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Kolkata 2018 Round 7: It's Deep, Short and Srinath!

by Sagar Shah - 21/05/2018

No sole leader has been able to sustain for more than a round at the Kolkata Open 2018. Ivan Rozum raced ahead with 5.0/5, but then lost his game to Adam Tukhaev. Tukhaev with 5.5/6 was the sole leader, but in the seventh round was beaten by Nigel Short in a fine game by the English GM. Deep Sengupta showed his class and outplayed Tajik GM Farrukh Amonatov, while GM Srinath Narayanan was extremely lucky to win his game against Karthikeyan Murali. We have a pictorial report on not just round seven but also on the dinner party that was held after the round. 

Why can't GMs win winning positions?

One of the most basic problems faced by chess players all around the world is winning won positions. "The hardest thing in chess is to win won positions!" But you might expect grandmasters to win them, right? After all they spend multiple hours in their lab studying the intricacies of the game trying to understand how to become better at this complex sport. Yet, when they sit opposite their opponent on the board, it is a completely different ball game altogether.

GM Karthikeyan Murali was winning in quite a few ways against Srinath Narayanan, but the two time national champion just couldn't finish off the game and slumped to a defeat. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

In this position Karthikeyan who was black had to just play Kg7 followed by Bb5 and win the game.

GM Lalith Babu (can you guess why he no longer wears his spectacles!) survived a brutal attack on his king by IM S. Nitin. The Intenational Master from Salem was winning the game but Lalith did not give up and was rewarded with the victory. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

It is Black (Nitin) to play. Can you find the fastest way to win?

Caption this! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Nigel Short managed to win a very nice game against GM Adam Tukhaev | Photo: Amruta Mokal

One does not often see such a pawn chain! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

It was a Sunday and Deep's wife Tania had an off at work and so she came to cheer her husband! Deep rose to the occasion and beat GM Farrukh Amonatov. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Nihal Sarin played a fantastic game against Sundararajan Kidambi to move to 5.5/7 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

It was not easy, but Nihal had many tricks up his sleeve! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM D.Gukesh lost his game against the Vietnamese opponent Nguyen Phuoc Tam | Photo: Amruta Mokal

One of India's top female players Mary Ann Gomes | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Leon Mendonca continues his great form in the tournament and is now gaining 102 Elo points | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Don't mess with the Rajinikanth! Check out this amazing game between Neelotpal Das and Deepan Chakkravarthy where Deepan was completely lost, but managed to save the game and even win in the end! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GMs Ivan Rozum and Vladimir Burmakin split points on board three | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Dinner party at the Calcutta Club:

The story has it that the Viceroy during the pre-independence times went to the Bengal club with an Indian friend. Such were the terrible rules that an Indian was not allowed to enter into the premises of that club. Even the viceroy was not allowed to bring his Indian friend. Angered by this treatment, the viceroy decided to build another club where Indians would be given an entry and that was named as the Calcutta Club. It was the venue of the dinner party at the 3rd Kolkata Open 2018 after the seventh round.

Dibyendu Barua sits and discusses with the Chairman of MET Technologies Kunal Gupta | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Nigel Short, of course, entertained his table with his short stories! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The invited grandmasters were treated to sumptuous food | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Everyone got a chance to catch up with each other! But as we can see chess players will more often than not discuss chess! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Rashit Ziatdinov even brought a chess board to the party! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Andrey Deviatkin was injured and had a leg fracture but he did not withdraw from the tournament and made sure to be a part of the party as well. | Photo: Amruta Mokal
GM Andrey Deviatkin tells us the reason behind his fracture

Ukranian GM Tukhaev and Russian GM Rozum enjoying a nice Indian dinner! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Two pretty girls Pallabi Roy and Mohana Sengupta in the Indian traditional saree | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The hard working arbiters surely deserved some time off work! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

A lot of things happening in this picture! Can you give it an appropriate caption? | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Sumit Kumar (left) and Sayan Bose (right) have been working day and night to make this event a success! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The most affable couple in town - Surya and Sudeshna Ganguly | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GMs Nigel Short and Andrey Deviatkin with the organizers and sponsors | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The group picture with the arbiters, organizers and Nigel Short | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Arbiters with Dibyendu and Saheli Barua | Photo: Amruta Mokal

I was quite 'bored' at the party! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Such parties are quite common in European events, but not so much in India. However, they are extremely important as they give a chance to players to meet the sponsors, talk to them and just unwind in between a hard event. GMs Deepan, Vishnu and Abhijeet taking it easy! | Photo: Amruta Mokal
We asked the grandmasters at the Kolkata Open 2018 as to what makes this event truly special? Here's what they said.

