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Kolkata 2018 Round 8: Deep disaster causes Srinath to take sole lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 22/05/2018

Top board of the penultimate round had the quickest and most unexpected finish of the day. When everyone saw them shaking hands from far away, the first thing that struck in everyone's mind is, they accepted a quick threefold repetition. But that was not the case. Caissa smiled upon Srinath and he managed to defeat the overnight leader in a very quick manner. Top seed and FIDE Presidential candidate, GM Nigel Short drew with GM Sandipan Chanda and remained in the title hunt. All players in the top group are in with a chance for the title, but if Srinath wins he goes home with the trophy and Rs.3,00,000! Photo: Amruta Mokal

Srinath's luck is on a roll, Deep suffers self-destruction

Srinath awaits his opponent Deep

Fastest game to get over in round 8. Everybody thought this handshake means that it's a threefold repetition draw, but reality was something else | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Deep made a wrong choice here and played 10.dxc6. Can you find a better alternative here for white?

Deep took on c6 with the pawn clearly thinking that he was winning a pawn. But was surprised beyond measure when his opponent took the knight on e2. The thing he missed is that cxd7+ would be met with Nxd7 and the queen attacks the bishop on g5. A complete blind spot.

Srinath Narayanan speaks about the game and how he managed to win in 10 moves!

GM Sandipan Chanda is ready to battle top seed GM Nigel Short

The game ended up becoming an uneventful draw in Nimzo-Indian Defence Rubinstein variation. When two similar strength stallions face each other, one cannot expect the tip of the scale to be lenient on one side.

GM Shyam Sundar meditates before his crucial game against GM Ivan Rozum in the penultimate round and his meditation definitely paid off

Rozum's last move 25...Qb7 is a blunder. Can you find out why?

A couple of incorrect moves by Rozum created some initiative for Sundar which he pressed on and eventually Rozum crumbled when he made a tactical error and lost an important pawn on the Kingside which caused his weakened king to be more exposed.

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy playing possum here while GM Ivan Rozum maintains a poker face before the game begins

Deepan drops the bomb here with 16...f5. It is certainly not the best move, but it definitely shook Rozum's confidence

Rozum's last move was 22. Bd2. What should be the best continuation for Black?

GM Vladimir Burmakin and IM Nihal Sarin's game turned out to be a regular run-of-the-mill kind of draw in Slav Exchange variation

Arjun Erigaisi continues his terrific form and defeated Lalith Babu in just 23 moves in Trompowsky Attack

Shocking! Deep disaster

Results for Round 8

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
18GMSengupta Deep256360 - 16GMNarayanan Srinath252514
27GMSandipan Chanda2573½ - ½6GMShort Nigel D26561
315GMShyam Sundar M.25181 - 0GMRozum Ivan25816
49GMTukhaev Adam25510 - 1GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.251616
513GMBurmakin Vladimir2528½ - ½IMNihal Sarin255110
621FMErigaisi Arjun24881 - 0GMLalith Babu M R253112
729GMLaxman R.R.244450 - 15GMGupta Abhijeet26192
830IMDas Sayantan24375½ - ½5GMAmonatov Farrukh26084
917GMTran Tuan Minh251250 - 15IMRaghunandan Kaumandur Srihari240041
1057IMRavi Teja S.23385½ - ½5GMNeverov Valeriy249619
1120GMRahman Ziaur24955½ - ½5IMSangma Rahul229568
1294Aradhya Garg223050 - 15IMHarsha Bharathakoti246325
1326IMNguyen Van Huy246251 - 05Sahoo Utkal Ranjan228181
1411GMVishnu Prasanna. V25321 - 05Nguyen Phuoc Tam2210100
153GMKarthikeyan Murali26171 - 0IMRathnakaran K.237745
1652Kaustuv Kundu2360½ - ½IMVignesh N R248522
1723IMIniyan P24691 - 0FMRajdeep Sarkar235554
1827IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad24561 - 0Srijit Paul234755
1928GMNeelotpal Das24521 - 0WIMVaishali R231660
20132Manigandan S S2128½ - ½GMSundararajan Kidambi243431

Standings after round 8

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 wwew-we
114
GMNarayanan SrinathIND2525AIR INDIA7,00,038,042,036,50674,612,39
21
GMShort Nigel DENG2656ENG6,50,036,039,031,0056,55,950,55
316
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND2516RLYS6,50,034,037,030,0066,55,610,89
415
GMShyam Sundar M.IND2518TN6,50,033,037,030,2556,55,630,87
521
FMErigaisi ArjunIND2488TEL6,50,032,535,527,0066,55,021,48
68
GMSengupta DeepIND2563PSPB6,00,037,541,028,50665,190,81
77
GMSandipan ChandaIND2573WB6,00,035,539,528,50465,510,49
810
IMNihal SarinIND2551KER6,00,034,538,028,25465,920,08
92
GMGupta AbhijeetIND2619PSPB6,00,034,538,026,25566,43-0,43
1041
IMRaghunandan Kaumandur SrihariIND2400KAR6,00,034,037,528,00564,831,17
1113
GMBurmakin VladimirRUS2528RUS6,00,033,537,026,75465,400,60
1225
IMHarsha BharathakotiIND2463TEL6,00,030,533,525,00565,870,13
26
IMNguyen Van HuyVIE2462VIE6,00,030,533,525,00566,36-0,36
146
GMRozum IvanRUS2581RUS5,50,039,542,527,5055,55,360,14
154
GMAmonatov FarrukhTJK2608TJK5,50,037,541,026,7545,56,08-0,58
169
GMTukhaev AdamUKR2551UKR5,50,037,540,024,7555,55,230,27
1720
GMRahman ZiaurBAN2495BAN5,50,037,040,526,2544,54,57-0,07
1812
GMLalith Babu M RIND2531PSPB5,50,036,540,025,5044,54,410,09
1930
IMDas SayantanIND2437WB5,50,035,539,026,7535,55,180,32
2032
IMNitin S.IND2432RLYS5,50,035,038,524,5055,54,740,76

Pairings of Round 9

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
114
GMNarayanan Srinath25257GMShyam Sundar M.2518
15
21
GMShort Nigel D2656FMErigaisi Arjun2488
21
316
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.25166GMSengupta Deep2563
8
42
GMGupta Abhijeet261966GMBurmakin Vladimir2528
13
525
IMHarsha Bharathakoti246366GMSandipan Chanda2573
7
610
IMNihal Sarin255166IMNguyen Van Huy2462
26
741
IMRaghunandan Kaumandur Srihari24006GMTukhaev Adam2551
9
83
GMKarthikeyan Murali2617IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad2456
27
94
GMAmonatov Farrukh2608GMNeelotpal Das2452
28
106
GMRozum Ivan2581IMDas Sayantan2437
30
1132
IMNitin S.2432GMVishnu Prasanna. V2532
11
1212
GMLalith Babu M R2531IMRavi Teja S.2338
57
1319
GMNeverov Valeriy2496IMTran Minh Thang2404
38
1439
IMRahul Srivatshav P2402GMRahman Ziaur2495
20
1568
IMSangma Rahul2295IMIniyan P2469
23
165
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.259755GMRoy Chowdhury Saptarshi2338
56
1773
WGMGomes Mary Ann229055GMTran Tuan Minh2512
17
1863
Sekar B230455GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2505
18
1922
IMVignesh N R248555Ashwath R.2288
75
2081
Sahoo Utkal Ranjan228155GMLaxman R.R.2444
29

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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

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