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2nd Maharashtra GM 2023 R5-6: Vedant Panesar squashes Boris Savchenko in 20 moves!

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/06/2023

FM Vedant Panesar crushed the top seed of the tournament, GM Boris Savchenko in just 20 moves in Round 5. The former National under-17 champion, used his preparation to score a victory in less than three hours, fastest among the top boards of the round. IM Raahul V S and IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete won their respective fifth round games and drew their six encounter against each other. GM Levon Babujian (ARM) and IM Milos Saposz (POL) joined them in the lead 5/6. Seven players are trailing them by a half point 4.5/6 including the sole untitled player, Sanket Chakravarty. Nine out of top ten games ended decisively in the fifth round. Round 7 starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. IST. All photos are by Shahid Ahmed unless mentioned otherwise.

Vidit and Raunak maintain their lead

This tournament is a great opportunity for Indian players to rise up to occasion. There are still no Indian GMs in the lead. Only GM Laxman R R is at 4.5/6. Just like the 1st Indore GM Open 2023, we might see a non-GM winning this event. 2nd Maharashtra Chess Festival Below 2000 Rating Tournament 2023 concluded today. We will mention it in detail in a separate report.

FM Vedant Panesar scored a 20-move miniature against GM Boris Savchenko

Round 5: Vedant Panesar, Luka, Sammed and Raahul maintain their lead

Nine out of the top ten games ended decisively. FM Vedant Panesar scored the fastest win among top boards when he squashed the top seed GM Boris Savchenko in just 20 moves. GM Luka Paichadze (GEO), IM Sammed Shete and IM Raahul V S are the remaining winners among the previous day leaders.

Vedant Panesar - Savchenko

Position after 12...b5

Vedant Panesar (2387) opted to sacrifice an exchange 13.Rxd7 Nxd7 14.Nd5 Qd6 15.Na5 f5? 16.Qf3 fxe4 17.Qxe4 g5 too little too late to play this. 15...g5 would have kept things fine for the top seed GM Boris Savchenko (2524). 18.Be2 Nc5 19.Nf6+ Kf7 20.Bh5+ Black resigned as the loss is inevitable.

FM Vedant Panesar squashes top seed GM Boris Savchenko in 20 moves! | Video: ChessBase India

FM Harshad S - GM Luka Paichadze (GEO): 0-1

IM Sammed Shete (pictured) - FM Sharan Rao: 1-0

IM Raahul V S (pictured) - IM Kushagra Mohan: 1-0

Deep - Ayush

Position after 41.g5??

41.g5?? turned the tables in just one move. 41...d3 42.Rc1 Rd5 43.Kf3 Rxg5 44.Re1 Rxa5 45.Re8+ Kb7 White is down by three pawns and it is insurmountable.

FM Ayush Sharma waited for his opportunity and seized it when it was presented in the final moments of the endgame

Ritviz - Fedorov

Position after 20...Qxa2

White just the queen at a2 with the obvious 20.Na4 f6 21.Nxc5 Qa3 22.Nd7+ Kf7 23.Nxf6 Kxf6 24.Qe5+ Kf7 25.Qxd4 the resultant major piece endgame is winning for White as he not only has an extra pawn but his pieces are better placed than his opponent's.

FM Ritviz Parab scored a fine victory over GM Alexei Fedorov

Rajesh Nayak had a nice finish in the rook and pawn endgame against IM Viani Antonio Dcunha. Both players were forced to repeat moves and could not push their respective connected passed pawns

Goutham Krishna H - GM Venkatesh M R: 0.5-0.5

Round 6: More people join the leaders

Sanket Chakravarty (2389) and FM Ritviz Parab (2340), and FM Sharan Rao (2248) and GM Vladimir Burmakin (2492) battled for 4.5 hours before their respective games ended in a draw.

GM Luka Paichadze (GEO) - FM Vedant Panesar: 0.5-0.5

IM Raahul V S - IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete: 0.5-0.5

GM Laxman R R - IM S Rohith Krishna: 0.5-0.5

Sanket Chakravarty and FM Ritviz Parab (pictured) battled for 4.5 hours and their rook and bishop vs rook endgame finished in a draw after 50 moves

FM Sharan Rao and GM Vladimir Burmakin also played for 4.5 hours before they decided that the rook and 3 vs 2 pawns endgame is a draw

GM Aleksej Aleksandrov - FM Harshad S: 0.5-0.5

Arjun Adireddy - GM Azer Mirzoev (AZE): 0.5-0.5

CM Mayank Chakraborty (pictured) - IM Armen Barseghyan (ARM): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Vedika Gujarathi

GM Evgeny E Vorobiov - FM Goutham Krishna H: 0-1

GM Vitaly Teterev - Vrashank Chouhan (pictured): 0.5-0.5

IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni - Arun Kataria: 0.5-0.5
Maharashtra Chess Festival 2023 venue tour | Video: ChessBase India

Svidler - Vidit, Game 4

Final position after 37.Rf8+

The final position after the fourth Classical game is quite nice. White has a rook and bishop but they are unable to stop the passed c2-pawn. Thus, he is forced to go for perpetual checks Rf8-Rf7 to draw the game.

