TePe Sigeman: Svidler takes down Korobov, shares the lead

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
5/2/2024 – Peter Svidler defeated Anton Korobov to climb to shared first place at the TePe Sigeman & Co. Tournament in Malmö. Svidler, the defending champion, is now sharing the lead with Arjun Erigaisi, who drew Vincent Keymer with the white pieces. The co-leaders will face each other in Thursday’s sixth round. | Photo: tepesigemanchess.com

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Svidler and Arjun tied for first place

Two players are sharing the lead with two rounds to go at the TePe Sigeman & Co. Tournament: Arjun Erigaisi and Peter Svidler. Svidler, the defending champion in Malmö, joined the lead by beating former co-leader Anton Korobov with the white pieces. Standing a half point behind the frontrunners are Korobov and Vincent Keymer.

Svidler’s victory over Korobov had a lot to do with the Russian grandmaster’s recent work as a second of Praggnanandhaa’s at the Candidates Tournament in Toronto. In a battle featuring both kings castled on the queenside, a miscalculation by Korobov allowed Svidler to grab the initiative in the late middlegame. The 47-year-old then converted his advantage into a win without much difficulty.

In Thursday’s penultimate round, Arjun will have the white pieces against Svidler in the clash of co-leaders, while the closest chasers, Korobov and Keymer, will face Nils Grandelius and Nodirbek Abdusattorov, respectively.

Results - Round 5

Arjun Erigaisi, Vincent Keymer

Arjun Erigaisi v. Vincent Keymer (draw) | Photo: tepesigemanchess.com

Svidler 1 - 0 Korobov

Analysis by André Schulz

Peter Svidler, Anton Korobov

Peter Svidler v. Anton Korobov | Photo: tepesigemanchess.com

Standings after round 5

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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