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Chennai 2018 Rounds 5+6: Pranav impresses, Gareyev falls

by Sagar Shah - 22/01/2018

The Chennai International 2018 is now placed at a very interesting point with three leaders after six rounds. Karthik Venkatraman, Deepan Chakkravarthy and Adam Tukhaev are all on 5.5/6 and they are followed by eleven players on five points. The big news of the day was the double loss for top seed Timur Gareyev. He first lost to Deepan Chakkravarthy and then to IM Sidhant Mohapatra who played a nice game against the King's Gambit. One player to definitely watch out for in the future is the extremely talented 11-year-old Pranav Venkatesh who scored a fine win against GM Adam Horvath. 

One of the perks of my homeless, nomadic journey is to travel from one tournament to the other and see some of the biggest upcoming talents of Indian chess in action. In the third round, we witnessed 12-year-old Divya Deshmukh defeating the experienced GM Hoa Nguyen of Vietnam. The fourth day of the Chennai International 2018 belonged to the 11-year-old Chennai youngster Pranav Venkatesh.

I would like to call him the tricky Pranav! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The first time I met Pranav was at the IIFLW Juniors tournament in 2016-17. He had tricked his opponent in the final round and had won the first place. At the Chennai International 2018  too, he stayed true to his tricky self and won both the games in rounds five and six. While the fifth round was a display of how to set up a nasty trap, in the sixth round he defended tenaciously to outlast his Hungarian opponent GM Adam Horvath. Let's first begin with the sixth round game - Pranav's second win against a grandmaster. The first one being against GM Salem Saleh. 

Pranav made quite a silly error of playing Kh1. White just went Be2 Re1 Bxc4 and then picked up the f2 pawn. It was negligible compensation for the pawn and it seemed as if the experienced Hungarian GM would come out on top, but Pranav hung in there. He kept making decent moves and made the task of his opponent as difficult as possible.

His perseverance bore fruit when in this position he got the e5 break. Now sacrifices like Nxg6 were in the air and Pranav did get it in after a few moves.

The critical moment of the game was reached at this point. White has one clear cut way to win. Pranav was not able to find it. Can you do better?

I would recommend that you take ten minutes on your clock and try to work out the win for White. After that have a look at the video below where Pranav not only shows the win, but also the calculations that he indulged in and how he was unable to arrive at the correct move.

This win against Adam Horvath was Pranav's second win against a GM. The first one being against GM Salem Saleh.

If the above game was not enough to show you how tricky Pranav is, then we have another example - this one much more devilish! 

Black (Saksham Rautela) has just moved his knight from f6 to d7. Pranav now went on to set a very subtle trap. Can you find it?

The boy made the move Bc4! What exactly is the idea behind this move? Black was unable to understand it and played his Rook from a8 to d8.

And then came the strike! Bxh6! But why wasn't it possible before when the bishop was on b3? Well after ..gxh6 Qg6+ Kh8 Qxh6 Kg8, White now showed his trump:

The rook joins in and this was the point of playing Bc4!

Timur Gareyev had a pretty rough day at the office. He not only lost the morning round to GM Deepan Chakkravarthy, but lost in the evening as well to Sidhant Mohapatra.

From 4.0/4 to 4.0/6. Timur Gareyev's hopes of winning a grandmaster event in India were dashed

Deepan stayed true to his aggressive self and attacked Gareyev's king in the Dragon:

In order to overcome this loss, Gareyev decided to blast his opponent in the evening with the King's Gambit. It turned out that Sidhant Mohapatra was excellently prepared as he had absolutely no difficulties in beating Gareyev!

Sidhant explains his win over GM Timur Gareyev

Adam Tukhaev is showing great form as he defeated IM K. Ratnakaran and moved to 5.5/6

Will Adam Tukhaev repeat his success of 2017?

Kartik Venkataraman beat Marcos Llaneza in the morning and drew against Deepan Chakkravarthy in the evening. He was better against Deepan, but was unable to convert it into a full point. 

IM Ravi Hegde is showing some tremendous bit of chess as he beat Marat Dzhumaev in the morning and drew with Vitaly Sivuk in the second round of the day.

Results of round 5:

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
114
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.247541 - 04GMGareyev Timur2605
1
219
GMLaxman R.R.24344½ - ½4GMTukhaev Adam2570
5
321
IMLlaneza Vega Marcos242140 - 14FMKarthik Venkataraman2476
13
43
GMTiviakov Sergei25841 - 04FMHafiz Arif Abdul2324
29
522
Arjun Kalyan2407½ - ½GMRozum Ivan2595
2
627
IMRathnakaran K.23721 - 0GMSolodovnichenko Yuri2571
4
730
Saravana Krishnan P.23230 - 1GMPruijssers Roeland2536
9
833
IMKandil Adham22940 - 1IMVisakh N R2457
17
918
GMDzhumaev Marat24340 - 1IMHegde Ravi Gopal2105
69
106
GMSivuk Vitaly255031 - 03Bhambure Shantanu2173
53
117
GMTran Tuan Minh254831 - 03IMShetty Rahul2163
55
128
GMAtalik Suat253831 - 03Sahil Tickoo2161
56
1312
GMHorvath Adam248431 - 03CMKushagra Mohan2150
59
1464
Dixit Nikhil213931 - 03IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad2462
15
1516
GMCzebe Attila24583½ - ½3WIMMichelle Catherina P2104
70
1620
IMNitin S.242231 - 03Bala Kannamma P2077
76
1786
AGMTarun Kanyamarala203130 - 13FMErigaisi Arjun2386
25
1826
IMSidhant Mohapatra238231 - 03WIMChitlange Sakshi2057
83
1928
IMSangma Rahul233230 - 13Barath Kalyan M2022
88
2034
Muthaiah Al229131 - 03Alan Diviya Raj1970
98

