TePe Sigeman: Korobov rejoins the lead after beating Grandelius

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
5/3/2024 – Two decisive games in the penultimate round of the TePe Sigeman & Co. Tournament left three players tied for first place, as Anton Korobov rejoined Peter Svidler and Arjun Erigaisi in the lead by beating Nils Grandelius with the white pieces. Nodirbek Abdusattorov scored a win over Vincent Keymer to remain in the fight for first place, as he now stands a half point behind the leading trio. | Photo: Mikael Svensson / tepesigemanchess.com

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Three co-leaders going into the final round

After losing to Peter Svidler in Wednesday’s fifth round, Anton Korobov rejoined the lead by beating Nils Grandelius with the white pieces on the penultimate day of action. Korobov is now sharing first place with Svidler and Arjun Erigaisi, who faced each other and signed a 36-move draw on Thursday.

Korobov’s victory over Grandelius was not the only decisive result of the day, though, as Nodirbek Abdusattorov beat Vincent Keymer to remain with outside chances of winning the event. The Uzbek star stands a half point behind the leading trio, and might even win the tournament outright — though that is a very unlikely scenario.

In Friday’s final round, none of the co-leaders will face each other, as Arjun and Korobov will play with the black pieces while defending champion Svidler will be the only of the three to get the white pieces.

Pairings - Round 7 (co-leaders in bold)

  • Peter Svidler v. Vincent Keymer
  • Nils Grandelius v. Arjun Erigaisi
  • Ju Wenjun v. Anton Korobov
  • Nodirbek Abdusattorov v. Marc’Andria Maurizzi

In case of a tie for first place after the final round, a blitz playoff will decide the winner of the event, featuring 3’+2” blitz games and potential sudden-death encounters with 2½ minutes for Black and 3 minutes for White. Read the full tiebreak regulations here.

Results - Round 6

Arjun Erigaisi, Peter Svidler

Co-leaders Arjun Erigaisi and Peter Svidler | Photo: Mikael Svensson / tepesigemanchess.com

Korobov 1 - 0 Grandelius

Nils Grandelius

Nils Grandelius | Photo: Mikael Svensson / tepesigemanchess.com

Keymer 0 - 1 Abdusattorov

Vincent Keymer, Nodirbek Abdusattorov

Two of the most talented youngsters in the chess world — Vincent Keymer and Nodirbek Abdusattorov | Photo: Mikael Svensson / tepesigemanchess.com

Standings after round 6

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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