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Aleksandrov takes sole lead, Pranesh brilliant in 18th Delhi GM Open 2020 Day 4

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/01/2020

Five Indians are at 5.0/6 each, a full point behind GM Aleksej Aleksandrov who is at 6.0/6. They are - GM Karthik Venkataraman, GM Diptayan Ghosh, GM Visakh N R, IM Himal Gusain and FM Pranesh M. Karthik lost his lead after losing to Aleksandrov. Himal keeps his norm hopes alive by beating GM Rodrigo Schroeder, 14-year old Pranesh had a fantastic day by beating GM Stanislav Bogdanovich and IM Nguyen Van Huy. Four players finished at unbeaten 9.0/10, local lad Himanshu Moudgil won the Category 'B' due to a better tie-break score. 11-year old Md. Imran continued his phenomenal run and finished at second place and another local player Chandan Mandal also finishing at 9.0/10 secured third position. Photo: Niklesh Jain

Five Indians are at 5.0/6

Karthik Venkataraman takes joint lead after Round 5

Karthik Venkataraman got a pleasant position out of the opening against Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara. First he gave up a pawn to free his knight and then he lost another.

Karthik made it seem easy against Martinez | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Martinez - Karthik, Round 5

Where should white move the Queen?

Martinez played 24.Qd2 and the c5-pawn was completely lost. However, Karthik decided to play 24...d4 first and then take on c5. White lost one pawn too many and eventually the game too.

Aleksej Aleksandrov scored a clinical victory over Ziaur Rahman arising out of Noteboom.

Aleksandrov claimed Ziaur on his way to lead the tournament | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM C R G Krishna made a short draw with GM Ivan Rozum.

Krishna en route his draw against Rozum | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Giant killer IM Al Muthaiah beat his third GM of the tournament by winning against GM Karthikeyan Murali.

Muthaiah continued his phenomenal run, this time scoring a win against GM Karthikeyan Murali | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Muthaiah - Murali, Round 5

Black's 25...f5 is incorrect. Find out why

In a seemingly equal position, Murali made an inexplicable aggressive move 25...f5 which actually does more harm to black's king than white's.

Black's final mistake was 28...Rxe3

Even though the position was in complete favor of white, Black needed to retreat his rook to e8 to safeguard the king and keep chances alive.

IM Neelash Saha held GM Nodirbek Yakubboev to a hard fought draw.

Neelash held Yakubboev to a draw | Photo: Niklesh Jain

15-year old Manish Anto Cristiano beat GM Aleksey Goganov.

FM Ameya Audi scored a lucky draw against Georgian GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili as the latter did not accept a queen sacrifice when in fact it was just a blunder. He also got several more winning chances but he took none.

Mchedlishvili must be regretting not taking the queen when he had the chance | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Mchedlishvili - Audi, Round 5

Black just played 19...Nxd6. Should White take the queen?

14-year old FM Pranesh M played fantastic chess to beat GM Stanislav Bogdanovich.

Pranesh outplayed Bogdanovich | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Bogdanovich - Pranesh, Round 5

White just played 11.Be4. How should Black react?

Find out the how should black continue after 13.d5

Aleksandrov beats Karthik in Round 6

Karthik's not taking chances at the right time cost him the game | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Karthik had a few missed chances against Aleksandrov.

Karthik - Aleksandrov, Round 6

Black's 13...cxb4 is a mistake. Find out why

Karthik took an aggressive stance on the queen side by launching all his pawns, but suddenly pressed the breaks on them. His attack lost all momentum until he got another half chance which was much less than the initial one.

White continued with 16.Nfd2. What should he have done instead?

Instead of going all-in with his attack white made a very slow move 16.Nfd2 which allowed black to have the time to shift his king from queen side to the king side. After that Karthik never got any chance to put a dent on Black's armor.

GM Jose Eduardo Martinez made a short work of IM C R G Krishna in just 27 moves.

Martinez proved to be too strong for Krishna | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM P Shyamnikhil made a solid draw against GM Abhijeet Gupta. However he missed a very good chance at the end.

Shyamnikhil held Abhijeet to a draw | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Abhijeet - Shyamnikhil, Round 6

Can you find what Black missed here after 49.Qxf3 ?

Black continued with 49...Qe5 which helped him gain the e4 pawn at the cost of the exchange of queens and eventually the game ended up in a draw.

IM Himal Gusain scored a fine victory over GM Rodrigo Schroeder.

Himal kept his norm hopes alive | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Pranesh continued his impressive run as this time he defeated IM Nguyen Van Huy by playing another fantastic game.

