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S.L.Narayanan's scintillating win over Anton Guijarro

by Sagar Shah - 08 April 2017

91 out of the 214 participants at the Dubai Open 2017 are Indians. IM Santos Latasa Jaime from Spain is the leader with 4.0/4, but four Indians are right on his heels with 3.5/4. They include S.L. Narayanan, Vidit Gujrathi, Abhijeet Gupta and Vignesh N.R. Narayanan's win over Anton Guijarro was pretty spectacular and we have annotated the game quite extensively. A pictorial report from UAE.

S.L.Narayanan, Vidit Gujrathi, Abhijeet Gupta and Vignesh N.R. lead the Indian charge with 3.5/4

S.L.Narayanan is on 3.5/4, but played some sublime chess to defeat the in form Anton Guijarro David
[Event "19th Dubai Open 2017"]
[Site "Dubai UAE"]
[Date "2017.04.06"]
[Round "4.8"]
[White "Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan"]
[Black "Anton Guijarro, David"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E15"]
[WhiteElo "2551"]
[BlackElo "2679"]
[Annotator "Sagar,Shah"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2017.04.03"]
{S.L.Narayanan is one of the brightest talents of Indian chess along with
Aravindh Chithambaram and Karthikeyan Murali. In this game he is able to beat
the talented Spanish opponent Anton Guijarro with absolute ease.} 1. d4 Nf6 2.
c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qc2 $5 {This line is very popular. Of course it
is related to a pawn sacrifice, but can lead to highly unclear and exciting
play.} c5 6. d5 $1 (6. e4 {used to be played in the good old days before the
gambit was found.}) 6... exd5 7. cxd5 Bb7 8. Bg2 Nxd5 9. O-O {For the pawn,
White has a lead in development.} Nc6 10. Rd1 Be7 11. Qa4 (11. Rxd5 $2 Nb4 $19)
11... Nf6 12. Nh4 g6 13. Bh6 {This is all logical stuff and has been played
before. The knight was threatening to jump to f5, so Black played g6. And now
the bishop enters h6 in order to stop 0-0.} Bf8 14. Bg5 $5 {A logical move,
getting rid of the defender of the d5 square.} (14. Bxf8 Kxf8 15. Nc3 Kg7 $13 {
Has been played many times. The two main moves in this position are Rd6 and
Qf4.}) 14... h6 {This is the most ambitious choice, but the queen will be
lured to f6 and then the knight jumping to d5 will win a tempo. But Anton is
fine with all of that and so are the engines.} 15. Bxf6 Qxf6 16. Nc3 Be7 $6 (
16... O-O-O $5 {Might be tried the next time this line is played, but I
already have a feeling that this might be quite dangerous for Black.} 17. Rd3
g5 18. Nf3 Kb8 19. Rad1 $44) 17. Nd5 (17. Rd3 $5 {was also a good choice.} O-O
18. Rxd7 $18) 17... Qd6 18. e3 $1 {Prophylaxis against Nd4.} Nd8 19. Rd2 Kf8
20. Rad1 $18 {Something went horribly wrong for Anton. In just 20 moves he has
a completely lost position.} Bxh4 21. Qxh4 g5 22. Qc4 Qe5 23. Nxb6 $5 {An
interesting tactic.} (23. f4 gxf4 24. exf4 Qg7 25. Nc7 Bxg2 26. Kxg2 Rc8 27.
Rxd7 $18 {Just ends the game without any discussions.}) 23... axb6 24. Bxb7
Nxb7 25. Rxd7 Nd8 26. Rxd8+ Kg7 (26... Rxd8 27. Rxd8+ Ke7 $1 (27... Kg7 28.
Rxh8 Kxh8 29. Qxf7 $18) 28. Rxh8 Qxh8 29. b4 $16 {And although White is
clearly better, winning or not is not entirely clear.}) 27. R8d7 $1 Rhf8 28.
R1d6 Qxb2 29. Qe4 {Qg6 cannot be stopped. An emphatic victory for the Indian
youngster.} 1-0

In case you would like to learn the 5.Qc2 gambit line employed by S.L.Narayanan, you should definitely check out the DVD by Simon Williams. It is available in the ChessBase India shop for just Rs. 999. You can also read about GM Swapnil Dhopade's views on this line from here.

