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2nd Maharashtra GM 2023 R1: Arya and Goutham score big upsets

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/06/2023

Arya Bhakta and Goutham Krishna H scored big upsets in the first round of 2nd Maharashtra GM 2023. Arya Bhakta used his theoretical knowledge in the Ruy Lopez to gain upper hand. Later he capitalized on his opponent GM Akash G's blunder in time trouble. Goutham Krishna H gained positional advantage in the middlegame against GM Alexei Fedorov. When he was low on time, he blundered in time trouble. Thankfully, his veteran opponent did not notice and he got away with it. Vidit Gujrathi and Raunak Sadhwani are off to a great start as they defeated Peter Svidler and Nigel Short respectively in the first Classical game. Round 2 starts today at 10 a.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Vidit and Raunak win Game 1

A lot of GMs and IMs were held to draws by their lower rated opponents. Kaivalya Sandip Nagare defeated IM Nitish Belurkar.

Arya Bhakta defeated GM FT Akash G

Arya - Akash

Position after 29...dxe4

After getting the upper hand out of the Ruy Lopez opening, GM FT Akash G (2483) managed to equalize. However, in time pressure he blundered 29...dxe4?? and his opponent, Arya Bhakta (2103) had no trouble seizing his opportunity. 30.Qh5 Rxb3 31.Nxb3 Bb6 32.Rg1+ Kf8 33.Qxh6+ Ke8 34.Qh8+ Kd7 35.Rd1+ and it's over.

The Ruy Lopez Rebooted Coauthor Arya Bhakta beats GM Akash G | Video: ChessBase India

Arya Bhakta made the most out of his opportunity against GM FT Akash G

Aleksandrov - Kedar

Position after 31.Rd1

30.Nb3? allowed Black to gain a decisive advantage Nd3 31.Rd1 Nxf4?! 32.Kg3 Ne2+ Black lost the knight and the upper hand. 31...Nxb2 followed by Nxc4 would have given Black great chances to win the game. Soon Black blundered and lost the game.

Kedar Morvekar had good chances against GM Aleksej Aleksandrov

Arjun Tiwari - GM Evgeny Vorobiov: 0.5-0.5

Nitish - Kaivalya

Position after 60.Ke2??

IM Nitish Belurkar (2450) erred in the endgame 60.Ke2?? against Kaivalya Sandeep Nagare (2085). Find out why it is a mistake. 60.c6 bxc6 61.bxc6 would have continued the game.

Kaivalya Sandip Nagare defeated IM Nitish Belurkar
12-year-old Goutham Krishna H outplays veteran GM Alexei Fedorov | Video: ChessBase India

FM Goutham Krishna H - GM Alexei Fedorov: 1-0

IM Milosz Szpar (POL) - Ethan Vaz (pictured): 0.5-0.5

FM Sreyas Payyappat - IM Neelash Saha: 0.5-0.5

Vignesh Advaith Vemula (pictured) - IM Srihari L R: 0.5-0.5

IM Nubairshah Shaikh - CM John Veny Akkarakaran: 0.5-0.5

FM Ritvik Krishnan - GM Manik Mikulas (SVK): 0.5-0.5

WGM Swati Ghate - IM David Gochelashvili: 0.5-0.5

IM P Konguvel - Alekhya Mukhopadhyay (pictured): 0-1

CM Akshay Borgaonkar (pictured) - IM P Saravana Krishnan: 1-0

IM Ratnakaran K - CM Daakshin Arun: 0.5-0.5

Abhay Bandewar - IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni: 0.5-0.5

Arnav Maheswari - IM Rahul Sangma: 0.5-0.5

WIM Arpita Mukherjee - Mukhund Heant Agarwal: 0.5-0.5

Vidit - Svidler, Game 1

Position after 15.c5!

15.c5! is certainly the move of the day. The idea is to maneuver the bishop to c4 via f1. Thus, the clearance of the c4-square. 15...Bxc5 16.Bf1 Re8 17.Bc4+ Kg7 18.Be5 Nc7 19.g4 White got a decisive advantage in less than 20 moves.

Vidit Gujrathi vs Peter Svidler with commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Vidit Gujrathi on how he found the beautiful move c5!! against Peter Svidler in Game 1 | Video: ChessBase India

Vidit Gujrathi scored a sublime victory in the first game against Peter Svidler

Short - Raunak, Game 1

Position after 16...Ndxe4

Raunak Sadhwani got a free pawn at e4. Just like Vidit, he also got a decisive in under 20 moves. It all went downhill for White and eventually White got checkmated in the back rank.

