TePe Sigeman: Arjun beats Gukesh, Abhimanyu and Svidler co-leaders

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
5/8/2023 – Dommaraju Gukesh kicked off the TePe Sigeman & Co tournament with back-to-back wins, but is now sharing second place with Nils Grandelius a half point behind co-leaders Peter Svidler and Abhimanyu Mishra (pictured). Gukesh drew Grandelius in round 3 and was defeated by Arjun Erigaisi in round 4. Svidler and Abhimanyu both collected wins on Saturday, over Arjun and Vincent Keymer respectively. | Photo: David Llada

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Arjun bounces back

Indian prodigy Arjun Erigaisi has yet to draw a game in Malmö, at the 28th edition of the TePe Sigeman & Co tournament. The 19-year-old beat Boris Gelfand in the first round and then lost two games in a row, first against Nils Grandelius and then against Peter Svidler. In Sunday’s round 4, the youngster stopped the bleeding by taking down his compatriot Dommaraju Gukesh with the white pieces.

Arjun is now the only player with a fifty-percent score in the 8-player single round-robin. Svidler and Abhimanyu Mishra are the co-leaders of the event, with 3/4 points each. Gukesh and Grandelius stand a half point back with +1 scores.

Abhimanyu’s status as co-leader is truly remarkable. The youngest-ever GM in history is the clear underdog in Malmö — with a 2550 Elo rating, he stands 110 points below Grandelius (the second-lowest rated player in the field) in the world ranking. The 14-year-old grabbed consecutive wins over Jorden van Foreest and Vincent Keymer in rounds 3 and 4, and shared on Twitter (referring to his win over the Dutchman):

I’m happy to get my first win against a Super GM in a classical time control. There were multiple wins in online rapid and draws in classical earlier. Looking forward to five more fighting games.

Abhimanyu will play black against Gukesh in Monday’s fifth round.

Peter Svidler

Peter Svidler is sharing the lead with Abhimanyu Mishra | Photo: David Llada

Arjun 1 - 0 Gukesh

Arjun Erigaisi

Arjun Erigaisi | Photo: David Llada

Standings after round 4

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Carlos Colodro is a Hispanic Philologist from Bolivia. He works as a freelance translator and writer since 2012. A lot of his work is done in chess-related texts, as the game is one of his biggest interests, along with literature and music.