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Goa GM 2018 Round 9: Being overambitious sometimes pays, sometimes doesn't!

by Sagar Shah - 20/10/2018

When you are playing the penultimate round, a good result can place you in a very pleasant situation in the final round. Hence, a lot of players try to overpush. This ambitious attitude in chess is very double-edged. Sometimes you are rewarded with a win and you feel like you took the right call, but sometimes you lose the game and that's when you promise yourself to be more objective from next time onwards. At the 1st Goa International Open GM chess tournament two players faced differing fortunes for trying too hard. Karthik Venkatraman won his game Neverov and moved to joint lead, while Bernadskiy overpressed a bit too much and lost his game to Sergey Kasparov. Illustrated report with pictures by Niklesh Jain Amruta Mokal. 

AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan visited the venue at the start of the ninth round | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Bharat Singh discusses and gives feedback about the Goa open to the tournament director Kishor Bandekar | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The chess lover! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Interview with Bharat Singh Chauhan

Live Commentary:

This is for the first time in the history of Indian chess that we have the live video of not just the commentator but also the playing hall along with game analysis board! Enjoy the commentary and do let us know your feedback in the comments section below.

On the top board Idani Pouya missed many wins and drew his game against Levon Babujian | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Chess is a tricky game. When you are playing a crucial round, you will often face a situation where you have to decide whether you should take a draw or play ambitiously. A lot of things are at stake and a lot of factors to consider before making the leap. In the ninth round Vitaliy Bernadskiy got his hands burnt playing against Sergey Kasparov and being too ambitious, on the other hand Karthik Venkatraman was rewarded for taking risks by winning his game against Valeriy Neverov. What is the correct approach? If you were to ask me I would tend towards being more objective, but then there are so many factors in play that it is simply impossible to stay objective and just look at the position and take such a decision. 

The Goan heat is strong, but Sergey Kasparov maintained his cool and won against Bernadskiy! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Karthik Venkatraman was ambitious and got the full point by beating Valeriy Neverov | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Ankit Gajwa's dream run of 6.0/7 was halted with two losses in rounds 8 and 9. In the ninth round he lost to Neelotpal Das. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Martyn Kravtsiv beat Abhishek Kelkar, but with 6.5/9 he is already out from the first place race | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Results of round 9:

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts. ResultPts. NameRtgClub/City No.
GMIdani Pouya 2588IRI7 ½ - ½7 GMBabujian Levon 2456ARM
GMNeverov Valeriy 2488UKR7 0 - 1 IMKarthik Venkataraman 2525AP
IMDas Sayantan 2425WB ½ - ½ GMSivuk Vitaly 2545UKR
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J. 2540RLYS ½ - ½ Raahul V S 2294TN
GMKasparov Sergey 2453BLR 1 - 06 GMBernadskiy Vitaliy 2547UKR
GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel 2547ARM6 1 - 06 IMDeshmukh Anup 2267LIC
CMAditya Mittal 2215MAH6 0 - 16 IMAkash G 2424TN
GMNeelotpal Das 2436PSPB 1 - 06 FMGajwa Ankit 2224MP
GMKravtsiv Martyn 2654UKR 1 - 0 IMAbhishek Kelkar 2359MAH
FMRajdeep Sarkar 2355WB 0 - 1 GMAmonatov Farrukh 2615TJK

Rank after round 9:

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
118GMBabujian LevonARM2456ARM7,50,050,554,545,2561023,9
25GMIdani PouyaIRI2588IRI7,50,049,554,043,756108,5
319GMKasparov SergeyBLR2453BLR7,50,048,051,541,0071021,3
412IMKarthik VenkataramanIND2525AP7,50,045,549,541,007102,2
511GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND2540RLYS7,00,053,057,042,505103,0
610GMSivuk VitalyUKR2545UKR7,00,052,057,042,755108,4
715GMNeverov ValeriyUKR2488UKR7,00,051,056,041,7561015,9
89GMTer-Sahakyan SamvelARM2547ARM7,00,048,052,539,007103,4
954Raahul V SIND2294TN7,00,047,551,039,0052043,8
1027IMDas SayantanIND2425WB7,00,047,051,037,0061013,2
1128IMAkash GIND2424TN7,00,046,550,037,256108,7
124GMPopov IvanRUS2611RUS6,50,049,053,035,00610-9,0
131GMKravtsiv MartynUKR2654UKR6,50,048,553,036,00610-12,6
147GMMalakhatko VadimBEL2552BEL6,50,047,051,536,50510-6,7
152GMAmonatov FarrukhTJK2615TJK6,50,046,552,036,00610-7,5
163GMPredke AlexandrRUS2615RUS6,50,046,550,534,50510-12,8
1731IMRakesh Kumar JenaIND2388ODI6,50,044,048,032,75610-0,4
186GMTukhaev AdamUKR2556UKR6,50,043,546,032,50510-9,3
1936IMRathnakaran K.IND2366RLYS6,50,043,047,032,505101,7
2023GMNeelotpal DasIND2436PSPB6,50,042,045,531,25610-9,5


