IBCA World Teams Round 3: India stuns Spain 3-1
The third round at the World Team Championships 2018 was a very successful one for Team India. We were facing Spain which had a rating average of 300 points above our team. But the team of Kishan Gangolli, Soundarya Pradhan, Aryan Joshi and Ashvin Makwana played some sublime chess to win the match 3-1. Wins came for team India on boards one and two. Kishan beat his 2196 rated opponent in positional style, while Soundarya made sure that the tactical skirmishes ended in his favour. Aryan was better and Ashvin was worse, but both of them managed to hold on to a draw. India now face a stiff challenge in round four against the Polish team which consists of one GM and two IMs. Here's round three report with pictures, videos, games, analysis and more.
On board one Kishan was facing Palacios Perez, Manuel (2196).
The way Kishan played with black can be a model way for black players to play agains the Colle System. He was methodical and slowly and steadily turned the screws on his opponent. With some help from Manuel, Kishan was able to bring home the full point.
Soundarya's opponent Roberto Clemente (2140) went for the Old Benoni, but was soon caught in a tactical whirlwind!
Aryan could have well scored his third win of the tournament if he was not in a hurry to get rid of his bishop for the opponent's knight!
After the match ended, the coach of the Spanish team GM Artur Kogan congratulated team India for their performance saying, "You played better chess than us today." If you look at the match closely apart from Soundarya's game all three games were keenly contested. But towards the end, our players were able to outwit the opponents. This is a clear indication that the playing practice that was given to them during to Kolkata GM 2018 and KIIT International 2018 has borne fruits. A special thanks to Dibyendu Barua and Sekhar Sahu for their support towards these players.
Crosstable of Group A:
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Crosstable of Group B:
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Artur Kogan is perhaps on of the most diverse GMs that you will ever meet. He has been a strong GM since the 90s. Apart from being a player he has trained the elite players which includes Radjabov, Nakamura, and many top players. He has worked with many women players including India's top female player Harika. Artur has also created 40 age group world champions! He currently trains the Italian national team and will be their coach at the Batumi Olympiad 2018. And now he is also the coach of the Spanish visually challenged team. And he is just 44 years old! How did Artur accomplish all of this, yet stayed humble, down to earth, with a perpetual smile on his face! We find out the secret in this interview.