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Asian Indoor Day two and three: Pouya shocks Ganguly

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/09/2017

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

Sasi getting ready for round three | Photo: Vishal Sareen

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.

Tania before her game in round 3 | Photo: Vishal Sareen

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.

Sasi is about to face former World Blitz Champion GM Le Quang Liem

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.

Pouya shocked Ganguly 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.

Tania awaits her opponent IM Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan | Photo: Vishal Sareen

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.

Viji is delighted to win two consecutive matches after suffering consecutive loses | Photo: Vishal Sareen

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.

Sasi gets ready to face GM Lu Shanglei | Photo: Vishal Sareen

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.

Ganguly awaits his 6th round opponent to avenge his previous round setback | Photo: Vishal Sareen

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.

Tania is ready for her opponent of round 6, WGM Aulia Medina Warda | Photo: Vishal Sareen

Viji had an emphatic victory against local WGM Geldiyeva Mahri as she dominated the middlegame by activating her king.

Viji is all set to face WGM Geldiyeva Mahri in the penultimate round | Photo: Vishal Sareen

Rank after Round 6 in Men

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
11GMLe Quang LiemVIE27395,00,520,524,04,019,2575,55,090,41104,1
25GMLu ShangleiCHN26285,00,520,523,54,018,7575,54,301,201012,0
33GMSasikiran KrishnanIND26764,50,021,024,03,017,00754,940,06100,6
410GMIdani PouyaIRI25664,50,018,020,04,014,00754,330,67106,7
514GMDao Thien HaiVIE24634,00,021,523,53,014,00742,941,061010,6
619GMHossain EnamulBAN24324,00,019,520,53,012,25753,341,661016,6
78GMKazhgaleyev MurtasKAZ25704,00,019,022,03,013,2574,54,250,25102,5
826IMMarkov MikhailKGZ23904,00,018,521,52,014,00752,012,991029,9
94GMGanguly Surya ShekharIND26654,00,018,021,03,013,0074,55,32-0,8210-8,2
102GMWang YueCHN26994,00,018,020,53,012,7574,55,50-1,0010-10,0

Standings after Round 6

Rank after Round 6 in Women

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
12GMTan ZhongyiCHN25095,50,020,023,05,020,75764,581,421014,2
21GMLei TingjieCHN25344,50,022,025,54,018,0075,54,830,67106,7
35IMAbdumalik ZhansayaKAZ24284,50,021,024,03,017,2574,54,53-0,0310-0,3
43IMSaduakassova DinaraKAZ24444,50,018,021,03,015,50754,580,42104,2
512WIMVo Thi Kim PhungVIE23494,50,016,017,54,010,7574,54,190,31206,2
69IMTania SachdevIND23914,00,019,522,52,014,25744,49-0,4910-4,9
77WGMHoang Thi Bao TramVIE24084,00,019,022,03,013,00754,850,15101,5
818WIMShamima AkterBAN21364,00,018,520,03,012,00742,141,862037,2
910WGMAulia Medina WardaINA23754,00,018,519,03,010,25643,490,51105,1
104IMKhademalsharieh SarasadatIRI24334,00,018,020,02,012,50744,84-0,8410-8,4

Standings after Round 6

Final Round coverage and standings will be coming up shortly.
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