Sigeman&Co: Van Foreest extends lead, Keymer beats Nihal Sarin

by André Schulz
9/28/2021 – In round 5 of the TePe Sigeman&Co tournament in Malmö the two young Grandmasters Vincent Keymer and Nihal Sarin had to play against each other. Nihal Sarin outplayed Keymer but then blundered his advantage away and even lost. Jorden van Foreest won against Etienne Bacrot and now leads with 4.0/5. Nils Grandelius and Nigel Short follow with 3.0/5 each. | Photos: Lars OA Hedlund

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Three of the world's best juniors born in 2004 play in the TePe Sigeman&Co tournament: Nihal Sarin, Vincent Keymer and Jonas Bjerre. Other players of this age group are Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Javokhir Sindarov from Uzbekistan, and of course the Indian Praggnanandhaa. Nihal and Praggnanandhaa in particular made a lot of headlines with their successes before Corona brought over-the-board tournaments to a halt. Unlike the two Indians, Vincent Keymer is still going to school and wants to take his Abitur before before trying life as a chess professional.

Recently, at the Hou Yifan Online Challenge, Keymer got the better of Praggnanandhaa, and in round five of the Sigeman&Co tournament he clashed with Nihal Sarin.

Keeping an eye on the opponent

Vincent Keymer had White and after 1.d4 Nihal Sarin opted for the Bogo-Indian, and after the opening gradually outplayed Keymer. But when he was close to winning the Indian miscalculated and let Keymer back into the game. Eventually a tricky endgame was on the board that required precise calculation. Keymer was up to the task and managed to win the game.


Sponsor Johan Sigeman with Vincent Keymer

Sole leader is Jorden van Foreest. He started the tournament with two wins (against Nigel Short and Keymer) and two draws. In round five he defeated Etienne Bacrot to score his third full point. With 4.0/5 he is now a full point ahead of Nigel Short and Nils Grandelius who share second and third place with 3.0/5.

Grandelius also won in round five: he defeated fellow Scandinavian Jonas Bjerre.

Gawain Jones and Short played a long and hard-fought game that finally ended in a draw.

Standings after round 5





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


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