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Delhi 2018 Round 2+3: Grandmasters are not Gods!

by Sagar Shah - 11/01/2018

Three rounds have been completed at the 16th Delhi International 2018. We now have 11 players on 100% score with many grandmasters having to concede the draw or bite the dust. Top seed 2701 rated Arkadij Naiditsch was held to a draw by K. Ratnakaran. Second seed Farrukh Amonatov was also held to a draw. Abhijeet Gupta now takes the top board as players like Rozum and Gareyev suffered defeats. The latter lost a full point thanks to arriving three minutes to the round. All this action and much more in our round two and three report from the capital of India.

Video report of round two

An ocean of chess players!

A specially dedicated lounge for all the players of A section

The lounge is nice and quiet place to unwind and relax

And you can also snack on these for absolutely no cost 

Strong security measures are enforced to ensure that the deserving player wins the massive prize money

In what was some sort of a mini upset, Arkadij Naiditsch was held to a draw by K. Ratnakaran 

Naiditsch ...c4?! didn't seem like a great move. In fact it had only been played before in one game. Resolving the tension in the centre meant that White's f4-f5 would come much faster and stronger than Black's b5-b4.

Some people would have prepared for f5, but Ratna is Ratna! He goes for the f5 break with the neat point that Rxf5 is met with Ng3. In the game Black played exf5 and after Nf4! White was doing quite well.

Tiviakov had a lucky escape in the third round against Kaustuv Kundu

Black (Tiviakov) has just played his queen to f7. Why is it such a bad move?

Kaustuv Kundu would have got Tiviakov to resign immediately if he would have taken the knight on b4. As it turned out he played Rdc1 and the game ended in a draw!

Both the players in their typical poses! Gukesh meditates before the game, while Abhijeet gets ready for the kill.

This game was a really interesting match up between one of the top grandmasters of our country and a young and upcoming talent. For 80% of the game Gukesh was matching blow for blow and at some point was clearly better. But in time pressure he lost the plot and Gupta as he usually does, managed to trick his opponent.

The biggest upset of the day was definitely Sammed Shete's win over Ivan Rozum

Sammed Shete of Kolhapur played some fine bit of chess to beat his much fancied opponent Ivan Rozum. Sammed played the opening well, also the middlegame and then set a very sly trap into which his opponent fell.

Sammed (White) has just moved his queen to g3. Rozum completely oblivious to the idea played his rook to c4. And Now Sammed shocked his opponent with the next move. Can you find it?

Deep Sengupta feeling the cold in the morning round...

...but quite comfortable in the afternoon! He is on 3.0/3.

Deepan Chakkravarthy begins with 3.0/3

Pizza on offer at the cafeteria at very reasonable price

You have dosa as well!

Mrudul Dehankar's father having a good time!

World famous photographer David Llada is here with his family. That's his daughters Nahui and Isel.

The Gareyev incident:

In the second round there was an interesting incident where Timur Gareyev came late to the round by thirty three minutes. The walk over time was half an hour and he reached thirty three minutes late. He was allowed to play the game and later on when he had won, he was awarded a loss due to coming late to the round. What exactly had happened? Stay tuned, we will bring you an entire article on this issue with interviews of the chief arbiter and Gareyev and his opponent.

Timur Gareyev playing the third round after losing due to a walkover in round two

Chief arbiter Vasanth B.H. celebrated his birthday on the 10th of January

Results of round 2

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMNaiditsch Arkadij270111 - 01IMKandil Adham2294
68
269
Muthaiah Al22911½ - ½1GMAmonatov Farrukh2636
2
33
GMGupta Abhijeet261011 - 01FMGajwa Ankit2284
72
471
Koustav Chatterjee22881+ - -1GMGareyev Timur2605
4
55
GMRozum Ivan259511 - 01Ajay Krishna S2280
74
673
FMRathanvel V S228410 - 11GMSengupta Deep2586
6
77
GMTiviakov Sergei258411 - 01FMMatta Vinay Kumar2269
76
875
FMSrinath Rao S.V.227010 - 11GMKarthikeyan Murali2580
8
99
GMSolodovnichenko Yuri257111 - 01Saurabh Anand2251
78
1011
GMGhosh Diptayan25561½ - ½1Nayak Rajesh2247
80

Results of round 3

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
145
IMRathnakaran K.23722½ - ½2GMNaiditsch Arkadij2701
1
247
CMGukesh D235420 - 12GMGupta Abhijeet2610
3
349
Sammed Jaykumar Shete233721 - 02GMRozum Ivan2595
5
46
GMSengupta Deep25862½ - ½2FMHafiz Arif Abdul2324
53
554
Kaustuv Kundu23242½ - ½2GMTiviakov Sergei2584
7
68
GMKarthikeyan Murali25802½ - ½2FMMitrabha Guha2319
57
756
Saravana Krishnan P.232320 - 12GMSolodovnichenko Yuri2571
9
812
GMDavid Alberto25532½ - ½2GMRoy Chowdhury Saptarshi2318
59
961
Navalgund Niranjan23122½ - ½2GMSivuk Vitaly2550
13
1014
GMTran Tuan Minh254821 - 02Moksh Amit Doshi2307
63

Pairing for round 4

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
13
GMGupta Abhijeet261033GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2475
22
29
GMSolodovnichenko Yuri257133Arjun Kalyan2407
36
323
GMRahman Ziaur247233GMTran Tuan Minh2548
14
440
FMErigaisi Arjun238633GMVaibhav Suri2542
16
542
IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh238033GMPruijssers Roeland2536
18
61
GMNaiditsch Arkadij27013Sammed Jaykumar Shete2337
49
741
IMSidhant Mohapatra2382GMAmonatov Farrukh2636
2
843
IMAbhishek Kelkar2378GMSengupta Deep2586
6
97
GMTiviakov Sergei2584IMRathnakaran K.2372
45
1053
FMHafiz Arif Abdul2324GMKarthikeyan Murali2580
8

Live games begin at 10 a.m, Live Commentary at 12 p.m.

Live Commentary of round three by Sagar Shah, Niklesh Jain, Amruta Mokal, Vishal Sareen, Suat Atalik and Diptayan Ghosh.