Grandelius, Vidit Win Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament
Nils Grandelius (left) and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi | Photos: Peter Doggers/

Grandelius, Vidit Win Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament

May 8, 2018, 11:48 AM |
5 | Chess Event Coverage

Profiting from a big mistake by his opponent in the endgame, GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi caught GM Nils Grandelius in first place on the last day of the 2018 Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament in Malmö, Sweden.

Just like last year, the local hero Grandelius ended on top in Malmö and again he had to share the first prize. In 2017 it was GM Baadur Jobava next to him; today he shared the podium with Vidit.

The 23-year-old Indian grandmaster finished strongly with wins in the last two rounds. On Monday his victim was Morozevich, who went astray in an endgame that should have ended in a draw. If only he had felt the danger of the self-pin...

Vidit had similar fortune on the last day, when IM Linus Johansson was getting pretty close to drawing the game when he made the wrong choice of not trading bishops, but allowing his opponent to trade. That was a crucial difference.

The draw between GM Benjamin Gledura and GM Aryan Tari in the last round was spectacular, but in fact everything had been played before. This seems to be happening more and more these days, with all the young and strong grandmasters having incredible knowledge of opening theory.

It might well be the case that what these players were revealing in the post-mortem with GM Yasser Seirawan was at a level of opening preparation that only the world's top 10 players had in the 1990s.

The commentary of the final round. The post-mortem of this game starts at 2:46:40.

2018 Tepe Sigeman & Co | Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts SB
1 Vidit,Santosh Gujrathi 2707 2745 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 3.5/5 7.25
2 Grandelius,Nils 2651 2756 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 3.5/5 7.25
3 Tari,Aryan 2603 2689 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.0/5
4 Morozevich,Alexander 2665 2537 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 2.0/5 4.75
5 Gledura,Benjamin 2615 2547 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 2.0/5 4.75
6 Johansson,Linus 2457 2408 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1.0/5

Games via TWIC.

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