Free training camp from GM Saptarshi Roy on the Art of Attack
Saptarshi Roy became the 51st GM of India in January 2018. If you ask any of his contemporaries or anyone who has played him or seen him play in a tournament, as to what is his style, you will get a unanimous reply - Saptarshi Roy loves to attack. The GM from West Bengal has now settled down in Mumbai and is training some talented youngsters in the city. On 27th of January, he will be giving a four hour free workshop on the Art of Attack to all the players who have registered and paid their entry fee for the Universal Chess Below 1800 one day rapid. In this article you get to know more about Saptarshi's wild attacking style of play as he crushes the author in just 25 moves! We also tell you about how you can enroll for this workshop and become a stronger attacking player.
One of the tournaments that evokes pleasant memories in my mind is the Barbera Del Valles Open that I played in 2014 in Spain. I was able to get my final IM norm and at the same time boost my rating by nearly 52 Elo points with a 2528 performance!
I had began the tournament with a win over 1979 player and then in the next three rounds against an average opposition of 2431, I had managed to score 2.5/3. Of course I was very confident when I went for my fifth round game. I was up against the Indian IM (who is now a GM!) Saptarshi Roy.
Prior to the encounter, I was preparing for my opponent. I knew Saptarshi Roy well and I was aware that he is a fierce attacker. I had newly learnt the Taimanov Sicilian with the black pieces and had tried it in my previous events. But against Saptarshi I decided to stick to an opening which is supposed to be very solid - the Accelerated Dragon. In the Accelerated Dragon White cannot castle on the queenside and we get a positional battle. I will have a good chance against the Bengal IM in this opening, I thought to myself. The game began as I had planned.
It was a complete rout! I had lost without any fight. And I remember that Saptarshi had not even used 30 minutes on his clock! In the analysis room, he was even more impressive as he crushed my one defensive effort after another. I was given a perfect example of how good he was at attacking chess. In many of the variations he didn't even calculate the lines. His intuition was enough to find the correct way to play.
When I got to know that GM Saptarshi Roy is holding a four hour camp on 27th of January in Mumbai, I got quite excited. I immediately called him to ask what the theme of the lecture is going to be? To my great relief he said, "I am going to show some of my best attacking games, calculation required for the attacking positions, consent of attacking chess and themes related to a successful attack!"
Saptarshi Roy teaching for four hours on the art of attack! Now this is something that I wouldn't like to miss for anything. It's like getting tips from a player who has beaten the best players in the world with his attacking play. And by best I really mean it. Saptarshi has beaten the former World Championship Challenger Nigel Short as well.
How to enroll for Saptarshi's workshop?
Saptarshi Roy's workshop is free of cost for all the players who have participated in the Universal Chess Below 1800 rapid rating event to be held in Ram Mandir Trust Hall, Jogeshwari (east), Mumbai on 26th of January.
The entry fee is Rs.3,000. Currently the organizers have over 200 entries. You can pay your entry fee from the link given below:
All the people who register from the above link, i.e from ChessBase India, will receive one month serial key for ChessBase Premium Account.
Top 20 seeds:
|9||Prabhu Ajay P.||5035368||IND||1773|
|18||Rohan Bharat Joshi||5097134||IND||1734|
|19||Gupta Rajesh R.S.||5048141||IND||1718|
Planning for this tournament
The tournament will be held on 26th of January 2019 and on 27th of January you have the Saptarshi Roy coaching as well as the ChessBase workshop and a quiz contest. You can then take a break on the 28th of January, and from 29th of Jan begins a classical rating tournament in Kalyan - the 2nd Dombivli Kalyan Open FIDE rated with a total prize fund of Rs.3,00,000. You can check out this tournament in the ChessBase India calendar.
If you do plan for the above two events then you can manage your accommodation via ChessBase India Power. For any sort of booking related query, these are the numbers:
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ChessBase workshop and quiz:
On 27th of January 2019, there will be a ChessBase workshop done along with Saptarshi Roy's camp, by the ChessBase India Juniors editor-in-chief Avathanshu Bhat. Avathanshu will not only show you some of the new exciting features of ChessBase 15, but also tell you on how to use ChessBase Account to make your daily chess practice exciting.
There will also be a chess quiz contest organized by ChessBase India on the 27th of January with prizes worth Rs.5,000 to be won in the form of ChessBase products. Be sure not to miss all the action!
26th January - Play the rapid tournament
27th January - 4 hours of training with Saptarshi Roy, ChessBase workshop and chess quiz with Avathanshu Bhat