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2nd Barbera del Valles 2021 Masters R1-5: Sankalp Gupta in sole lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/11/2021

India's 71st Grandmaster Sankalp Gupta maintained his sole lead as he beat the highest rated player of the Masters section, GM Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez (ESP) in the fifth round of 2nd Barbera del Valles Masters 2021. The Nagpur lad started his event with two emphatic victories over GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (COL) and IM Cristhian Hernandez (COL) before drawing his third round game against GM Miguel Munoz (PER). Chilean GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder and GM Hipolito Asis Gargatagli (ESP) are at 4.0/5 and 3.5/5 each respectively. Sankalp will face them in seventh and ninth round respectively. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Sankalp remains ahead

2nd Barbera del Valles Masters 2021 is a ten-player Round-Robin event. The total prize fund is €3750, the first prize being €1000 and a trophy. Sankalp has already made his intentions clear about going for the top prize only.

GM Sankalp Gupta inches closer towards his first triumph since becoming a Grandmaster | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Round 1: Camilo - Sankalp: 0-1

Sankalp Gupta started the tournament with a nice victory over GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (COL).

Position after 20...Nc5

20...Nc5 is an excellent move. Black does not need to worry about 21.d4 as Nxg4 22.dxc5 Nxf2+ 23.Nxf2 dxc5 gives Black the upper hand. Even though White might have two minor pieces for a rook and two pawns, it is Black who has the advantage, primarily because White's king is relatively weaker, and it needs to be surrounded by the minor pieces to keep it safe. Soon Black broke apart White's defences on the kingside and scored a victory.

Round 2: Sankalp - Hernandez: 1-0

What makes a player strong? It's not just preparation, how you handle difficult situations also make a major impact.

Position after 21.g3

IM Cristhian Hernandez's (COL) best way to continue according to computer is 21...Re6. However, the game continued 21...Nh3+ 22.Kg2 Nf4+ 23.gxf4 Bh3+ 24.Kh1 gxf4 and so on. Black managed to fight back and eventually got a compensation of two connected passed pawns for the lost minor piece until he made a mistake in the final moments of the game.

Position after 53...Nd6

53...Ng3 would have been a better continuation for Black as 53...Nd6 allows White to regain the upper hand. Find out how.

Round 4: Sankalp - Aaron: 1-0

Sankalp's opponent FM Aaron Alonso Garcia (ESP) went wrong in the opening and could not make a comeback for the rest of the game.

Position after 12...Bg4

13.fxe5 is the first move that comes to mind when we take a look at the above position. Black did not get enough compensation for the lost pawn and eventually got checkmated in 27 moves.

Round 5: Lopez Martinez - Sankalp: 0-1

GM Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez (ESP) invited trouble as he made a positional mistake which allowed his opponent, Sankalp to get a protected passed pawn on the queenside.

Position after 14.b3

White needed to play 14.e4 to try to destabilize the center. 14.b3 did not turn out to be a good idea due to 14...b4 15.Na4 c3 caused White's pieces to get cramped on the queenside. Rest is just a matter of technique for Black to capitalize on his advantage, which he did comfortably.

Top boards in action | Photo: Official site

Replay Round 1-5 games

The tournament is taking place at Barberà Chess Club,at Barberà del Vallès in Spain from 21st to 29th November 2021. Every day game starts at 9:30 p.m. IST. Time control is 90 mins + 30 seconds each from move no.1.

Results of Round 1-5

Round 1 on 2021/11/21 at 17:00
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
112502
GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito½ - ½IMGarriga Cazorla Pere
247710
222460
GMRios Cristhian Camilo0 - 1IMSankalp Gupta
24689
332376
IMHernandez Cristhian0 - 1GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo
24858
442450
GMMunoz Miguel½ - ½GMAlsina Leal Daniel
24977
552367
FMAlonso Garcia Aaron0 - 1GMLopez Martinez Jose Manuel
25206
Round 2 on 2021/11/22 at 17:00
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
1102477
IMGarriga Cazorla Pere0 - 1GMLopez Martinez Jose Manuel
25206
272497
GMAlsina Leal Daniel1 - 0FMAlonso Garcia Aaron
23675
382485
GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo½ - ½GMMunoz Miguel
24504
492468
IMSankalp Gupta1 - 0IMHernandez Cristhian
23763
512502
GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito1 - 0GMRios Cristhian Camilo
24602
Round 3 on 2021/11/23 at 17:00
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
122460
GMRios Cristhian Camilo½ - ½IMGarriga Cazorla Pere
247710
232376
IMHernandez Cristhian½ - ½GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito
25021
342450
GMMunoz Miguel½ - ½IMSankalp Gupta
24689
452367
FMAlonso Garcia Aaron0 - 1GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo
24858
562520
GMLopez Martinez Jose Manuel½ - ½GMAlsina Leal Daniel
24977
Round 4 on 2021/11/24 at 17:00
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
1102477
IMGarriga Cazorla Pere0 - 1GMAlsina Leal Daniel
24977
282485
GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo½ - ½GMLopez Martinez Jose Manuel
25206
392468
IMSankalp Gupta1 - 0FMAlonso Garcia Aaron
23675
412502
GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito½ - ½GMMunoz Miguel
24504
522460
GMRios Cristhian Camilo1 - 0IMHernandez Cristhian
23763
Round 5 on 2021/11/25 at 17:00
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
132376
IMHernandez Cristhian0 - 1IMGarriga Cazorla Pere
247710
242450
GMMunoz Miguel½ - ½GMRios Cristhian Camilo
24602
352367
FMAlonso Garcia Aaron0 - 1GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito
25021
462520
GMLopez Martinez Jose Manuel0 - 1IMSankalp Gupta
24689
572497
GMAlsina Leal Daniel0 - 1GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo
24858

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Standings after Round 5

Rk.SNo NameTypGrFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
19
IMSankalp GuptaIND24684,50,046,75
28
GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI24854,00,036,25
31
GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito2567ESP25023,50,024,50
46
GMLopez Martinez Jose Manuel2544ESP25203,00,525,50
57
GMAlsina Leal Daniel2517ESP24973,00,524,75
64
GMMunoz Miguel2518PER24502,50,008,50
710
IMGarriga Cazorla Pere2527ESP24772,00,513,25
82
GMRios Cristhian CamiloCOL24602,00,512,75
93
IMHernandez Cristhian2437COL23760,50,001,75
105
FMAlonso Garcia AaronESP23670,00,000,00

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Links

Official site

Tournament Details


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@ 30/11/2021 by Shahid Ahmed (en)