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Six players lead with 4.0/4 at 12th Chennai GM Open 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 21/01/2020

Untitled Harshavardhan G B played brilliantly against GM Mchedlishvili to register his fourth victory of the tournament and be among the leaders with a score of 4.0/4. Top seed GM Pavel Ponkratov was held to a draw by former Commonwealth Champion GM Karthikeyan P. IM P Saravana Krishnan suffered a heartbreaking loss against GM Stanislav Bogdanovich after missing quite a few winning opportunities. Jose Eduardo Martinez, Visakh N R, Sayantan Das and M Khusenkhojaev are the other players who are also in the lead with a score of 4.0/4. The tournament heads for the final double round of the tournament on 21st January. Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Harshavardhan shocks Mchedlishvili with his superb play

Six players are in the lead with a score of 4.0/4. Top seed of the tournament GM Pavel Ponkratov was held to a draw by GM Karthikeyan P. Jose Eduardo Martinez, Harshavardhan G B, Stanislav Bogdanovich, Visakh N R, Sayantan Das and Muhammad Khusenkhojaev are the six players who registered their fourth consecutive victory in the tournament to be among the leaders at the conclusion of round 4 of 12th Chennai GM Open 2020.


Former Commonwealth Gold medalist GM Karthikeyan P (2416) secured a decent advantage out of the Modern Benoni against the top seed of the tournament GM Pavel Ponkratov (RUS, 2622).

Karthikeyan P held Ponkratov to a draw | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Jose Eduardo Martinez (PER, 2606) defeated IM Nitin S (2347) in Sicilian Kan after the latter made some inaccuracies in the middle game.

Jose Eduardo Martinez is one of the leaders at 4.0/4 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Harshavardhan G B (2343) played some solid chess and capitalized on his opponent GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili's (GEO, 2578) mistakes to score a full point and be among the leaders.

Focused Harshavardhan | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

Mchedlishvili - Harshavardhan, Round 4

What should Black do after 16.a3 ?

The 17-year old boy knew that to defeat a strong GM he has to take every chance he gets, playing active chess is the only way to keep chances alive.

White missed an opportunity to get back into the game after 31...Ke7

Can you find out what did White miss after 31...Ke7 ?

Position after 36...Re7

Black has completely consolidated the position and winning the game is just a matter of technique now.

IM P Saravana Krishnan (2313) suffered a heartbreaking loss against GM Stanislav Bogdanovich (UKR, 2562) who is still struggling with his form.

Saravana Krishnan missed quite a few opportunities to win | Photo: ChessBase India archives

Bogdanovich - Saravana Krishnan, Round 4

How should Black continue after 32.Qg2 ?

It is evident that black is dominating the position, but black should not rush into capturing the e3-bishop.

Position after 49...Qf3+

Black can easily settle for a draw by perpetual check with Qh5 and Qf3+, however black need not do that as he can go for a win.

Position after 57.Rd6 ?

Well white should have played 57.Rxf7+ Kxf7 58.Qd7+ and that would have been a draw by perpetual check which is the best result white can ask for here. With 57.Rd6+, white gave another chance to black to go for a win.


Even after trading the queens, the resultant Rook vs Rook and Bishop was also in favor of black but of course it was much difficult. What black needed to do was to push a5 pawn to create some trouble, but instead the white pawns free-flowed and created more trouble for black.

Position after 94...Rg6

Find out the best continuation for white after 94...Rg6.

GM Visakh N R (2518) made a short work of IM Sidhant Mohapatra (2346) in just 32 moves after the latter made an inaccuracy.

Visakh is among the leaders at 4.0/4 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Untitled Pranav Vijay (2265) missed a wonderful opportunity against GM Karthik Venkataraman (2479) and the game eventually ended up in a draw.

Pranav missed a decisive advantage | Photo: ChessBase India archives

Pranav - Karthik, Round 4

Position after 22...Bxf6

White continued the game with 23.Bg4 which is not the most accurate continuation. Can you find out what did White miss here?

Lakshmi Narayanan M V (2162) was better for the major part of the middle game against GM Vishnu Prasanna (2474). However Lakshmi failed to capitalize on his chances and the game eventually ended up in a draw.

Lakshmi Narayanan - Vishnu, Round 4

Find out the best continuation for black after 30.Nd3

Black continued the game with 30...Rc8 and missed a huge opportunity to create some serious trouble for white.

Priyanka K (2124) missed a winning chance and ended up with a draw against IM Taher Yoseph Theolifus (INA, 2462)

Priyanka made a good start with 3.5/4 | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

Jubin Jimmy (2193) drew with ease against GM Valeriy Neveory (UKR, 2460)

One of the budding players of Kerala, Jubin Jimmy | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Sayantan Das (2424) made a short of compatriot IM Anup Deshmukh (2163) in just 26 moves.

