TePe Sigeman: Korobov, Keymer and Arjun start with wins

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
4/27/2024 – The first round of the TePe Sigeman & Co. Tournament in Malmö saw three out of four games ending decisively, as only defending champion Peter Svidler and local hero Nils Grandelius signed a draw on Saturday. Two out of the three top seeds started the event with victories — Arjun Erigaisi and Vincent Keymer — while Nodirbek Abdusattorov, the highest-rated participant, suffered an upset defeat against Anton Korobov (pictured). | Photo: Mikael Svensson, tepesigemanchess.com

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Three out of four games end decisively

The 29th edition of the TePe Sigeman & Co. Tournament kicked off on Saturday at the Elite Plaza Hotel in Malmö, Sweden. The event features eight players from eight different countries, with a trio of youngsters heading the lineup: Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Uzbekistan, aged 19), Arjun Erigaisi (India, 20) and Vincent Keymer (Germany, 19).

In the first round of the single round-robin, two out of the three aforementioned stars — the only three players with a 2700+ rating in the field — obtained victories over their lower-rated opponents: Arjun got the better of women’s world champion Ju Wenjun and Keymer defeated the current junior world champion, Marc’Andria Maurizzi. Abdusattorov, on his part, was defeated by Anton Korobov, the ever-creative, 38-year-old Ukrainian grandmaster who has been in and out of the 2700-club over the last 12 years.

Arjun saw Ju going for a double-edged opening and failing to play precisely enough in the ensuing middlegame, while Keymer, similarly, got an early advantage after Maurizzi overplayed his hand with 15.g4 out of a sharp variation of the Semi-Slav.

The Korobov v. Abdusattorov game was a case of the higher-rated opponent looking for winning chances when it was time to keep the balance in a rather symmetrical setup.

In round 2, Abdusattorov will play white against Arjun in the marquee matchup of the day.

Results - Round 1

TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2024

The playing hall in Malmö | Photo: Mikael Svensson, tepesigemanchess.com

Maurizzi 0 - 1 Keymer

Analysis by Klaus Besenthal

Vincent Keymer

Vincent Keymer | Photo: Mikael Svensson, tepesigemanchess.com

All games


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.
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