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Commonwealth Chess: Five leaders after five rounds

by Jitendra Choudhary - 07 July 2017

Thursday was a double round at the Commonwealth Championships currently taking place in Delhi. We are now past the halfway mark in the tournament and we have five leaders with a score of 4.5/5. They are local lads Vaibhav Suri and Abhijeet Gupta, Aravindh Chithambaram, Swapnil Dhopade and Tejas Bakre. As the last four rounds of the tournament remain we are in for an exciting finish as apart from the GMs we also have two women players Bhakti Kulkarni and Swati Ghate who are in the top ten places right now. Report from Delhi.

Ankit Rajpara is usually very solid with the white pieces, and he got a fine position out of the opening, but...

...Abhijeet Gupta slowly and steadily managed to outplay him. With two wins in rounds four and five, the top seed is back in the lead.
Aravindh played a fine game in the morning to beat Nubairshah Shaikh. In the evening round he was facing the giant killer K. Priyanka. The GM from Chennai was able to win without too many difficulties.
It must be mentioned that with wins over Padmini Rout and CRG Krishna and a draw against Ankit Rajpara, Priyanka is already gaining 85 Elo points!
Tejas Bakre played a very strong game with the black pieces in the Rut Lopez and beat Sahaj Grover
Swapnil Dhopade and Vaibhav Suri drew their games on the top board and are on 4.5/5
GM Abhijit Kunte was able to beat the rising star Manindrakar Indrajeet
After beating Tania Sachdev earlier in the tournament, Bhagyashree Thipsay was unable to keep pace. She lost to WGM Mary Ann Gomes
Shardul Gagare playing showing great levels of stamina. He is 3.0/3 in the under-20 section and 4.0/5 in the open
Shardul's sister Shalmali Gagare is on 2.0/5
Tania Sachdev is unable to breakthrough and drew her game against Parnali Dharia
Talented youngster from Gujarat Naitik Mehta
The Dutch Leningrad. Can you guess the aggressive move made by Ziaur Rahman as white in this position? As GM Simon Williams would put, "It's time to push Harry down the board!"
Packaged drinking water provided to all players
Along with refreshments
The legendary player from Bangladesh Rani Hamid. She is currently on 1.5/5.
After staring with 0.5/2, GM Pravin Thipsay has made a comeback and is now on 3.5/5.
Arbiter and official Mr. R.S. Tiwari
Team of arbiters working around the clock, take some time off!

Results of Round 4:

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
1 3 GM Vaibhav Suri 2558 3 1 - 0 3 WGM Swati Ghate 2278 31
2 5 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2517 3 1 - 0 3 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti 2255 33
3 11 GM Ankit R. Rajpara 2474 3 ½ - ½ 3   Priyanka K 2081 53
4 1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2625 1 - 0 GM Murshed Niaz 2399 18
5 2 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2593 1 - 0 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2392 20
6 21 IM Sardana Rishi 2379 ½ - ½ GM Kunte Abhijit 2504 6
7 25 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2331 0 - 1 GM Grover Sahaj 2484 8
8 26 FM Erigaisi Arjun 2324 ½ - ½ GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib 2480 10
9 12 GM Gagare Shardul 2472 ½ - ½   Aradhya Garg 2281 29
10 15 GM Bakre Tejas 2449 1 - 0 WIM Thipsay Bagyashree Sathe 2046 58

Complete results

Results of Round 5:

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
1 5 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2517 4 ½ - ½ 4 GM Vaibhav Suri 2558 3
2 11 GM Ankit R. Rajpara 2474 0 - 1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2625 1
3 53   Priyanka K 2081 0 - 1 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2593 2
4 8 GM Grover Sahaj 2484 0 - 1 GM Bakre Tejas 2449 15
5 4 GM Rahman Ziaur 2527 3 ½ - ½ 3 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M 2227 35
6 6 GM Kunte Abhijit 2504 3 1 - 0 3   Mahindrakar Indrajeet 2154 43
7 29   Aradhya Garg 2281 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2482 9
8 10 GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib 2480 3 ½ - ½ 3   Pranavananda V 2102 51
9 30 IM Praveen Kumar C 2280 3 0 - 1 3 GM Gagare Shardul 2472 12
10 31 WGM Swati Ghate 2278 3 1 - 0 3 IM Sardana Rishi 2379 21

Rank after Round 5:

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 3 GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2558 4,5 0,0 15,5 17,5
2 5 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2517 4,5 0,0 14,5 16,0
3 1 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2625 4,5 0,0 13,0 15,5
4 2 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2593 4,5 0,0 13,0 15,0
5 15 GM Bakre Tejas IND 2449 4,5 0,0 11,0 13,0
6 31 WGM Swati Ghate IND 2278 4,0 0,0 13,5 15,5
7 23 IM Wohl Aleksandar H. AUS 2355 4,0 0,0 13,0 14,5
8 33 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti IND 2255 4,0 0,0 13,0 14,0
9 12 GM Gagare Shardul IND 2472 4,0 0,0 12,5 15,0
10 6 GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2504 4,0 0,0 12,0 13,5

Complete Rankings

Round 4 on 2017/07/06 at 9.30 Hrs

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
1 1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2625   GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2517 5
2 3 GM Vaibhav Suri 2558   GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2593 2
3 15 GM Bakre Tejas 2449   4 GM Kunte Abhijit 2504 6
4 27 FM Mitrabha Guha 2301 4   4 GM Gagare Shardul 2472 12
5 33 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti 2255 4   4 IM Wohl Aleksandar H. 2355 23
6 4 GM Rahman Ziaur 2527   4 WGM Swati Ghate 2278 31
7 18 GM Murshed Niaz 2399   IM Thejkumar M. S. 2491 7
8 8 GM Grover Sahaj 2484   GM Thipsay Praveen M 2419 16
9 9 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2482     Priyanka K 2081 53
10 25 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2331   GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib 2480 10

Complete pairings

Chess-results link of age categories:

U-8 Open (Ilamparthi in action)

U-8 Girls

 

U-10 Open

U-10 Girls (It is going to be a race between Savitha and Sahithi)

 

U-12 Open

U-12 Girls (Divya Deshmukh is a clear favourite)

 

U-14 Open

U-14 Girls

 

U-16 Open

U-16 Girls

 

U-18 Open

U-18 Girls

 

U-20 Open (GM Shardul Gagare is the favourite)

U-20 Girls

Live games:

Following live games of the Commonwealth has been made very easy. You can now do it from the ChessBase India website by clicking on the link below. The games begin at 15.00 hours (except for double rounds on 6th of July). Apart from just watching the live games, you can also view the games of the previous rounds (and download them if you are a ChessBase Account Premium Member). There's also some light analysis of the games done by using the Tactical analysis feature.

 

Follow the games live by clicking on this link

Articles on Commonwealth 2017 on ChessBase India:

Commonwealth Chess Championships 2017 begin today

Live Games from Commonwealth 2017

Round one: Kumar Gaurav stuns GM Ziaur Rahman

Round two: A full blooded King's Indian fight

Round three: Women power prevails

 

About the author:
Jitendra Choudhary is a chess trainer in Delhi. He is from Madhya Pradesh, but shifted to Delhi to pursue his passion related to chess. He currently teaches students, works as an arbiter and would like to dedicate more time to being a chess journalist.

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