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18th Delhi GM Open 2020: Al Muthaiah shines on day 2

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/01/2020

Eleven players share the lead at the conclusion of round 3 of 18th Delhi International GM Open 2020. On day 2, Al Muthaiah stole the show by defeating Delhi Open defending champion GM Levan Pantsulaia and GM Visakh N R in consecutive rounds. GM Karthik Venkataraman scored a fantastic win over reigning Commonwealth champion GM Abhijeet Gupta. Among the leaders, GM Ziaur Rahman, GM Hesham Abdelrahman, IM Himal Gusain and FM Niranjan Navalgund scored fine victories in round 3 to finish the day with 3.0/3. Two untitled players 15-year old Ishvi Agarwal and 14-year old Rudrashish Chakraborty are among the leaders with a perfect score of 3.0/3. A detailed report of round 2 and 3. Photo: Niklesh Jain

Al Muthaiah scores two big upsets

Al Muthaiah had an absolutely phenomenal day at 18th Delhi International GM Open 2020. He defeated Delhi Open defending champion Georgian GM Levan Pantsulaia (2598) in round 2 and then India's 59th GM Visakh N R (2518) in the third round.

IM Al Muthaiah is one of the leaders at the conclusion of round 3 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Al Muthaiah played a nearly perfect game to beat Georgian GM Levan Pantsulaia in round 2.

Muthaiah - Pantsulaia, Round 2

White has a thematic continuation here. Find out what it is.

Muthaiah got a pleasant position out of the Symmetrical English, Pantsulaia's inaccuracies only helped him.

Find out the best continuation for white here

White already has a huge advantage in this position, but the critical question is how should white continue after 25...Bd8 ?

Perhaps white's only mistake in the game with 28.Qd2 allowed black to bounce back

The reason Muthaiah's game was near perfect instead of a perfect one is, he slipped slightly with 28.Qd2 which allowed Black momentarily to get back in the game. This was the only proper chance Black had to salvage his difficult position. He continued with 28...Nxd5 and could not get back into the game afterwards.

Top seed Amonatov was held to a draw by IM Abdisalimov Abdimalik | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Karthikeyan Murali was held to a long grueling draw by IM Denis Eraschenkov | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Utkal Ranjan Sahoo held GM Aleksey Goganov to a draw with some solid play | Photo: Niklesh Jain

FM Pranesh M held GM Diptayan Ghosh to a draw in just 24 moves | Photo: Niklesh Jain

FM Aaryan Varshney held Ukrainian GM Adam Tukhaev to a hard fought draw | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Sahaj Grover made a lucky escape | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Mohite - Grover, Round 2

Can you find what white missed here?

Ranveer Mohite will definitely regret missing a simple win against GM Sahaj Grover when he repeated moves with 33.Qa7 Qb6 34.Qf7 and then Sahaj realized how barely he managed to escape and played 34...Qb8 to save his game. Eventually the game ended up in a draw.

FM Suyog Wagh held IM Florian Kaczur to a draw | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Suyog had a couple of half chances he could have taken and even the final was worth continuing but he was content with a draw only.

Kaczur - Wagh, Round 2

Suyog continued here with 34...Bf6. What was the better alternative?

The game was drawn here but how black could have continued after 42.Rcf2 ?

Niranjan Navalgund defeated IM Vignesh N R in round 2 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

FM Niranjan Navalgund won the equal Bishop ending against IM Vignesh N R after the latter blundered a crucial pawn which decided the fate of the game.

Round 3

GM Karthik Venkataraman beat reigning Commonwealth Champion Abhijeet Gupta | Photo: Niklesh Jain

In Sicilian Richter-Rauzer, Karthik got a pleasant position out of the opening and he kept dominating throughout the game.

Karthik - Abhijeet, Round 3

How can white exploit black king's position?

White has a huge pawn mass on queenside. How to maximize it?

Bangladesh's GM Ziaur Rahman defeated Ukrainian GM Stanislav Bogdanovich in just 30 moves | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Stanislav - Ziaur, Round 3

Bogdanovich made a mistake with 10.d4. Find out why it is a mistake

GM Stanislav Bogdanovich made a mistake early in the opening with 10.d4. He missed an intermediate move.

Now is the time to prove that 10.d4 was a mistake

IM C R G Krishna beat GM Alberto David in a clinical fashion | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Despite being minus for the majority of the game IM Sayantan Das held GM Alexei Fedorov to a draw | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Egyptian GM Hesham Abdelrahman defeated GM Lalith Babu in just 31 moves | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Himal Gusain defeated IM Aryan Gholami using sharp tactics | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Fresh after winning 4th Dalmia Cements All India Open 2019, Himal Gusain is in terrific form and defeated Aryan using sharp tactics.

IM Al Muthaiah beat his second GM of the day Visakh N R | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Muthaiah - Visakh, Round 3

Visakh made an incorrect pawn sacrifice with 27...b4

FM Niranjan Navalgund scored a fine win over GM Sergei Yudin | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Niranjan Navalgund showed his brilliant attacking skill against Sergei Yudin in Giuco Piano with the black pieces.

