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Bhopal 2017 Round 1: 850 Elo difference! 1733 defeats 2575 GM

by Sagar Shah - 22/12/2017

We all love upsets! That too when a young boy beats a seasoned grandmaster. Souhardo Basak beat GM Adam Tukhaev in the first round of Bhopal International Grandmaster event 2017. Souhardo, a shy 10-year-old from Kolkata rated just 1733 played a fine game to get the better of the Ukrainian GM who has won many big events in the past. Indian chess is blessed that it has four extremely strong tournaments lined up one after the other starting with Bhopal. It's a great exposure for our youngsters. Souhardo proved it in the first round. After beating a 2575 rated GM your confidence is propelled to an altogether different level! 

On our 365 day trip, the next stop after the World Youth 2017 in Ahmedabad was Bhopal. We arrived at 8.30 in the morning by Somnath-Jabalpur express. | Photo: Dharmendra Kumar

The presence of these two men ensures that your tournament is taken to the next level. Anandh Babu (left) the man who makes sure that you can watch the games live and Dharmendra Kumar (right) chief arbiter of the event.

An Australian, Nepali and Indian. IM Alex Wohl, Surbir Lama and arbiter Alankaar Bhivgade.

From the station in order to go to our hotel we booked a cab. As there were seven of us, we needed two cabs. I open my Ola cab app and booked one. Alex Wohl decided to book the other one through his tablet that had an Indian sim card. He used the Uber app. I told him that in India at some places the frequency of Ola cabs is better than Uber. To which he replied, "It doesn't matter. I always book Uber because I work for Uber!" When Alex goes for work in Australia he turns his car into an Uber cab so that people can join him and he earns some money, at the same time helps to keep the planet green! 

Bhopal is well known for its delicious food and we got a glimpse of it right at the station.

The Shravan Kanta Palace premises where the tournament is being held. The place from where the picture is being taken is the tournament hall and on the left is the building where all the invited players have been given accommodation.

The rooms are basic and decent

The tournament hall getting ready one day prior to the event. This is the main hall that will be used by top 77 boards.

It certainly looks better when you add chess boards in it and get Amruta to take a picture! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Wohl, Atalik and Lama enjoying Indian food in Sagar cafe which is a five minute walk from the playing hall

One of the most affable personalities of Indian chess Anup Deshmukh arrives in an auto rickshaw and is greeted by the tournament director Kapil Saxena

Chess in Madhya Pradesh is improving. It is clear from the organization of this event. The first four editions of the Bhopal Open had the prize money of four lakh rupees. This year they have made it into a grandmaster norm event with a prize pool of Rs. 10,00,000. The credit to it definitely goes to Mr. Kapil Saxena, Secretary of Madhya Pradesh Chess Association and his team. Although MP has only one IM till date - Akshat Khamparia, the presence of such events is sure to boost the chess culture in the state and city of Bhopal.

Anuj Shivratri, 13 years old, rated 2149 is the biggest hope from the state. He recently finished third at the under-13 nationals.
Half an hour live chess show at the Bansal studio involving yours truly, Kapil Saxena and Bhagyashree Thipsay 

The dignitaries on the dais at the opening ceremony

The top three seeds at the event (from left to right): Timur Gareyev, Ivan Rozum and Adam Tukhaev felicitated at the opening ceremony with a garland

While the other two removed it, Timur Gareyev kept it on! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Starting rank of top 10 seeds

No. NameFideIDFEDRtgIsexClub/City
GMGareyev Timur14200937USA2606
GMRozum Ivan24104272RUS2595
GMTukhaev Adam14109476UKR2575
GMDavid Alberto4000013ITA2571
GMAtalik Suat14401487TUR2545
GMTran Tuan Minh12401820VIE2544
GMNguyen Duc Hoa12401358VIE2504
IMYeoh Li Tian5702895MAS2480
GMHimanshu Sharma5007836IND2469
IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad14700247TJK2451

