Biel MTO 2021 R6: Karthikeyan stays at the top 5.5/6
Twelfth seed Karthikeyan Murali maintained his sole lead by scoring a victory over Sethuraman in the sixth round of 54th Biel International Chess Festival MTO 2021. Eljanov is the only player who is a half point behind him 5.0/6. They will face each other in a crucial game in the seventh round. IM Harshit Raja scored a fine victory over GM Abhimanyu Puranik. GM Raunak Sadhwani held GM Maksim Chigaev to a marathon draw. Yesterday was a rest day for the GMT. The fifth round of GMT and seventh round of MTO will start at 5:30 p.m. IST today. Nihal has reduced the gap between him and Kamsky by winning the GMT Blitz on 31st July. He will face Keymer today against whom Nihal has a 3-1 score in this event. Photo: Rupali Mullick
Ganguly in pursuit
Karthikeyan scored a nice victory over compatriot Sethuraman in the sixth round to maintain his sole lead 5.5/6. GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR) is the only one who is a half point 5.0/6 behind him. Five players are behind the Ukrainian at 4.5/6. They are - Banusz, Ganguly, Erdos, Tang and Kantor.
Karthikeyan - Sethuraman: 1-0
Karthikeyan's relentless attack was capped off with a nice combination, but before that, his opponent Sethuraman could have done tactics of his own and saved the position.
White's kingside is a little vulnerable. How can Black take advantage of that? The game continued 35...Qb6 36.Qb3 Kf8. Find out the finish for White.
Ganguly - Banusz: 0.5-0.5
Banusz had a substantial advantage in both middlegame and endgame but he was unable to convert it.
Black is completely winning in the above position. Find out the best plan for Black.
Raunak - Chigaev: 0.5-0.5
Raunak Sadhwani had a marathon draw with Maksim Chigaev. The 15-year-old had to defend a rook vs rook and knight endgame for 50-moves.
Puranik - Harshit: 0-1
In a battle between two good friends from the same city, IM Harshit Raja prevailed. However, GM Abhimanyu Puranik had his opportunity to bring things back to balance.
White can do a pretty nice combination to restore equilibrium. Find out how.
Here are a few interesting finishes from Round 6
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Round 6 results
|1||12||GM||Murali Karthikeyan||2606||4½||1 - 0||4||GM||Sethuraman S.P.||2644||4|
|2||2||GM||Eljanov Pavel||2671||4||1 - 0||4||GM||R Praggnanandhaa||2608||11|
|3||8||GM||Ganguly Surya Shekhar||2625||4||½ - ½||4||GM||Banusz Tamas||2631||6|
|4||17||GM||Wagner Dennis||2572||3½||½ - ½||3½||GM||Saleh Salem A.R.||2682||1|
|5||20||GM||Sadhwani Raunak||2555||3½||½ - ½||3½||GM||Chigaev Maksim||2630||7|
|6||22||GM||Kantor Gergely||2527||3½||1 - 0||3½||GM||Narayanan S.L.||2624||9|
|7||10||GM||Erdos Viktor||2614||3½||1 - 0||3½||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||2567||19|
|8||24||GM||Tang Andrew||2525||3½||1 - 0||3½||GM||Fedorchuk Sergey||2598||13|
|9||15||GM||Gukesh Dommaraju||2578||3½||½ - ½||3½||IM||Kalyan Arjun||2503||28|
|10||27||GM||Budisavljevic Luka||2509||3||½ - ½||3||GM||Donchenko Alexander||2652||3|
|11||14||GM||Puranik Abhimanyu||2589||3||0 - 1||3||IM||Raja Harshit||2484||29|
|12||16||GM||Yuffa Daniil||2578||3||½ - ½||3||IM||NR Vignesh||2428||30|
|13||31||IM||Gschnitzer Adrian||2420||3||0 - 1||3||GM||Korpa Bence||2536||21|
|14||34||IM||Bänziger Fabian||2392||3||0 - 1||3||GM||Valsecchi Alessio||2527||23|
|15||25||GM||NR Visakh||2516||3||1 - 0||3||IM||Haimovich Tal||2388||35|
Round 7 pairings
|1||2||GM||Eljanov Pavel||2671||5||5½||GM||Murali Karthikeyan||2606||12|
|2||6||GM||Banusz Tamas||2631||4½||4½||GM||Erdos Viktor||2614||10|
|3||22||GM||Kantor Gergely||2527||4½||4½||GM||Ganguly Surya Shekhar||2625||8|
|4||1||GM||Saleh Salem A.R.||2682||4||4½||GM||Tang Andrew||2525||24|
|5||4||GM||Sethuraman S.P.||2644||4||4||GM||Sadhwani Raunak||2555||20|
|6||7||GM||Chigaev Maksim||2630||4||4||GM||Korpa Bence||2536||21|
|7||11||GM||R Praggnanandhaa||2608||4||4||GM||NR Visakh||2516||25|
|8||23||GM||Valsecchi Alessio||2527||4||4||GM||Gukesh Dommaraju||2578||15|
|9||28||IM||Kalyan Arjun||2503||4||4||GM||Wagner Dennis||2572||17|
|10||29||IM||Raja Harshit||2484||4||3½||GM||Donchenko Alexander||2652||3|
|11||9||GM||Narayanan S.L.||2624||3½||3½||GM||Budisavljevic Luka||2509||27|
|12||13||GM||Fedorchuk Sergey||2598||3½||3½||IM||Unuk Laura||2407||32|
|13||33||WGM||Vaishali R||2393||3½||3½||GM||Yuffa Daniil||2578||16|
|14||30||IM||NR Vignesh||2428||3½||3½||GM||Dragnev Valentin||2569||18|
|15||19||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||2567||3½||3½||FM||Tahay Alexis||2349||39|