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Round 2 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMAmonatov Farrukh26311½ - ½1IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2381
48
247
GMCzebe Attila239210 - 11GMPonkratov Pavel2622
2
33
GMKarthikeyan Murali26061½ - ½1IMEraschenkov Denis2370
50
449
GMManik Mikulas237810 - 11GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo2606
4
55
GMGupta Abhijeet260311 - 01IMNeelash Saha2356
54
651
IMMuthaiah Al236711 - 01GMPantsulaia Levan2598
6
753
FMAudi Ameya235910 - 11GMAleksandrov Aleksej2592
8
89
GMGoganov Aleksey25831½ - ½1Sahoo Utkal Ranjan2348
56
955
Kaustuv Kundu234910 - 11GMMchedlishvili Mikheil2578
10
1011
GMRozum Ivan257311 - 01Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri2306
60
1157
IMRathnakaran K.232910 - 11GMBogdanovich Stanislav2562
12
1213
GMDavid Alberto256211 - 01IMMohammad Fahad Rahman2300
62
1358
IMLammers Markus232510 - 11GMFedorov Alexei2562
14
1415
GMLalith Babu M R255811 - 01IMSangma Rahul2291
64
1559
FMPranesh M23171½ - ½1GMGhosh Diptayan2550
16
1617
GMTukhaev Adam25481½ - ½1FMAaryan Varshney2287
66
1761
FMSrihari L R230210 - 11IMGholami Aryan2541
18
1819
GMDebashis Das252311 - 01FMManish Anto Cristiano F2280
68
1967
Mohite Ranveer22811½ - ½1GMGrover Sahaj2521
20
2021
GMVisakh N R251811 - 01Pranav V2265
70
2171
Lokesh N.226410 - 11GMYudin Sergei2508
22
2223
GMStupak Kirill250611 - 01WIMLuong Phuong Hanh2256
72
2325
GMRios Cristhian Camilo249811 - 01Raahul V S2233
76
2427
IMKaczur Florian24851½ - ½1FMWagh Suyog2219
80
2573
Varun V225610 - 11GMKarthik Venkataraman2479
28

Complete results

Round 3 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
12
GMPonkratov Pavel26222½ - ½2GMStupak Kirill2506
23
24
GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo260621 - 02GMRios Cristhian Camilo2498
25
328
GMKarthik Venkataraman247921 - 02GMGupta Abhijeet2603
5
48
GMAleksandrov Aleksej259221 - 02GMVishnu Prasanna. V2474
29
510
GMMchedlishvili Mikheil25782½ - ½2IMTaher Yoseph Theolifus2462
33
635
GMSaptarshi Roy24602½ - ½2GMRozum Ivan2573
11
712
GMBogdanovich Stanislav256220 - 12GMRahman Ziaur2434
39
838
IMKrishna C R G243621 - 02GMDavid Alberto2562
13
914
GMFedorov Alexei25622½ - ½2IMDas Sayantan2424
41
1040
GMHesham Abdelrahman242921 - 02GMLalith Babu M R2558
15
1118
IMGholami Aryan254120 - 12IMGusain Himal2401
45
1242
GMDzhumaev Marat24222½ - ½2GMDebashis Das2523
19
1351
IMMuthaiah Al236721 - 02GMVisakh N R2518
21
1422
GMYudin Sergei250820 - 12FMNavalgund Niranjan2246
75
1550
IMEraschenkov Denis23700 - 1GMAmonatov Farrukh2631
1
1648
IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik23810 - 1GMKarthikeyan Murali2606
3
1756
Sahoo Utkal Ranjan23480 - 1GMYakubboev Nodirbek2597
7
1866
FMAaryan Varshney2287½ - ½GMGoganov Aleksey2583
9
1916
GMGhosh Diptayan25501 - 0FMRohith Krishna S2289
65
2078
FMVatsal Singhania2230½ - ½GMTukhaev Adam2548
17
2120
GMGrover Sahaj2521½ - ½FMPranesh M2317
59
2226
GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo2487½ - ½Mohite Ranveer2281
67
2384
Aradhya Garg21970 - 1IMKaczur Florian2485
27
24132
Dahale Atul20250 - 1IMNigmatov Ortik2467
31
2532
IMNguyen Van Huy24631 - 0WGMSrija Seshadri2225
79

Complete results

Round 4 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
145
IMGusain Himal240133GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo2606
4
275
FMNavalgund Niranjan224633GMAleksandrov Aleksej2592
8
3255
Ishvi Aggarwal169333GMKarthik Venkataraman2479
28
4315
Rudrashish Chakraborty151233IMKrishna C R G2436
38
539
GMRahman Ziaur243433GMHesham Abdelrahman2429
40
61
GMAmonatov Farrukh26313IMMuthaiah Al2367
51
733
IMTaher Yoseph Theolifus2462GMPonkratov Pavel2622
2
83
GMKarthikeyan Murali2606GMSaptarshi Roy2460
35
97
GMYakubboev Nodirbek2597IMShyaamnikhil P2458
36
1037
GMLugovskoy Maxim2453GMMchedlishvili Mikheil2578
10
1111
GMRozum Ivan2573GMDzhumaev Marat2422
42
12201
CMSilva Kevin Ranidu1854GMFedorov Alexei2562
14
1341
IMDas Sayantan2424GMGhosh Diptayan2550
16
1419
GMDebashis Das2523Sammed Jaykumar Shete2398
46
1523
GMStupak Kirill2506Choudhary Jitendra Kumar1905
179
1627
IMKaczur Florian2485Shaik Sumer Arsh1861
198
1731
IMNigmatov Ortik2467Krishna Bajaj1623
278
18205
Sanchit Anand1836IMNguyen Van Huy2463
32
195
GMGupta Abhijeet260322Jay Kundaliya2066
118
20119
Mahindrakar Indrajeet206622GMPantsulaia Levan2598
6
219
GMGoganov Aleksey258322Satkar Chirag2066
120
22123
Mota Pankit206022GMBogdanovich Stanislav2562
12
2313
GMDavid Alberto256222Panta Sumit2000
142
2415
GMLalith Babu M R255822Aditya Bikram Paul1950
162
2517
GMTukhaev Adam254822Aaditya Dhingra1897
186

Complete pairings