Vincent Keymer wins Accentus Chess960 Tournament in Biel

by André Schulz
7/12/2022 – In the Accentus Chess960 tournament at the start of the 55th Biel Chess Festival Vincent Keymer and Nodirbek Abdusattorov both finished with 5.0/7 and tied first. However, as Keymer won more games with Black, he won the tournament on tiebreak. | Photos: Schachfestival Biel.

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The 55th Biel Chess Festival started on Monday with the Accentus Chess960 tournament. In Chess960, named after the number of possible starting positions, the starting position of each game is decided at random. In the eight-player-round-robin tournament Vincent Keymer and Nodirbek Abdusattorov both finished with 5.0/7 to share first and second place. But as Keymer won more games with Black and he won the tournament on tiebreak.

However, it was the Indian Grandmaster Gukesh, who had the best start. He began the tournament with three wins against Keymer, Abdusattorov and Yu Yangyi. But he then ran out of steam and scored only 0.5 points from the remaining four rounds.

The tournament was very competitive and only five of the 28 games ended with a draw.

Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Vincent Keymer, Le Quang Liem

Final standings

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Keymer Vincent 5,0 0,5
2 Abdusattorov Nodirbek 5,0 0,5
3 Le Quang Liem 4,5 0,0
4 Salem A.R. Saleh 4,0 0,0
5 Kamsky Gata 3,5 1,0
6 Gukesh D 3,5 0,0
7 Naiditsch Arkadij 1,5 0,0
8 Yu Yangyi 1,0 0,0



Kosteniuk wins Rapid Chess960 Swiss Championship

Parallel to the Accentus Chess960 tournament the Swiss Championship in Rapid Chess960 was played as an open tournament in which non-Swiss players could also start. 33 players took part to fight for prestige, prizes and the title of Swiss Champion. The title was won by Alexandra Kosteniuk who finished with 5.0/7. Kosteniuk has both Russian and Swiss citizenship.

But the tournament was won by the Indian Grandmaster Surya Ganguly Surya, who finished with 6.5/7 but could not become Swiss Master. S.P. Sethuraman (IND, 5.5/7) and Vera Nebolsina (FRA, 5.5/7) shared second and third place.

Sethuruman, Ganguly, Nebolsina, Kosteniuk

On Tuesday, the Biel Chess Festival continues with rapid tournaments. The eight invited Grandmasters will compete in one discipline of their Grandmaster Triathlon. Parallel to that, eight women will play the ACCENTUS Quadriathlon (DAQ) in four disciplines. Last but not least, an Open Rapid Tournament with 100 players will be played.

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André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.