TePe Sigeman: Ju stuns Keymer

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
5/1/2024 – Ju Wenjun took down Vincent Keymer with the black pieces in round 4 of the TePe Sigeman & Co. Tournament. Keymer, who was sharing the lead after three rounds, now stands a half point behind co-leaders Arjun Erigaisi and Anton Korobov. One more game ended decisively in Malmö, with Nodirbek Abdusattorov getting the better of Nils Grandelius. | Photo: Mikael Svensson, tepesigemanchess.com

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Abdusattorov and Ju notch up maiden wins

Two games ended decisively in round 4 of the TePe Sigeman & Co. Tournament. Both Ju Wenjun and Nodirbek Abdusattorov obtained victories for the first time in the event, with Ju defeating former co-leader Vincent Keymer and top seed Abdusattorov getting the better of Nils Grandelius. These results left Arjun Erigaisi and Anton Korobov — who drew their direct encounter on Tuesday — tied for first place with 3 points each.

Surely the most surprising result was Ju’s victory over Keymer. Ju is the lowest-rated player in the field and had started the event with back-to-back losses against Arjun and Peter Svidler. Not only was the result a surprise though, but also the way the game played out: Keymer blundered a piece on move 27, then miraculously re-established equality in the endgame, and finally failed to find the path to a draw in a tricky technical position.

Abdusattorov’s victory was more straightforward, as Grandelius spent too much time trying to work out how to proceed in a deeply strategic opening, which cost him dearly in a critical point of the game later on.

In round 5, Keymer will have a tough task in trying to bounce back from a painful loss, as he will play black against co-leader Arjun. The other co-leader, Korobov, will play black against Svidler in a duel between the two most experienced players in the field.

Results - Round 4

Anton Korobov, Arjun Erigaisi

Still sharing the lead — Anton Korobov and Arjun Erigaisi | Photo: Mikael Svensson, tepesigemanchess.com

Keymer 0 - 1 Ju

Vincent Keymer, Ju Wenjun

Vincent Keymer and Ju Wenjun | Photo: Mikael Svensson, tepesigemanchess.com

Abdusattorov 1 - 0 Grandelius

Analysis by Klaus Besenthal

Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Nils Grandelius

Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Nils Grandelius | Photo: Mikael Svensson, tepesigemanchess.com

Standings after round 4

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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