Vidit Charges To Victory in Biel
Vidit Gujrathi with official commentatorsr GM Tal Baron & WGM Dina Belenkaya. | Photo: Simon Bohnenblust/Biel Chess Festival.

Vidit Charges To Victory in Biel

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With excellent play in the final rounds the world number 35 Vidit Gujrathi managed to pull away to win the 2019 Biel Chess Festival.

This eight-player elite round robin featured a unique format, with a mix of classical, rapid, and blitz segments. The scoring system and structure for the tournament was the following:

  • Classical (7 games): 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss 
  • Rapid (7 games): 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss
  • Blitz (14 games): 1 point for a win, 1/2 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss 

At the time of our previous report, which covered the rapid segment of the event as well as the first four classical rounds, the tournament was led by Vidit along with Sam Shankland. Next came the blitz segment, followed by the final three rounds of the classical.

Vidit ended up narrowly winning the blitz event, taking a small lead in the tournament, before scoring 2.5/3 in the final three classical games to clinch a convincing tournament victory.

Vidit Gujrathi kept a high level of play throughout the 28-round tournament. | Photo: Simon Bohnenblust/Biel Chess Festival.

Final standings (individual standings for each segment can be found below)

# Fed Name Rtg Perf Classical Rapid Blitz Total
1 Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2703 2806 15 8 11 34
2 Sam Shankland 2713 2732 9 9 10 28
3 Peter Leko 2686 2623 9 10 6.5 25.5
4 Parham Maghsoodloo 2656 2688 7 8 9.5 24.5
5 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 2674 2662 10 5 8 23
6 Jorge Cori 2598 2659 8 7 7 22
7 Nico Georgiadis 2584 2442 7 6 2 15
8 Sebastian Bogner 2514 2500 7 3 2 12

Blitz Segment

The blitz took place on Saturday, July 27th, with a double-round-robin format, meaning each player would play everyone else twice (once with each color). Both Shankland and Vidit started off well in the blitz, it was only in the final rounds that Vidit managed to secure a small lead going into the final classical games. Here are some highlights from the blitz:

The 2004 World Championship challenger, Peter Leko. | Photo: Simon Bohnenblust/Biel Chess Festival.
Abdusattorov vs. Shankland. | Photo: Simon Bohnenblust/Biel Chess Festival.

Classical Segment

Following the blitz there was three more rounds of classical to go. Vidit was able to extend his lead in the fifth round by defeating GM Sebastian Bogner, while Shankland went down to GM Jorge Cori.

GM Jorge Cori played spoiler, defeating Shankland in a critical game. | Photo: Simon Bohnenblust/Biel Chess Festival.

A draw in the penultimate sixth round against GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov secured first place in the tournament for Vidit, who then received a gift from GM Parham Maghsoodloo in the final round:

The reining World Junior Champion, GM Parham Maghsoodloo. | Photo: Simon Bohnenblust/Biel Chess Festival.

Blitz Standings (time control: 3+2)

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts
1 Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2703 2857 10 ½1 ½0 11 11 11 11 11.0/14
2 Sam Shankland 2713 2789 1 ½0 10 11 ½1 11 11 10.0/14
3 Parham Maghsoodloo 2656 2768 ½0 ½1 ½1 ½1 1 11 9.5/14
4 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 2598 2697 ½1 1 ½0 0 10 11 11 8.0/14
5 Jorge Cori 2686 2635 0 0 11 ½1 11 10 7.0/14
6 Peter Leko 2674 2612 0 ½0 ½0 1 ½0 11 11 6.5/14
7 Sebastian Bogner 2584 2338 0 0 10 0 0 0 10 2.0/14
8 Nico Georgiadis 2514 2348 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2.0/14

Rapid Standings (time control: 15+5)

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts
1 Peter Leko 2674 2795 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.0/7
2 Sam Shankland 2713 2732 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.5/7
3 Parham Maghsoodloo 2656 2688 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 4.0/7
4 Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2703 2683 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 4.0/7
5 Jorge Cori 2686 2635 0 ½ 0 1 0 1 1 3.5/7
6 Nico Georgiadis 2514 2609 ½ 0 1 0 1 0 ½ 3.0/7
7 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 2598 2546 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 1 2.5/7
8 Sebastian Bogner 2584 2424 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 1.5/7

Classical Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts
1 Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2703 2857 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 5.5/7
2 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 2598 2697 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 4.0/7
3 Sam Shankland 2713 2631 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 3.5/7
4 Peter Leko 2674 2637 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 3.5/7
5 Nico Georgiadis 2514 2609 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 3.0/7
6 Jorge Cori 2686 2585 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 1 3.0/7
7 Sebastian Bogner 2584 2599 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 3.0/7
8 Parham Maghsoodloo 2656 2537 0 1 0 1 ½ 0 0 2.5/7


The Master Tournament, a large open running alongside the GM Tournament, will finish tomorrow. Leading the field going into the last round is GM Amin Tabatabaei of Iran, who won a beautiful game against GM Jeffrey Xiong to take the clear lead with 6.5/8:


You can find all games 
here as part of our live portal. More photos from the event can be found here. The official site is here.


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