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18th Delhi GM Open 2020: Karthik and Krishna among five leaders

by Shahid Ahmed - 12/01/2020

GM Karthik Venkataraman and IM CRG Krishna are among the five leaders who are at full point 4.0/4 at the conclusion of fourth round at 18th Delhi International GM Open 2020. While Karthik gave a small chance to his young opponent, Krishna had won his game with ease against relatively weaker opponents respectively. Himal was unable to maintain equilibrium against Martinez, Niranjan lost his solid grip against Aleksandrov, Ziaur scored a fine victory over Hesham, Amonatov ended Muthaiah's fantastic run after the latter played way too passive in the fourth round.  Round 4 report with games, analysis and photos. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Five players in the lead at 4.0/4

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.

Himal's innocuous retreat cost him the full point | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Himal Gusain had an equal but volatile position where he made an incorrect retreat of his king which allowed his opponent to bounce back and win the game in the next twelve moves.

Himal - Martinez

What is the correct response to 34...Qxb2+ ?

Niranjan had Aleksandrov by the ropes | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Niranjan - Aleksandrov

Position after 30...g6

Niranjan had total control of the position after 30...g6. He needed to involve all his pieces into the kingside, so 31.Rh1 seemed quite natural, but white continued with 31.Rh3 and brought the other rook a couple of moves later.

Position after 34...Qe5

There is nothing concrete happening on the kingside at the moment but black is also momentarily paralyzed. White made the mistake of grabbing pawns on the queenside and allowed black to get back into the game with 35.Qb6 Re7 36.Qxa6 Qg5. Soon white had to give up an exchange and things slowly went downhill for Navalgund.

Karthik gave a very small chance to Ishvi | Photo: Rupali Mullick

15-year old Ishvi Agarwal had a half chance against GM Karthik Venkataraman. Ishvi had to play the game of her life to score a victory but unfortunately she missed it completely.

Ishvi - Karthik

Can you find the winning continuation for white after 22...Nc2 ?

Ishvi played the timid 23.Qf1 and Black managed to save the game with 23...Qd7 and went on to win the game eventually.

CRG Krishna was too strong for 14-year old Rudrashish | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Ziaur Rahman scored a fine victory over Hesham Abdelrahman | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Amonatov ended Muthaiah's dream run | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Al Muthaiah's brilliant run in the tournament got halted by GM Farrukh Amonatov. Muthaiah started quite fine but then his passive play cost him the game in just 29 moves.

Amonatov - Muthaiah

What is the best continuation for Black after 17.Bd4 ?

Black went with 17...Rg8 and slowly things just went out of control for Muthaiah.


Ponkratov was unable to convert his decisive advantage against Theolifus | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Theolifus had all the luck on his side against Ponkratov as the latter missed a lot of winning chances.

Theolifus - Ponkratov

Find out why 42.Re2 is a mistake

There is an easy win for black here. Can you find it?

Karthikeyan-Saptarshi was a hard fought draw | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Shyamnikhil capitalized on Yakubboev's mistake and salvaged a draw in a completely lost position | Photo: Niklesh Jain

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Round 4 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
145
IMGusain Himal240130 - 13GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo2606
4
275
FMNavalgund Niranjan224630 - 13GMAleksandrov Aleksej2592
8
3255
Ishvi Aggarwal169330 - 13GMKarthik Venkataraman2479
28
4315
Rudrashish Chakraborty151230 - 13IMKrishna C R G2436
38
539
GMRahman Ziaur243431 - 03GMHesham Abdelrahman2429
40
61
GMAmonatov Farrukh26311 - 03IMMuthaiah Al2367
51
733
IMTaher Yoseph Theolifus2462½ - ½GMPonkratov Pavel2622
2
83
GMKarthikeyan Murali2606½ - ½GMSaptarshi Roy2460
35
97
GMYakubboev Nodirbek2597½ - ½IMShyaamnikhil P2458
36
1037
GMLugovskoy Maxim2453½ - ½GMMchedlishvili Mikheil2578
10
1111
GMRozum Ivan25731 - 0GMDzhumaev Marat2422
42
12201
CMSilva Kevin Ranidu1854½ - ½GMFedorov Alexei2562
14
1341
IMDas Sayantan2424½ - ½GMGhosh Diptayan2550
16
1419
GMDebashis Das2523½ - ½Sammed Jaykumar Shete2398
46
1523
GMStupak Kirill25061 - 0Choudhary Jitendra Kumar1905
179
1627
IMKaczur Florian24851 - 0Shaik Sumer Arsh1861
198
1731
IMNigmatov Ortik24671 - 0Krishna Bajaj1623
278
18205
Sanchit Anand18360 - 1IMNguyen Van Huy2463
32
195
GMGupta Abhijeet260321 - 02Jay Kundaliya2066
118
20119
Mahindrakar Indrajeet206620 - 12GMPantsulaia Levan2598
6
219
GMGoganov Aleksey258321 - 02Satkar Chirag2066
120
22123
Mota Pankit206020 - 12GMBogdanovich Stanislav2562
12
2313
GMDavid Alberto256221 - 02Panta Sumit2000
142
2415
GMLalith Babu M R255821 - 02Aditya Bikram Paul1950
162
2517
GMTukhaev Adam254821 - 02Aaditya Dhingra1897
186

Complete results

Round 5 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
14
GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo260644GMKarthik Venkataraman2479
28
28
GMAleksandrov Aleksej259244GMRahman Ziaur2434
39
338
IMKrishna C R G24364GMRozum Ivan2573
11
427
IMKaczur Florian2485GMAmonatov Farrukh2631
1
532
IMNguyen Van Huy2463GMStupak Kirill2506
23
62
GMPonkratov Pavel26223IMNigmatov Ortik2467
31
751
IMMuthaiah Al236733GMKarthikeyan Murali2606
3
860
Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri230633GMGupta Abhijeet2603
5
96
GMPantsulaia Levan259833GMManik Mikulas2378
49
1054
IMNeelash Saha235633GMYakubboev Nodirbek2597
7
1168
FMManish Anto Cristiano F228033GMGoganov Aleksey2583
9
1210
GMMchedlishvili Mikheil257833FMAudi Ameya2359
53
1312
GMBogdanovich Stanislav256233FMPranesh M2317
59
1466
FMAaryan Varshney228733GMDavid Alberto2562
13
1514
GMFedorov Alexei256233IMRathnakaran K.2329
57
1670
Pranav V226533GMLalith Babu M R2558
15
1716
GMGhosh Diptayan255033FMSrihari L R2302
61
1872
WIMLuong Phuong Hanh225633GMTukhaev Adam2548
17
1918
IMGholami Aryan254133Mohite Ranveer2281
67
2076
Raahul V S223333GMDebashis Das2523
19
2120
GMGrover Sahaj252133Saurabh Anand2269
69
2278
FMVatsal Singhania223033GMVisakh N R2518
21
2322
GMYudin Sergei250833Varun V2256
73
2424
GMHarsha Bharathakoti250233Lokesh N.2264
71
2525
GMRios Cristhian Camilo249833FMNavalgund Niranjan2246
75

Complete pairings