Results of round 7:

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11GMShort Nigel D265651 - 0GMTukhaev Adam25519
24GMAmonatov Farrukh260850 - 15GMSengupta Deep25638
36GMRozum Ivan25815½ - ½5GMBurmakin Vladimir252813
416GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.25165½ - ½5GMSandipan Chanda25737
514GMNarayanan Srinath252551 - 0GMKarthikeyan Murali26173
610IMNihal Sarin25511 - 0GMSundararajan Kidambi243431
712GMLalith Babu M R25311 - 0IMNitin S.243232
839IMRahul Srivatshav P24020 - 1GMShyam Sundar M.251815
919GMNeverov Valeriy2496½ - ½IMRaghunandan Kaumandur Srihari240041
1045IMRathnakaran K.23770 - 1FMErigaisi Arjun248821
1125IMHarsha Bharathakoti2463½ - ½IMRavi Teja S.233857
1226IMNguyen Van Huy2462½ - ½IMSangma Rahul229568
1381Sahoo Utkal Ranjan2281½ - ½IMDas Sayantan243730
142GMGupta Abhijeet261941 - 04FMAhmed Sk. Nasir230562
1564FMIslam Kh. Aminul22964½ - ½4GMVishnu Prasanna. V253211
1617GMTran Tuan Minh251241 - 04Sekar B230463
1720GMRahman Ziaur249541 - 04WGMGomes Mary Ann229073
1882Neelash Saha22804½ - ½4GMNeelotpal Das245228
1929GMLaxman R.R.244441 - 04Ojas Kulkarni225191
2033CMGukesh D242640 - 14Nguyen Phuoc Tam2210100


Standings after round 7:

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 wwew-we
11GMShort Nigel DENG2656ENG6,00,029,032,027,25565,340,66
214GMNarayanan SrinathIND2525AIR INDIA6,00,027,030,025,25564,161,84
38GMSengupta DeepIND2563PSPB6,00,027,030,024,50664,641,36
46GMRozum IvanRUS2581RUS5,50,030,033,024,7555,54,770,73
59GMTukhaev AdamUKR2551UKR5,50,028,530,522,7555,54,680,82
67GMSandipan ChandaIND2573WB5,50,027,531,024,0045,55,120,38
721FMErigaisi ArjunIND2488TEL5,50,026,029,020,7555,54,580,92
812GMLalith Babu M RIND2531PSPB5,50,025,528,521,5044,53,850,65
915GMShyam Sundar M.IND2518TN5,50,025,028,522,5045,55,220,28
1016GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND2516RLYS5,50,025,027,020,2555,55,160,34
1110IMNihal SarinIND2551KER5,50,024,026,521,0045,55,390,11
1213GMBurmakin VladimirRUS2528RUS5,50,023,526,019,5045,54,930,57
1330IMDas SayantanIND2437WB5,00,028,031,022,50354,910,09
1420GMRahman ZiaurBAN2495BAN5,00,028,031,019,75443,810,19
154GMAmonatov FarrukhTJK2608TJK5,00,028,030,519,75455,35-0,35
1617GMTran Tuan MinhVIE2512VIE5,00,026,029,519,50455,03-0,03
1729GMLaxman R.R.IND2444RLYS5,00,026,028,518,75455,10-0,10
182GMGupta AbhijeetIND2619PSPB5,00,026,028,518,25455,70-0,70
1957IMRavi Teja S.IND2338RLYS5,00,025,527,017,50443,290,71
2041IMRaghunandan Kaumandur SrihariIND2400KAR5,00,025,028,019,75454,480,52


Pairings of round 8:

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
GMSengupta Deep256366GMNarayanan Srinath2525
GMSandipan Chanda25736GMShort Nigel D2656
GMShyam Sundar M.2518GMRozum Ivan2581
GMTukhaev Adam2551GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2516
GMBurmakin Vladimir2528IMNihal Sarin2551
FMErigaisi Arjun2488GMLalith Babu M R2531
GMLaxman R.R.244455GMGupta Abhijeet2619
IMDas Sayantan243755GMAmonatov Farrukh2608
GMTran Tuan Minh251255IMRaghunandan Kaumandur Srihari2400
IMRavi Teja S.233855GMNeverov Valeriy2496
GMRahman Ziaur249555IMSangma Rahul2295
Aradhya Garg223055IMHarsha Bharathakoti2463
IMNguyen Van Huy246255Sahoo Utkal Ranjan2281
GMVishnu Prasanna. V25325Nguyen Phuoc Tam2210
GMKarthikeyan Murali2617IMRathnakaran K.2377
Kaustuv Kundu2360IMVignesh N R2485
IMIniyan P2469FMRajdeep Sarkar2355
IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad2456Srijit Paul2347
GMNeelotpal Das2452WIMVaishali R2316
Manigandan S S2128GMSundararajan Kidambi2434

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FIDE Presidential candidate GM Nigel Short headlines LIC 3rd Kolkata Open 2018

Round 1: Short's last holiday event before campaign

Round 2: Vantika Agrawal shows how to beat a 2600+ GM

Round 3: And then there were eight

Round 4: Gukesh beats Aravindh Chithambaram

Round 5: Ivan Rozum shows you what the art of being means

Round 6: Momentary lapse in concentration costs Rozum the full point

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