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Grand Swiss Chess 2023: Arjun Erigaisi and Vidit Gujrathi in joint-lead at halfway stage; R Vaishali 2nd among women

File picture of Vidit Gujrathi.

Isle of Man, United Kingdom: Indian Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi and Vidit Gujrathi must carry out their finest after the midway mark regardless of being in joint lead, whereas R Vaishali, in joint second spot, is having a ball amongst the ladies within the FIDE Grand Prix Chess match in Isle of Man.

With the one relaxation day slated on Tuesday, the Indians have some considering to do because the cube has not fairly been rolling of their favour besides for 3 out of 20 contributors in each women and men sections.

As a matter of reality, the best rated Indian at the beginning of the occasion — D Gukesh has fallen out of competition on the half means stage within the open part whereas R Praggnanandhaa can be struggling to make a comeback with simply 5 rounds remaining within the strongest open of the yr.

With US$ 460000 and two qualifier berths at stake for the following Candidates’ occasion, Arjun and Vidit are the one two Indians who look in competition except there’s a large burst coming from both Nihal Sarin, S L Narayanan, Aravindh Chithambaram or Praggnanandhaa within the final 5 video games.

Vidit and Arjun lead the tables with six others on 4.5 factors out of a doable six however each of them are but to play the highest two seeds Individuals Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura.

If and after they meet these gamers the course of the occasion can be determined for them. Within the seventh spherical although, Vidit has a youthful gun to burst in Javokhir Sindarov of Uzbekistan whereas Arjun has a tricky nut to crack in Andrey Esipenko of Russia.

It could be recalled that every one Russian gamers are taking part in right here beneath the FIDE flag.

Praggnanandhaa is assembly compatriot Abhijeet Gupta who has risen again after two losses in first two video games. The star although remains to be on the lookout for his first victory within the occasion and can hope it occurs prior to later.

Although constant, Narayanan, Nihal and Aravindh desperately want some victories to make a mark right here. A number of ranking factors achieve shouldn’t be precisely they’re on the lookout for.

Within the ladies’s part, Vaishali has been closing on her Grandmaster title and for that she appears to be like decided.

If her video games are something to go by, the Chennai-based participant will sit up for one other optimistic outing in opposition to erstwhile chief Bibisara Assaubayeva of Kazakhstan and if she is profitable she will hope for the most effective having performed many prime gamers, together with the Ukrainian Muzychuk sisters within the occasion to this point.

Highest rated Indian, D Harika wants to tug herself up and rating closely within the final 5 for a podium end.

Vital and Indian pairings of spherical 7 (Indians except specified): Radoslav Wojtaszek (POL, 4.5) vs Fabiano Caruana (USA, 4.5); Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 4.5) vs Alexandr Predke (SRB, 4.5); Javokhir Sindarov (UZB, 4.5) vs Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi (4.5); Arjun Erigaisi (4.5) Andrey Esipenko (FID, 4.5); S L Narayanan (3.5) vs Levon Aronian (USA, 3.5); Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI, 3.5) vs Aravindh Chithambaram (3.5); Frederik Svane (GER, 3.5) vs Nihal Sarin (3.5); R Praggnanandhaa (3) vs Abhijeet Gupta (3); P Harikrishna (3) vs Volodar Murzin (FID, 3); Nils Grandelius (SWE, 3) vs Aryan Chopra (3); Manuel Petrosyan (ARM, 3) vs Raunak Sadhwani (3); Vasyl Ivanchuk (UKR, 2.5) vs Murali Karthikeyan (2.5); Max Warmerdam (NED, 2.5) vs B Adhiban (2.5); Elham Amar (NOR, 2) vs D Gukesh (2); Leon Luke Mendonca (2) Ediz Gurel (TUR, 2).

Ladies: Aleksandra Goryachkina (FID, 4.5) vs Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 5); BIbisara Assaubayeva (KAZ, 4.5) vs R Vaishali (4.5); Mariya Muzychuk (UKR, 4) vs Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL, 4.5); Tan Zhongyi (CHN, 4) vs Stanroula Tsolakidou (GRE, 4); Sophie Milliet (FRA, 4) vs Marsel Efroimski (ISR, 4); Batkhuyag Munguntuul (MGL, 4) vs Leya Garifullina (FID, 4); Polina Shuvalova (FID, 3.5) vs Ulviyya Fataliyeva (FID, 4); Irina Bulmaga (ROU, 3.5) vs Dronavalli Harika (3.5); B Savitha Shri (2.5) vs Dinara Wagner (GER, 2.5); Ann Matnadze Bujiashvili (ESP, 2) vs Vantika Agrawal (2); Divya Deshmukh (2) vs Aulia Medina Warda (INA, 2); Gomez Barrera Javiera Belen (CHI, 1.5) vs Tania, Sachdev (2).

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