A back rank mate!! Nigel Short vs Raunak Sadhwani - Game 1 | Video: ChessBase India
"I am not too happy about spoiling his birthday, but I had no choice" - Raunak Sadhwani | Video: ChessBase India

Raunak Sadhwani is off to a great start 

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Round 1 results

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.
AFMPawar, Harshit2115DEL00 - 10GMSavchenko, Boris2524RUS
GMZakhartsov, Viacheslav V.2514FID01 - 00Phatak, Aanjaneya2115MAH
FMSingh, Arvinder Preet2106PUN00 - 10GMPaichadze, Luka2513GEO
GMBurmakin, Vladimir2492RUS01 - 00IMDeshmukh, Anup2105MAH
Arya, Bhakta2103WB01 - 00GMAkash, G2483TN
GMSengupta, Deep2473PSPB0½ - ½0GMZiatdinov, Raset2101USA
Kishan, Gangolli2100KAR00 - 10GMVenkatesh, M.R.2469PSPB
GMAleksandrov, Aleksej2461BLR01 - 00Morvekar, Kedar2099MAH
Tiwari, Arjun2092RLYS0½ - ½0GMVorobiov, Evgeny E.2454RUS
IMNitish, Belurkar2450GOA00 - 10CMNagare, Kaivalya Sandip2085MAH
FMGoutham, Krishna H2082KER01 - 00GMFedorov, Alexei2449BLR
IMSzpar, Milosz2447POL0½ - ½0AIMVaz, Ethan2073GOA
FMSreyas, Payyappat2070KER0½ - ½0IMNeelash, Saha2440WB
IMSammed Jaykumar, Shete2440MAH01 - 00Rohit, S2070TN
Aniruddh, Chatterjee2054WB0½ - ½0IMViani, Antonio Dcunha2417KAR


Standings after Round 1

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
GMSavchenko, BorisFID2524RUS1000,00010100,8
GMZakhartsov, Viacheslav V.FID2514FID1000,00010100,8
GMPaichadze, LukaGEO2513GEO1000,00010100,8
GMBurmakin, VladimirFID2492RUS1000,00010100,9
GMVenkatesh, M.R.IND2469PSPB1000,00010101
GMAleksandrov, AleksejFID2461BLR1000,00010101
IMSammed Jaykumar, SheteIND2440MAH1000,00010101
GMMirzoev, AzerAZE2416AZE1000,00010101
IMRohith, Krishna SIND2411TN1000,00010100,9
Sanket, ChakravartyIND2389WB1000,00010202
FMPanesar, VedantIND2387MAH1000,00010202
GMBabujian, LevonARM2373ARM1000,00010101,1
IMBarseghyan, Armen Ar.ARM2373ARM1000,00010101,1
Subhayan, KunduIND2353WB1000,00010202,4
GMTeterev, VitalyFID2344BLR1000,00010101,2


Round 2 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.
GMSavchenko, Boris2524RUS11FMNavalgund, Niranjan2200KAR
WIMPandey, Srishti2188MAH11GMZakhartsov, Viacheslav V.2514FID
GMPaichadze, Luka2513GEO11FMJaiswal, Rupesh2146NEP
Dere, Pushkar2166MAH11GMBurmakin, Vladimir2492RUS
GMVenkatesh, M.R.2469PSPB11WIMIvana Maria, Furtado2139GOA
CMMayank, Chakraborty2141ASSM11GMAleksandrov, Aleksej2461BLR
Nagare, Akhilesh2139MAH11IMSammed Jaykumar, Shete2440MAH
CMNagare, Kaivalya Sandip2085MAH11GMMirzoev, Azer2416AZE
CMGarv, Gaur2006HAR11IMRohith, Krishna S2411TN
Sanket, Chakravarty2389WB11Anadkat, Kartavya2130GUJ
Apoorv, Kamble1994KAR11FMPanesar, Vedant2387MAH
GMBabujian, Levon2373ARM11Arya, Bhakta2103WB
Alekhya, Mukhopadhyay1993WB11IMBarseghyan, Armen Ar.2373ARM
CMAdireddy, Arjun1968TEL11Subhayan, Kundu2353WB
GMTeterev, Vitaly2344BLR11FMGoutham, Krishna H2082KER



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