Biel, Round 3: Keymer loses against Gelfand

by André Schulz
7/30/2021 – Three years ago Vincent Keymer defeated Boris Gelfand at the Isle of Man Open in a sensational game. In round 3 of the Grandmaster Tournament in Biel Gelfand, Vice World Champion 2012, now took a form of revenge and outplayed the young German Grandmaster. In the second decisive game of the round Noel Studer won against Maxime Lagarde. | Photos: Biel Chess Festival

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Kirill Alekseenko and Gata Kamsky drew as did Alan Pichot and Nihal Sarin.

Vincent Keymer had to play with Black against Gelfand and in a Catalan he quickly came under pressure.

Gelfand,B (2675) - Keymer,Vincent (2591) E10

54th Biel GM 2021 Biel SUI (3), 29.07.2021

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0–0 7.Qc2 c6 8.Nc3 dxc4 9.0–0 Nbd7 10.Ne4 Here White often played 10.e4 b5 11.e5 Nd5 but this did not pose Black too many problems.

10...Nxe4 11.Qxe4 Nf6 12.Qc2 b5 13.b3 Bb7 Or 13...cxb3 14.axb3 Bb7 15.Ba5 with good play for the pawn.

14.bxc4 c5 14...a6 15.c5 and the bishop on b7 does not lead a happy life.

15.cxb5 15.dxc5 bxc4 16.Qxc4 Bd5 17.Qc2 Rc8 with counterplay.

15...cxd4 16.Rfd1


16... Qb6?! Better was 16...a6 17.a4 axb5 18.axb5 Qb6=

17.a4 Ne4 18.Qd3 Bf6? Now Black gets into trouble.

18...Nc3!? offered better chances to equalize, e.g. 19.Ne5!? (19.Rdc1 Be4 20.Qc4 Rac8 21.Qb3 Nxe2+) 19...Nxd1 20.Nd7 Nb2 21.Qb1 Qc7 22.Nxf8 Rxf8 23.Qxb2 Bxg2 24.Kxg2

19.a5 Qc5 20.Nh4 Nd6 21.Rdc1 Qh5 22.Bb4 Bxg2 23.Bxd6 Rfd8 24.Bc7 Bd5 25.Bxd8 Rxd8 26.Ng2 Qe5 Black is an exchange down and has a lost endgame.


27.b6 axb6 28.axb6 g5 29.Ra5 Qd6 30.Rb1 Qc6 31.Ne1 Rb8 32.Qb5 Qc3 33.Ra7 Bc6 34.Qb4 Be4 35.Rc7 Qxb4 36.Rxb4 Be5 37.Nd3 Bd6 38.Nc5 Bd5 39.Na6 Rf8 40.Rb2 Kg7 41.Rd7 Be5 42.Rb5 Ra8 43.Ra7 Rc8 44.Nc7 1–0

Live commentary of round 3

Overall standings

Rank Name Games Classical Rapid Blitz Total
1 GM Gata Kamsky 10 7 11 0 18
2 GM Kirill Alekseenko 10 7 8 0 15
3 GM Sarin Nihal 10 3 10 0 13
4 GM Maxime Lagarde 10 3 9 0 12
  GM Alan Pichot 10 7 5 0 12
6 GM Boris Gelfand 10 4 0
7 GM Vincent Keymer 10 3 6 0 9
8 GM Noel Studer 10 3 0

A win in the classical tournaments counts 4 points, a draw counts 1.5 points.

Games GM tournament


MTO Master Open

In the MTO Master Open the top encounter between the two leaders Salem Saleh and Surya Ganguly ended with a draw. The pursuers Pavel Eljanov and Dennis Wagner also draw their game. Of the top 20 in the table eleven players come from India.

Table MTO Master Open

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Saleh Salem A.R. 3,5 8,5
2 Fedorchuk Sergey 3,5 8,0
3 Ganguly Surya Shekhar 3,5 8,0
4 Murali Karthikeyan 3,5 7,5
5 R Praggnanandhaa 3,5 7,5
6 Eljanov Pavel 3,0 9,0
7 Raja Harshit 3,0 9,0
8 Banusz Tamas 3,0 8,0
9 Wagner Dennis 3,0 8,0
10 Narayanan S.L. 3,0 8,0
11 Yuffa Daniil 3,0 7,5
12 Sethuraman S.P. 3,0 6,5
13 Erdos Viktor 3,0 6,0
14 Sadhwani Raunak 3,0 5,5
15 Chithambaram Aravindh 2,5 9,5
16 Kalyan Arjun 2,5 9,0
17 Valsecchi Alessio 2,5 9,0
18 Vaishali R 2,5 8,5
19 Puranik Abhimanyu 2,5 8,0
20 Dragnev Valentin 2,5 8,0

73 players

Games MTO Master Open





André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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