Biel MTO 2021 R7: Karthikeyan maintains his sole lead 6.0/7
Karthikeyan Murali remains in the sole lead as he drew with Pavel Eljanov in the seventh round of 54th Biel International Chess Festival MTO 2021. Eljanov maintains his chase 5.5/7. They are followed by eight players at 5.0/7. IM Harshit Raja continues his quest for the GM title as he drew with GM Alexander Donchenko. Raunak Sadhwani showed great tenacity against Sethuraman to salvage a draw. Nihal drew with Keymer and Kamsky won his game against Pichot. The gap increased to four points now. Nihal must beat Kamsky in the penultimate round to keep his chances of finishing first. The sixth round of GMT and eighth round of MTO will start at 5:30 p.m. IST today. Photo: Biel Chess Festival
Ganguly, Pragg and Gukesh in the hunt
Karthikeyan drew with GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR) to maintain his sole lead 6.0/7. Eljanov is still trailing by a half point 5.5/7. Eight players are at 5.0/7. They are - Salem, Ganguly, Banusz, Praggnanandhaa, Chigaev, Erdos, Kantor and Gukesh.
GMT R5: Nihal - Keymer: 0.5-0.5
Nihal refused threefold repetition twice before making the draw on the third occasion he could not find enough reason to go on against Keymer.
Gelfand - Lagarde: 1-0
Rook endings are very common and quite critical. One wrong move and the possibility of draw just disappears in thin air.
Find out one thing which Black should not do here to keep his chances of a draw.
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MTO: Eljanov - Karthikeyan: 0.5-0.5
Karthikeyan had a well-fought draw with Eljanov to maintain his sole lead.
Sethuraman - Raunak: 0.5-0.5
Raunak showed great tenacity to save the game from a difficult position against Sethuraman.
47...Bd3 serves two purposes - prevents a6 as well as threatens Bf1 to capture on g2. White just needed to focus on rolling the connected passed pawns on the queenside because even if g2 and h3 falls, White's pawns will be much quicker than Black's. White made a mistake of playing 48.Kg1 g5 49.Nd1 and Black happily traded the rooks because the resultant knight vs bishop ending with a split passed pawn is relatively easier to defend.
Praggnanandhaa - Visakh: 1-0
Pragg bounced back strong after a forgettable loss against Eljanov in the previous round.
White played a prophylactic move 19.Rb5 to make sure Black cannot leave the a5-pawn unprotected in the future. 19...Bf6 20.Ba3 Re8 21.c5 and White won the game comfortably.
Valsecchi - Gukesh: 0-1
Gukesh made a nice combination against GM Alessio Valsecchi (ITA).
Black's position was already good, but 29.b3 invited trouble. Find out the winning continuation for Black.
Vaishali - Yuffa: 1-0
Vaishali completely turned around a difficult position into a win after her opponent GM Daniil Yuffa (RUS) messed up the move order during an exchange.
What should Black do here, 22...Ng4 or Bxg3 ? Find out the difference between the move order.
Here are a few interesting finishes from MTO Round 7
Replay GMT Round 5 games
Replay MTO Round 7 games
GMT Round 5 results
|1||3||2699||GM||Alekseenko Kirill||½ - ½||GM||Studer Noel||2581||8|
|2||4||2675||GM||Gelfand Boris||1 - 0||GM||Lagarde Maxime||2648||2|
|3||5||2630||GM||Pichot Alan||0 - 1||GM||Kamsky Gata||2658||1|
|4||6||2620||GM||Nihal Sarin||½ - ½||GM||Keymer Vincent||2591||7|
Round 6 pairings
|Round 6 on 2021/08/03 at 14:00|
|1||8||2581||GM||Studer Noel||GM||Keymer Vincent||2591||7|
|2||1||2658||GM||Kamsky Gata||GM||Nihal Sarin||2620||6|
|3||2||2648||GM||Lagarde Maxime||GM||Pichot Alan||2630||5|
|4||3||2699||GM||Alekseenko Kirill||GM||Gelfand Boris||2675||4|
GMT Overall standings
MTO Round 7 results
|1||2||GM||Eljanov Pavel||2671||5||½ - ½||5½||GM||Murali Karthikeyan||2606||12|
|2||6||GM||Banusz Tamas||2631||4½||½ - ½||4½||GM||Erdos Viktor||2614||10|
|3||22||GM||Kantor Gergely||2527||4½||½ - ½||4½||GM||Ganguly Surya Shekhar||2625||8|
|4||1||GM||Saleh Salem A.R.||2682||4||1 - 0||4½||GM||Tang Andrew||2525||24|
|5||4||GM||Sethuraman S.P.||2644||4||½ - ½||4||GM||Sadhwani Raunak||2555||20|
|6||7||GM||Chigaev Maksim||2630||4||1 - 0||4||GM||Korpa Bence||2536||21|
|7||11||GM||R Praggnanandhaa||2608||4||1 - 0||4||GM||NR Visakh||2516||25|
|8||23||GM||Valsecchi Alessio||2527||4||0 - 1||4||GM||Gukesh Dommaraju||2578||15|
|9||28||IM||Kalyan Arjun||2503||4||½ - ½||4||GM||Wagner Dennis||2572||17|
|10||29||IM||Raja Harshit||2484||4||½ - ½||3½||GM||Donchenko Alexander||2652||3|
|11||9||GM||Narayanan S.L.||2624||3½||½ - ½||3½||GM||Budisavljevic Luka||2509||27|
|12||13||GM||Fedorchuk Sergey||2598||3½||1 - 0||3½||IM||Unuk Laura||2407||32|
|13||33||WGM||Vaishali R||2393||3½||1 - 0||3½||GM||Yuffa Daniil||2578||16|
|14||30||IM||NR Vignesh||2428||3½||1 - 0||3½||GM||Dragnev Valentin||2569||18|
|15||19||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||2567||3½||1 - 0||3½||FM||Tahay Alexis||2349||39|
Round 8 pairings
|1||12||GM||Murali Karthikeyan||2606||6||5||GM||Banusz Tamas||2631||6|
|2||7||GM||Chigaev Maksim||2630||5||5½||GM||Eljanov Pavel||2671||2|
|3||11||GM||R Praggnanandhaa||2608||5||5||GM||Saleh Salem A.R.||2682||1|
|4||8||GM||Ganguly Surya Shekhar||2625||5||5||GM||Gukesh Dommaraju||2578||15|
|5||10||GM||Erdos Viktor||2614||5||5||GM||Kantor Gergely||2527||22|
|6||24||GM||Tang Andrew||2525||4½||4½||GM||Sethuraman S.P.||2644||4|
|7||13||GM||Fedorchuk Sergey||2598||4½||4½||IM||Kalyan Arjun||2503||28|
|8||17||GM||Wagner Dennis||2572||4½||4½||IM||Raja Harshit||2484||29|
|9||33||WGM||Vaishali R||2393||4½||4½||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||2567||19|
|10||20||GM||Sadhwani Raunak||2555||4½||4½||IM||NR Vignesh||2428||30|
|11||3||GM||Donchenko Alexander||2652||4||4||GM||NR Visakh||2516||25|
|12||34||IM||Bänziger Fabian||2392||4||4||GM||Narayanan S.L.||2624||9|
|13||14||GM||Puranik Abhimanyu||2589||4||4||GM||Valsecchi Alessio||2527||23|
|14||21||GM||Korpa Bence||2536||4||4||GM||Budisavljevic Luka||2509||27|
|15||16||GM||Yuffa Daniil||2578||3½||4||FM||Papadiamandis Elliot||2363||38|