Asian Indoor Day two and three: Pouya shocks Ganguly
The Asian Indoor games went underway on 20th September 2017 at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. 12 Indian players are representing our country in different formats. To begin with we have the Standard individual format where four of our players are in action. Sasikiran and Ganguly in men and Vijayalakshmi and Sachdev in women. We have the day two and three report with pictures, games and all the information you need about the event. Thumbnail source: Ashgabat 2017 facebook page
Photos by Vishal Sareen
Sasikiran is still in the medal hunt
Sasikiran won his both games on day 2 against IM Ali Muhammad Lutfi of Indonesia and GM Enamul Hossain of Bangladesh in round 3 and 4 respectively. On day 3, he faced the tournament leaders, Vietnamese GM Le Quang Liem and Chinese GM Lu Shanglei in rounds 5 and 6. Sasi managed to draw both of his games. Here is a report of all four Indians who are playing in the Standard format of 5th Asian Indoor Games 2017.
In round 3, Sasikiran had it easy against IM Ali Muhammad Lutfi of Indonesia in Sicilian Defence Najdorf variation. You can find the DVD here on Sicilian Defence Najdorf Variation by GM Viktor Bologan
Ganguly had a cakewalk against IM Tologontegin Semetey of Kyrgyzstan
Tania was not allowed a chance by Iranian IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat in Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defence. To improve your knowledge in QGD Ragozin Defence, you can get GM Alejandro Ramirez's DVD.
Viji suffered another loss at the hands of Bangladeshi WIM Shamima Akter.
You can increase your knowledge about Slav Defence by studying GM Mihail Marin's DVD of Winning against Classical Slav
In round 4, Sasi won a prolonged Rook Pawn Endgame in Sicilian Defence Taimanov Variation against Bangladeshi GM Enamul Hossain
Ganguly had no difficulty defeating another Bangladeshi GM Abdullah Al Rakib in a complex middle game.
Tania grabbed a full point in English Opening Four Knight's variation against Alexandra Samaganova.
To know more about this opening, check out The English Opening Vol. 1 by GM Simon Williams
Viji had it easy against a much lower rated opponent WFM Wadima Humaid S H Alkalbani of UAE in Sicilian Defence Pelikan variation
In round 5, Sasi faced stiff challenge from Vietnamese GM Le Quang Liem. In a Semi-Slav Defence, Sasi was given no chance and he had to settle for a draw with Black pieces. You can develop your knowledge about Semi Slav Defence from the DVD, The Semi Slav by GM Peter Heine Nielsen.
Ganguly, the only other Indian among the men's section in the Standard format tournament, faced a shocking loss against GM Idani Pouya of Iran in Nimzo Indian Defence.
In the women's section, IM Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan gave a small window of opportunity to her opponent Tania Sachdev in a symmetrical variation of English Opening but unfortunately she could not seize it. You can learn about English Opening Symmetrical variation by studying from The English Opening Vol. 2 by GM Simon Williams.
Viji made a comeback of two consecutive wins after suffering two consecutive losses. This time her victim was Omurbekova Diana of Kyrgyzstan in Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs variation.
In round 6, Sasi faced former World Junior Champion, Chinese GM Lu Shanglei. Sasi missed an opportunity at move number 25 in Sicilian Defence Najdorf variation. He should have denied Queen exchange and played 25.Qg2 instead.
Ganguly won his 6th round after suffering a blow in the previous round. IM Nezad Husein Aziz of Qatar tried to go all gung-ho but Ganguly handled it easily. You can study The Italian Game by GM Sergey Tiviakov and not repeat the same mistake as Black did in the game.
Tania was unable to convert a clear advantage into a win against WGM Aulia Medina Warda of Indonesia in Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange variation.
Viji had an emphatic victory against local WGM Geldiyeva Mahri as she dominated the middlegame by activating her king.
Rank after Round 6 in Men
|1||1||GM||Le Quang Liem||VIE||2739||5,0||0,5||20,5||24,0||4,0||19,25||7||5,5||5,09||0,41||10||4,1|
|5||14||GM||Dao Thien Hai||VIE||2463||4,0||0,0||21,5||23,5||3,0||14,00||7||4||2,94||1,06||10||10,6|
|9||4||GM||Ganguly Surya Shekhar||IND||2665||4,0||0,0||18,0||21,0||3,0||13,00||7||4,5||5,32||-0,82||10||-8,2|
Standings after Round 6
Rank after Round 6 in Women
|5||12||WIM||Vo Thi Kim Phung||VIE||2349||4,5||0,0||16,0||17,5||4,0||10,75||7||4,5||4,19||0,31||20||6,2|
|7||7||WGM||Hoang Thi Bao Tram||VIE||2408||4,0||0,0||19,0||22,0||3,0||13,00||7||5||4,85||0,15||10||1,5|
|9||10||WGM||Aulia Medina Warda||INA||2375||4,0||0,0||18,5||19,0||3,0||10,25||6||4||3,49||0,51||10||5,1|
Standings after Round 6
Final Round coverage and standings will be coming up shortly.