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55th Biel MTO R3: Aryan, Visakh and Pranav Anand score superb wins

by Shahid Ahmed - 16/07/2022

As we slowly ease into the new normal after Covid-19 pandemic, we are once again back dominating the chess universe all over the globe. GM Aryan Chopra, GM Visakh N R and IM Pranav Anand scored fantastic wins over GM Vladimir Fedoseev, GM Kirill Shevchenko (UKR) and GM Maxime Lagarde (FRA) respectively. Thus, currently four Indians are sharing the lead at 55th Biel Chess Festival 2022 MTO, GM Abhimanyu Puranik along with the three victors mentioned before. Gukesh had a relatively quiet draw with Arkadij Naiditsch (AZE). GMT Round 3 and MTO Round 4 starts today at 2 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Four Indians share the lead 3/3

It would have been five Indians in the lead, if GM Bharath Subramaniyam H managed to convert his completely winning position into a win against GM Sethuraman S P. All four leaders are born on or after 1999, which reitarates that India's young talent has a lot of depth.

GM Aryan Chopra is having a fantastic year so far | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

MTO: Aryan - Fedoseev: 1-0

GM Aryan Chopra (2610) got a substantial advantage out of the opening against GM Vladimir Fedoseev (2686). However, it was not easy to convert. He had to grind and wait for his opponent to go wrong.

Position after 75.Kf5

Generally the combination of queen and knight is considered to be stronger than queen and bishop. The poorly placed bishop at e8 only exemplifies that notion. It would have taken a computer like accuracy for Black to defend the position as the machine suggests 75...Kd7 to be the only way to save the game for Black. It is certainly a counter-intuitive move as it blocks the only plausible diagonal for Black. 75...Kd7 was played. Aryan found the correct continuation 76.Qg8 Bg6+ the idea is to deflect the knight to get perpetual check. However, White is not going to fall for the cheap tricks. 77.Ke6! the Qxf4 does not work due to Qxg7+ and the bishop falls. White won the game in another 12 moves.

Shevchenko - Visakh: 0-1

GM Kirill Shevchenko (UKR, 2654) is a very strong player. GM Visakh N R (2503) is coming off a dominating triumph at 2nd San Leo Open 2022. He made his intentions clear about

Position after 10...g4

While 10...g4 may not have culminated in a crushing attack on the kingside, it certainly had an overall positive effect for Black. When you launch an early attack and catch your opponent off-guard, it can certainly disorient and induce mistakes, positional errors in this particular game.

Visakh N R is one of the leaders at 3/3 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Lagarde - Pranav Anand: 0-1

GM Maxime Lagarde (FRA, 2631) made a few inaccurate positional decisions. IM Pranav Anand (2463) seized all his opportunities to score the win.

Position after 22...Nhg4+

White had an opportunity to capture the e5-knight a few moves ago, 19.Bxe5 fxe5 20.Ng3 would have been comparatively better for White than what was played. After 22...Nhg4+, there is no good way for White to defend the position. So he opted to give up his exchange 23.Bxg4 Bxg4 24.Rxg4 Nxg4+ 25.Kf3 Ne5+ 26.Bxe5 fxe5 White has no counterplay and Black is completely winning.

IM Pranav Anand is also one of the leaders at 3/3 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

India's 73rd GM Bharath Subramaniyam H missed a completely winning game against GM Sethuraman S P

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Biel Chess Festival: GMT Round 2 Live Commentary by GM Arturs Neiksans and Angelika Valkova | Video: Biel Chess

Scoring for Classical

Win - 4 points, Draw - 1.5 point and Loss - 0

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Round 2 results

182684GMGukesh D½ - ½GMNaiditsch Arkadij26645
262682GMEsipenko Andrey½ - ½GMSalem A.R. Saleh26844
372655GMKamsky Gata½ - ½GMKeymer Vincent26863
412688GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek0 - 1GMLe Quang Liem27222

Round 3 pairings

122722GMLe Quang LiemGMGukesh D26848
232686GMKeymer VincentGMAbdusattorov Nodirbek26881
342684GMSalem A.R. SalehGMKamsky Gata26557
452664GMNaiditsch ArkadijGMEsipenko Andrey26826


Overall standings

Liem has taken the sole lead 15/22 | Photo: Biel Chess Festival


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