New Delhi GP: Assaubayeva scores again

by Klaus Besenthal
3/29/2023 – The third round of the Grand Prix in New Delhi was played on Tuesday. Three of four games finished drawn for a second day in a row, and also for the second day running, Bibisara Assaubayeva was the only player to collect a full point. The 19-year-old beat Nino Batsiashvili with the white pieces. With only two games played, Assaubayeva has a half-point lead over five chasers — who have all played three games so far. | Photo: FIDE / Ismael Nieto

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Focused on the competition

Of course, if you are stuck playing this strange tournament with ten participants and eleven rounds, you might as well just focus on chess and try to get the best possible result. In the end, the winner will have collected a triumph to add to her CV, while few will ask about the circumstances surrounding the last-minute withdrawals as time goes by.

Maybe this is how Kazakhstan’s Bibisara Assaubayeva is approaching the matter. However, if things go as easily as they did today against Georgia’s Nino Batsiashvili, it would be premature to derive many conclusions regarding the eventual outcome of the tournament.


Humpy Koneru, Kateryna Lagno

Humpy Koneru and Kateryna Lagno signed a 32-move draw in Tuesday’s round 3 | Photo: FIDE / Ismael Nieto

Harika Dronavalli

Harika Dronavalli held Nana Dzagnidze to a draw with black | Photo: FIDE / Ismael Nieto 

Results - Round 3


Standings - Round 3


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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.