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56th Biel MTO R8: Aditya Samant on the verge of becoming India's next GM

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/07/2023

IM Aditya Samant held the sole leader GM Xiangzhi Bu (CHN) to a draw in the eighth round of 56th Biel Chess Festival MTO 2023. Aditya's ninth round opponent, GM Aryan Chopra needs to turn up, irrespective of the outcome, they must play a game, for Aditya to become India's next Grandmaster. Apart from them, GM Pranav Anand and IM Rathanvel V S are two more Indians also at 6/8, a half point behind the leader Xiangzhi 6.5/8. Rathanvel won a nice game after he accepted his opponent, GM Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera's (CUB) knight sacrifice and ensured he never gets anything out of it. GM Vincent Keymer (GER) defeated GM Bassem Amin (EGY) to throw the Grandmaster Triathlon (GMT) wide open before the final round. GMT Round 7 and MTO Round 9 starts today from 2 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Biel Chess Festival

Keymer, Liem or Navara, who will win the GMT?

GM Vincent Keymer (GER) has regained his sole lead 31.5/52. However, the defending champion, GM Liem Quang Le (VIE) 30/52 and GM David Navara (CZE) 29/52 are the championship race. A four-point win in the final round makes all three of them eligible to win the tournament. In the final round, it will be Arjun vs Keymer and Navara vs Liem. 

IM Aditya S Samant drew against GM Xiangzhi Bu (CHN) comfortably

GMT Round 6: GM Vincent Keymer (GER) won against GM Bassem Amin (EGY) to regain his sole lead 31.5/52

GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU) - GM Arjun Erigaisi: 1-1

Saraci - Aryan, MTO Round 8

Position after 36...Kd6

Kosovo no.1 IM Nderim Saraci (2472) decided to exchange his two minor pieces for a rook and two pawns against GM Aryan Chopra (2626). His passed pawns was not as strong as he would have wanted them to be. Aryan managed to equalize comfortably.White was a critical juncture - which pawn to save a6 or d4 ? He decided to save d4-pawn 37.Rd1 Kc7 38.Ra1 Kb6 39.Re1 Nc6 preventing Re7 40.Re8 h5 41.Ra8 g6 42.f3 Nd6 43.Kf2 Nxd4 44.g4 hxg4 45.fxg4 Ne6 and White resigned after six more moves.

GM Aryan Chopra maintains his pursuit 6/8

Carlos Daniel - Rathanvel

Position after 15.Nf5

GM Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera (CUB, 2591) decided to sacrifice his knight 15.Nf5 to expose IM Rathanvel V S' (2463) king. 15...exf5 16.exf5 d5 17.f6 gxf6 18.gxf6 Qxf4+ 19.Kb1 Qxf6 20.Bxd5 0-0-0! 21.Rhf1 Qg5 22.h4 Qxh4 Black kept munching all the pawns he was offered. 23.Bh1 Bg4 24.Qg2 Rxd1+! ensuring his king's escape 25.Nxd1 Kd8 26.Ne3 h5 soon Black got out of danger and went on to win the game.

GM-elect IM Rathanvel V S moves to 6/8

IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra defeated GM Daniil Yuffa (ESP) to take his score 5.5/8
Replay 56th Biel International Chess Festival 2023 GMT Round 6 Live commentary by GM Arturs Neiksans (LAT) and Angelika Valkova (UKR) Part 1 | Video: Biel Chess Festival
Replay 56th Biel International Chess Festival 2023 GMT Round 6 Live commentary by GM Arturs Neiksans (LAT) and Angelika Valkova (UKR) Part 2 | Video: Biel Chess Festival
Replay 56th Biel International Chess Festival 2023 GMT Round 6 Live commentary by GM Arturs Neiksans (LAT) and Angelika Valkova (UKR) Part 3 | Video: Biel Chess Festival

Replay GMT Round 6 games

Replay MTO Round 8 games

GMT Scoring

Rapid: Win = 2 points, Draw = 1 point and Loss = 0

Classical: Win = 4 points, Draw = 1.5 points and Loss = 0

Blitz: Win = 1 point, Draw = 0.5 point and Loss = 0

GMT Round 6 results

182728GMLe, Quang Liem½ - ½GMMoussard, Jules26547
212693GMDeac, Bogdan-Daniel½ - ½GMErigaisi, Arjun27106
322690GMKeymer, Vincent1 - 0GMAmin, Bassem26945
432735GMYu, Yangyi½ - ½GMNavara, David26894


Standings after Round 6

GM Vincent Keymer (GER) has regained his sole lead 31.5/52 | Source: Official site

Round 7 pairings

142689GMNavara, DavidGMLe, Quang Liem27288
252694GMAmin, BassemGMYu, Yangyi27353
362710GMErigaisi, ArjunGMKeymer, Vincent26902
472654GMMoussard, JulesGMDeac, Bogdan-Daniel26931


MTO Round 8 results

111IMSamant, Aditya S2510½ - ½6GMBu, Xiangzhi26761PGN
28GMQuesada Perez, Luis Ernesto25535½ - ½GMLiu, Yan25429PGN
318IMSaraci, Nderim247250 - 15GMAryan, Chopra26263PGN
45GMAlbornoz Cabrera, Carlos Daniel259150 - 15IMRathanvel, V S246319PGN
520IMChasin, Nico245550 - 15GMPranav, Anand251010PGN
639FMDeuer, Marius237450 - 15Peng, Xiongjian248913PGN
72GMNguyen, Ngoc Truong Son26451 - 0IMSanchez Alvarez, Roberto Carlos244423PGN
84GMYuffa, Daniil26030 - 1IMHarikrishnan, A Ra240632PGN
922Huang, Renjie2445½ - ½GMMeshkovs, Nikita25657PGN
1012IMRodrigue-Lemieux, Shawn24950 - 1IMShlyakhtenko, Robert240133PGN


Standings after Round 8

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 
11GMBu, XiangzhiCHN26766,537,5249,5
23GMAryan, ChopraIND2626638246,5
311IMSamant, Aditya SIND2510637240
49GMLiu, YanCHN2542636,5243,5
510GMPranav, AnandIND2510635,5248,5
619IMRathanvel, V SIND2463631,5229
713Peng, XiongjianCHN2489631240
82GMNguyen, Ngoc Truong SonVIE26455,536238
932IMHarikrishnan, A RaIND24065,536235
1028WGMVantika, AgrawalIND24285,535233


Round 9 pairings

11GMBu, Xiangzhi26766GMPranav, Anand251010
23GMAryan, Chopra262666IMSamant, Aditya S251011
39GMLiu, Yan254266Peng, Xiongjian248913
419IMRathanvel, V S24636WGMVantika, Agrawal242828
516IMSamadov, Read2482GMNguyen, Ngoc Truong Son26452
633IMShlyakhtenko, Robert2401GMQuesada Perez, Luis Ernesto25538
732IMHarikrishnan, A Ra24065GMAlbornoz Cabrera, Carlos Daniel25915
87GMMeshkovs, Nikita256555FMDeuer, Marius237439
946FMHuston, Gus234155IMSaraci, Nderim247218
1041FMDotzer, Lukas236955IMChasin, Nico245520



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