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IIFLW Mumbai 07: Deepan slips while Gareyev shows his blindfold magic

by Aditya Pai - 06/01/2018

The biggest spectacles of day 7 of the IIFLW Mumbai International Chess Tournament was Timur Gareyev's blindfold simul. In the course of three hours, the blindfold king of the world had not only completed his 12 games but had also cycled 22 kms while doing it. Post this, when the antepenultimate round of the open event concluded, a new leader had emerged. Iranian GM Parham Maghsoodloo convincingly defeated the tournament leader Deepan Chakkravarthy to take sole lead. After his loss, Chakkravarthy, along with four others is in the joint-second position with four other players. Round 7 report. 

The antepenultimate round of the IIFLW Mumbai International tournament concluded yesterday. With two rounds to go, tournament leader Deepan Chakkravarthy was overtaken by the Iranian GM Parham Maghsoodloo. Another Indian, GM Abhijeet Gupta has been on the rise since the last few rounds. In the seventh round, he got the better of GM Karthikeyan P and is currently on the joint second spot along with compatriot, Deepan Chakkravarthy and three others.

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy was dominated from the very start in his game against Parham Maghsoodloo | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Deepan Chakkravarthy had been leading the tournament since the last couple of rounds. Having won all of his games in the tournament so far, he had strongly established himself as one of the favourites to win the event. Maghsoodloo, on the other hand, had also played extremely well so far. Except for his draw against Saurabh Anand in round 4, he had won all of his games. With such closely matched opponents, it was hard to imagine the game to be so one-sided.

 

Deepan had essayed a novelty on move 11 from the black side of an English Opening. This, however, left his queenside pawns pretty weak. Maghsoodloo grabbed the opportunity to attack these pawns with both hands and was able to win a pawn very soon. After this, the Indian GM was never really able to make a comeback. Maghsoodloo did miss a few chances to win more quickly but never really let his advantage slip. By the 45th move, the Iranian GM had maintained his extra pawn and had liquidated into a king and pawn endgame to force resignation.

An endgame slip by his opponent led to Abhijeet Gupta's win in round 7 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

In the game between P Karthikeyan and Abhijeet Gupta, the tournament's top seed was unable to generate any chances until the players had reached well into the endgame. Just like Deepan, Gupta also came out with an early novelty with the black pieces in the English Opening. Pieces were traded at regular intervals and just when it seemed like the players were cruising towards a draw, Karthikeyan missed the most accurate way to maintain equality. Consequently, the 27-year-old IM had to shed a pawn and it was one-way traffic this point onwards. 

The biggest spectacle of the day was Timur Gareyev's blindfold simul | Photo: Aditya Pai

Day 7 of the IIFLW Mumbai International Chess Tournament was especially important because the blindfold king of the world was scheduled to give all comers a taste of his genius with a blindfold simul on 12 boards. But along with this, Timur also showed how incredible his stamina is. Within a span of about three hours, Timur had won nine out of his twelve blindfold games and drawn the remaining three.

While playing those 12 blindfolds, Gareyev also cycled 22 kms! | Photo: Aditya Pai

While giving this simultaneous display, Timur also cycled 22 kilometres! What's even more incredible is the fact that, just 20 minutes later, Gareyev had to play his seventh round game. After such a brilliant blindfold display, having ridden 22 kms, one might have expected Garayev to have been tired. Going for a quick draw could have been on the cards for him. But as it turned out, Timur is not only a genius, he is also a powerhouse of stamina. In his game against Debarshi Mukherjee, Timur was the one to create complications to try and win. Playing with the white pieces, the Uzbek-American grandmaster essayed a rare line in the Trompowsky that involved a pawn sacrifice on move 5. As play proceeded, players castled on opposite wings and Timur emerged on top in the complex battle that ensued.

With two rounds to go, Parham Maghsoodloo, with his win over Deepan Chakkravarthy, has pushed himself to the top spot, half-a-point ahead of the field with a score of 6.5/7. His opponent, Deepan, who was leading the tournament until this round, has slipped to the joint second spot with Abhijeet Gupta and three others. With two more rounds to go, this is sure to be an exciting contest.

Round 7 Results

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
16
GMMaghsoodloo ParhamIRI25701 - 06GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND2473
15
212
IMKarthikeyan P.IND249750 - 15GMGupta AbhijeetIND2610
1
314
IMYeoh Li TianMAS24805½ - ½5GMRozum IvanRUS2595
3
419
IMHarsha BharathakotiIND245150 - 15GMDavid AlbertoITA2571
5
520
IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK24515½ - ½5GMAtalik SuatTUR2545
7
68
GMTran Tuan MinhVIE254451 - 05GMBarua DibyenduIND2448
21
732
FMErigaisi ArjunIND23595½ - ½5GMSwapnil S. DhopadeIND2533
9
834
Sammed Jaykumar SheteIND235150 - 15GMNguyen Duc HoaVIE2504
11
92
GMGareyev TimurUSA26061 - 0Debarshi MukherjeeIND2313
43
104
GMTukhaev AdamUKR25751 - 0IMDeshmukh AnupIND2283
53

Rank after round 7

 

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 wwew-weKrtg+/-
16
GMMaghsoodloo ParhamU18IRI25706,50,031,535,02,06,06,55,790,71107,1
25
GMDavid AlbertoITA25716,00,030,533,53,05,065,390,61106,1
38
GMTran Tuan MinhU20VIE25446,00,029,032,53,05,065,790,21102,1
415
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND24736,00,029,032,03,06,064,561,441014,4
51
GMGupta AbhijeetIND26106,00,027,530,52,05,066,01-0,0110-0,1
611
GMNguyen Duc HoaVIE25046,00,027,030,02,05,065,970,03100,3
740
FMRathanvel V SU16IND23235,50,030,534,03,05,05,54,121,382027,6
89
GMSwapnil S. DhopadeIND25335,50,029,533,02,04,05,56,03-0,5310-5,3
93
GMRozum IvanRUS25955,50,029,532,53,04,05,55,55-0,0510-0,5
1032
FMErigaisi ArjunU14IND23595,50,029,532,52,04,05,54,251,252025,0

Round 8 Pairings

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
11
GMGupta AbhijeetIND26106GMMaghsoodloo ParhamIRI2570
6
25
GMDavid AlbertoITA257166GMNguyen Duc HoaVIE2504
11
315
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND247366GMTran Tuan MinhVIE2544
8
427
IMAmeir MohebEGY2382GMGareyev TimurUSA2606
2
53
GMRozum IvanRUS2595IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK2451
20
633
Kunal M.IND2352GMTukhaev AdamUKR2575
4
77
GMAtalik SuatTUR2545FMRathanvel V SIND2323
40
89
GMSwapnil S. DhopadeIND2533Kulkarni VinayakIND2230
64
941
Muthaiah AlIND2316IMYeoh Li TianMAS2480
14
1061
Saurabh AnandIND2241GMHorvath AdamHUN2473
16