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Goa GM 2019 Round 4: Train with the grandmasters

by Sagar Shah - 21/06/2019

We all have books on tactics. We solve them to stay alert and improve our tactical vision. But do you know, these tactical positions are nothing but ones which are found by analyzing top class grandmaster games that are played at important event. The Goa GM International 2019 is filled with high class chess and a lot of tactical ideas are being executed on the top boards. In this article we bring you five positions. You would do well to spend 25 minutes of your time (5 mins x positions) to solve these positions and then match your answer with what the GMs did! All of these positions are taken from round 4 of the event. In this report you will also find a lot of photos, videos, analysis and an update about the B category tournament which is coming to an end.

Indians do win the grandmaster opens that take place in our country, but the frequency of them doing so is quite less. Almost always we have an international grandmaster who comes and takes home the top prize. Why is it so? Is it because our Indian GMs are less talented, or is it that the foreign GMs have some tricks up their sleeve which the Indians are unable to cope up with? Whatever it is, after four rounds of the Goa GM 2019 we have four leaders and all four of them are from outside India - Samvel Ter Sahakyan and Manuel Petrosyan from Armenia, Valeriy Neverov and Petr Kostenko from Ukraine! As to the question related to why Indian players are lagging behind in such open events, I would be more than happy to receive your thoughts on it in the comments section below.

Four leaders of the tournament (clockwise from top left) - Samvel Ter Sahakyan, Tigran Petrosian, Petr Kostenko and Valeriy Neverov | Photo: Niklesh Jain

25 minutes training with the GMs

We have handpicked five positions for you in this article where you need to spend 25 minutes (5 minutes per position) and try to find the answers to the problems. Below you will find the solutions in the PGN replayable board. Let's go!

Neverov vs Pantsulaia

Black has played his queen to g4. What would you do as White?

Samvel Ter Sahakyan vs Nubairshah Shaikh

How should White build up the pressure in the position?

Sankalp Gupta vs Petr Kostenko

How should Black develop his c8 bishop?

Abhijeet Gupta vs Himal Gusain

How should Black win this position?

M.R. Venkatesh vs Sankarsh Shelke

White is building up a typical kingside onslaught in the King's Indian Attack. What's the best move here?


Everyone felt that Pantsulaia was the favourite to win this top board match-up, but Neverov dug in deep and in mutual time trouble won the game!

Position 1:

White to play

Position 2:

Samvel Ter Sahakyan showed his class on board 2 to beat Nubairshah Shaikh

White to play

Position 3:

Peter Kostenko - creative as always! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Black to play

Position 4

The most topsy turvy game of round 4 was Abhijeet Gupta against Himal Gusain | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Black to play.

Winning this position is no rocket science. All that Black has to do is play Re8, keep his king on g8, bring the rook to b8 and then Rb1+, game over!

Himal Gusain was unsure after the game whether to be happy or sad! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Position 5:

You should always be careful against Venkatesh's Reti/ King's Indian Attack openings! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

White to play

Mitrabha Guha played a fine tournament at Mumbai Mayors Cup and reached an Elo of 2390. In the first three rounds of the Goa GM International 2019 he gained 10 Elo points and crossed 2400 Elo mark. He becomes the latest IM of the country and he also has a GM norm under his belt. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Gukesh played a nearly flawless game to beat Aniruddha Deshpande! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Results of round 4

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
129GMNeverov Valeriy247031 - 03GMPantsulaia Levan26142
23GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel261131 - 03IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh243638
311GMPetrosyan Manuel257331 - 03Sammed Jaykumar Shete243140
460IMViani Antonio Dcunha23623½ - ½3GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.255712
519IMIniyan P25253½ - ½3FMMitrabha Guha234169
662Sankalp Gupta235930 - 13GMKostenko Petr247328
71GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo2637½ - ½IMShyaamnikhil P243439
85GMGupta Abhijeet2606½ - ½IMGusain Himal240448
949Koustav Chatterjee2404½ - ½GMIdani Pouya25976
109GMJojua Davit25801 - 0CMBharath Subramaniyam H238354
1117GMTukhaev Adam2527½ - ½FMRathanvel V S231480
1253IMRahul Srivatshav P2395½ - ½GMBurmakin Vladimir252618
1355IMRaja Rithvik R23810 - 1GMMalakhatko Vadim250520
1467CMRohith Krishna S2347½ - ½GMAnurag Mhamal249722
1565IMSidhant Mohapatra2351½ - ½GMKunte Abhijit247826
1631IMVignesh N R2459½ - ½Ram S. Krishnan2152130
1771IMRathnakaran K.23380 - 1IMNguyen Van Huy245632
1835IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad2446½ - ½FMAaryan Varshney2196113
19157Karthik Rajaa20800 - 12GMStupak Kirill25848
207GMAleksandrov Aleksej258821 - 02Raahul V S229288


