6 November 2023

Andrey Esipenko Finishes Third on the Isle of Man

Santosh Vidit and Rameshbabu Vaishali are the FIDE Grand Swiss winners.

Photo: Anna Shtourman / FIDE
Photo: Anna Shtourman / FIDE

The FIDE Grand Swiss 2023 and the FIDE Women's Grand Swiss 2023 finished on the Isle of Man. Both tournaments were part of the qualifications for the current World Championship cycle, with the top two players in the open event qualifying for the 2024 Candidates Tournament and the top two players in the Women’s Grand Swiss qualifying for the 2024 Women’s Candidates.
With 8.5 points out of 11, the sole winner is Santosh Vidit (India). Half a point less was scored by the silver medallist Hikaru Nakamura (USA). Third place belongs to Andrey Esipenko of Russia with 7.5 points. Additional tiebreakers have placed him ahead of Arjun Erigaisi (India), Vincent Keymer (Germany), Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran), and Anish Giri (Netherlands). 
The Russians Evgeniy Najer, Vladislav Artemiev, and Maxim Matlakov have scored 6 points, and Volodar Murzin – 5.5 points. 
In the women's competition, Rameshbabu Vaishali (India) took first place with 8.5 points out of 11. Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine) was half a point behind. Places 3-4 are shared by Tan Zhongyi (China) and Batkhuyag Munguntuul (Mongolia) with 7.5 points each. The superior additional tiebreakers have landed the former Women's World Champion in third place and ensured her entry into the FIDE Candidates Tournament, since A. Muzychuk had already qualified from the FIDE Women's World Cup.
Leya Garifullina of Russia is fifth (with 7 points), Aleksandra Goryachkina and Valentina Gunina got 6 points, and Polina Shuvalova – 5 points.

The total prize fund is $600,000, with $460,000 for the Grand Swiss and $140,000 for the Women’s Grand Swiss.

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