Biel: Arjun wins Triathlon’s blitz section

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7/22/2023 – Arjun Erigaisi, who came from struggling in classical chess at Biel’s Grandmaster Triathlon, was the top scorer in the tournament’s blitz section. The day’s results also saw David Navara catchin Vincent Keymer in the lead of the event’s overall standings. | Photos: Official website

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Navara catches Keymer in the standings

At the Biel Grandmaster Triathlon, the third discipline was on the programme on Saturday: blitz chess. Arjun Erigaisi proved to be the strongest player in this category, achieving 10½ out of 14 points. Le Quang Liem also had a good performance with his 8½ score. Vincent Keymer, who was leading the standings after Friday’s fourth round of classical chess, had a bit of trouble in the fight against the ticking clock, as he finished second-to-last in the blitz standings. This allowed David Navara to catch Keymer in the lead.

The Blitz category offered the chance to rearrange the standings in the Grandmaster Triathlon: a total of 14 points were up for grabs on a single day. Arjun urgently needed to make the most of this chance, and thanks to this 10½/14 performance, he has regained some ground in the overall standings.

Le obtained 8½ points, while Yu Yangyi and Navara both grabbed 7½ points for their tallies. Navara, the reigning European blitz champion, is tied for first with Keymer but has a better tiebreak score than the German thanks to his better result in the ACCENTUS Chess960 event.

David Navara

David Navara

Grandmaster Triathlon - Standings

All games: Classical | Rapid | Blitz

Rank Name Games Classical Rapid Blitz Total
1 David Navara 10 10 26
2 Vincent Keymer 10 11 10 5 26
3 Le Quang Liem 10 12 5 25½
4 Yu Yangyi 10 9 21
5 Jules Moussard 10 6 6 7 19
6 Arjun Erigaisi 10 3 5 10½ 18½
7 Bassem Amin 10 8 17
8 Bogdan-Daniel Deac 10 3 14

All games - Blitz

Martirosyan wins Biel Blitz

Armenian Grandmaster Haik Martirosyan won the Biel Blitz Tournament. The world number 10 in the blitz category, who travelled to Biel specifically for Saturday’s one-day tournament, lived up to his role as favourite and prevailed in a field which included 13 grandmasters.

Martirosyan scored 11 out of 13 points, and was only defeated once — by Kosovar IM Nderim Saraci, who played a strong tournament and finished second with 10½ points (and a better tiebreak score than Cuban GM Luis Ernesto Quesada).

The best Swiss representative among the 127 participants was GM Sebastian Bogner, who finished 14th with 8½ points. He was followed by Christophe Rohrer (29th) and Sladjan Jovanovic (30th), who obtained 8 points each.

Round 6 of the Master Open will take place on Sunday, when the participants of the Grandmaster Triathlon will get a rest day.

Biel Chess Festival 2023

IM Nderim Saraci (2nd place), Haik Martirosyan (1st) and Luis Ernesto Quesada (3rd)

Final standings - Blitz

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Martirosyan, Haik M. 11 106
2 Saraci, Nderim 10,5 107
3 Quesada Perez, Luis Ernesto 10,5 106
4 Materia, Marco 10 104,5
5 Harikrishnan, A Ra 9,5 97
6 Yuffa, Daniil 9 106
7 Samant, Aditya S 9 104
8 Vasquez Schroeder, Rodrigo 9 103,5
9 Bharath, Subramaniyam H 9 99
10 Meshkovs, Nikita 9 96,5
11 Rathanvel, V S 9 94,5
12 Peng, Xiongjian 9 87,5
13 Rodrigue-Lemieux, Shawn 8,5 104,5
14 Bogner, Sebastian 8,5 101,5
15 Rohith, Krishna S 8,5 98

...130 players

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The Beauty Awards

When so many games are played daily, it is inevitable that a few particularly outstanding encounters take place. To highlight these games, the organisers of the Biel Chess Festival have created the Beauty Award.

Every evening after the rounds are over, the most attractive game from the MTO, HTO and ATO can be voted for on the festival’s social media channels. The winners have the opportunity to present their game on the live stream the following day and receive a small gift.

The winners are showcased on the official website. You can replay the winners from the first five rounds below.


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