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Grand Swiss R5: Sasikiran beats Fedoseev

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/11/2021

Krishnan Sasikiran scored a fantastic victory over Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) which can be called a positional Masterclass in French Defense in the fifth round of FIDE Grand Swiss 2021. It was a good day for the Indian players as Praggnanandhaa, Raunak Sadhwani, Arjun Erigaisi, Surya Sekhar Ganguly, B Adhiban and Divya Deshmukh scored a victory each. Nihal drew with Manuel Petrosyan. Harikrishna showed his true grit as he survived by the skin of his teeth in a completely lost endgame against Darius Swiercz (USA). The endgame specialist believed in himself when others would have given up in a similar situation. Round 6 starts today at 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE

A great day for the Indian players

Seven out of 15 Indians scored a win each in the fifth round. It was a welcome break for the following players who scored their first win of the event - Raunak, Arjun, Surya, Adhiban and Divya. Arjun Erigaisi arguably scored the toughest victory of the round among the Indian players as he was up against former women's world championship challenger, Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS), who is well-known to not give up easily and put up a good fight even if she is at a disadvantage.

Sasikiran takes a different perspective of his game against Fedoseev | Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE

FIDE Grand Swiss 2021 official logo | Photo: FIDE

Petrosyan - Nihal: 0.5-0.5

There was a try for Nihal in the rook endgame against Manuel Petrosyan (ARM).

Position after 33.Ke2

33...Rc6 followed by Rb6 is worth a try. It is not much and probably might end up in a draw anyway. Still Black would have had some chances. The game continued 33...Rd8 34.Rc1 Rd4 35.b3 Rd3 36.bxc4 Rxa3 37.Rb1 Ra2+ 38.Kf1 Rxh2 and a draw was agreed.

Manuel Petrosyan is a very strong player | Photo: Anna Shtourman/FIDE

Harikrishna - Swiercz: 0.5-0.5

Harikrishna was completely lost against Darius Swiercz (USA). However, he did not give up. Instead, fought valiantly and managed to salvage a draw.

Position after 48.g4

The position was hopeless for White. 48.g4+ is one last attempt to make things a bit more complex. It turned out to work in White's favor. White managed to get the g6-pawn after pushing the Black king all the way to the back rank as he had to leave the pawn to avoid repetition.

Position after 56...Be5

Almost anything was winning for Black except 56...Be5. Find out how White can get back in the game.

Sasikiran - Fedoseev: 1-0

Sasikiran outplayed Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) after the latter made an incorrect decision to support his rook instead of taking a pawn.

Position after 17...b6

Black needed to take the b5-pawn 17...Rxb5 and things would have been fine. The game continued 17...b6 18.Rb1 Ng6 19.Nxg6 Qxg6 20.Qd3 Qe8 21.Bf1 and White managed to save the b5 and now b6 is a weakness, something which Black could have easily avoided. White converted his advantage beautifully into a win.

Navara - Gukesh: 1-0

Gukesh was playing well against David Navara (CZE) until the former made a mistake, probably under time scramble.

Position after 34...d3

34...Qd5 keeps Black in the game as 35.Bc4 is met by Rc6. Unfortunately for Black, 34...d3 ends the game for White after 35.Bc4 d2 36.Rd1 Qa7+ 37.Kh2 Rxh4+ 38.Kg3 and there is no perpetual check for Black.

Czech Republic no.1 David Navara is very strong and resourceful creative player | Photo: Mark Livshitz

Praggnanandhaa - Mamedov: 1-0

Rauf Mamedov (AZE) played quite passive against Praggnanandhaa. He lacked enough space for his pieces which cost him a pawn and eventually the game.

Arjun - Goryachkina: 1-0

Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) is the only female player playing in the Open section. Arjun Erigaisi had a very interesting game against her.

Position after 19.e5

19.e5 threatens to gain material, although Black wouldn't have lost any if 19...b3 was played, which leads to many interesting variations. The game continued 19...Rcd8 20.exf6 Nxf6 21.Nf4 d4 22.Bc1 Ne4 23.fxe4 Bxg5 and Black did not get any attack on the queenside. However, Goryachkina is not the one to give up easily. She put up a brave fight in Queen vs Rook and Bishop endgame. It was not lost for Black by any means. Since the endgame is quite difficult for Black to play, eventually she made a mistake and lost the game. Arjun played fantastic to make sure he does not make any big mistake and secure the full point.

Arjun Erigaisi's first win of the event is a big one | Photo: Anna Shtourman/FIDE

Adhiban ended his losing streak by scoring his first win of the tournament | Photo: Anna Shtourman/FIDE

Harika - Pogonina: 0.5-0.5

Harika got herself a very good position in the middlegame against WGM Natalija Pogonina (RUS). However, she did not capitalize on her advantage and decided to play it safe.

