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Jules Moussard wins Djerba Chess Festival Masters 2023, Nihal Sarin third

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/03/2023

Jules Moussard defeated Maxime Lagarde 2-0 in the final to win Djerba Chess Festival Masters 2023. Nihal Sarin topped the group stage with an unbeaten 5/7, followed by Jules and Aryan Tari at 4.5/7 each. The 44th Olympiad individual Gold medalist, Nihal lost to Maxime 0.5-1.5 in the Semifinal. He faced Tari in a 3rd-4th place match which the teenager won 1.5-0.5 to finish third. The total prize fund of the entire festival was over €15000 (49500 TND). The top three prizes were €3000 + cup (9900 TND), €2000 (6600 TND) and €1000 (3300 TND) along with Gold, Silver and Bronze medal each respectively. Photo: Djerba Chess Festival

An All-French Final

The Masters section was divided into two stages - Group and Final. The eight players in the Masters section played a round-robin rapid tournament with a time control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment. Both Maxime Lagarde (FRA) and Romain Edouard (FRA) ended up having the same score 4/7. The former won the Playoffs and set up a clash with Nihal in the Semifinals.

Nihal Sarin playing a friendly game against the eventual champion Jules Moussard (FRA) | Photo: Djerba Chess Festival

Jules Moussard defeated Maxime Lagarde 2-0 in the finals to become champion | Photo: Djerba Chess Festival

Check out the winner Jules Moussard's thoughts after winning the tournament here (French audio).

Runner-up - Maxime Lagarde (FRA) | Photo: Djerba Chess Festival 

Second Runner-up - Nihal Sarin | Photo: Djerba Chess Festival

Sebag - Nihal, Round 6

Position after 15...Nxe1

Nihal decided to sacrifice his queen against France no.1 woman, GM Marie Sebag (2380). 13...Nxc2 14.e5 Nh5 15.Qd2 Nxe1 16.Bxd8 Nxf3+ 17.Bxf3 Bxf3 18.gxf3 Raxd8 and White has a queen for Black's rook and knight. Computer recommends 18.Bxc7 Bxd1 19.Qxd1 dxe5 20.dxe5 which no human would prefer to play as White.

Position after 29.Rc2

Things started to go Black's way after 29.Rc2 Rxc2 30.Qxd8 Ne4+ 31.Kf1 Nxc3 32.bxc3 Rxc3. Only Black was in a position to push for a win. He did for sometime but then he missed a couple of good opportunities.

Position after 38.Qc8

Find out the correct winning plan for Black. The game eventually ended in a draw after 103 moves.

Marie Sebag and Nihal Sarin had an exciting game | Photo: Djerba Chess Festival

Semifinals: Nihal Sarin lost to Maxime Lagarde (FRA): 0.5-1.5 | Photo: Djerba Chess Festival

Nihal Sarin defeated Aryan Tari (NOR) 1.5-2.5 to finish third | Photo: Djerba Chess Festival

Final phase in progress | Photo: Djerba Chess Festival

Djerba Chess Festival 2023 Masters participants with organizers | Photo: Djerba Chess Festival

Replay all available Group stage games

Final standings in Masters Final

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtg TB1  TB2  TB3 
13GMMoussard, JulesFRA2604130
22GMLagarde, MaximeFRA263921,50
31GMNihal, SarinIND2678320
44GMTari, AryanNOR252941,50


Final standings in Masters Group stage

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
14GMNihal SarinIND267850015,253
26GMMoussard JulesFRA26044,500,515,753
38GMTari AryanNOR25294,500,513,502
47GMLagarde MaximeFRA263944010,253
52GMEdouard RomainFRA257545012,252
63GMSebag MarieFRA23802,5016,002
71GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL23742,5007,752
85IMNjili KamelTUN23511004,250



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