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Delhi 2018 R04: Ziaur Rahman is the sole leader

by Sagar Shah - 12/01/2018

GM Ziaur Rahman is an experienced guy. He has his own opening systems and a very unique style of play. Even in his forties he a feared opponent. He proved it, by beating the young Vietnamese opponent Tran Tuan Minh with the white pieces. In the other upset of the day GM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury seems to have found his form for this event as he beat GM Hoa Nguyen. We bring you the round four report along with the details of what happened in the Timur Gareyev walkover incident in round two.

Live Commentary of round 4 by ChessBase India:

The entire three hours of live commentary footage

Round 4 of the Delhi International 2018 saw eleven players starting out with 3.0/3. However at the end of it there was only one man standing - Ziaur Rahman!

The experienced Bangladeshi GM Ziaur Rahman is currently the sole leader.

On the top board Abhijeet and Deepan were involved in a tense fight that ended in a draw. Abhijeet was clearly better but could not convert his advantage.

Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury is having a fine tournament. In round three he drew against Alberto David, while in the fourth round he was able to beat GM Hoa Nguyen

Ratnakaran, who drew Arkadij Naiditsch in round 3, was unable to continue his good form and lost to... | Photo: Niklesh Jain 

...Sergei Tiviakov. Sergei played a fine game, got an advantage and converted it well. This was good to see, especially in the light of his latest DVD recorded for ChessBase: | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Nobody can distract him! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Arjun Kalyan managed to hold Yuri Solodovnichenko to a draw | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Timur Gareyev incident:

As promised we bring you the exclusive video of the Timur Gareyev walkover incident. This is what happened:

 

At the 2nd round of the 16th Delhi International 2018 Blindfold Chess King Timur Gareyev arrived 33 minutes late to the round. The walkover time was 30 minutes. He was late because he was changing his room. His opponent Koustav Chatterjee was already given the win, but the boy wanted to play. When Timur arrived the chief arbiter Vasanth B Handevoor had a word with him. Koustav and Timur then played the game. In the meantime the chief arbiter also took the view of the appeals committee. When Timur won the game and Koustav resigned, the decision was taken that walkover rules should stand and Gareyev was given a loss.

 

Why was Gareyev allowed to play in the first instance, why the appeals committee approached, and why was the entire game played? We interviewed both Timur Gareyev and Vasanth B.H. and get to the bottom of the entire incident. What is your opinion?

Round 4 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
13
GMGupta Abhijeet26103½ - ½3GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2475
22
29
GMSolodovnichenko Yuri25713½ - ½3Arjun Kalyan2407
36
323
GMRahman Ziaur247231 - 03GMTran Tuan Minh2548
14
440
FMErigaisi Arjun23863½ - ½3GMVaibhav Suri2542
16
542
IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh23803½ - ½3GMPruijssers Roeland2536
18
61
GMNaiditsch Arkadij27011 - 03Sammed Jaykumar Shete2337
49
741
IMSidhant Mohapatra23820 - 1GMAmonatov Farrukh2636
2
843
IMAbhishek Kelkar23780 - 1GMSengupta Deep2586
6
97
GMTiviakov Sergei25841 - 0IMRathnakaran K.2372
45
1053
FMHafiz Arif Abdul23240 - 1GMKarthikeyan Murali2580
8
1154
Kaustuv Kundu23240 - 1GMTukhaev Adam2570
10
1257
FMMitrabha Guha23190 - 1GMDavid Alberto2553
12
1313
GMSivuk Vitaly2550½ - ½CMAronyak Ghosh2309
62
1415
GMLalith Babu M R2542½ - ½Navalgund Niranjan2312
61
1519
IMKarthikeyan P.2497½ - ½Aradhya Garg2289
70
1659
GMRoy Chowdhury Saptarshi23181 - 0GMNguyen Duc Hoa2490
20
1721
GMHorvath Adam2484½ - ½Lokesh N.2200
93
1865
Sankalp Gupta2303½ - ½IMVignesh N R2470
26
1931
IMGusain Himal24501 - 0Tiwari Arjun2179
98
2071
Koustav Chatterjee22881 - 0GMDzhumaev Marat2434
32

Round 5 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
12
GMAmonatov Farrukh26364GMRahman Ziaur2472
23
222
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2475GMNaiditsch Arkadij2701
1
331
IMGusain Himal2450GMGupta Abhijeet2610
3
46
GMSengupta Deep2586IMSindarov Javokhir2429
33
536
Arjun Kalyan2407GMTiviakov Sergei2584
7
68
GMKarthikeyan Murali2580FMErigaisi Arjun2386
40
735
Akash Pc Iyer2415GMSolodovnichenko Yuri2571
9
810
GMTukhaev Adam2570IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2380
42
912
GMDavid Alberto2553Koustav Chatterjee2288
71
1016
GMVaibhav Suri2542GMRoy Chowdhury Saptarshi2318
59
1118
GMPruijssers Roeland2536Neelash Saha2105
121

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