G. Akash's brilliant play lights up the National Championships 2019
In the seventh round of the National Championships 2019 which are currently in progress in Sikkim, we witnessed an absolute gem from G. Akash. He was facing GM Sandipan Chanda with the white pieces and began the game with 1.e4. In reply to the Sicilian, he played the English Attack and quickly castled on the queenside. Very soon things began to heat up and Akash sacrificed a knight for a pawn. He had some excellent compensation and then he sacrificed his queen! At one point White had only one piece and a few pawns as compensation for the missing queen. But throughout the game, Akash was in control of things. We bring you a detailed analysis of this brilliant attacking gem by G. Akash.
With a rating of 2335, Akash was the 29th seed of the National Championships 2013. There were 13 GMs ahead of him vying for the title of national champion and also the World Cup spot. But the boy had no respect for titles or seedings and finished first at the event with a score of 9.0/13, a half point ahead of everyone including Vidit Gujrathi, Arun Prasad, Deep Sengupta, and a full point ahead of B. Adhiban, Lalith Babu, Venkatesh, Gopal etc. He played his first round at the World Cup 2013 against Fabiano Caruana, and although he lost this game, it was clear that Akash had arrived on the big stage. The boy later became an IM, but then had to discontinue chess for quite some time because of his education.
In July 2018, Akash made a comeback to chess. In the last year and a half he has already played 185 games and from an Elo of 2391 has reached a rating of 2431. At the National Championships 2019 going on in Sikkim, he has shown tremendous form and is leading the tournament with 6.5/7.
Standings after round 7
|1||21||IM||Akash G||IND||2431||Tamil Nadu||6,5|
|2||2||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||IND||2605||Tamil Nadu||6,0|
|5||GM||Lalith Babu M R||IND||2556||PSPB||5,5|
|6||GM||Ghosh Diptayan||IND||2555||West Bengal||5,5|
|7||GM||Chanda Sandipan||IND||2545||West Bengal||5,5|
|12||IM||Vignesh N R||IND||2475||RSPB||5,5|
|88||Grahesh Y||IND||2029||Andhra Pradesh||5,5|
|11||8||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2535||RSPB||5,0|
|9||GM||Visakh N R||IND||2516||Tamil Nadu||5,0|
|10||GM||Vishnu Prasanna. V||IND||2493||Tamil Nadu||5,0|
|16||IM||Ravi Teja S.||IND||2455||RSPB||5,0|
|18||GM||Bakre Tejas||IND||2445||Air India||5,0|
The most striking game among all these victories was his one against GM Sandipan Chanda. Let's have a look at this game and learn the art of attack from Akash.
Akash G vs Sandipan Chanda, Round 7
White can play Nb3 and be better, but Akash's move was stronger. He jumped with the knight to e6. His concept was quite a brilliant one.
Moving the queen and also taking care of the e4 square and c2 square is not at all easy. The main option available looks like Qe2!? However, this fails to Bxe4 Qxe4 Nxf7 gxf7 Rxe6! and now the queen can no longer defend the c2 point. Seeing all these lines Akash came up with the powerful idea of Qxd5! sacrificing his queen.
A queen sacrifice!
Although White has only a piece for the queen, his kingside pawns as well as the rook on f7 and the bishop on e4 create powerful threats. Black had to play Qb6 here when White would have to find some accurate moves like g7 giving up the e6 pawn but trying to create a queen. Instead Chanda blundered in the above position. He went ...Qc4? When Rxe5! already ended the game. White keeps all his advantages intact and has got another free piece.
Round 8 pairing:
|1||3||GM||Vaibhav Suri||2597||6||6½||IM||Akash G||2431||21|
|2||2||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2605||6||5½||GM||Lalith Babu M R||2556||5|
|3||1||GM||Gupta Abhijeet||2611||5½||5½||GM||Anurag Mhamal||2490||11|
|4||12||IM||Vignesh N R||2475||5½||5½||GM||Ghosh Diptayan||2555||6|
|5||88||Grahesh Y||2029||5½||5½||GM||Chanda Sandipan||2545||7|
|6||36||IM||Nitin S.||2329||5||5||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2535||8|
|7||9||GM||Visakh N R||2516||5||5||IM||Saravana Krishnan P.||2304||41|
|8||48||FM||Aaryan Varshney||2269||5||5||GM||Vishnu Prasanna. V||2493||10|
|9||16||IM||Ravi Teja S.||2455||5||5||Subhayan Kundu||2222||53|
|10||52||FM||Navalgund Niranjan||2231||5||5||IM||Shyaamnikhil P||2455||17|
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