The Russian Grandmaster Boris Grachev is the winner of the Basel Chess Festival 2013. Grachev scored 5,5/7, the same points as GM Levente Vajda, GM Robin Van Kampen, and GM Andrej Istratescu, but had better tiebreak score. Grachev started with quality 4,0/4, which allowed him to secure the title with three straight draws to the end.

Places 5-12 were shared by some of the top competitors of the Basel Schachfestival – GM Vachier-Lagrave, GM Alexandr Fier, GM Hrant Meklumyan, GM Romain Edouard, GM Ghaem Maghami, GM Yannik Pelletier, GM Vorotnikov, and GM Mateusz Bartel, all with 5,0/7.

Half a point behind them is the Tata Steel B 2013 participant GM Maxim Turov, and the top untitled player of the championship Svetlin Mladenov.

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