Chennai 2018 Rounds 5+6: Pranav impresses, Gareyev falls
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.
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.
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.
If the above game was not enough to show you how tricky Pranav is, then we have another example - this one much more devilish!
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.
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!
Results of round 5:
Results of round 6:
Rank after round 6:
|3||14||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2475||ICF||5,5||0,0||21,0||23,5||20,75||5,0|
|6||69||IM||Hegde Ravi Gopal||IND||2105||KAR||5,0||0,0||21,5||24,0||19,50||4,0|
|8||17||IM||Visakh N R||IND||2457||TN||5,0||0,0||21,0||23,5||18,75||4,0|
|17||30||Saravana Krishnan P.||IND||2323||TN||4,5||0,0||20,0||23,0||15,50||4,0|