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Gujarat GM R02+03: Deepan Chakkravarthy slips down the rank list

by Satanick Mukhuty - 24/09/2019

Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy squandered a sure win against 2088 rated Anadkat Kartavya to slip down the rank-list after the second day of Gujarat International Open 2019 here in Ahmedabad. At the end of three rounds of the tournament, as many as seventeen players are tied atop the leaderboard with perfect scores of 3.0/3 points each. Particularly notable among them has been the performance of Pranav Shetty (2124) who defeated Grandmaster Himanshu Sharma (2408) in round three to register his third consecutive victory, in the fourth round he is up against Maxim Lugovskoy and it remains to be seen if he can hold his own against the Russian Grandmaster as well. In this report we bring you the games, analyses, and much more from rounds two and three of the event.

Deepan falters at the start of day two!

The second day of the ongoing Gujarat International Grandmaster Open had double rounds. In round two of the first half of day, Grandmasters Deepan Chakkravarthy and Ziaur Rahman were surprisingly held to draws by their lower rated opponents Anadkat Kartavya and Rathneesh R respectively. Deepan threw away multiple opportunities to win his game with the black pieces and even ended up being worse at one point but after a 61-move long battle ultimately the point was split. 

After drawing his game in round two, Deepan quickly won his third round encounter against 12-year-old Chilukuri Sai Varshith in 31 moves. The Indian Grandmaster would surely be looking for a strong comeback in the rounds that are to follow | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Anadkat Kartavya - Deepan Chakkravarthy, Round 2

Anadkat chose an unusual line (2.d3) against Deepan's French by the second move itself. Perhaps an attempt to avoid mainline theory as much as possible.

White played the move 13.g4 here but supporting the e5 pawn with 13.d4 would have been better.

White need not really worry about Black's g5-g4 push. After something like 13.d4 cxd4 14.cxd4 g4 15.Nh2 Nxd4 16.Nb3 Nxb3 17.axb3 Qc7 18.Nxg4 he is clearly equalising. But what happened in the game with 13...Qc7 14.Qe2 O-O-O 15.Nf1 Kb8 16.Ng3 Rdg8 looked dangerous, Black was ready to launch a deadly onslaught on the white king.

Position after 16...Rdg8: White's king will be in real trouble if only Black manages to open up a few lines.

17...Rh4 was an attempt towards just that ... After 18.Nxh4 gxh4 19.Nh5 Ncxe5 Black's attack was growing clearly powerful with the pair of bishops slowly coming to life.

But this is where Deepan went wrong with 22...Nf3+... Instead, a little more restraint with 22...Nc6 23.d5 Nd4 24.Qg4 Bxf4 25.Qxf4 Qxf4 26.Nxf4 Rxg5 would have preserved the edge.

Now, if anyone was better in this position it was White. But after some rough ups and downs equality was finally reached in the following position.

Even though Black is down an exchange but his active pieces offer him good counterplay. White played the moved 39.Kc3?! here which allowed Black to once again take the initiative with 39...Rg8 40.Rxh4 Rc8+ 41.Kd2 Rc2+

44...b5? was Deepan's last mistake that snatched away the win out of his hands. Can you come up with a better continuation here?

Well, the best way would have been 44...Rb3 45.Kd2 b5 46.Rf6 Rxa3 after which Black's pawns on the queenside simply become unstoppable (check the annotation below for further details) and White is doomed without counterplay. Even 44...Nf3 45. Rh3 Rd2+ 46. Kc1 Rxf2 would have been a decent continuation but 44...b5? was way too passive and granted White the activity he needed. Next, 45.Rh8 Nf3 was played and 46.Rd8+ Ke6 47.Rh6+ Kf5 48.Rf8+ Kg5 49.Rb6 Rd2+ 50.Kc1 Rxd3 51.Rxb5 followed, this was not difficult for White to hold anymore.

Position after 51.Rxb5: The game ended in a draw after only 10 moves from here when a pair of rooks too were traded off.

The full game with detailed annotations is given below:

Another surprising result came from the fourth board in round two when Bangladeshi GM Ziaur Rahman was held to a draw by Rathneesh R | Photo: Niklesh Jain

14-year-old Indian talent Srihari L R came very close to holding the top seed Ivan Rozum to a draw in round three but ended up overlooking a simple mate in 2 to lose the game! | Photo: Sagar Shah

Himanshu Sharma playing on board eight was stunned by Pranav Shetty of Maharashtra in the third round | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Results of second round

Bo.No. NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtg No.
11GMRozum Ivan 25961 1 - 01 Kishan Gangolli 208960
261Anadkat Kartavya 20881 ½ - ½1 GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J. 25392
33GMChanda Sandipan 25291 1 - 01 Anusha N L V 208162
463AGMRathneesh R 20651 ½ - ½1 GMRahman Ziaur 24924
55GMSaptarshi Roy 24801 1 - 01 Satkar Chirag 205265
67IMNguyen Van Huy 24541 1 - 01 Katdare Jayant C 204666
79IMDas Sayantan 24341 1 - 01 WFMPatil Mitali 203667
869Kavinda Akila 20291 0 - 11 GMNeelotpal Das 243310
911GMLugovskoy Maxim 24221 1 - 01 Gaikwad Siddhant 203468
1013GMHimanshu Sharma 24081 1 - 01 Sri Sai Baswanth P 201370

Results of third round

Bo.No. NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtg No.
FMSrihari L R 22832 0 - 12 GMRozum Ivan 2596
IMSarwat Walaa 22362 0 - 12 GMChanda Sandipan 2529
GMZiatdinov Raset 22222 0 - 12 GMSaptarshi Roy 2480
Gandhi Anish 22012 0 - 12 IMNguyen Van Huy 2454
FMMehdi Hasan Parag 21832 0 - 12 IMDas Sayantan 2434
GMNeelotpal Das 24332 1 - 02 Soham Datar 2160
Sanket Chakravarty 21582 0 - 12 GMLugovskoy Maxim 2422
Pranav Shetty 21242 1 - 02 GMHimanshu Sharma 2408
GMKarthikeyan P. 24082 1 - 02 Zia Tahsin Tajwar 2142
GMHesham Abdelrahman 23962 1 - 02 WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty 2102

Standings after round three (17 players are tied on the top with 3.0/3 points each)

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/City TB1 
GMRozum IvanRUS2596Russia3,0
GMChanda SandipanIND2529WB3,0
GMSaptarshi RoyIND2480WB3,0
IMNguyen Van HuyVIE2454Vietnam3,0
IMDas SayantanIND2434WB3,0
GMNeelotpal DasIND2433WB3,0
GMLugovskoy MaximRUS2422Russia3,0
GMKarthikeyan P.IND2408TN3,0
GMHesham AbdelrahmanEGY2396Egypt3,0
FMSiddharth JagadeeshSGP2362Singapore3,0
IMNitin S.IND2361TN3,0
IMNeelash SahaIND2334WB3,0
IMRathnakaran K.IND2325Ker3,0
Pranav VIND2308TN3,0
Bharat Kumar Reddy PoluriIND2304AP3,0
Pranav ShettyIND2124Mah3,0
CMLiyanage Ranindu DilshanSRI1956Sri Lanka3,0

Complete standings

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