Lakecity GM R05: Swapnil Dhopade goes down against Denis Eraschenkov
Grandmaster Swapnil Dhopade suffered a disappointing loss against Russian International Master Denis Eraschenkov in the fifth round of the ongoing Lakecity GM Open. What started off as a super-solid symmetrical English turned out into a staggering 90-move long battle with many ups and downs. Eraschenkov gave up an exchange on move 21 and the game liquidated into a roughly equal but complex ending where the Indian player made multiple slips and conceded his opponent strong passers on both sides of the board and this ultimately proved to be fatal. The encounters in the top three boards ended in draws, thus after five rounds as many as ten players, led by India's Deepan Chakkravarthy, are tied with 4.5/5 points each.
Swapnil falters in the endgame with an exchange up
Swapnil, with an exchange up, was perhaps on the better side of equality for the most part of his encounter against Eraschenkov. But the latter found ways to complicate things in the endgame. Finally, the Russian was able to outwit his higher-rated Grandmaster opponent and create winning passers on both sides of the chessboard. However, before these complications arose, the game started off with a super-solid Symmetrical English and at one point the players even had the opportunity to agree upon a draw through repetition. Well, let's see what happened!
Denis Eraschenkov - Swapnil Dhopade, Round 5
It is perfectly okay to go 21.Rc7 here, after which Black can actually force repetition with 21...Be5 22.Re7 Bf6 etc. But Eraschenkov boldly went ahead with 21.Rxb7 - an exchange sacrifice. The game followed 21...Nxb7 22.Ba3 Rfc8 23.Nd5 Rxc1+ 24.Bxc1 Bd8 25.Ba3 Nc5 26.Bxc5 bxc5 27.Bc4 and although White did have some compensation in his extra pawn and slightly more active pieces here but probably it was the side with the exchange who had better chances.
Well, the position is not the most critical one and in fact there are many moves that preserve equality here. However, it is one of those tricky situations where there is nothing much to do but you could still lose your sense of objectivity. Swapnil played the move 41...Rf8 here defending the pawn which looks perfectly normal but is mistaken. What followed next was 42.Nf5+ Kd7 43.Ng3 Ke7 44.Nxh5 and White won a clear pawn.
Black shouldn't have worried too much about the f7 pawn and focussed more on counterplay. 41...Bb2 would have been a decent alternative, now grabbing the f7 pawn isn't all that straightforward. For instance, 42.Nxf7 Rf8 43.e6 Bf6 (43. Ng5 Bxe5!) 44. Kg3 Rg8+ 45. Ng5 Bc3 and Black gets good activity.
A further inaccuracy led White to win another pawn, this time on the kingside, and things were soon out of hands.
The correct move would have been 60...Bc5, the point is clear after 61.Nf5+ Kh7 Black can easily win the a4 pawn next which is sufficient to preserve equality. In the game things went awry for Black from this point. White was able to push his passers to the seventh rank and it was in the following hopeless position that Black resigned.
The full game with brief annotations is presented below:
Results of round five
|1||8||IM||Das Sayantan||2434||WB||4||½ - ½||4||GM||Rozum Ivan||2596||RUS||1|
|2||2||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2539||RLYS||4||½ - ½||4||GM||Lugovskoy Maxim||2422||RUS||10|
|3||6||GM||Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo||2476||CHI||4||½ - ½||4||FM||Mitrabha Guha||2414||WB||11|
|4||14||IM||Eraschenkov Denis||2390||RUS||3½||1 - 0||3½||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||2501||RLYS||3|
|5||4||GM||Rahman Ziaur||2492||BAN||3½||1 - 0||3½||IM||Abu Sufian Shakil||2255||BAN||23|
|6||26||GM||Ziatdinov Raset||S60||2222||USA||3½||0 - 1||3½||GM||Saptarshi Roy||2480||WB||5|
|7||20||Sahoo Utkal Ranjan||2329||ODI||3½||0 - 1||3½||GM||Neelotpal Das||2433||WB||9|
|8||39||Anadkat Kartavya||U15||2088||GUJ||3||0 - 1||3||GM||Laxman R.R.||2437||ICF||7|
|9||12||GM||Himanshu Sharma||2408||HAR||3||1 - 0||3||Sinha Sudhir Kumar||2081||BIH||41|
|10||38||Kumar Gaurav||2096||BIH||3||0 - 1||3||GM||Hesham Abdelrahman||2396||EGY||13|
Standings after round five
|1||2||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2539||RLYS||4,5||0,0||15,5||18,0||15,75||4|
|4||6||GM||Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo||CHI||2476||CHI||4,5||0,0||14,5||17,5||15,25||4|
Check complete results and standings here.