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Biel GMT Round 3: Harikrishna survives a scare

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/07/2020

Vincent Keymer and David Anton Guijarro score the wins in Round 3 of 53rd Biel Chess Festival GMT. Keymer continued his fantastic form as he beat Naiditsch with a fine attack. Although Naiditsch had an opportunity to save the attack but he missed it. Meanwhile Anton Guijarro got a better position out of the opening as his opponent Edouard misplayed the theory. Harikrishna got away with a draw against Studer after he blundered by taking a pawn at the center of the board. Wojtaszek and Adams had an uneventful draw. Keymer leads with 18 points followed by Wojtaszek at 16.5, Adams 15 and Harikrishna with 14.5 points at the conclusion of Round 3. Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Keymer is back in the lead

Vincent Keymer is in terrific form as he got back in the lead after beating Naiditsch in just 28 moves. Naiditsch couldn't capitalize on Keymer's mistake and instead made a bigger one allowing his opponent to seize the opportunity. Keymer is in the sole lead with 18 points. Wojtaszek had an uneventful draw with Adams. Harikrishna got away with a draw against Studer after making a blunder by taking a pawn at the center of the board. David Anton Guijarro picked up the only other win in the round as his opponent Romain Edouard misplayed in the opening.

Keymer made a short work of Naiditsch | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Keymer - Naiditsch 4-0

The first decisive game of the round came in the form of Vincent Keymer's win over Arkadij Naiditsch in just 28 moves. Keymer launched an attack which Naiditsch did not handle correctly.

Keymer - Naiditsch

Position after 16...Nb4

Find out how should white react to Nc2 threat after 16...Nb4

Position after 17...f5

Keymer felt 17...f5 was black's final major mistake in the game.

Keymer is in terrific form | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Edouard - Anton Guijarro 0-4

Romain Edouard misplayed in the opening in Nimzo-Indian Classical which allowed his opponent David Anton Guijarro to gain early advantage. He liquidated the position into a favorable endgame which was easy enough to convert into a win.

Edouard - Anton Guijarro

Position after 15.Bc1

Theory is 15.Bxe4 and white stays fine after 15...dxe4 16.e6 gxf4 17.exd7 Bxd7 18.Qxe4 - Anton even mentioned making a draw in this line against Harika Dronavalli.

Romain Edouard misplayed in the opening | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Wojtaszek - Adams 1.5-1.5

The first game to finish in Round 3 was between Wojtaszek and Adams. It was an uneventful draw.

Wojtaszek - Adams

Position after 18...h6

In a post-match interview, Wojtaszek revealed that he thought he should have played 19.Bg3 instead of 19.a3 to avoid bishop exchange with Bg5.

Wojtaszek and Adams were in good spirits both before and after the game | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Harikrishna - Studer 1.5-1.5

The last game to conclude Round 3 was between Harikrishna and Studer. Harikrishna blundered by taking a pawn which made his position worse but his opponent Studer was unable to capitalize on it.

Harikrishna - Studer

Position after 18...Qc7

The game continued with 19.Rxd5 which is a mistake. Find out why it is incorrect and what white could have done instead.

Harikrishna got away with a blunder | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

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All boards of the GMT section | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

Standings after Round 3

1 Vincent Keymer 18
2 Radoslaw Wojtaszek 16.5
3 Michael Adams 15
4 Harikrishna Pentala 14.5
5 Arkadij Naiditsch 10.5
6 David Anton Guijarro 9.5
7 Romain Edouard 7
8 Noel Studer 6


Scoring system in Classical event: Win - 4 points, Draw - 1.5 points and Loss - 0 points.

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