TePe Sigeman: Keymer and Korobov score again

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
4/29/2024 – For a second day in a row, 3 out of 4 games ended decisively at the TePe Sigeman & Co. Tournament in Malmö. Vincent Keymer (pictured) and Anton Korobov grabbed full points to become co-leaders with a perfect 2/2 score, while defending champion Peter Svidler obtained his first win of the event, as he defeated women’s world champion Ju Wenjun with the black pieces. | Photo: Mikael Svensson, tepesigemanchess.com

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Svidler beats Ju

The first two days of action at the 29th edition of the TePe Sigeman & Co. round-robin in Malmö saw 6 out of 8 games ending decisively, with interesting battles taking place almost in every single game.

Vincent Keymer and Anton Korobov kicked off the event with back-to-back wins, which leaves them as shared leaders going into Monday’s third round — there are no rest days in the tournament, which will come to an end on Friday. In round 2, Keymer showed excellent preparation to beat local representative Nils Grandelius, while Korobov outplayed Marc’Andria Maurizzi from the black side of a Catalan Opening.

The third win of the day was obtained by defending champion Peter Svidler. At 47, the GM from Saint Petersburg rarely participates in classical tournaments — in 2023, he only played in Malmö, at the FIDE World Cup and in a friendly match against Vidit Gujrathi. With his round-2 victory over Ju Wenjun, the 8-time Russian champion is now in the race for first place at the traditional tournament in Sweden.

The marquee matchup of the round saw top seeds Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Arjun Erigaisi signing a 35-move draw, with Arjun getting a slight edge out of the opening while marshalling the black pieces.

Round 3 will see Korobov playing white against Keymer in the clash of co-leaders, while Abdusattorov is likely to attempt to go for a win in his game with black against Svidler.

Results - Round 2

Anton Korobov

Co-leader Anton Korobov | Photo: Mikael Svensson, tepesigemanchess.com

Peter Svidler

Peter Svidler | Photo: Mikael Svensson, tepesigemanchess.com

Keymer 1 - 0 Grandelius

Analysis by Klaus Besenthal

Nils Grandelius

Nils Grandelius | Photo: Mikael Svensson, tepesigemanchess.com

Standings after round 2

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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