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Arjun Erigaisi superb at 56th Biel GMT Blitz 2023 with a 2864 performance, now World no.17

by Shahid Ahmed - 23/07/2023

Arjun Erigaisi ended his tough form by winning the Blitz event of 56th Biel Chess Festival GMT 2023. He scored 10.5/14, performed at 2864, gained 27.2 Elo rating points, taking his live rating to 2737.2, now he is world no.17 in Blitz. However, David Navara (CZE) and Vincent Keymer (GER) are currently leading the GMT standings with a score of 26/44 each. Arjun will face Jules Moussard (FRA), Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU) and Vincent Keymer (GER) in the last three rounds. Today is a rest day. GMT Round 5 starts tomorrow Monday 24th July. MTO Round 6 starts today from 2 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Biel Chess Festival

Navara and Keymer in the lead

Haik Martirosyan (ARM) won the Blitz Open event scoring 11/13. IM Harikrishnan A Ra scored sole 9.5/13 to finish fifth. He gained 82.4 Elo rating points. IM Aditya S Samant and GM Bharath Subramaniyam H are the only two other Indians finished in top ten. They scored 9/13 to secure seventh and ninth place. GM-elect IM Rathanvel V S also scored 9/13. He was placed eleventh.

Arjun Erigaisi defeated Liem Quang Le (VIE) in both of their Blitz games

Arjun Erigaisi scored 1.5/2 against the Egypt no.1 Bassem Amin

Arjun Erigaisi registered his first win against David Navara (CZE) at this event and drew the second one

Arjun Erigaisi with a 2864 performance, gained 27.2 Elo rating points to move to world no.17 in the Blitz live ratings | Source:

David Navara (CZE) scored 7.5/14 in the Blitz to move to the top of the GMT standings 26/44

Vincent Keymer (GER) also has the same score 26/44

A glimpse of GMT Round 3...

and Round 4
Replay 56th Biel International Chess Festival 2023 GMT Blitz Round 1-14 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 Blitz Round 1-14 Live commentary by GM Arturs Neiksans (LAT) and Angelika Valkova (UKR) Part 2 | Video: Biel Chess Festival

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 Blitz standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtg TB1 
13GMErigaisi, ArjunIND271010,5
22GMLe, Quang LiemVIE26438,5
31GMNavara, DavidCZE26757,5
8GMYu, YangyiCHN27707,5
57GMMoussard, JulesFRA26267
64GMDeac, Bogdan-DanielROU26446,5
75GMKeymer, VincentGER26695
86GMAmin, BassemEGY26703,5


Current GMT standings

GM David Navara (CZE) and GM Vincent Keymer (GER) have the same score 26/44 | Source: Official site

Classical Round 5 pairings

132735GMYu, YangyiGMLe, Quang Liem27288
242689GMNavara, DavidGMKeymer, Vincent26902
352694GMAmin, BassemGMDeac, Bogdan-Daniel26931
462710GMErigaisi, ArjunGMMoussard, Jules26547



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