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Aeroflot 2019 R 03 + 04: Finish off your opponents like Sasikiran

by Sagar Shah - 23/02/2019

Sasikiran scored a fine win against Aravindh Chithambaram in round three of the Aeroflot Open 2019. With this win he led the tournament along with Maksim Chigaev on 3.0/3. 23rd February is a double round (thanks to the bomb scare) and Sasi kept up his pace with another win against Chigaev. This gives the Chennai GM a score of 4.0/4 and a full points lead over the field. In round five that is currently in progress, Sasikiran is up against Anton Korobov. It will be interesting to see the game between these two ambitious players. We have some in-depth analysis from the game Sasikiran versus Aravindh that will help you to improve your art of calculation.

Sasikiran Krishnan 3.0/3 at the Aeroflot Open 2019 | Photo: David Llada

It was Chennai domination at the Aeroflot Open 2019 as Sasikiran took on Aravindh Chithambaram on the top board. The game was exciting and the opening was played very well by Sasikiran. However, the point which I really want to stress upon, is his middlegame calculation. Here's the position: 


Sasikiran vs Aravindh Chithambaram

It is white to play and win.

Bear in mind that there are a lot of variations and possibilities for both the sides. But if you are able to calculate them accurately, then you can be sure that you are on the road to chess improvement!

The game between Sasikiran vs Aravindh Chithambaram broken down by IM Sagar Shah

Sasikiran is not very active on Twitter but on 22nd of February a few hours before the game he made the following tweet:

Nihal Sarin played on board number two. He lost to Maksim Chigaev | Photo: David Llada

In round 4 Sasikiran kept up his pace and scored another win over Maksim Chigaev. 23rd February is a double round day because of the bomb threat on day one. Sasikiran now has a full point lead and is playing against Anton Korobov in round 5.

Rank after Round 4

Rk.SNoNameTypFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 
111GMSasikiran KrishnanIND26784,022600
235GMDeac Bogdan-DanielU18ROU26033,022677
462GMKulaots KaidoEST25423,022622
52GMFedoseev VladimirRUS27153,022604
61GMWei YiCHN27333,022585
79GMKorobov AntonUKR26873,022569
852GMPetrosyan ManuelARM25643,022560
94GMDubov DaniilRUS27033,022557
1029GMZhou JianchaoCHN26153,022542
1143GMTabatabaei M.AminU18IRI25903,022538
1244GMAntipov Mikhail Al.RUS25893,022530
1328GMMartirosyan Haik M.ARM26163,022497
1430GMChigaev MaksimRUS26133,012536
1532GMLupulescu ConstantinROU26102,522715
1654GMAbdusattorov NodirbekU18UZB25602,522696
1739GMDonchenko AlexanderGER26002,522662
1867GMDebashis DasIND25322,522629
1972IMXu YiCHN25202,522627
2045GMNihal SarinU18IND25782,522622

Player overview for India in A Group

11GMSasikiran Krishnan2678IND11114,01Open A
14GMSethuraman S.P.2651IND½10½2,052Open A
18GMGanguly Surya Shekhar2636IND1½½½2,525Open A
38GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2601IND11002,064Open A
42GMNarayanan.S.L2593IND11½½3,03Open A
45GMNihal Sarin2578IND110½2,520Open A
47GMVaibhav Suri2575IND0½112,535Open A
49GMNarayanan Srinath2572IND½0011,587Open A
55GMKarthikeyan Murali2560IND½0112,539Open A
57GMLalith Babu M R2556IND00½11,585Open A
63GMAryan Chopra2540IND½½½½2,044Open A
65GMPuranik Abhimanyu2538IND½01½2,045Open A
67GMDebashis Das2532IND½1½½2,518Open A
68GMPraggnanandhaa R2532IND010½1,581Open A
71GMVishnu Prasanna. V2524IND00½½1,096Open A
74IMGukesh D2508IND001½1,582Open A
78GMGagare Shardul2495IND00½11,568Open A
79GMKarthik Venkataraman2494IND0½000,599Open A
84IMIniyan P2480IND½½0½1,570Open A
87GMHarika Dronavalli2471IND1½001,572Open A
88IMPrithu Gupta2470IND0½0½1,091Open A
91CMAditya Mittal2454IND½0101,575Open A
93IMSadhwani Raunak2448IND½1½½2,521Open A
94IMArjun Kalyan2444IND½½0½1,566Open A
95IMRaja Rithvik R2443IND001½1,584Open A

Player overview for India in B Group

10GMShyam Sundar M.2512IND1012,038Open B
17GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2488IND11½2,58Open B
46IMNitin S.2395IND½1½2,043Open B
51IMKrishna Teja N2391IND½½12,033Open B
53Sammed Jaykumar Shete2387IND½112,513Open B
60CMMendonca Leon Luke2376IND½000,5121Open B
72Sankalp Gupta2345IND0½½1,092Open B
79Koustav Chatterjee2332IND11½2,54Open B
82CMAronyak Ghosh2324IND½½½1,563Open B
85FMDixit Nikhil2318IND0½½1,085Open B
86WGMGomes Mary Ann2317IND½½01,094Open B
88IMPadmini Rout2315IND½½01,095Open B
92Ajay Karthikeyan2298IND½011,566Open B
98WIMNandhidhaa P V2268IND0½½1,0103Open B
109Bhambure Shantanu2220IND½011,568Open B
110FMSrihari L R2211IND½011,550Open B
114WIMMahalakshmi M2185IND0½00,5113Open B
121Jaeel Atharva2145IND½0½1,0102Open B
122WIMPujari Rucha2133IND0101,090Open B
123WIMChitlange Sakshi2127IND00½0,5114Open B
124WIMDivya Deshmukh2126IND½112,517Open B
125Rakshitta Ravi2105IND00½0,5115Open B
126WIMGagare Shalmali2026IND0000,0125Open B


Player overview in Category C for India

13Pranavananda V2234IND101114,06Open C
34WIMPujari Rucha2133IND101½002,551Open C
40WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya2076IND101013,040Open C
48Priyanka K2033IND101013,041Open C
51Sanskriti Goyal2006IND011002,071Open C
59WCMIsha Sharma1935IND0111½3,513Open C
60Ghosh Samriddhaa1913IND0101½2,549Open C
69Varsha Ramesh1831IND010012,074Open C
74Sunyuktha C M N1804IND011½02,546Open C

India's super coach Ramesh R.B. with his daughter Varsha Ramesh | Photo: David Llada

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