The Spaniard had absolutely no clue about what struck him!

Vidit has been quite solid at the event and is on 3.5/4. He opened with 1.e4 in his third round encounter with R. Praggnanandhaa, was in trouble, but eventually managed to win the game.
[Event "19th Dubai Open 2017"]
[Site "Dubai UAE"]
[Date "2017.04.05"]
[Round "3.6"]
[White "Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi"]
[Black "Praggnanandhaa, R."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C78"]
[WhiteElo "2670"]
[BlackElo "2447"]
[Annotator "Sagar,Shah"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2017.04.03"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bb7 7. d3 Be7 8. Re1
O-O 9. a4 d6 10. Nbd2 Na5 11. Ba2 b4 12. d4 exd4 13. Nxd4 Re8 14. c3 c5 15.
cxb4 cxb4 16. N4f3 h6 17. Nh4 Bf8 18. Ng6 Rc8 19. Nxf8 Kxf8 20. Bb1 Qb6 21. Bd3
Kg8 22. h3 Re6 23. Nf3 Bxe4 {Vidit sacrificed a pawn and Pragga bravely
accepts it.} 24. Be3 Qb7 25. Nd4 Ree8 (25... Re5 $1 $15) 26. Nf5 Bxg2 27. Nxd6
Qa8 28. Nxc8 Bxh3 $1 29. f3 Rxc8 (29... Bxc8 {would have been good
compensation for Black.}) 30. Qe2 Re8 31. Qf2 Qd5 32. Rad1 Qh5 33. Qg3 Nc6 34.
Bxa6 Ne5 35. Be2 Re6 36. Kf2 Qf5 37. Qf4 Qg6 38. Rg1 Nfg4+ 39. Ke1 Rf6 40. Rxg4
Bxg4 41. Qxe5 Bf5 42. Kf2 Bh3 43. Rg1 {An interesting game, where Vidit
managed to show some very good defensive skills.} 1-0

 

 

Abhijeet Gupta who did a show with us before leaving for the Dubai Open seems to be in excellent form! He is on 3.5/4.

With draws against Rakhmanov and Bok, Tania is playing great chess and is on 3.0/4

2.5/4 for IM Padmini Rout

Bhakti Kulkarni is also on 2.5/4

Youngster Pranav V. created the sensation of the event by beating GM Salem Saleh (2652) in the first round!

Another huge Indian talent Gukesh D. is on 2.0/4

Reigning National Junior Champion Kumar Gaurav is on 2.0/4...

...while his brother Saurabh Anand is on 2.5/4

It's good to see S. Harini back in action after a long time. 1.5/4 is not a great start...

...but her husband P. Karthikeyan is doing pretty well on 3.0/4

Leon Mendonca must be looking to make a comeback after a slow start with 1.5/4

The Dubai chess and culture club has one of the best playing halls in the world

 

 

Rank after Round 4

Rk. SNo     Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 31   IM Santos Latasa Jaime ESP 2565 4,0 0,0 8,0 5,0
2 32   GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2562 3,5 0,0 9,0 5,5
3 2   GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2686 3,5 0,0 8,5 5,0
  6   GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2671 3,5 0,0 8,5 5,0
  8   GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2670 3,5 0,0 8,5 5,0
  11   GM Amin Bassem EGY 2663 3,5 0,0 8,5 5,0
  28   GM Can Emre TUR 2578 3,5 0,0 8,5 5,0
  34   GM Pichot Alan ARG 2556 3,5 0,0 8,5 5,0
  35   GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan IND 2551 3,5 0,0 8,5 5,0
  44   IM Salomon Johan NOR 2487 3,5 0,0 8,5 5,0
11 3   GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2680 3,5 0,0 8,0 5,0
12 22   GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2597 3,5 0,0 8,0 4,5
  25   GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2589 3,5 0,0 8,0 4,5
  27   GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2586 3,5 0,0 8,0 4,5
15 18   GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2614 3,5 0,0 7,5 4,0
16 9   GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2666 3,5 0,0 7,0 4,5
  14   GM Oleksiyenko Mykhaylo UKR 2643 3,5 0,0 7,0 4,5
  21   GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2602 3,5 0,0 7,0 4,5
19 56   IM Vignesh N R IND 2411 3,5 0,0 7,0 3,5
20 17   GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2639 3,5 0,0 6,5 4,0
  19   GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2607 3,5 0,0 6,5 4,0

Round 1 video recap

Round 2 video recap

Round 3 video recap

Overview of Indian performers! (91 of them!)

