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Bernadskiy wins 23rd OIBM, Sethuraman and Sandipan finish shared third

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/11/2019

23rd OIBM Tegernsee witnessed Ukrainian domination as Vitaliy Bernadskiy and Pavel Eljanov claimed first and second position. Among the Indians, both Sethuraman and Sandipan scored 7.0/9 each and they finished shared third. After squandering multiple winning chances in the penultimate round, Sethuraman won his final round game with ease. In the last two rounds, Sandipan played some inspired chess and they are absolutely a must see where he showcases his creativity with sharp play. Padmini scored a 21-move miniature in the penultimate round and utilized her king beautifully in the last two rounds to finish at 6.5/9, being the only woman to finish in top 30. Photo: OIBM official site 

Ukrainians dominate at Tegernsee

Tenth seed GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy (UKR, 2554) made a strong comeback after losing his sixth round game against GM Timur Gareyev (USA, 2591) and scored 7.5/9 to win the tournament. In the final round, he faced compatriot GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR, 2663) and they made a short draw to secure the top two places.

The podium finishers - Runner-up Pavel Eljanov, Champion Vitaliy Bernadskiy and second Runner-up Idani Pouya | Photo: OIBM official site

Sandipan and Sethuraman both scored 7.0/9 each and they finished shared third | Photo: OIBM official site

Sethu's miss in the penultimate round

After an 11-move blitzkrieg finish in round 7, Sethuraman got a winning position again and again, more like multiple times, but he squandered them all and the game eventually ended up in a draw.

Engel - Sethuraman, round 8

White just played 20.Rd3. Find out the best continuation for black here

Of course Sethuraman opted for the correct continuation here and got decisive advantage but after a few moves, he made a strange decision

How would you react to white's 29.Qc7+ ?

Here black went with 29...Qd7 which does not seem to be a bad move at first, but if you have that much advantage, keeping the d6 pawn at the cost of the queen exchange doesn't make a whole lot of sense. 29...Kf6 would have been a better continuation and perhaps a quicker and easier win for black.

Black is winning here, but where should the king move?

What is the best continuation for black to win this with ease?

Sethuraman beat Bryan Smith with ease in the final round | Photo: OIBM official site

Sandipan's symphony in his last two

It is no secret that Sandipan, given a chance will launch a devastating attack and smash his opponents. That is exactly what was portrayed in his last two games of the tournament.

Hess - Sandipan, round 8

White just played 11.Qxb4. How would you like to continue here as black?

White is threatening checkmate at h7, how would you react?

Sandipan continued here with 20...Rxf2 which is also winning and probably the most interesting continuation here. The computer says 20...Bxf2+ is the better continuation here and perhaps quicker too but I find it to be less humane.

Of course white cannot take the queen, find out why

Direct Queen sacrifices definitely look pretty, but sometimes indirect queen sacrifices are aesthetically pleasing.

23.Bg5+ as tempting as it looks, unfortunately white still cannot take the queen

White could have saved the game here. Find out how

As unbelievable as it may seem, after 23...Rf6+ white could have escaped with a repetition. Unfortunately for white, he opted for the inferior variation with 24.Nc5 which was a point of no return for white and it all went downhill from there.

Find the cute finish for black here

Fun fact: Did you notice that either sides queen-side rook remained only a spectator in the game?

Sandipan on his way to create another symphony | Photo: OIBM official site

After finishing Hess in just 31 moves in the penultimate round with a beautiful game, Sandipan was naturally quite confident and had all the momentum with him to finish the tournament on a high note.

Sandipan - Atakisi, round 9

When you are in a good form, you can definitely play like this

White's move 17.f4 is definitely a well thought move and it shows that white is determined to go for a win only.

Black played 17...f6, how would you like to continue?

18.Nef3 maintains a decent advantage for white but that's not what Sandipan was aiming for. Like I said before, to finish on a high note, there has to be a symphony.

Black wanted to stir up trouble with 19...g5

Sandipan was not willing to let his opponent stir up any trouble, how should white continue here to maintain the positional harmony?

Black has gobbled up another pawn with 20...gxh6

Of course white was not concerned about how many pawns he is sacrificing. Can you think like Sandipan and find the continuation here?

Black wants to lock up the center

Black tries to put a gridlock in the center with 22...e4 but that can only favor white as it is white's king who is still at the center. So Sandipan launched the next stage of his attack involving the major pieces.

