Deepan Chakkravarthy is the winner of 1st Lakecity GM Open
The 1st Lakecity International Grandmaster Open came to a successful conclusion here in Udaipur on Friday. At the end of ten rounds four players finished on the top tied on 8.0/10 points each. However, on the basis of tie-break scores, India's Deepan Chakkravarthy, who remained unbeaten throughout the event, was declared as the champion. Russian Grandmasters Maxim Lugovskoy and Ivan Rozum had to settle for the second and third places respectively; while Neelotpal Das, who scored as many points as the podium finishers, was relegated to the fourth spot. In the final round of the tournament, the encounters on the top six boards all ended in draws and on board seven IM Mitrabha Guha registered an emphatic victory against Odisha's Rajesh Nayak to secure fifth position in the overall standings.
Rock solid Deepan raises the champion's trophy!
From a field of several strong GMs such as Ivan Rozum, Maxim Lugovskoy, Swapnil Dhopade, Saptarshi Roy, Rajaram Laxman, and many more, it was Deepan Chakkravarthy who emerged as the unbeaten champion of the 1st Lakecity International Open 2019. Deepan proved his mettle with his super solid performance in the event, winning six out of the ten games, drawing four, and losing none. Rounds four and six were the most successful for him where he managed to beat two in-form Grandmasters, namely Hesham Abdelrahman and Neelotpal Das. Speaking to ChessBase India, about how he is feeling after this victory, Deepan said, "Of course I am feeling happy, but at the same time I am sure that this is just a tournament and there are many more tournaments to come, so I hope I will keep giving my best".
The most thrilling encounter in the final round happened between Rajesh Nayek and IM Mitrabha Guha, where the latter pulled off an energetic win to finish in the top five. Mitrabha had slipped down the rank-list after suffering a loss against GM Neelotpal Das in the penultimate round. Therefore, this last round victory was like a refreshing comeback for the West Bengal lad.
Mitrabha employed his pet Caro-Kann defense with the black pieces in his last round game and faced the exchange variation from his opponent. By move 11 itself a completely new position was reached on the board. On move 14 White had the chance to punish an abysmal knight move by the Bengal IM and seize the initiative but the player from Odisha squandered this opportunity and let his opponent consolidate himself.
Rajesh Nayak - Mitrabha Guha, Round 10
The correct continuation would have been 14. Ne3 Kf8 (Note, 14... Bxd3 runs into 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. Nxd5!) 15.Nxf5 gxf5 16. Ne5 which gives White a very pleasant position. Instead of 13...Na5, something like 13...Bxd3 14.Qxd3 0-0 is perhaps more sensible. Anyway, after 14... Bxf6 15.Ne3 Be7 16.Nxf5 gxf5 17.Ne5 Nc6 in the game White completely missed his chance and now it was time for Black to turn the tables over.
The full game with brief annotations is presented below:
Results of final round
|1||9||GM||Neelotpal Das||2433||WB||7½||½ - ½||7½||GM||Rozum Ivan||2596||RUS||1|
|2||3||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||2501||RLYS||7||½ - ½||7½||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2539||ICF||2|
|3||10||GM||Lugovskoy Maxim||2422||RUS||7½||½ - ½||7||GM||Laxman R.R.||2437||ICF||7|
|4||21||Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri||2304||AP||7||½ - ½||7||GM||Himanshu Sharma||2408||HAR||12|
|5||13||GM||Hesham Abdelrahman||2396||EGY||7||½ - ½||7||FM||Shailesh Dravid||2299||MAH||22|
|6||20||Sahoo Utkal Ranjan||2329||ODI||6½||½ - ½||6½||IM||Das Sayantan||2434||WB||8|
|7||25||Nayak Rajesh||2227||ODI||6½||0 - 1||6½||FM||Mitrabha Guha||2414||WB||11|
|8||28||FM||Mehdi Hasan Parag||2183||BAN||6½||1 - 0||6½||IM||Eraschenkov Denis||2390||RUS||14|
|9||19||IM||Sidhant Mohapatra||2357||ODI||6½||1 - 0||6½||Aniruddh Chatterjee||U15||1805||WB||86|
|10||31||Aradhya Garg||2157||DEL||6||½ - ½||6||GM||Rahman Ziaur||2492||BAN||4|
|1||2||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2539||ICF||8,0||0,0||65,5||70,5||55,00||6|
|8||21||Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri||IND||2304||AP||7,5||0,0||60,5||65,0||45,75||7|
|9||3||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||IND||2501||RLYS||7,5||0,0||59,0||65,0||47,75||6|
For complete results and standings check here.