Goa GM 2018 Round 6+7: Madhya Pradesh domination!
After a double round day in the mid way stage of a tournament, things suddenly start getting clear as to who would be the favourite to win the tournament. But at the Goa GM International 2018, seven out of ten rounds have been played and absolutely nothing is clear. We have five GMs and one FM in the lead with a score of 6.0/7. The big news of the day is definitely FM Ankit Gajwa, who is playing the tournament of his life. Ankit beats GM Himanshu Sharma, GM Martyn Kravtsiv and GM Ziaur Rahman in three consecutive rounds. Madhya Pradesh's good run in the tournament continued as apart from Ankit, Anuj Shrivatri was able to beat the strong Belgian GM Vadim Malakhatko. An illustrated report form the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Goa.
At the end of seven rounds we have six leaders with the score of 6.0/7 at the 1st Go International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament 2018. We have the Iranian GM Pouya Idani, Ukrainian GMs Neverov, Bernadskiy and Sivuk and Indian GM Deepan Chakkravarthy. All five of these have won many strong tournaments in their lives and leading after seven rounds is nothing new for them. But there is a sixth leader! He is no GM, not an IM. He also doesn't have any IM norms! He is FM Ankit Gajwa from Madhya Pradesh and he is playing the best chess of his life at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium.
Ankit is a B.com graduate and after finishing his graduation decided to take a break from education for one year in order to pursue chess seriously. This one year break turned into two and Ankit saw no real rise in his rating. In fact from a 2300+ player, he has come down to 2224. "At this event I decided not to think about ratings or result but just focus on making good moves", said Ankit to ChessBase India after his seventh round game. Ankit has scored wins over GM Himanshu Sharma, top seed GM Martyn Kravtsiv and GM Ziaur Rahman. All three games have been completely different. While against Kravtsiv it was a miniature where the Ukrainian blundered in a worse position, against Himanshu Sharma, Gajwa scored a clinical victory. GM Ziaur Rahman was not so happy losing his game to Ankit and exclaimed after the game that the Madhya Pradesh lad was very lucky to have won such a position. Here's the interview with Ankit after the seventh round. He speaks about his wins and at the same time also gives pearls of advice like how maintaining a regular database can help a student become a better chess player.
Martyn Kravtsiv vs Ankit Gajwa:
Ankit Gajwa vs Himanshu Sharma:
At the recently concluded Sinquefield Cup 2018 Magnus Carlsen was up against Sergey Karjakin. In the following position Carlsen took a very surprising decision:
Of course the bishop on f7 wasn't great, but it's what remains on the board that matters and not what goes out of it. In the ensuing position White has a strong bishop on c3 and the black rooks cannot really coordinate. When Ankit was seeing this game back in August, he saved this position in his database and wrote "risk-free exchange sacrifice" for White. First of all it show's Ankit's approach towards the game. He felt that the exchange sacrifice was the most natural progression in the position. I know some people who thought it was a bad decision and that it made Black's task of holding easier. But it was not the case. Magnus Carlsen won the game and proved that the practical value of his sacrifice was very high. Here's the full game for your reference:
Watching this game proved to be immensely useful because when Ankit reached the following position against GM Himanshu Sharma, he was very clear on what needed to be done.
Ziaur Rahman vs Ankit Gajwa:
This game shows how even in a clearly better position a GM can go wrong! Ziaur Rahman was clearly better, but once the position was complicated the evaluations went haywire fluctuating from better for white to winning for black nearly every other move. In the end Ankit kept his cool and brought home the bounty with a nice final move.
Anuj Shrivatri showed what the right spirit of King's Indian is all about and beat GM Vadim Malakhatko from Belgium | Photo: Sagar Shah
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Rank after round 7
|3||11||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2540||RLYS||6,0||0,0||29,5||33,5||27,75||5||10||6,0|
|12||54||Raahul V S||IND||2294||TN||5,5||0,0||27,0||29,5||23,00||4||20||24,0|
The C-group kicked off on the 17th of October 2018. It is a 10-round below 1600 event. A total of 536 players from five different countries are taking part in this event! With a total prize fund of Rs.10,00,000 at stake and the first prize of Rs.1,25,000 this promises to be an exciting tournament.
Rank after round 3
|54||Aanandha Kumar M S||IND||1475||TN||3,0||0,0||4,0||6,0||6,00||3||20||12,4|
|19||Surya Raghava I||U13||IND||1538||AP||3,0||0,0||4,0||5,0||5,00||3||40||24,4|
|31||Shibin K Benny||IND||1516||KER||3,0||0,0||4,0||5,0||5,00||3||20||12,4|
|50||Prasath K R||IND||1482||TN||3,0||0,0||4,0||5,0||5,00||3||20||12,6|
|61||Varun Rajesh Nandanam||U15||IND||1460||KER||3,0||0,0||4,0||5,0||5,00||3||40||27,6|
Read previous reports:
Round 1: No less than Batumi
Round 3+4: What is Troitsky's line?
Round 5: Who said GMs and IMs do not blunder