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Jorden van Foreest clinches TePe Sigeman & Co 2021 with a round to go

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/09/2021

Jorden van Foreest defeated Jonas Buhl Bjerre to win TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2021 with a round to go. He is now 5.0/6 and there is no possibility for anyone to catch him even if he loses his last round game against Gawain Jones. Nigel Short and Nils Grandelius are at 3.5/6, Jones and Keymer are at 3.0/6 each respectively. Nihal Sarin had a good initiative against Etienne Bacrot, but he was unable to seize his chance. Both are now at 2.5/6. Jorden has crossed 2700 once again as his live rating is now 2705.7, and he is currently world no.33. Round 7 starts today at 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament

Nihal makes a draw with Bacrot

Nihal Sarin got the initiative which he was aiming for. However, he did not take chances at the right time which allow Etienne Bacrot to get back in the game and make a draw.

Jorden van Foreest completely dominated the competition | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament

Short - Keymer: 0.5-0.5

Nigel Short had a well contested draw with Vincent Keymer.

Short and Keymer had a solid draw | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament

Grandelius and Jones had an uneventful draw | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament

Jorden - Jonas: 1-0

Jonas Buhl Bjerre (DEN) sacrificed a pawn to launch on his opponent Jorden van Foreest's (NED) king.

Position after 17...Bxc3

17...Bxc3 does no good for Black as 18.Nxe7+ Kh8 19.bxc3 Rb8 does not generate as much attack as Black would like. White converted his advantage into a win with ease in another ten more moves.

Jorden van Foreest defeated Jonas Buhl Bjerre to win the tournament | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament

Bacrot - Nihal: 0.5-0.5

Nihal Sarin got a good position with a lot of potential to attack Etienne Bacrot's kingside, however he did not continue with the momentum.

Position after 20.Ndf1

If Black has pushed his pawns to g4 and h5, it is only natural to push the pawns further. 20...h4 leads to interesting variations for Black with a lot of chances. An interesting variation goes 21.Rad1 hxg3 22.Bxf7+ Kxf7 23.Rxd8 Bxf2+ 24.Kh1 Rxd8 and computer says Black has decisive advantage. Yes, in a practical game, one might be a little hesitant to play that line.

Nihal had a good initiative | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament

Replay Round 6 games

Time Control

100 minutes for 40 moves + 50 minutes for 20 moves + 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move 1. The Sofia rule will be applied (no draw offers before Black’s 30th move).

Round 6 results

Nigel Short – Vincent Keymer: 0.5-0.5

Nils Grandelius – Gawain Jones: 0.5-0.5

Jorden van Foreest – Jonas Buhl Bjerre: 1-0

Etienne Bacrot – Nihal Sarin: 0.5-0.5

Round 7 pairings

Jonas Buhl Bjerre – Etienne Bacrot

Gawain Jones – Jorden van Foreest

Vincent Keymer – Nils Grandelius

Nihal Sarin – Nigel Short


1.N Short2626*½01½½1
2.N Grandelius2666½*½1½10
3.J Van Foreest26911½*11½15
4.Jonas B Bjerre2550000*0½½1
5.G Jones2684½½1*½0½3
6.V Keymer2607½0½½*1½3
7.N Sarin26520½½10*½
8.E Bacrot2658010½½½*


23rd - 28th September - 2 p.m. CET (5:30 p.m. IST)

29th September - 12 p.m. CET (3:30 p.m. IST)


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