Birthday celebration of GM Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan | Photo: Angela FJ

Birthday cake of Marat Dzhumaev | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Himanshu Moudgil wins 18th Delhi International Open 'Category B'

Four players finished at unbeaten 9.0/10. Local lad Himanshu had the best tie-break score, he clinched the championship and won ₹300000 cash prize along with a huge trophy. 11-year old Md. Imran of Andhra Pradesh continued his phenomenal form and secured runner-up position scoring 9.0/10. Five days ago he won IIFL Open Below 2051 category. He received ₹200000 cash prize and a huge trophy. Another local player, Chandan Mandal also finished at 9.0/10 and he was placed third according to his tie-break score. He got ₹100000 cash prize and a beautiful trophy.

Category 'B' Podium finishers (L to R) - Second runner-up Chandan Mandal, Runner-up Md. Imran and Champion Himanshu Moudgil | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Himanshu Moudgil's unbeaten championship performance

Total 747 players participated from seven countries - Bangladesh, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan in this four-day ten-round Swiss League event.

Final Standings in Category 'B'

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
191Himanshu MoudgilIND1731Del9,00,066,571,0
254Md ImranIND1782AP9,00,062,067,0
331Chandan MandalIND1814Del9,00,060,564,5
422Aansh GuptaIND1828Del9,00,059,063,0
5280Sailesh RIND1542TN8,50,064,568,0
645Phatak AanjaneyaIND1791Mah8,50,057,061,5
7319Prithwi SinhaIND1502Wes8,00,064,068,5
812Devesh MukherjeeIND1859Raj8,00,063,569,5
93Ayan PalIND1885Wes8,00,063,068,0
1071Nayak SanjeebanIND1755Ori8,00,063,067,5
1137Chudasama AnkitIND1805Guj8,00,063,067,5
12171Roshan SIND1652TN8,00,063,067,0
139Sai Kiran YIND1868AP8,00,062,567,0
1436Rahul KumarIND1809Bih8,00,062,566,5
1527Anup Shankar RIND1821TN8,00,059,565,0
16169Adithya RameshIND1654TN8,00,059,063,0
1788Saurav AgarwalIND1737Del8,00,058,563,0
18103Dhanvij AnshIND1725Mah8,00,057,062,0
1979Ranjith R.K.IND1746TN8,00,056,060,0
2028Baig AkramIND1819Del8,00,055,558,5
2132Gajanan Vijay JayadeIND1813Mah8,00,055,059,5
22130Pujjam BansodIND1694Mah8,00,052,056,5
2311Bhosale ShrirajIND1862Mah7,50,065,069,5
24121Makwana Ashvin KIND1704Guj7,50,063,067,5
252Sayan BanikIND1890Wes7,50,061,066,5
2634Sivathanujan SSRI1812SRI7,50,060,063,5
2752Thiyagarajan TamilselviIND1783TN7,50,059,564,5
28288Khagokpam Bishwajit SinghIND1532NEMan7,50,058,563,0
2933Suthershun AIND1813TN7,50,058,562,5
3020Chavan NameetIND1830Mah7,50,057,562,0

Complete standings

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Round 5 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
14
GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo260640 - 14GMKarthik Venkataraman2479
28
28
GMAleksandrov Aleksej259241 - 04GMRahman Ziaur2434
39
338
IMKrishna C R G24364½ - ½GMRozum Ivan2573
11
427
IMKaczur Florian2485½ - ½GMAmonatov Farrukh2631
1
532
IMNguyen Van Huy2463½ - ½GMStupak Kirill2506
23
62
GMPonkratov Pavel26223½ - ½IMNigmatov Ortik2467
31
751
IMMuthaiah Al236731 - 03GMKarthikeyan Murali2606
3
860
Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri230630 - 13GMGupta Abhijeet2603
5
96
GMPantsulaia Levan259831 - 03GMManik Mikulas2378
49
1054
IMNeelash Saha23563½ - ½3GMYakubboev Nodirbek2597
7
1168
FMManish Anto Cristiano F228031 - 03GMGoganov Aleksey2583
9
1210
GMMchedlishvili Mikheil25783½ - ½3FMAudi Ameya2359
53
1312
GMBogdanovich Stanislav256230 - 13FMPranesh M2317
59
1466
FMAaryan Varshney22873½ - ½3GMDavid Alberto2562
13
1514
GMFedorov Alexei256231 - 03IMRathnakaran K.2329
57
1670
Pranav V22653½ - ½3GMLalith Babu M R2558
15
1716
GMGhosh Diptayan255031 - 03FMSrihari L R2302
61
1872
WIMLuong Phuong Hanh225630 - 13GMTukhaev Adam2548
17
1918
IMGholami Aryan254131 - 03Mohite Ranveer2281
67
2076
Raahul V S22333½ - ½3GMDebashis Das2523
19
2120
GMGrover Sahaj25213½ - ½3Saurabh Anand2269
69
2278
FMVatsal Singhania223030 - 13GMVisakh N R2518
21
2322
GMYudin Sergei25083½ - ½3Varun V2256
73
2424
GMHarsha Bharathakoti25023½ - ½3Lokesh N.2264
71
2525
GMRios Cristhian Camilo24983½ - ½3FMNavalgund Niranjan2246
75

