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Delhi 2018 Round 9: Akash Iyer and Nubairshah Shaikh score GM norms

by Sagar Shah - 16/01/2018

GM norms at an event show the chess culture of a country. At the Delhi International 2018 Akash PC Iyer and Nubairshah Shaikh both scored 9 round GM norms. The former drew very quickly against Arkadij Naiditsch, while the latter beat P. Karthikeyan. Both the players made their maiden GM norm. Fighting against international grandmasters, it just goes to show how our youngsters have improved as players. Going into last round Arkadij Naiditsch maintains his half point lead with 8.0/9. Ziaur Rahman is in the sole second position with 7.5/9 and eight players follow him with 7.0/9. Penultimate round report from Delhi.

Akash PC Iyer didn't sleep so well. His health was also not so great and he was facing the top seed Arkadij Naiditsch in the ninth round. He needed a draw for his maiden GM norm, but deep down he knew that against a 2700 opponent it was not going to be easy! Akash came to the game rattled out his opening moves confidently and when he came back to the board after his opponent had played his 14th move, he heard those unbelievable words - "I offer you a draw!" And it was Naiditsch who had offered the draw. Akash grabbed the draw with both his hands and happily, came back home with his first GM norm!

Akash Iyer scoring his first GM norm at the Delhi International 2018

For Akash the Delhi International Open 2018 was an event that wasn't on the schedule. He had scored his final IM norm at the London Chess Classic 2017 just a few days ago and completed his IM title. However, he decided to play this event as he was in good form. "When I scored my first IM norm I took a long break. This was not good for my chess. This time my coach advised me to play on and I made my first GM norm!" After the game ended we caught with Akash for a short interview:

Akash's first interview after scoring the GM norm

For Nubairshah Shaikh the road to GM norm was completely different. He needed a win, but the good thing was that he was up against P. Karthikeyan who is a great fighter. Karthikeyan doesn't like short draws and this helped Nubair spice up the game. The result was there for everyone to see. The Mumbai lad sacrificed an exchange for not enough compensation. But the position was so complex that Karthikeyan soon went wrong and Nubair was able to win with a cute tactic.

Black has just played his knight to e8. How should Nubair (white) gain a decisive advantage?

Karthikeyan had missed this bishop popping out from h3. Nubair played the move 27.Bh3!! and it was clear that White was winning back his exchange with a decisive advantage.

Nubair's plan was to finish his IM title until his Diploma and now the GM title until he gets his engineering degree! We must say that he is on track!
Nubairshah Shaikh makes his maiden GM norm and speaks to ChessBase India

Ziaur Rahman is playing the tournament of his life. After beating GM Tran Tuan Minh, Farrukh Amonatov and Ivan Rozum, he added one more scalp to his kitty by beat GM Sergei Tiviakov

The game between Ziaur Rahman and Sergei Tiviakov was moving towards a draw. However, after four and a half hours of play, tiredness sets in and it is easy to overlook simple tactics. Have a look at this example:

Black has just moved his queen from e5 to b2. Can you see what's wrong with it?

Tiviakov simply missed that Qb7+ is possible losing an entire piece!

Ziaur Rahman speaks to ChessBase India about his phenomenal performance

The game between Karthikeyan Murali and Andrey Deviatkin ended in a draw

IM Muhammad Khusenkhojaev beat GM Roeland Pruijssers

Koustav Chatterjee lost a round (for norm) because of walk over against Timur Gareyev. But he has recovered well and now needs a draw in the final round against Adam Tukhaev to make his maiden GM norm! Just have a look at his performance:

Brilliant play by the Kolkata lad

Vignesh was completely outplayed by Abhijeet Gupta. However, the young boy from Tamil Nadu hung in there and was rewarded when Gupta made a huge blunder

Abhijeet's Kg2 turned out to be a huge mistake. Can you see why?

Dhulipala Bala Chandra Prasad beat his friend and the person whom he helped to win the National title Lalith Babu, by essaying his favourite London System. Dhulipala played a fine attacking game and spoke to us about it afterwards:

If you too would like to learn the London System you can go for our bestseller DVD - London System by Simon Williams. With it you will get a potent weapon with white with 1.d4:

Round up show by IM Sagar Shah:

After the 9th round we had a round up show by IM Sagar Shah discussing the most important positions of the day and also posing questions to the viewers. It was an hour of interactive session with also a surprise guest in between - R.B. Ramesh. We ask him about some tips related to coaching and also whether Praggnanandhaa can become the youngest GM in the world or not.