It seems like black is finally getting his grip back on the position

It is obvious that white is winning in this position but he must make sure not to go wrong. What is that saying of when you are launching an attack, make sure all pieces join the party?

Find out the finish for white

Gukesh held Kamsky to a draw

Gukesh narrowly escapes with a draw | Photo: OIBM official site

Gukesh became the third Indian to hold Gata Kamsky to a draw in the tournament with the white pieces. However it wasn't an easy draw and at some point Kamsky had the opportunity to gain decisive advantage.

Gukesh - Kamsky, round 8

Gukesh played 30.Nd5+ which is a mistake. Why?

Time trouble could be a reason behind Kamsky's choice to play 30...N6xd5 when he could have gotten massive advantage with 30...R8xd5 and then it would be just a matter of time for him to convert it into a win. After 31.Rxd3, a bunch of pieces got exchanged and eventually the game petered out to a draw in another thirteen moves.

In the final round, Gukesh made a tepid draw in just 31 moves to finish with 6.5/9

Padmini's 21-move miniature

After suffering her first loss of the tournament in round 7, it was obvious she had no desire to show mercy to her opponent in the penultimate round. She went for an all-out attack and scored a thumping victory in just 21 moves.

Padmini made strong finish by winning her last two games | Photo: OIBM official site

Klaus - Padmini, round 8

Black makes her intentions clear with 9...g5

White invited trouble with 10.Ne4 and played into black's hands

When you have all the pawns racing against your king, you know you are doomed

It was just a matter of time for black to convert her initiative into a decisive advantage and score the full point.

In the final round, Padmini used her king beautifully to score a victory.

Padmini - Gideon, round 9

The position seems to be almost equal right?

In the above mentioned diagram, it seems like white cannot do much with the rook or the bishop to utilize the dark square weakness on the king side, but has its king to utilize it.

White needs to make an important decision, which pawn should white grab first?

In the endgame, timing is critical. It is absolutely imperative that white captures black's king side pawns in the correct order else the passed b-pawn will prove to be a monster.

Again decision time - should white grab the exchange first or push the pawn?

If you make the right choice here, then winning this shouldn't be a tall order for white.

12-year-old CM Prraneeth Vuppala who started the tournament with a draw against legendary Gata Kamsky, managed to score 6.5/9 and gain 77 Elo rating points.


Total 504 players from 26 different countries including 24 GMs and 23 IMs participated in this event from 26th October to 3rd November 2019 at Gmund am Tegernsee in Germany. It was organized by Tegernseer Tal Tourismus GmbH.

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2 
GMBernadskiy VitaliyUKR25542580SV 1920 Hofheim7,5250950,5
GMEljanov PavelUKR266307,5248053,5
GMIdani PouyaIRI256807,0250350,5
GMAzarov SergeiBLR25860Minsk7,0249451,5
GMGareyev TimurUSA259107,0248552,0
GMSethuraman S.P.IND262407,0244748,5
GMPeralta FernandoARG25690Barcelona7,0243651,0
GMVetoshko VolodymyrUKR250607,0243648,5
GMSandipan ChandaIND25292603SG Solingen7,0241749,5
GMKamsky GataUSA26852672SF Deizisau7,0236849,0
GMPrusikin MichaelGER25212507BCA Augsburg7,0236448,5
IMEngel LuisGER25072531Hamburger SK von 18307,0236050,0
GMNasuta GrzegorzPOL25342546Godesberger SK 19297,0235446,5
GMAsadli VugarAZE251306,5242952,0
GMSantos Latasa JaimeESP25800Leon6,5240249,5
IMKrzyzanowski MarcinPOL250006,5239049,0
GMGukesh DIND252006,5238449,0
GMWomacka MathiasGER24362395SV 1920 Hofheim6,5235248,5
GMShevchenko KirillUKR25422591SC Emmendingen 19376,5233446,0
IMBellia FabrizioITA243306,5232346,0
IMParvanyan AshotGER24482461TuRa Harksheide von 1945 Norde6,5228045,5
IMVogel RovenGER24562446USV TU Dresden6,5227146,0
IMWGM Padmini RoutwIND23942383Hamburger SK von 1830 eV6,5225546,0
FMMöhn HansGER23702359USV TU Dresden6,5223944,0
CMPrraneeth VuppalaIND214906,5221540,5

Complete standings

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