Gukesh D. at Biel MTO 2021. Photo: Organiser
Biel had also been held in 2021, despite the continuation of COVID-19.
Legendary Gata Kamsky (born 1974, a Soviet origin US top grandmaster) won the combined classical-rapid-blitz Triathlon tournament in style. Second place
went to Kirill Alekseenko from Russia, Indian youngster prodigy Nihal Sarin (born 2004) finished third. Eight players, including Boris Gelfand, Israel, Vincent Keymer, Germany, and Alan Pichot, Argentina.
In 1993, Gata Kamsky
reached third place at the last FIDE Interzonal (swiss system), held in Biel as a 19-year-young. Thanks to this he qualified for the Candidates Tournament 1994/95, which he won and he was thus allowed to compete against Anatoly Karpov for the FIDE World Championship
title in 1996. Although he then lost, the IZT in Biel 1993 was the beginning of his world vice champion title. Now, 28 years later, Kamsky has come full circle by winning the Biel Chess Festival 2021!
Biel Master Tournament Open (MTO) was won by Emirati grandmaster Salem Saleh, ahead of Karthikeyan Murali from India, who tied on points. Hungarian Tamás Bánusz placed third.
In the Open field also renowned
Pavel Eljanov, Ukraine, and many strong Indian players, among them Sethuraman S.P., Praggnanandhaa R., and Dommaraju Gukesh (born 2006), better known as Gukesh D., an enthusiastic and highly promising junior.