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Grand Swiss Tournament – round 6 report

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Grand Swiss Tournament – round 6 report

Five players now share first place in the Open event after six rounds of the 2021 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round Five leaders, Alireza Firouzja, Alexei Shirov and Evgeniy Najer, are joined by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and four-time Indian champion, Krishnan Sasikiran.

The top game of the day was on board one, where a clash of generations took place. Alexei Shirov (who became GM in 1990) was White against Alireza Firouzja (born in 2003). Shirov opened with his usual 1.e4 and – what else to play in Riga? – soon, the Tal variation of Caro-Kann Defense was on the board. Alexei Shirov, in his element, was developing an initiative with White. Still, Firouzja disagreed with being haunted by ghosts, took a hanging pawn on h4, proving his own attacking ideas are more potent. White found himself in a very unpleasant situation, but Black’s mistake on the 36th move let Shirov get away with it. Alireza Firouzja stormed out of the playing hall, while Alexei Shirov confessed that he was happy with the outcome as he was “clearly worse, maybe lost”.

 Alexei Shirov takes on Alireza Firouzja in round 6. Grand Swiss Tournament
Alexei Shirov takes on Alireza Firouzja in round 6.
Alexei Shirov v Alireza Firouzja

The shortest game in the tournament – lasting just 14 moves – was played between Georgian Baadur Jobava and Jules Moussard of France

Baadur Jobava of Georgia. Grand Swiss Tournament
Baadur Jobava of Georgia.
Baadur Jobava v Jules Moussard


Jobava said after the game that his first reaction was to sympathise with his opponent as he has been in similar positions. “But this is a sport. Someone has to win, and these things happen”.

Baadur Jobava takes a tour of the playing hall. Grand Swiss Tournament
Baadur Jobava takes a tour of the playing hall.

The Sergei Movsesian and Lucas Van Foreest game was another quick and decisive one where Black gets mated on move number 29.

Sergei Movsesian v Lucas Van Foreest 

Natalija Pogonina and Olga Badelka  in action in round 6. Grand Swiss Tournament
Natalija Pogonina and Olga Badelka  in action in round 6.

The Russian duel on board four between Natalija Pogonina and Olga Badelka ended in a win for white after Black made a blunder in the middlegame, destroying her position. With 4.5/6, Pogonina has joined the top-tier of players sharing second place.

Natialija Pogonina v Olga Badelka

The charming IM Kharisma Irine Sukandar from Indonesia who has 3 points at the of round six. Grand Swiss Tournament
The charming IM Kharisma Irine Sukandar from Indonesia who has 3 points at the of round six.
WGM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya the 2018 World Junior Chess Champion from Russia. She has 3.5 points out of 6 rounds. Grand Swiss Tournament
WGM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya the 2018 World Junior Chess Champion from Russia. She has 3.5 points out of 6 rounds.

All Photo credits – Anna Shtourman and Mark Livshitz.

Text credit – Milan Dinic.

Links

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Official website of the Grand Swiss.