Results of round 6:

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
113
FMKarthik Venkataraman24765½ - ½5GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2475
14
217
IMVisakh N R2457½ - ½GMTiviakov Sergei2584
3
35
GMTukhaev Adam25701 - 0IMRathnakaran K.2372
27
49
GMPruijssers Roeland2536½ - ½GMLaxman R.R.2434
19
569
IMHegde Ravi Gopal2105½ - ½4GMSivuk Vitaly2550
6
61
GMGareyev Timur260540 - 14IMSidhant Mohapatra2382
26
729
FMHafiz Arif Abdul232440 - 14GMRozum Ivan2595
2
87
GMTran Tuan Minh254840 - 14Muthaiah Al2291
34
936
FMGajwa Ankit228440 - 14GMAtalik Suat2538
8
1038
Pranav V227541 - 04GMHorvath Adam2484
12
1141
FMMaheswaran P.22404½ - ½4IMNitin S.2422
20
1252
Tiwari Arjun21794½ - ½4IMLlaneza Vega Marcos2421
21
1388
Barath Kalyan M20224½ - ½4Arjun Kalyan2407
22
1425
FMErigaisi Arjun238641 - 04Dixit Nikhil2139
64
154
GMSolodovnichenko Yuri25711 - 04Hari R Chandran1795
146
1649
Masango Spencer22150 - 1IMKarthikeyan P.2497
10
1758
IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam2157½ - ½GMCzebe Attila2458
16
1861
Balasubramaniam H21470 - 1GMDzhumaev Marat2434
18
1923
IMRaghunandan Kaumandur Srihari2402½ - ½WFMDivya Deshmukh2118
66
2068
Harshavardhan G B21071 - 0IMAmeir Moheb2394
24

Rank after round 6:

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
113FMKarthik VenkataramanIND2476AP5,50,022,526,523,755,0
25GMTukhaev AdamUKR2570UKR5,50,022,525,523,005,0
314GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND2475ICF5,50,021,023,520,755,0
43GMTiviakov SergeiNED2584NED5,00,022,525,520,754,0
59GMPruijssers RoelandNED2536NED5,00,021,524,519,754,0
669IMHegde Ravi GopalIND2105KAR5,00,021,524,019,504,0
719GMLaxman R.R.IND2434ICF5,00,021,524,018,754,0
817IMVisakh N RIND2457TN5,00,021,023,518,754,0
925FMErigaisi ArjunIND2386TEL5,00,018,521,518,004,0
1038Pranav VIND2275TN5,00,018,521,516,505,0
112GMRozum IvanRUS2595RUS5,00,018,520,517,004,0
1234Muthaiah AlIND2291TN5,00,018,021,015,505,0
1326IMSidhant MohapatraIND2382ODI5,00,018,020,517,005,0
148GMAtalik SuatTUR2538TUR5,00,015,517,514,505,0
156GMSivuk VitalyUKR2550UKR4,50,022,025,518,254,0
1627IMRathnakaran K.IND2372KER4,50,021,524,516,754,0
1730Saravana Krishnan P.IND2323TN4,50,020,023,015,504,0
184GMSolodovnichenko YuriUKR2571UKR4,50,020,022,516,254,0
1922Arjun KalyanIND2407TN4,50,020,022,515,753,0
2018GMDzhumaev MaratUZB2434UZB4,50,019,522,516,254,0

 

Pairings for round 7:

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
114
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2475GMTukhaev Adam2570
5
22
GMRozum Ivan25955FMKarthik Venkataraman2476
13
33
GMTiviakov Sergei258455FMErigaisi Arjun2386
25
48
GMAtalik Suat253855Pranav V2275
38
526
IMSidhant Mohapatra238255GMPruijssers Roeland2536
9
634
Muthaiah Al229155IMVisakh N R2457
17
719
GMLaxman R.R.243455IMHegde Ravi Gopal2105
69
831
GMRoy Chowdhury Saptarshi2318GMSolodovnichenko Yuri2571
4
96
GMSivuk Vitaly2550IMPraveen Kumar C2241
40
1010
IMKarthikeyan P.2497FMMaheswaran P.2240
41
1118
GMDzhumaev Marat2434Ajay Karthikeyan2224
43
1220
IMNitin S.2422Ram S. Krishnan2223
44
1345
Harikrishnan.A.Ra2222IMLlaneza Vega Marcos2421
21
1422
Arjun Kalyan2407Tiwari Arjun2179
52
1527
IMRathnakaran K.2372Harshavardhan G B2107
68
1630
Saravana Krishnan P.2323Barath Kalyan M2022
88
1784
CMRajarishi Karthi20504GMGareyev Timur2605
1
1863
CMRohith Krishna S213944GMTran Tuan Minh2548
7
1912
GMHorvath Adam248444Thanki Hemal Karsanji2101
73
2066
WFMDivya Deshmukh211844IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad2462
15