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Gustafsson, Venkataraman and Kunte in a three-way lead in 19th BCC Open 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 10/04/2019

Jan Gustafsson, Karthik Venkataraman and Abhijit Kunte are in a three-way lead at the conclusion of round 4. Gustafsson defeated his compatriot Gerhard Schebler in 35 moves. Karthik defeated IM Duong The Anh after the miscalculated an exchange sacrifice. WIM Luong Phuong Hanh declined a threefold repetition and eventually she lost against Kunte. Total 15 rounds of Blitz matches took place in 8 groups of 15 players each. Top two from each group advanced to the next stage where another round-robin match will determine the finalists. This report contains positions, games, photos. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Three share a lead after round 4

The second seeded Gustafsson got a slight advantage in Queen's Indian Defence. He increased his advantage gradually and converted into a favorable minor piece endgame which he won eventually.

Second seed GM Jan Gustafsson defeated his compatriot GM Gerhard Schebler in just 35 moves | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Duong The Anh faced stiff challenge in the form of GM Karthik Venkataraman in Grunfeld Exchange. A tactical error cost Duong the entire game.

IM Duong The Anh went down against GM Karthik Venkataraman after Karthik declined Queen exchange multiple times to press for advantage | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

White's last move was 34.Qd5. Find out why it is a blunder

WIM Luong Phuong Hanh declined a threefold repetition which did not turn out in her favor and eventually she lost.

GM Abhijit Kunte is among the leaders with 4.0/4 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

A draw was agreed after 36 moves in an uneventful game where both Deep and Sriram blew the battle horn but only a minor piece became the casualty from each side.

Deep and Sriram's game left a lot to be desired | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Viji continues her terrific form. She played some fantastic chess and drew with GM Zhao Zong-Yuan in well fought draw | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Ly Moulthun was held to a draw by IM Neelash Saha | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Black has a strong pawn mass on the Queen-side. What is the best continuation for Black here?

It seems like Short is on a mission to play some beautiful chess in this tournament | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Find out the best continuation for Black here

Blitz Group Stage Gallery:

Tournament Organizer IO Kai Tuorila announces the rules and regulations for 19th BCC Open 2019 Blitz and participants listen eagerly | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The qualifiers draw their numbers for the final stage. GM Karthik Venkataraman, Dhrupad Kashyap and Sarthak Dutta are among the Indians who have qualified into the final 16 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Organizer vs. Organizer: Nerves, tension and time pressure! Sushrutha draws with Kai | Video: Shahid Ahmed

Round 4 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
12
GMGustafsson Jan263331 - 03GMSchebler Gerhard2385
17
24
GMSengupta Deep25513½ - ½3GMSriram Jha2381
18
320
IMVijayalakshmi Subbaraman23453½ - ½3GMZhao Zong-Yuan2529
5
46
GMStella Andrea25123½ - ½3GMBellon Lopez Juan Manuel2343
21
524
IMDuong The Anh230230 - 13GMKarthik Venkataraman2505
7
68
GMLy Moulthun24903½ - ½3Neelash Saha2303
23
726
WIMLuong Phuong Hanh227330 - 13GMKunte Abhijit2485
11
833
Langreck John22030 - 1GMShort Nigel D2636
1
934
WIMArpita Mukherjee21970 - 1GMLalith Babu M R2577
3
1048
Saptorshi Gupta2051½ - ½GMHorvath Jozsef2479
13
1138
Looi Xin Hao21450 - 1GMBarua Dibyendu2409
15
1216
GMVillamayor Buenaventura23981 - 0WIMDhar-Barua Saheli2038
53
1369
Tobor Mick1949½ - ½IMRoy Prantik2374
19
1422
FMMenkinoski Riste2306½ - ½Adarsh Tripathi1840
99
1598
Laohawirapap Prin18440 - 1FMSusilodinata Andrean2296
25
1686
Silva Winston Joseph R1880½ - ½WFMCholleti Sahajasri2232
31
1772
Nguyen Le Minh Phu193420 - 12GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2488
9
1810
GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo248721 - 02Runarsson Gunnar1927
73
1912
IMLou Yiping248221 - 02Yutithamnon Surapole1914
77
2014
IMPascua Haridas242621 - 02FMIsmail Ahmad1887
83

Round 4 Complete results

Round 5 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
17
GMKarthik Venkataraman250544GMGustafsson Jan2633
2
211
GMKunte Abhijit24854GMShort Nigel D2636
1
33
GMLalith Babu M R2577GMVillamayor Buenaventura2398
16
421
GMBellon Lopez Juan Manuel2343GMSengupta Deep2551
4
518
GMSriram Jha2381GMZhao Zong-Yuan2529
5
623
Neelash Saha2303GMStella Andrea2512
6
725
FMSusilodinata Andrean2296GMLy Moulthun2490
8
815
GMBarua Dibyendu2409IMVijayalakshmi Subbaraman2345
20
99
GMSwapnil S. Dhopade248833Saptorshi Gupta2051
48
1043
Sonkalan Bharati209233GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo2487
10
1154
Armstrong Malcolm J203533IMLou Yiping2482
12
1213
GMHorvath Jozsef247933Sarbojit Paul1984
62
1357
WCMVishwa Vasnawala201833IMPascua Haridas2426
14
1417
GMSchebler Gerhard238533Savige Colin B1952
68
1519
IMRoy Prantik237433Sanket Chakravarty1887
84
1663
Mueller Jens198133FMMenkinoski Riste2306
22
1724
IMDuong The Anh230233Tobor Mick1949
69
1886
Silva Winston Joseph R188033WIMLuong Phuong Hanh2273
26
1927
Salvador Louie227033Meenal Gupta1878
88
2029
IMDeshmukh Anup225333Avinash Ramesh1834
101

Round 5 complete pairings

Round 2 Challengers results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
129
Wong Zi Yue161910 - 11Sacar Mohamad2092
1
231
Rohan Nag Chowdhury159810 - 11Portugalera Ric2075
3
34
Chirananthavat Theemathas204211 - 01Gaitan Jose Edmundo1604
30
435
Veer Sethi155910 - 11WFMNguyen Thi Thuy Trien2002
5
537
Kuich Gero153310 - 11Lozano Arvie1989
7
68
Lysakov Anton198710 - 11Kunnavakkam Sudarshanagopal Vin1562
34
739
Burbach Bruno149710 - 11Tushar Anand1953
9
845
Buhagiar Melita Sunan136010 - 11Samrat Ghorai1933
11
912
Brasoy Aksel190011 - 01Nicolas Liagre1535
36
1047
Langendoen Aad135710 - 11Shahid Ahmed S.K.1900
13

Round 2 Challengers complete results

Round 3 Challengers pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
Sacar Mohamad209222Nguyen Trong Hung1853
17
23
Portugalera Ric207522Calacday Henry1820
20
322
Borigas Edgardo174522Chirananthavat Theemathas2042
4
45
WFMNguyen Thi Thuy Trien200222Schmidt Stephan1731
23
57
Lozano Arvie198922Maunders Myiesha1695
24
69
Tushar Anand195322Kapoor Satvik1674
26
711
Samrat Ghorai193322De Jesus Normel Benigno1648
27
834
Kunnavakkam Sudarshanagopal Vin156222Brasoy Aksel1900
12
913
Shahid Ahmed S.K.190022WCMKong Zi Yau Bernadette1357
46
1048
Lian Kai En Gerard135522Lovejoy David1877
14

Round 3 Challengers complete pairings