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1st SOA GM 2024 R1-5: Teenagers Goutham Krishna H and Vignesh Advaith Vemula are the coleaders

by R Anantharam - 01/02/2024

Teenagers FM Goutham Krishna H and Vignesh Advaith Vemula have emerged coleaders 4.5/5 at the halfway mark of 1st SOA GM 2024. They will inevitably face each other in the sixth round. Eight players including the top seed, GM Diptayan Ghosh are in pursuit at 4/5 each. Goutham defeated GM Adham Fawzy (EGY) to stay in the lead. Vignesh got the better of Subhayan Kundu to be the coleader. The total prize fund of the tournament is ₹3500000, ₹2000000 for Category A. The top three prizes are ₹300000, ₹200000 and ₹150000 along with a trophy each. Today is the last double round of the event. Round 6 starts at 10 a.m. IST. Photos: IA R Anantharam

Eight in pursuit

13-year-old Goutham Krishna H of Kerala and 14-year-old Vignesh Advaith Vemula of Telangana surged to the forefront ahead of several Grandmasters and International Masters, at the half way stage of the 1st SOA International Grandmaster A category tournament at the SOA University campus, Bhubaneswar. In the fifth round, they defeated GM Adham Fawzy (EGY) and Subhayan Kundu of West Bengal respectively to share the lead with 4.5 points each. They are followed by three GMs, four IMs and one CM with four points each.

Goutham Krishna H upset GM Adham Fawzy (EGY) to share the lead after five rounds

Both Goutham and Fawzy committed errors in the King's Indian Defence opening and also the middlegame. In the materialwise equal endgame, Goutham’s tactical exchange of his knight for a bishop led to the loss of Adham’s knight. Adham had no other way than to surrender.

In the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian Defence, Vignesh launched a fierce attack in the West Bengal’s Subhayan camp. Subhayan retaliated with counter attack but he had to lose his bishop and the game in the ensuing battle. The win by Vignesh is not a flash in the pan, as he has already beaten two IMs and drawn with the third in five rounds, gaining 158 points so far.

Vignesh Advaith Vemula is in fine nick with series of upset wins

In a long drawn battle arising out of King's Indian Defence, the Filipino Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales lost in the fourth round to Priansh Das of Odisha, rated more than 450 points below him. After Priansh exchanged his queen for a rook and bishop, Jayson went for an unwarranted exchange sacrifice, which slowly paved way for the former’s victory. The three connected pawns of Priansh dealt a blow to Jayson ultimately.

GM Jayson Gonzales of Philippines lost to Priansh Das of Odisha in the fourth round

Kolkata IM Neelash Saha's sacrifice galore fetched him a point against WFM Nilssen Ellen Fredericia of Denmark in the same round.

Sacrifice galore by IM Neelash Saha against WFM Ellen Fredericia Nilssen (DEN)

In a third round miniature game of Queen's Gambit Declined, Kerala boy - Goutham Krishna H received a gift from Odisha IM Sambit Panda through a simple blunder by the latter.

IM Sambit Panda gifted a point to Goutham through a simple blunder

The International Naster Arash Tahbaz (IRI) unleashed a series of good moves against GM Laxman R R in the third round to win in 24 moves.

Iran IM Arash Tahbaz produced some good moves to beat GM Laxman R R

GM Adham Fawzy (EGY) won the knight ending comfortably using outside passer pawn against WGM Janelle Mae Frayna (PHI) in the second round.

GM Fawzy Adham defeated WGM Janelle Mae Frayna (PHI)

GM Sayantan Das of Railways lost a second round rook and pawn ending against WFM Ellen Fredericia Nilssen (DEN) in the second round, which could have been easily drawn. His miscalculation of making a king move backfired and he lost after 73 moves.

WFM Ellen Nilssen (DEN) upset GM Sayantan Das in the second round

Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi of Maharashtra capitalised on a few weak moves by the multiple Indian GM tournaments winner Boris Savchenko (RUS) to gain two pawns. Dalvi forced the queen exchange on the 53rd move and won the game with the connected pawns.

Aakash Shardchandra Dalvi of Maharashtra had a good win over GM Boris Savchenko in the second round

Though Grandmaster Alexei Fedorov (BLR) who won three Tamil Nadu IM closed circuit tournaments recently, was exchange up against Kerala’s Nithin Babu, he could not stop the connected pawns of the latter. Alexei resigned in 35 moves.

Nithin Babu of Kerala has fantastic performances against GMs and IMs recently. The win against GM Alexei Fedorov is an example

Top seed Diptayan Ghosh of West Bengal won the rook and pawn ending against John Veny Akkarakaran of Kerala in 74 moves in the first round. Later, he was held to draw by his city mate GM Saptarshi RoyChoudhary and GM Van Huy Nguyen (VIE) in the second and fourth round respectively.

