
92
649217
Doran Chris191830 - 13FMPanesar Vedant2348
68
65682
FMKarthik Rajaa230231 - 03Gregersen Einar1894
222
672117
IMMohota Nisha21773½ - ½3Hauksson Helgi1637
312
686109
WIMSharma Isha2197½ - ½Krassel Timofei1880
228
6103315
Lien Sebastian16181 - 0Hari Charan Sai Kalluri2066
161
6126162
Manukonda Arun206121 - 02Hasala Richard1750
277
6158229
Cuvelier Annelies18751 - 0Lokeswara Rao M1218
359
6164314
Vander Zwalmen Miranda16250 - 1Nitish Brunth Sundar0
390

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Standings after Round 6

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 RpnKrtg+/-
15
GMAbhijeet GuptaIND26205,50617282961011,4
11
GMMaxime LagardeFRA25815,50617282261013,4
34
GMMustafa YilmazTUR262950617,527316107,9
41
GMVasyl IvanchukUKR266450616,526966103
515
GMV PranavIND254550616270261011,7
643
IMMatthew J WadsworthENG243950614,524836104,1
723
GMLeon MonsGER25145051726345109,1
812
GMLeon LivaicCRO256950516,527365107,9
954
IMMohapatra SidhantIND23764,50617255361014,8
1030
IMEvgenios IoannidisGRE24734,50617261561011,8
1113
GMMatthieu CornetteFRA25634,50616,526396106,7
42
IMBala Chandra Prasad DhulipallaIND24414,50616,525136108,2
1331
IMKassa KorleyDEN24684,5061625216104,5
142
GMNils GrandeliusSWE26584,506162542610-5,5
1522
GMKjetil A. LieNOR25154,50615,52468610-2,3
1628
IMP ShyaamnikhilIND24774,5061524786101,1
1716
GMGabor PappHUN25444,506152504610-1,7
188
GMEmre CanTUR26004,50614,526096101,6
1945
FMShubh Jayesh LaddhaU16USA24224,50614,52185510-1,2
207
GMAlexandr FierBRA26064,506142424610-7,3
24
IMN R VigneshIND25134,506142429610-4,5
2218
GMSebastien MazeFRA25424,506142459610-4,7
21
GMDanyyil DvirnyyITA25314,506142467610-3,7
2439
IMQuentin LoiseauFRA24494,50613,524156100,5
44
IMAlan-Safar RamoutarTTO24254,50613,52158610-8,8

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Round 7 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
7111
GMLagarde Maxime2581GMGupta Abhijeet2620
5
7215
GMPranav V254555GMIvanchuk Vasyl2664
1
71218
GMMaze Sebastien2542IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad2441
42
71524
IMVignesh N R2513FMLaddha Shubh Jayesh2422
45
71628
IMShyaamnikhil P2477IMSidhant Mohapatra2376
54
71792
FMSahithi Varshini M2262GMDemuth Adrien2475
29
71814
GMDziuba Marcin255444FMKarthik Rajaa2302
82
71920
GMVisakh N R253844IMKolbus Dietmar2273
88
72335
GMPanchanathan Magesh Chandran246044Melaa Sondre2243
97
73098
FMBaasansuren Erdene223244IMAjay Krishna S2382
51
73568
FMPanesar Vedant234844Van Kessel Wessel2137
133
768298
Pedersen Sondre-Andreas1674IMMohota Nisha2177
117
784220
Dasgupta Avyukt189633WIMSharma Isha2197
109
786120
WIMPandey Srishti215633Gregersen Einar1894
222
7103281
Spagnoli Benjamin174433Manukonda Arun2061
162
7128161
Hari Charan Sai Kalluri2066Hallsson Jon Eggert1747
279
7148390
Nitish Brunth Sundar0Fresow Boris1804
258
7177359
Lokeswara Rao M1218Beatty Samuel1571
322

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