That's how popular chess is in India!

Can you guess who he is? A strong Indian GM!

Now, that's scary!

The single point source of information for chess news in Hindi in India - Niklesh Jain!

"I am down to my 30 seconds and you are taking my picture?"

Remember the name of this Uzbek boy - Javokhir Sindarov. He is going to make it big in the years to come.

Norm chances for round 10:

Neelash Saha, Arjun Kalyan, and Kaustuv Kundu make an IM norm if they win their games today, while Koustav Chatterjee needs only a draw for a GM norm. Neelash plays Mitrabha Guha with the white pieces, Kaustuv Kundu is black against B. Sekar and Arjun Kalyan is black against AL Muthaiah. Koustav Chatterjee as previously mentioned needs a draw against Adam Tukhaev.

Results of round 9:

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
135Akash Pc Iyer2415½ - ½GMNaiditsch Arkadij27011
223GMRahman Ziaur24721 - 0GMTiviakov Sergei25847
38GMKarthikeyan Murali2580½ - ½GMDeviatkin Andrei247124
43GMGupta Abhijeet261060 - 16IMVignesh N R247026
56GMSengupta Deep25866½ - ½6Koustav Chatterjee228871
634IMNitin S.242260 - 16GMDavid Alberto255312
732GMDzhumaev Marat24346½ - ½6GMVaibhav Suri254216
818GMPruijssers Roeland253660 - 16IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad246228
942IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh238061 - 06IMKarthikeyan P.249719
1049Sammed Jaykumar Shete233760 - 16GMHorvath Adam248421
112GMAmonatov Farrukh2636½ - ½IMSardana Rishi240237
1245IMRathnakaran K.2372½ - ½GMRozum Ivan25955
1310GMTukhaev Adam25701 - 0IMSindarov Javokhir242933
1457FMMitrabha Guha23190 - 1GMSivuk Vitaly255013
1514GMTran Tuan Minh2548½ - ½IMShyaamnikhil P239738
1660IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad23131 - 0GMLalith Babu M R254215
1722GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.24751 - 0WGMGomes Mary Ann232851
1856Saravana Krishnan P.23230 - 1GMCzebe Attila245829
1930IMHarsha Bharathakoti24511 - 0Kaustuv Kundu232454
2031IMGusain Himal245050 - 1GMRoy Chowdhury Saptarshi231859


Standings after round 9:

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11GMNaiditsch ArkadijAZE27018,00,051,556,0
223GMRahman ZiaurBAN24727,50,048,552,5
312GMDavid AlbertoITA25537,00,049,052,5
48GMKarthikeyan MuraliIND25807,00,048,552,5
542IMMohammad Nubairshah ShaikhIND23807,00,048,051,5
635Akash Pc IyerIND24157,00,046,550,5
726IMVignesh N RIND24707,00,044,047,5
821GMHorvath AdamHUN24847,00,043,047,0
924GMDeviatkin AndreiRUS24717,00,042,546,0
1028IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK24627,00,040,544,5
117GMTiviakov SergeiNED25846,50,050,054,5
1216GMVaibhav SuriIND25426,50,050,054,5
136GMSengupta DeepIND25866,50,048,552,5
1471Koustav ChatterjeeIND22886,50,047,551,5
1513GMSivuk VitalyUKR25506,50,045,049,5
1610GMTukhaev AdamUKR25706,50,044,548,5
1759GMRoy Chowdhury SaptarshiIND23186,50,044,548,5
1822GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND24756,50,044,548,0
1932GMDzhumaev MaratUZB24346,50,043,046,0
2030IMHarsha BharathakotiIND24516,50,040,044,0


Pairings for round 10:

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11GMNaiditsch Arkadij270187GMDavid Alberto255312
28GMKarthikeyan Murali25807GMRahman Ziaur247223
321GMHorvath Adam248477Akash Pc Iyer241535
428IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad246277GMDeviatkin Andrei247124
526IMVignesh N R247077IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh238042
629GMCzebe Attila2458GMSengupta Deep25866
77GMTiviakov Sergei2584GMDzhumaev Marat243432
871Koustav Chatterjee2288GMTukhaev Adam257010
913GMSivuk Vitaly2550IMHarsha Bharathakoti245130
1016GMVaibhav Suri2542IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad231360