Aeroflot 2019 Round 2: Aravindh tricks his 2681 rated opponent in a pawn endgame
The Aeroflot Open 2019 is in its second round and things are already heating up. In the A-group out of 101 players, we only have 6 who are on 100% score with 2.0/2, out of which four are Indians! Sasikiran, Aravindh Chithambaram, S.L. Narayanan and Nihal Sarin are leading the event with 2.0/2, along with Maksim Chigaev and Zhou Jianchao. Indians had an excellent day at the office as Aravindh managed to trick Eltaj Safarli in a pawn endgame, Nihal Sarin beat Indjic, S.L. Narayanan played a crazy game to outplay Alekseenko. Some other upsets were Debashis Das getting the better of David Paravyan and Raunak Sadhwani scoring a win against Srinath Narayanan. We will have a look at all of these games in this report.
Let's begin with the most instructive game of the day!
Aravindh Chithambaram vs Eltaj Safarli, Round 2
Taking the pawn is a natural reaction for any player. However, after ...Kxc6 Kxd4 it is White who will have the opposition because there is a waiting move still left to be played with the g-pawn. That's the reason why it is important to lose the opposition in this position. By that logic you realize that it is not ...Kxc6 but in fact ...Kd6! which is the right move for Black. Now if Aravindh takes the pawn on d4 then Black can capture the pawn on c6 and it is a draw. Of course, after ...Kd6 the battle is not yet over. White can try the tricky Kc4!?. However, even here after ....Kc7!! Black refuses to step on the c6 square before White goes on the d4 square! That's how the game would have ended in a draw. However, Eltaj took the pawn on c6 and after Kxd4, White is just winning! If all of this explanation was a bit complicated to understand, then have a look at the video below:
Standings after round 2
|6||38||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||IND||2601||2,0||0||0|
|18||GM||Ganguly Surya Shekhar||IND||2636||1,5||1||0|