Player overview for IND

IND

SNo   Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts. Rk.
8 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2670 IND 1 1 1 ½           3,5 5
19 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2607 IND 1 1 ½ 1           3,5 21
30 GM Lalith Babu M R 2571 IND 1 ½ 1 0           2,5 59
35 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan 2551 IND 1 1 ½ 1           3,5 9
38 IM Karthikeyan P. 2507 IND 1 ½ ½ 1           3,0 29
41 GM Debashis Das 2501 IND 1 ½ 1 ½           3,0 27
42 IM Stany G.A. 2495 IND 1 ½ 1 0           2,5 50
45 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2483 IND 1 1 0 ½           2,5 45
47 GM Grover Sahaj 2473 IND 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0,0 203
49 IM Visakh N R 2464 IND ½ ½ 1 1           3,0 30
50 IM Shyaamnikhil P 2454 IND ½ 1 ½ 1           3,0 31
51 IM Praggnanandhaa R 2447 IND 1 1 0 1           3,0 26
53 IM Nitin S. 2432 IND 1 ½ 0 1           2,5 53
55 IM Tania Sachdev 2429 IND 1 1 ½ ½           3,0 28
56 IM Vignesh N R 2411 IND 1 1 ½ 1           3,5 19
57 IM Viani Antonio Dcunha 2410 IND 1 1 0 ½           2,5 57
59 GM Laxman R.R. 2403 IND 1 0 ½ 1           2,5 62
60 IM Padmini Rout 2400 IND 1 ½ 0 1           2,5 54
61   Iniyan P 2399 IND 1 0 1 ½           2,5 82
64 IM Rathnakaran K. 2383 IND 1 0 ½ 1           2,5 73
66 IM Roy Prantik 2372 IND 1 0 0 1           2,0 116
70 IM Siva Mahadevan 2363 IND 1 0 1 ½           2,5 78
71 FM Thakur Akash 2363 IND 1 0 1 ½           2,5 86
76   Sidhant Mohapatra 2341 IND 1 ½ 0 1           2,5 63
77   Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad 2337 IND 1 0 1 0           2,0 105
78   Kulkarni Rakesh 2325 IND 1 0 0 ½           1,5 139
79 IM Rajesh V A V 2324 IND 1 ½ 0 0           1,5 130
81 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2316 IND 1 0 1 0           2,0 110
84   Raahul V S 2306 IND 1 0 1 0           2,0 99
85   Harikrishnan.A.Ra 2305 IND 1 ½ ½ ½           2,5 47
87 CM Kulkarni Bhakti 2286 IND 1 0 1 ½           2,5 79
88   Saurabh Anand 2284 IND 1 0 ½ 1           2,5 66
89 WIM Pratyusha Bodda 2281 IND 1 ½ 0 1           2,5 83
91   Arjun Kalyan 2280 IND 1 0 1 ½           2,5 80
94   Sankalp Gupta 2265 IND 1 0 1 ½           2,5 64
96 CM Gukesh D 2260 IND 1 1 0 0           2,0 94
100   Ashwath R. 2242 IND 1 ½ ½ 0           2,0 96
101   Dodeja Pawan 2235 IND 1 0 1 ½           2,5 68
102   Arjun K 2232 IND 1 0 ½ 1           2,5 91
104   Jayakumaar S 2229 IND 1 0 1 ½           2,5 84
105   Prithu Gupta 2226 IND 1 0 1 ½           2,5 81
106   Jaiswal Puneet 2219 IND 1 0 1 ½           2,5 74
107 FM Sadhwani Raunak 2218 IND 1 ½ 0 1           2,5 87
111 AGM Nishant Malhotra 2197 IND 0 1 1 1           3,0 33
