Biel: Le and Esipenko will face each other in the showdown
One round from the end of the Biel Chess Festival, nothing is decided yet. The Grandmaster Triathlon and Women’s Quad will feature head-to-head encounters between the first and second entrants in battles for the respective titles.
In the Grandmaster Triathlon, Le Quang Liem beat Arkadij Naiditsch with the white pieces, while his last round opponent, Andrey Esipenko, remains close thanks to his victory against Nodirbek Abdusattorov.
Gukesh, on the other hand, had to settle for a draw against last year’s winner Gata Kamsky, meaning he can no longer win the event.
In the women’s tournament, point guard Zhuang Yongzhe drew, allowing Iris Ciarletta to take the lead with her victory over Yulia Avilova.
The Swiss Youth Championships ended on Thursday. The new national title holders are:
- Seyed Arvin Kasipour Azbari (U16)
- Matthias Mattenberger (U14)
- Kala Kishan Udipi (U12)
- Jan Saminsky (U10)
- Leon Krokowski-Bednarz (U8)
The wins a third consecutive victory
In the GMT Grandmaster Triathlon, Le Quang Liem beat Arkadij Naiditsch to retain the lead. The Vietnamese GM is yet to draw a classic match in Biel, as he has won four times (including the last three matches) and lost once so far in the event’s most heavily weighted section.
Andrey Esipenko, thanks to his victory with the blacks over Nodirbek Abdusattorov, rose to second place. Gukesh vs. Gata Kamsky and Vincent Keymer vs. Saleh Salem ended in draws.
With one lap to go, Le is first with 34 points, Esipenko is second with 31 points and Gukesh is third with 29½ points. Abdusattorov (26½ points) can still fight for a place on the podium.
Note that in the classic section, wins are worth 4 points and draws are worth 1½ points.
Grandmaster Triathlon – Ranking
|1||GM Le Quang Liem||27||16||11||seven||34|
|2||GM Andrey Esipenko||27||14||ten||seven||31|
|3||GM Dommaraju Gukesh||27||15||seven||7½||29½|
|4||GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov||27||9½||9||8||26½|
|5||GM Saleh Salem||27||seven||seven||8||22|
|6||GM Gata Kamsky||27||ten||1||8½||19½|
|seven||GM Vincent Keymer||27||6||5||8||19|
|8||GM Arkadij Naiditsch||27||8½||6||2||16½|
All Games – Classic
DAQ: Ciarletta, the youngest participant, now on top
Iris Ciarletta beat Yulia Avilova to take the lead with 36 points. Former point guard Zhuang Yongzhe only drew and is now second with 35 points, half a point ahead of Juliette Cornileau who won a very important match against Margaux Moracchini.
Ciarletta will have the white pieces against Zhuang in the final round, while Cornileau, who still has an outside chance to win the event, will face Sumarriva with black.
The final round starts four hours earlier than usual (10:00 a.m. CEST, 04:00 a.m. ET)!
Women’s Quadriathlon – Ranking
|6||Laura Sumarriva Paulin||3||8½||seven||8||26½|
All Games – Classic
The young Swiss champions have been crowned
As part of the Biel Chess Festival, the young Swiss champions of the U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 categories were crowned for the third time in a row.
Over seven rounds, the country’s top 16 players by category (U8: top eight) battled it out to win the national championship. The following players made it to the podium in their respective age brackets:
- U16 podium: 1. Seyed Arvin Kasipour Azbari (SG Riehen), 2. Simon Schellenberg (Pfäffikon ZH), 3. Raphael Erne (Neuchâtel CE)
- U14 podium: 1. Matthias Mattenberger (DSSP), 2. Suvirr Malli (Olten), 3. Cristian Marc Arsenie (SK Bern)
- U12 podium: 1. Kala Kishan Udipi (Zürich Wollishofen), 2. Maximilian Pfaltz (Chess Academy), 3. Mihaly Köhalmi-Szabo (SK Markus Regez)
- U10 podium: 1. Jan Saminskij (SG Zurich), 2. Vishak Chockalingam (SG Riehen), 3. Mischa Domschke (DSSP)
- U8 Podium: 1. Leon Krokowski-Bednarz (Zürich Chess4Kids), 2. Vardhan Devarasetty (Academy Chess), 3. Vivian Varghese (Academy Chess)
MTO: Alekseenko and Muradli in the lead
In the Master Tournament MTO, Vikash and Kirill Alekseenko shot the top board. This allowed Azerbaijani GM Mahammad Muradli to take Alekseenko into the lead after beating Alexander Motylev on lap 8.
Alekseenko and Muradli are now leading with 6½ points. They are chased by a group of four 6-pointers, and ten 5½-pointers, some of whom have excellent tiebreaker scores.
Alekseenko will likely go for outright victory in the final round as he will have the white pieces against his lowest rated direct rival!
Ranking after the eighth round
|6||Mendonca Leon Luke||6.0||34.5|
|9||Martirosyan Haik M.||5.5||35.5|
|12||Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo||5.5||34.5|
All games available – Round 8
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