Pairings for round 10:

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts. ResultPts. NameRtgClub/City No.
112IMKarthik Venkataraman 2525AP GMIdani Pouya 2588IRI5
218GMBabujian Levon 2456ARM GMKasparov Sergey 2453BLR19
310GMSivuk Vitaly 2545UKR7 7 GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel 2547ARM9
454Raahul V S 2294TN7 7 GMNeverov Valeriy 2488UKR15
528IMAkash G 2424TN7 7 IMDas Sayantan 2425WB27
61GMKravtsiv Martyn 2654UKR 7 GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J. 2540RLYS11
72GMAmonatov Farrukh 2615TJK GMMalakhatko Vadim 2552BEL7
83GMPredke Alexandr 2615RUS IMRakesh Kumar Jena 2388ODI31
988Singh S. Vikramjit 2192RLYS GMPopov Ivan 2611RUS4
106GMTukhaev Adam 2556UKR Ritviz Parab 2252GOA67


Photos by Amruta Mokal

Battle hardened 85-year-old T.V. Subramanium

Mangoes are meant to be eaten, not to be pulped and put inside a box!

The "I found a great idea" look!

Mental torture! (Lacoste, this is high class branding! Start sponsoring chess players!)

"It's not fear! It's just that I don't like to smile in between the game!"


Prasath KR (left) is the leader in the C-group with 8.5/9. He was also the coach of Aravindh Chithambaram in the first few years when the youngster was growing up!
The final moments of Prasath's last round win and interview with him after his victory!

Ranking after round 9 - C group

Rk.SNo NameTypFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
Prasath K RIND1482TN8,50,049,053,049,7582059,6
Aanandha Kumar M SIND1475TN8,00,050,054,548,0072055,6
Shibin K BennyIND1516KER8,00,050,054,047,0082035,0
Ravi ChopraIND0UP8,00,048,553,045,508
Parekh VishrutIND1287GUJ8,00,046,549,543,75740207,6
Ranjith KalaiyarasanIND1483TN7,50,051,055,543,7572040,0
Rajat YadavIND1449MP7,50,051,054,543,5072040,4
Pednekar AyushU15IND1298GOA7,50,048,051,042,00740143,6
Devi Das Suresh PaiIND1532KAR7,50,047,551,543,5072014,2
Tushar BanerjeeIND1508WB7,50,044,548,038,7572022,0
Anvesh BandekarU15IND1393GOA7,50,043,544,034,50740107,2
Aryan Shamrao RaikarIND1513GOA7,00,051,556,041,0064074,4
Satyam PrakashIND1555DEL7,00,050,554,539,2562013,4
Felix MoothedathU11IND1329TN7,00,048,552,036,00740129,6
Shanmugasundaram G.IND1549TN7,00,048,052,040,006206,0
Gaude SachinIND1425GOA7,00,047,551,538,5062024,0
Sivathanujan SSRI1535SRI7,00,047,051,538,507404,4
Manabi ChouhanIND1443WB7,00,046,050,037,5062029,2
Sakthi Subash A SU15IND1556TN7,00,045,549,537,25640-0,4
Gopikrishnan SS50IND1524TN7,00,045,049,038,006201,4

Watch the games of A-category live

Read previous reports:

Round 1: No less than Batumi

Round 2: 6-year-old prodigy and 12-year-old Veteran

Round 3+4: What is Troitsky's line?

Round 5: Who said GMs and IMs do not blunder

Round 6+7: Madhya Pradesh domination 

Round 8: An Iranian, an Ukrainian and an Armenian

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