Delhi 2018 Round 9: Akash Iyer and Nubairshah Shaikh score GM norms
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!
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:
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.
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.
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:
Tiviakov simply missed that Qb7+ is possible losing an entire piece!
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.
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:
Standings after round 9:
|5||42||IM||Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||IND||2380||7,0||0,0||48,0||51,5|
|6||35||Akash Pc Iyer||IND||2415||7,0||0,0||46,5||50,5|
|7||26||IM||Vignesh N R||IND||2470||7,0||0,0||44,0||47,5|
|17||59||GM||Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi||IND||2318||6,5||0,0||44,5||48,5|
|18||22||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2475||6,5||0,0||44,5||48,0|
Pairings for round 10:
|1||1||GM||Naiditsch Arkadij||2701||8||7||GM||David Alberto||2553||12|
|2||8||GM||Karthikeyan Murali||2580||7||7½||GM||Rahman Ziaur||2472||23|
|3||21||GM||Horvath Adam||2484||7||7||Akash Pc Iyer||2415||35|
|4||28||IM||Khusenkhojaev Muhammad||2462||7||7||GM||Deviatkin Andrei||2471||24|
|5||26||IM||Vignesh N R||2470||7||7||IM||Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||2380||42|
|6||29||GM||Czebe Attila||2458||6½||6½||GM||Sengupta Deep||2586||6|
|7||7||GM||Tiviakov Sergei||2584||6½||6½||GM||Dzhumaev Marat||2434||32|
|8||71||Koustav Chatterjee||2288||6½||6½||GM||Tukhaev Adam||2570||10|
|9||13||GM||Sivuk Vitaly||2550||6½||6½||IM||Harsha Bharathakoti||2451||30|
|10||16||GM||Vaibhav Suri||2542||6½||6½||IM||Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad||2313||60|