Complete results

Round 6 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
128
GMKarthik Venkataraman247950 - 15GMAleksandrov Aleksej2592
8
24
GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo260641 - 0IMKrishna C R G2436
38
31
GMAmonatov Farrukh26314½ - ½4GMNeverov Valeriy2460
34
45
GMGupta Abhijeet26034½ - ½4IMShyaamnikhil P2458
36
537
GMLugovskoy Maxim245341 - 04GMPantsulaia Levan2598
6
611
GMRozum Ivan257341 - 04GMHesham Abdelrahman2429
40
739
GMRahman Ziaur243440 - 14GMFedorov Alexei2562
14
843
IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad242040 - 14GMGhosh Diptayan2550
16
917
GMTukhaev Adam254841 - 04GMKarthikeyan P.2416
44
1041
IMDas Sayantan24244½ - ½4IMGholami Aryan2541
18
1121
GMVisakh N R251841 - 04Sammed Jaykumar Shete2398
46
1223
GMStupak Kirill250641 - 04IMMuthaiah Al2367
51
1345
IMGusain Himal240141 - 04GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo2487
26
1447
GMCzebe Attila239240 - 14IMKaczur Florian2485
27
1531
IMNigmatov Ortik246741 - 04FMManish Anto Cristiano F2280
68
1659
FMPranesh M231741 - 04IMNguyen Van Huy2463
32
177
GMYakubboev Nodirbek25971 - 04Bakshi Rutuja2118
104
1873
Varun V2256½ - ½GMPonkratov Pavel2622
2
1975
FMNavalgund Niranjan2246½ - ½GMMchedlishvili Mikheil2578
10
2013
GMDavid Alberto25621 - 0Raahul V S2233
76
2115
GMLalith Babu M R2558½ - ½FMWagh Suyog2219
80
2219
GMDebashis Das25231 - 0Sapaev Maksad2207
82
2379
WGMSrija Seshadri22251 - 0GMGrover Sahaj2521
20
2483
GMZiatdinov Raset22030 - 1GMYudin Sergei2508
22
2585
IMPraveen Kumar C21940 - 1GMHarsha Bharathakoti2502
24

Complete results

Round 7 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
18
GMAleksandrov Aleksej259265GMTukhaev Adam2548
17
227
IMKaczur Florian248555GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo2606
4
328
GMKarthik Venkataraman247955GMRozum Ivan2573
11
414
GMFedorov Alexei256255IMNigmatov Ortik2467
31
516
GMGhosh Diptayan255055GMLugovskoy Maxim2453
37
645
IMGusain Himal240155GMVisakh N R2518
21
759
FMPranesh M231755GMStupak Kirill2506
23
836
IMShyaamnikhil P2458GMAmonatov Farrukh2631
1
938
IMKrishna C R G2436GMGupta Abhijeet2603
5
1041
IMDas Sayantan2424GMYakubboev Nodirbek2597
7
1142
GMDzhumaev Marat2422GMDavid Alberto2562
13
1218
IMGholami Aryan2541FMAudi Ameya2359
53
1348
IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2381GMDebashis Das2523
19
1422
GMYudin Sergei2508FMRohith Krishna S2289
65
1524
GMHarsha Bharathakoti2502Saurabh Anand2269
69
1654
IMNeelash Saha2356GMRios Cristhian Camilo2498
25
1770
Pranav V2265GMVishnu Prasanna. V2474
29
1834
GMNeverov Valeriy2460Lokesh N.2264
71
196
GMPantsulaia Levan25984WGMSrija Seshadri2225
79
202
GMPonkratov Pavel262244FMNavalgund Niranjan2246
75
2174
Souhardo Basak225444GMKarthikeyan Murali2606
3
2278
FMVatsal Singhania223044GMGoganov Aleksey2583
9
2310
GMMchedlishvili Mikheil257844WIMArpita Mukherjee2211
81
2480
FMWagh Suyog221944GMBogdanovich Stanislav2562
12
2596
Dhananjay S214444GMLalith Babu M R2558
15

Complete pairings