Position after 21...Qe6

22.Nxh6+ is a tempting choice for White. A much safer choice would be to go for 22.Qf4. Idea is simply to maintain the stronghold in the center using the knights and at the right moment, launch an attack on the kingside. The game continued 22.Nd4 Qd5 23.Qf4 Nb3 24.Nxb3 Qxb3 25.Qc4 and it petered out to a draw.

Harika could have pushed further against Pogonina | Photo: Anna Shtourman/FIDE

WGM Vantika Agrawal held GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) to a draw | Photo: Anna Shtourman/FIDE


A few interesting finishes from Round 5

Robert Hovhanniystan (ARM) lost to Evgeniy Najer (RUS)

Fabiano Caruana (USA) defeated David Howell (ENG)

Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) drew with Daniil Dubov (RUS)

Krishnan Sasikiran defeated Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS)

Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ) lost to Volodymyr Onyshchuk (UKR)

Nino Batsiashvili (GEO) defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS)

IM Olga Badelka (BLR) defeated WGM Anna Sargsyan (ARM)

IM Julia Osmak (UKR) defeated IM Carolina Lujan (ARG)
FIDE Grand Swiss Round 5 recap | Video: ChessBase India

Photo Gallery

The battle between top two players of France ended in a draw | Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE

The tournament hall | Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE

Nino Batsiashvili (GEO) scored the biggest upset of the day as she beat Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) convincingly | Photo: Anna Shtourman/FIDE


Everyday game starts at 2 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. IST) between 27th October and 7th November 2021. Rest day is on Tuesday 2nd November 2021.

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The time control for each game is: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.


The top two players in the open event will qualify for the FIDE Candidates 2022. The next six players will earn their spots in the FIDE Grand Prix. The Women's Grand Swiss winner will qualify to the Women's Candidates. The following four best players will qualify for the FIDE Women's Grand Prix.


The total prize fund in the Open is US$ 425,000 with the first prize being $70,000. For Women's the total prize fund is $125,000, first prize $20,000. Total numbers of prizes are 60, Open - 40 and Women - 20.

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Round 5 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
GMPetrosyan ManuelARM26053½ - ½3GMNihal SarinIND2652
GMHarikrishna PentalaIND2719½ - ½GMSwiercz DariuszUSA2647
GMSasikiran KrishnanIND26401 - 0GMFedoseev VladimirRUS2704
GMNavara DavidCZE26911 - 0GMGukesh DIND2640
GMPraggnanandhaa RIND261821 - 02GMMamedov RaufAZE2673
GMSadhwani RaunakIND26091 - 0GMRakhmanov AleksandrRUS2657
GMCori JorgePER2655½ - ½GMSethuraman S.P.IND2620
GMErigaisi ArjunIND26341 - 0GMGoryachkina AleksandraRUS2602
GMGanguly Surya ShekharIND261711 - 01GMBudisavljevic LukaSRB2508
GMAdhiban B.IND2672½1 - 0½IMRakotomaharo Fy AntenainaMAD2484
GMHarika DronavalliIND25113½ - ½3WGMPogonina NatalijaRUS2467
WIMVantika AgrawalIND2322½ - ½GMAbdumalik ZhansayaKAZ2507
IMMunguntuul BatkhuyagMGL243321 - 02IMPadmini RoutIND2380
IMMelia SalomeGEO23712½ - ½2WGMVaishali RIND2419
Golsta MadaraLAT2003½0 - 11WIMDivya DeshmukhIND2305


Round 6 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
GMNihal SarinIND2652GMNavara DavidCZE2691
GMPredke AlexandrRUS2666GMSasikiran KrishnanIND2640
GMBluebaum MatthiasGER264033GMHarikrishna PentalaIND2719
GMSarana AlexeyRUS264933GMPraggnanandhaa RIND2618
GMGukesh DIND2640GMSadhwani RaunakIND2609
GMOnyshchuk VolodymyrUKR2622GMErigaisi ArjunIND2634
GMMamedov RaufAZE267322GMGanguly Surya ShekharIND2617
GMSethuraman S.P.IND262022GMDemchenko AntonRUS2651
GMGoryachkina AleksandraRUS2602GMAdhiban B.IND2672
GMHarika DronavalliIND25114GMBatsiashvili NinoGEO2484
GMKosteniuk AlexandraRUS251833WIMVantika AgrawalIND2322
WGMVaishali RIND24193IMAssaubayeva BibisaraKAZ2400
GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL247522IMPadmini RoutIND2380
WIMDivya DeshmukhIND230522IMBivol AlinaRUS2392



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