112 CM Aditya Mittal 2183 IND 0 1 ½ 1           2,5 92
115   Kumar Gaurav 2172 IND 0 1 0 1           2,0 103
117 WFM Srija Seshadri 2166 IND 0 0 1 1           2,0 117
118   Yohan J. 2164 IND 0 1 0 1           2,0 114
119   Harini S. 2150 IND 0 ½ 0 1           1,5 159
121   Pranav V 2149 IND 1 0 0 ½           1,5 129
123 FM Dutta Joydeep 2145 IND 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,0 165
126   Vantika Agrawal 2130 IND 0 1 1 0           2,0 100
130 WFM Cholleti Sahajasri 2120 IND 0 1 ½ 0           1,5 133
131 CM Mendonca Leon Luke 2110 IND 0 ½ 1 0           1,5 146
132   Baivab Mishra 2105 IND 0 ½ 1 ½           2,0 126
133 WFM Salonika Saina 2098 IND 0 0 1 ½           1,5 154
136   Priyanka Nutakki 2084 IND 0 1 1 ½           2,5 65
138   Pranav Anand 2083 IND 0 ½ 1 0           1,5 147
139   Jeet Jain 2078 IND 0 1 ½ 1           2,5 56
140 WIM Gagare Shalmali 2077 IND 0 0 ½ 1           1,5 163
141 CM Nikhil Magizhnan 2077 IND 0 ½ ½ ½           1,5 161
142 WFM Tarini Goyal 2077 IND 0 1 0 1           2,0 118
151   Panesar Vedant 2036 IND 0 1 0 ½           1,5 145
152   Nayak Rajesh 2034 IND 0 0 1 1           2,0 123
154   Priyanka K 2030 IND 0 1 ½ 0           1,5 149
159   Dushyant Sharma 2013 IND 0 0 1 1           2,0 115
164   Doshi Moksh Amitbhai 1974 IND 0 0 1 ½           1,5 138
167   Panda Sambit 1959 IND 0 ½ 1 0           1,5 155
168   Vijay Anand M. 1956 IND 0 0 1 1           2,0 121
169   Siddharth Sabharishankar 1950 IND ½ ½ 0 0           1,0 167
171   Nair Sanjeev 1938 IND 0 0 1 0           1,0 177
173 AGM Srihari L R 1922 IND 0 0 1 ½           1,5 160
174   Saksham Rautela 1908 IND 1 0 ½ 0           1,5 136
176   Saranya Y 1890 IND 0 0 1 0           1,0 186
177   Tejaswini Reddy S. 1889 IND 0 0 ½ 0           0,5 198
178   Shourya Jain 1879 IND 1 0 0 ½           1,5 143
179 WCM Isha Sharma 1878 IND 0 0 1 1           2,0 124
182   Makhija Aashna 1858 IND 0 ½ 1 0           1,5 151
187   Sarvesh Kumar A 1827 IND 0 ½ 0 0           0,5 199
188   Pankaj Sindhu 1819 IND 0 1 0 ½           1,5 157
189   Thrish Karthik 1817 IND 0 1 0 0           1,0 178
190   Srimathi R 1810 IND 0 ½ 0 1           1,5 164
192   Jeel Shah 1764 IND 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0,0 209
196   Narendran Gouthaman 1757 IND 1 0 0 ½           1,5 135
202   Narendran V 1716 IND 0 0 0 1           1,0 193
203 CM Mullick Raahil 1710 IND 1 0 0 1           2,0 109
204   Krithigga K 1708 IND ½ 0 ½ ½           1,5 158
210   Jijo Joy 1589 IND 0 0 0 1           1,0 190
212   Aditya Varun Gampa 1552 IND 0 1 ½ 0           1,5 137
213   Singh Gurmeher 1433 IND 0 0 0 0           0,0 213
214   Mohammed Fawwaaz 1386 IND 1 0 ½ 0           1,5 131  

 

 


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