Standings after round 4

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwe
13GMTer-Sahakyan SamvelARM2611ARM4,00,09,010,510,504443,25
211GMPetrosyan ManuelARM2573ARM4,00,08,010,010,004443,20
328GMKostenko PetrKAZ2473KAZ4,00,08,09,09,004443,13
429GMNeverov ValeriyUKR2470UKR4,00,07,09,09,004442,80
569FMMitrabha GuhaIND2341WB3,50,09,510,58,75343,52,33
619IMIniyan PIND2525TN3,50,08,510,58,75343,53,20
79GMJojua DavitGEO2580GEO3,50,08,010,08,50343,53,29
860IMViani Antonio DcunhaIND2362KAR3,50,08,09,07,25343,52,30
912GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND2557TN3,50,07,59,57,75343,53,24
1020GMMalakhatko VadimBEL2505BEL3,50,07,08,57,25343,53,14
1132IMNguyen Van HuyVIE2456VIE3,50,06,58,07,00343,53,21
122GMPantsulaia LevanGEO2614GEO3,00,09,511,57,503433,18
1340Sammed Jaykumar SheteIND2431MAH3,00,09,011,07,003432,94
1480FMRathanvel V SIND2314TN3,00,09,010,06,752431,59
1587IMKonguvel PonnuswamyIND2293TN3,00,09,010,06,003432,26
165GMGupta AbhijeetIND2606DEL3,00,08,510,07,252433,30
130Ram S. KrishnanIND2152TN3,00,08,510,07,252430,65
1838IMMohammad Nubairshah ShaikhIND2436MAH3,00,08,510,06,003432,80
62Sankalp GuptaIND2359MAH3,00,08,510,06,003321,44
2026GMKunte AbhijitIND2478MAH3,00,08,010,07,502433,15

Video Gallery:

15-year-old Kushagra Mohan with a rating of 2207 was up against India's 57th GM P. Karthikeyan. The game started with an unusual opening and very soon Kushagra had a small positional edge. The ease with which Kushagra converted the position was quite astonishing. The boy has no trainer and works on chess on his own. His story and play are both inspiring.

Final moments of Neverov's win against Pantsulaia
Final moments of Abhijeet Gupta vs Himal Gusain

K. Priyanka is the former Commonwealth under-16 champion, she is also two time under-17 national champion in 2017 and 2018. At the Goa GM 2019, she is playing with a rating of 2053. In round 4 she was paired against Sameer Kathmale, who has an Elo of 2311. With the black pieces, Priyanka was not the favourite. She played the Najdorf and after the opening executed the typical ...Rxc3 sacrifice. Check out the game with Priyanka's analysis in the video. We also speak to the youngster about her future plans. Priyanka's father is no more and her mother is unable to make their ends meet. She is qualified to play in the commonwealth championships in the under-18 section, but she would like to play in the open as well. However, she doesn't have the funds to do so. She is right now looking for a sponsor to ensure that she can go to Delhi for the Commonwealth tournament that begins from the 30th of June.

The fight for Rs.2,00,000 in the B category

The last two rounds of the B category are always filled with a lot of tension and pressure! That's because you have a lot of prize money at stake. The leaders usually falter as they cannot really handle the tension. The same happened in the penultimate round 9. Selvamurugan was leading the event with 7.5/8 along with J. Karthikeyan. In round 9 Selvamurugan lost his game against Karthik Gopal G of AP, while Karthikeyan J was held to a draw by Harshit Pawar. This means that going into the last round we have two leaders Karthikeyan J and Karthik Gopal. The winner of this game will take home the cheque of Rs.2,00,000.

J Karthikeyan was held to a draw in the ninth round by Harshit Pawar. He is currently one of the leaders with 8.0/9 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Karthik Gopal G (right) beat Selvmurugan in round 9 | Photo: Niklesh Jain
Round 9 encounter between Karthik Gopal and Selvamurugan (black) captured on the camera. Look how smoothly the endgame is converted by Karthik Gopal

Standings after round 9

Rk.SNo NameTypsexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Karthikeyan J.1838TN8,00,051,555,548,007
Karthik Gopal G1766AP8,00,043,546,542,008
Selvamurugan B1929TN7,50,053,057,045,007
Uma Maheswaran P1836TN7,50,050,555,043,507
Pawar HarshitU131776DEL7,50,050,554,043,506
Sanchit Anand1864DEL7,50,048,051,540,257
Saranya YSw1966TN7,50,047,050,041,257
Himanshu Moudgil1732DASCB7,50,044,548,539,257
Rishabh Nishad1903UP7,00,052,056,541,756
Abhishek T M1862KER7,00,049,554,040,256
Sooraj M R1923KER7,00,049,552,538,506
Gajanan Vijay Jayade1839MAH7,00,049,053,540,755
Bakshi RutujaSw1960MAH7,00,048,553,040,255
Sharsha Backer1858KER7,00,048,051,037,256
Dere Pushkar1825MAH7,00,046,550,037,507
Sushrutha Reddy1608KAR7,00,046,049,536,756
Koustav Chakraborty1906WB7,00,045,549,535,756
Akshay Anand1863PUN7,00,045,049,036,006
Vijay Kumar1891HIM7,00,045,048,537,007
Abdulkhader A.1876KER7,00,044,048,036,256

Pairings for the final round:

J Karthikeyan (left) vs Karthik Gopal G (right) - winner takes it all! | Photo: Niklesh Jain
Bo.No. NameTypRtgClub/CityPts. ResultPts. NameTypRtgClub/City No.
179Karthik Gopal G 1766AP8 8 Karthikeyan J. 1838TN47
26Saranya Y S1966TN Himanshu Moudgil 1732DASCB95
314Selvamurugan B 1929TN Pawar Harshit U131776DEL73
448Uma Maheswaran P 1836TN Sanchit Anand 1864DEL33
536Abhishek T M 1862KER7 7 Pradeep Tiwari 1972DASCB5
655Dere Pushkar 1825MAH7 7 Bakshi Rutuja S1960MAH7
716Sooraj M R 1923KER7 7 Nayak Sanjeeban 1814ORI57
820Koustav Chakraborty 1906WB7 7 Sathya Giri V 1852TN43
966Dave Kantilal S501795RAJ7 7 Rishabh Nishad 1903UP21
1024Vijay Kumar 1891HIM7 7 Sushrutha Reddy 1608KAR155

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