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Can Abhijeet Gupta win 18th Delhi GM Open 2020?

by Shahid Ahmed - 16/01/2020

Aleksej Aleksandrov scored a victory in the penultimate round against Jose Eduardo Martinez and maintained his sole lead by a half point going into the final round. Abhijeet Gupta is the only one who has the opportunity to beat Aleksandrov and become champion. Aleksandrov is leading with a score of 8.0/9 and Abhijeet is at 7.5/9. They are followed by a pack of eight players who are at 7.0/9. Pranesh, Shyamnikhil and Visakh are the three Indians among the eight. The Category 'C' witnesses a total participation of 1260 players from six different countries which makes the total participation in the tournament 2347 in this year's edition. Photo: Niklesh Jain

Aleksandrov maintains sole lead, Abhijeet is just a half point behind

GM Aleksej Aleksandrov (2592) grabbed the queen side pawns while his opponent GM Jose Eduardo Martinez (2606) was a bit slow in capturing the king side pawns. In the end, Aleksandrov's pawns seemed too fast and eventually unstoppable, Martinez was unable to create enough trouble on the king side.

Aleksandrov maintained his sole lead by winning against Martinez | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The reigning Commonwealth champion, Abhijeet Gupta equalized easily with black pieces out of the English Opening Four Knights variation.

The game between Diptayan and Abhijeet was an exciting one | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Abhijeet tried to create some trouble for Diptayan early in the middle game, Diptayan somehow untangled and liquidated into a Double Bishop vs Double Knight endgame.

Diptayan - Abhijeet

Position after 30...Nxc4

Despite having a bishop pair, Diptayan's overpushed pawns were too weak to defend. Eventually he was down by two pawns and lost the game.

14-year old FM Pranesh M continued his phenomenal form as he held Bhopal GM Open 2019 winner GM Nodirbek Yakubboev to a draw.

Both players gauge their opponent | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Alexei Fedorov faced another compatriot, this time against Stupak Kirill. They made a short draw in just 29 moves.

Alexei made a short draw | Photo: Niklesh Jain

FM Ameya Audi scored an IM-norm, despite losing to GM Pavel Ponkratov.

Ameya got an opportunity to bounce back against Ponkratov | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Ponkratov - Ameya

What should black do after 37.Kg3 ?

Black continued the game with 37...Re5 planning for d5 but d5 did not require a support as e4 was already in a pin.

Harsha Bharathakoti held Karthikeyan Murali after the latter was unable to convert his advantage into a full point.

Harsha was the best finisher among Indians at World Blitz 2019 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Harsha played aggressively by sacrificing a piece for two pawns early in the middle game, but he was unable to generate enough attack as black managed to swap off the queen very quickly and eliminated all hopes to launch a devastating attack.

IM Rathnakaran K held GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili to a draw after the former provided strong defence in a Queen and double bishop vs Queen and double knight endgame.

We are yet to see the 'Indian Tal' in his full glory in this event | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM P Shyamnikhil continued his fantastic unbeaten run by defeating GM Ivan Rozum.

IM P Shyamnikhil is unbeaten at the tournament so far | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Himal Gusain recovered well from his previous round loss and got a huge advantage against GM Alberto David but unfortunately due to some inaccuracies, he allowed his opponent to equalize the game and eventually the game ended up in a draw.

Himal made a good recovery | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Neelash Saha despite having a worse position for the majority of the middle game and endgame, managed to salvage a draw against GM Debashis Das.

Replay all games

Round 9 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
14
GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo26060 - 17GMAleksandrov Aleksej2592
8
216
GMGhosh Diptayan25500 - 1GMGupta Abhijeet2603
5
359
FMPranesh M2317½ - ½GMYakubboev Nodirbek2597
7
414
GMFedorov Alexei2562½ - ½GMStupak Kirill2506
23
52
GMPonkratov Pavel262261 - 06FMAudi Ameya2359
53
624
GMHarsha Bharathakoti25026½ - ½6GMKarthikeyan Murali2606
3
76
GMPantsulaia Levan259861 - 06IMNigmatov Ortik2467
31
810
GMMchedlishvili Mikheil25786½ - ½6IMRathnakaran K.2329
57
936
IMShyaamnikhil P245861 - 06GMRozum Ivan2573
11
1045
IMGusain Himal24016½ - ½6GMDavid Alberto2562
13
1154
IMNeelash Saha23566½ - ½6GMDebashis Das2523
19
1261
FMSrihari L R230260 - 16GMVisakh N R2518
21
1327
IMKaczur Florian24851 - 06Saurabh Anand2269
69
1441
IMDas Sayantan2424½ - ½GMAmonatov Farrukh2631
1
1550
IMEraschenkov Denis23700 - 1GMLalith Babu M R2558
15
1668
FMManish Anto Cristiano F22800 - 1GMTukhaev Adam2548
17
1766
FMAaryan Varshney22870 - 1GMRios Cristhian Camilo2498
25
1828
GMKarthik Venkataraman24791 - 0GMManik Mikulas2378
49
1976
Raahul V S22330 - 1GMVishnu Prasanna. V2474
29
2032
IMNguyen Van Huy24631 - 0Lokesh N.2264
71
2170
Pranav V2265½ - ½IMTaher Yoseph Theolifus2462
33
22111
Anadkat Kartavya20820 - 1GMLugovskoy Maxim2453
37
2338
IMKrishna C R G24361 - 0Varun V2256
73
24158
Jain Kashish Manoj19621 - 0GMRahman Ziaur2434
39
2540
GMHesham Abdelrahman24290 - 1Vaibhav Jayant Raut1969
154

Complete results

Round 10 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
15
GMGupta Abhijeet26038GMAleksandrov Aleksej2592
8
236
IMShyaamnikhil P245877GMPonkratov Pavel2622
2
323
GMStupak Kirill250677GMPantsulaia Levan2598
6
47
GMYakubboev Nodirbek259777GMFedorov Alexei2562
14
521
GMVisakh N R251877FMPranesh M2317
59
63
GMKarthikeyan Murali2606IMKaczur Florian2485
27
737
GMLugovskoy Maxim2453GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo2606
4
829
GMVishnu Prasanna. V2474GMMchedlishvili Mikheil2578
10
913
GMDavid Alberto2562GMKarthik Venkataraman2479
28
1015
GMLalith Babu M R2558IMNguyen Van Huy2463
32
1157
IMRathnakaran K.2329GMGhosh Diptayan2550
16
1217
GMTukhaev Adam2548IMKrishna C R G2436
38
1319
GMDebashis Das2523IMGusain Himal2401
45
14154
Vaibhav Jayant Raut1969GMHarsha Bharathakoti2502
24
1525
GMRios Cristhian Camilo2498Jain Kashish Manoj1962
158
161
GMAmonatov Farrukh26316IMNeelash Saha2356
54
179
GMGoganov Aleksey258366Sammed Jaykumar Shete2398
46
1811
GMRozum Ivan257366IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2381
48
1912
GMBogdanovich Stanislav256266Sahoo Utkal Ranjan2348
56
2053
FMAudi Ameya235966GMGrover Sahaj2521
20
2164
IMSangma Rahul229166GMYudin Sergei2508
22
2226
GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo248766FMSrihari L R2302
61
2365
FMRohith Krishna S228966IMVignesh N R2472
30
2431
IMNigmatov Ortik246766Pranav V2265
70
2533
IMTaher Yoseph Theolifus246266FMWagh Suyog2219
80

Complete pairings