Top seeded GM Diptayan Ghosh of West Bengal got the better of John Veny Akkarakaran of Kerala in the first round

Mr. Ranendra Pratap Swain, Minister for Agriculture, Odisha government inaugurated the tournament in presence of Mr. Tusharkanti Behera, Minister for Sports, Prof. P. K. Nanda, Vice Chancellor, SOA University, Prof. Jyoti Ranjan Das, Dean SOA University.

Inauguration ceremony

Replay Round 1-5 games

Round 5 results

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.PGN
119
FMAyush, Sharma2378Madhya Pradesh½ - ½IMTahbaz, Arash2425Iran
9PGN
216
IMAudi, Ameya2385Goa½ - ½CMSoham, Kamotra2348Jammu and Kashmir
25PGN
317
Subhayan, Kundu2385West Bengal0 - 1Vignesh, Advaith Vemula2028Telangana
58PGN
430
FMGoutham, Krishna H2288Kerala1 - 03GMFawzy, Adham2522Egypt
2PGN
51
GMGhosh, Diptayan2568West Bengal31 - 03IMRajesh, V A V2331Tamil Nadu
27PGN
641
AGMAquino, Jethro Dino2166Philippines30 - 13GMDas, Sayantan2514West Bengal
3PGN
743
FMDhananjay, S2151Chhattisgarh3½ - ½3IMNeelash, Saha2446West Bengal
6PGN
888
Priansh, Das1910Odisha3½ - ½3IMPanda, Sambit2404Odisha
14PGN
915
IMRitviz, Parab2391Goa31 - 03Nikhil, M1900Andhra Pradesh
92PGN
1090
Jake, Shanty1903Kerala30 - 13GMNguyen, Van Huy2364Vietnam
22PGN

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Standings after Round 5

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
130
FMGoutham, Krishna HIND2288Kerala4,513,51614,00
258
Vignesh, Advaith VemulaIND2028Telangana4,51315,513,50
31
GMGhosh, DiptayanIND2568West Bengal4141713,25
416
IMAudi, AmeyaIND2385Goa4141611,75
59
IMTahbaz, ArashIRI2425Iran4141510,75
625
CMSoham, KamotraIND2348Jammu and Kashmir412,514,511,00
719
FMAyush, SharmaIND2378Madhya Pradesh412,5139,50
822
GMNguyen, Van HuyVIE2364Vietnam4121410,50
915
IMRitviz, ParabIND2391Goa411,513,510,75
103
GMDas, SayantanIND2514West Bengal410118,00
1114
IMPanda, SambitIND2404Odisha3,514,516,510,25
1217
Subhayan, KunduIND2385West Bengal3,513,5159,75
136
IMNeelash, SahaIND2446West Bengal3,512,51510,50
1443
FMDhananjay, SIND2151Chhattisgarh3,512,514,59,25
1531
GMRoy Chowdhury, SaptarshiIND2233West Bengal3,512,5149,00
1638
Nithin, BabuIND2177Kerala3,512137,50
1788
Priansh, DasIND1910Odisha3,511127,25
184
GMSavchenko, BorisRUS2489Russia3,510,512,58,25
23
IMShahil, DeyIND2363Assam3,510,512,58,25
2034
Dere, PushkarIND2191Maharashtra3,51011,57,50

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Round 6 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.
158
Vignesh, Advaith Vemula2028TelanganaFMGoutham, Krishna H2288Kerala
30
21
GMGhosh, Diptayan2568West Bengal44IMAudi, Ameya2385Goa
16
33
GMDas, Sayantan2514West Bengal44FMAyush, Sharma2378Madhya Pradesh
19
422
GMNguyen, Van Huy2364Vietnam44IMTahbaz, Arash2425Iran
9
525
CMSoham, Kamotra2348Jammu and Kashmir44IMRitviz, Parab2391Goa
15
64
GMSavchenko, Boris2489RussiaFMDhananjay, S2151Chhattisgarh
43
76
IMNeelash, Saha2446West BengalPriansh, Das1910Odisha
88
814
IMPanda, Sambit2404OdishaGMRoy Chowdhury, Saptarshi2233West Bengal
31
934
Dere, Pushkar2191MaharashtraSubhayan, Kundu2385West Bengal
17
1038
Nithin, Babu2177KeralaIMShahil, Dey2363Assam
23

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About the Author

Prof. Rathinam Anantharam is an A-grade international arbiter. Member of FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, Chairman of Titles Commission in All India Chess Federation, Vice President of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Chief Arbiter for six world championships, many Asian, International and National Championships.

 

The report was edited by Shahid Ahmed