Better known as the blindfold king, Timur Gareyev is one of the most colourful personalities in the world of chess. His presence makes the tournament extremely exciting. "I am going to try out my favourite opening here - the Trompwsky!", says Timur. But aren't you afraid that opponents are going to come prepared? "Well in general I think people are lazy and don't work so hard. I am just going to use my experience on the board!" Having Timur in these four Indian events makes it exciting as the guy is colourful and full of advice to the youngsters who would like to improve their games. Check out his interview:

Timur Gareyev speaks about his first round game, his earlier visits to India, blindfold abilities and how he describes himself in one word

Timur Gareyev won his first round game against Niharika CH | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Adam Tukhaev is one of the strongest contenders for the first prize at the Bhopal international 2017. However, his dreams suffered quite a big setback when he lost his first round to a player rated 850 points below him! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Tukhaev lost to 10-year-old Souhardo Basak rated 1733!

The refreshing part was to see how aggressively Souhardo played. He threw his pawns at his opponents king and didn't really care about his own king!

Give it up for Souhardo Basak who believed in himself that he could beat a 2575 rated grandmaster! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

I was unable to meet Souhardo after the game ended and hence couldn't interview him on his fantastic feat, but I am sure I will get the opportunity to speak with him in the rounds to come.

Suat Atalik, the famous Turkish GM, and a great annotator for ChessBase Magazine, is here in India for the first time. He won his first round without too many difficulties. | Photo: Amruta Mokal
Suat Atalik: "I have never lost an Indian player!"

Usually the start of first round is delayed because of many last minute issues. But at the Bhopal International Dharmendra Kumar and his team did a commendable job of starting the round at sharp 4 p.m. These little things help us to believe that the chess scene is changing for the better in a big way in our country! | Photo: Vikas Bharti Sahu

The chess couple from Maharashtra - Aniruddha Deshpande from Pune and Supriya Joshi from Mumbai | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Different people from different countries, different cultures make it a nice and enjoyable meal at the dinner table! The ChessBase India team consisting of me, Atul, Niklesh and Amruta with David Bennett (USA) and Angela Franco (Columbia).

Prodigy alert:

Two young prodigies are playing at this event. One is Gukesh (about whom I covered extensively in the under-11 nationals), and the other is Aditya Mittal. Aditya is just 11 years old and already has a rating of 2288. He is trained by TJ Suresh Kumar and is an excellent singer as well. Get to know the next big thing in Indian chess - Aditya Mittal.

A short chat with Aditya Mittal

Results for round one:

Bo.No. NameTypFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypFEDRtg No.
Niharika ChU18IND173600 - 10GMGareyev TimurUSA2606
GMRozum IvanRUS259501 - 00Gokulraj KU16IND1733
Souhardo BasakU10IND173301 - 00GMTukhaev AdamUKR2575
GMDavid AlbertoITA257101 - 00Mumukshu MittalU14IND1730
Aneek DasU16IND172900 - 10GMAtalik SuatS50TUR2545
GMTran Tuan MinhU20VIE254401 - 00Shahid AzmatS50IND1729
Gulhariya B KS50IND172600 - 10GMNguyen Duc HoaVIE2504
IMYeoh Li TianU18MAS248001 - 00Sudarshan BhatU18IND1726
Dinesh Rajan MU14IND171700 - 10GMHimanshu SharmaIND2469
IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK245101 - 00Sarath Chandra KU16IND1711

Pairings for round two

Bo.No. NameTypFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypFEDRtg No.
11GMGareyev TimurUSA260611Saptorshi GuptaU18IND200487
288Sudhanshu RanjanU18IND199811GMRozum IvanRUS25952
389Supriya JoshiIND198811GMDavid AlbertoITA25714
45GMAtalik SuatS50TUR254511Deepthamsh Reddy. MIND198591
590Aryan Abhijeet ShahU14IND198711GMTran Tuan MinhU20VIE25446
67GMNguyen Duc HoaVIE250411Soham KamotraU14IND198193
792Harshavardhan G BU14IND198411IMYeoh Li TianU18MAS24808
89GMHimanshu SharmaIND246911Utsab ChatterjeeU14IND197895
994Lama SurbirNEP197811IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK245110
1011IMNitin S.IND244111Selvabharathy TU18IND196397


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