Sayantan Das made a good start with 4.0/4 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Srihari L R (2302) scored a fantastic win over GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (COL, 2498)

Srihari made a great start with 3.5/4 | Photo: ChessBase India archives

Among other upsets, GM Rodrigo Schroeder Vasquez (2487) was held to a draw by IM Murali Krishnan B T (2202), FM Rohit Krishna S (2289) drew with GM Maxim Lugovskoy (2453), Indrajeet Mahindrakar (2066) defeated IM Denis Eraschenkov (2370), GM Levan Pantsulaia (2598) lost to Chirag Satkar (2066), GM Venkatesh M R (2501) drew with Srikrishnan P (1903), Aaditya Dhingra (1897) defeated GM Ziaur Rahman (2434) and Sooraj M R (1874) defeated GM Attila Czebe (2392).

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Round 4 results

132GMKarthikeyan P.IND24163½ - ½3GMPonkratov PavelRUS26221
22GMMartinez Alcantara Jose EduardoPER260631 - 03IMNitin S.IND234741
36GMMchedlishvili MikheilGEO257830 - 13Harshavardhan G BIND234343
48GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR256231 - 03IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND231349
542IMSidhant MohapatraIND234630 - 13GMVisakh N RIND251811
655Pranav VIND22653½ - ½3GMKarthik VenkataramanIND247917
718GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND24743½ - ½3AGMLakshmi Narayanan M VIND216265
820IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA24623½ - ½3Priyanka KIND212467
960FMJubin JimmyIND21933½ - ½3GMNeverov ValeriyUKR246021
1064IMDeshmukh AnupIND216330 - 13IMDas SayantanIND242429
1130IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK242031 - 03FMRamakrishna J.IND206873
1238IMMuthaiah AlIND23670 - 1GMGoganov AlekseyRUS25835
1339IMAmeir MohebEGY23631 - 0GMRozum IvanRUS25737
1446Senthil Maran KIND23280 - 1GMDavid AlbertoITA25629
1512GMYudin SergeiRUS25081 - 0IMRathnakaran K.IND232945
1650FMSrihari L RIND23021 - 0GMRios Cristhian CamiloCOL249815
1716GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI2487½ - ½IMMurali Krishnan B TIND220257
1852FMRohith Krishna SIND2289½ - ½GMLugovskoy MaximRUS245323
1926GMNeelotpal DasIND24361 - 0Barath Kalyan MIND209169
2068Bakshi RutujaIND21180 - 1IMViani Antonio DcunhaIND241731
21112Umashankar AIND18380 - 1GMSundararajan KidambiIND241433
2236GMManik MikulasSVK23781 - 0Sanket ChakravartyIND205578
2374Mahindrakar IndrajeetIND20661 - 0IMEraschenkov DenisRUS237037
243GMPantsulaia LevanGEO259820 - 1Satkar ChiragIND206675
254GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR259221 - 02Sreekar J S SIND193795

Complete results

Round 5 pairings

129IMDas SayantanIND242444GMMartinez Alcantara Jose EduardoPER26062
243Harshavardhan G BIND234344GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR25628
311GMVisakh N RIND251844IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK242030
41GMPonkratov PavelRUS2622GMManik MikulasSVK237836
55GMGoganov AlekseyRUS2583GMKarthikeyan P.IND241632
69GMDavid AlbertoITA2562IMAmeir MohebEGY236339
733GMSundararajan KidambiIND2414GMYudin SergeiRUS250812
817GMKarthik VenkataramanIND2479FMSrihari L RIND230250
967Priyanka KIND2124GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND247418
1065AGMLakshmi Narayanan M VIND2162IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA246220
1121GMNeverov ValeriyUKR2460Pranav VIND226555
1275Satkar ChiragIND2066GMNeelotpal DasIND243626
1331IMViani Antonio DcunhaIND2417FMJubin JimmyIND219360
144GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR25923Mahindrakar IndrajeetIND206674
1556GMZiatdinov RasetUSA220333GMMchedlishvili MikheilGEO25786
1657IMMurali Krishnan B TIND220233GMFedorov AlexeiBLR256210
1713GMStupak KirillBLR250633Zia Tahsin TajwarBAN217762
1871Balkishan A.IND207933GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI248716
1919IMVignesh N RIND247233WGMKiran Manisha MohantyIND213366
2023GMLugovskoy MaximRUS245333IMDeshmukh AnupIND216364
2172CMNikhil MagizhnanIND207733IMMitrabha GuhaIND244824
2225IMHarikrishnan.A.RaIND244433Anadkat KartavyaIND208270
2373FMRamakrishna J.IND206833GMHesham AbdelrahmanEGY242928
2479FMChilukuri Sai VarshithIND204533IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND241334
2583FMVinoth Kumar M.IND201233IMRavichandran SiddharthIND235840

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