The most animated post game analysis between two super GMs - Vidit and Svidler | Video: ChessBase India
Vidit is a rook and bishop down in the final position against Svidler - Classical Game 4 | Video: ChessBase India

Vidit Gujrathi heads into the Rapid portion of the match with a 7.5-3.5 lead over Peter Svidler

Peter Svidler checks out the Round 6 pairings of the GM Open event

Raunak Sadhwani and Nigel Short had a well-contested draw

Replay all Maharashtra Challenge Match games in interactive format and learn from IM Sagar Shah at Chessranga.

For more GM Round 5, Round 6 and Match Classical Game 4 photos, please click on the respective links.

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Round 6 results

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.PGN
GMPaichadze, Luka2513GEO½ - ½FMPanesar, Vedant2387MAH
IMRaahul, V S2299TN½ - ½IMSammed Jaykumar, Shete2440MAH
GMBabujian, Levon2373ARM41 - 04GMZakhartsov, Viacheslav V.2514FID
FMAyush, Sharma2312MP40 - 14IMSzpar, Milosz2447POL
GMLaxman, R.R.2299ICF4½ - ½4IMRohith, Krishna S2411TN
Sanket, Chakravarty2389WB4½ - ½4FMRitviz, Parab2340GOA
GMSavchenko, Boris2524RUS1 - 0CMVaibhav, Jayant Raut2237MAH
FMSharan, Rao2248KAR½ - ½GMBurmakin, Vladimir2492RUS
GMAleksandrov, Aleksej2461BLR½ - ½FMHarshad, S2211TN
IMViani, Antonio Dcunha2417KAR1 - 0CMShaik, Sumer Arsh2211TEL
CMAdireddy, Arjun1968TEL½ - ½GMMirzoev, Azer2416AZE
IMKushagra, Mohan2412TEL1 - 0CMNayak, Rajesh2168ODI
CMMayank, Chakraborty2141ASSM½ - ½IMBarseghyan, Armen Ar.2373ARM
GMVenkatesh, M.R.2469PSPB31 - 0Arnav, Maheshwari1950TN
Arpan, Das2032WB30 - 13GMSengupta, Deep2473PSPB


Standings after Round 6

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
IMRaahul, V SIND2299TN521,52419,000425691020,8
IMSammed Jaykumar, SheteIND2440MAH5212419,50042496104,3
GMPaichadze, LukaGEO2513GEO520,52217,00042521101,6
FMPanesar, VedantIND2387MAH5202318,750424332013,6
GMBabujian, LevonARM2373ARM519,52318,00052464108,1
IMSzpar, MiloszPOL2447POL5182016,50042441100,5
GMSavchenko, BorisFID2524RUS4,5202316,0004242510-4,3
FMRitviz, ParabIND2340GOA4,519,522,515,250423992014,8
Sanket, ChakravartyIND2389WB4,518,520,514,50032345200
GMLaxman, R.R.IND2299ICF4,518,52014,250324141010,1
IMRohith, Krishna SIND2411TN4,517,52014,2503227910-5,4
IMKushagra, MohanIND2412TEL4,516,51711,7504228110-6
IMViani, Antonio DcunhaIND2417KAR4,515,51713,0003230910-5,9
FMHarshad, SIND2211TN421,52313,500323592029,6
GMBurmakin, VladimirFID2492RUS420,523,515,0002238810-6,3


Round 7 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.
IMSammed Jaykumar, Shete2440MAH55GMPaichadze, Luka2513GEO
IMSzpar, Milosz2447POL55GMBabujian, Levon2373ARM
FMPanesar, Vedant2387MAH55IMRaahul, V S2299TN
IMRohith, Krishna S2411TNGMSavchenko, Boris2524RUS
Sanket, Chakravarty2389WBIMViani, Antonio Dcunha2417KAR
FMRitviz, Parab2340GOAIMKushagra, Mohan2412TEL
GMZakhartsov, Viacheslav V.2514FID4GMLaxman, R.R.2299ICF
GMBurmakin, Vladimir2492RUS44FMAyush, Sharma2312MP
GMSengupta, Deep2473PSPB44FMSharan, Rao2248KAR
IMBarseghyan, Armen Ar.2373ARM44GMVenkatesh, M.R.2469PSPB
IMRatnakaran, K.2254RLYS44GMAleksandrov, Aleksej2461BLR
IMNitish, Belurkar2450GOA44CMMayank, Chakraborty2141ASSM
FMHarshad, S2211TN44GMFedorov, Alexei2449BLR
CMAdireddy, Arjun1968TEL44IMNeelash, Saha2440WB
GMMirzoev, Azer2416AZE44Kaustuv, Kundu2242WB



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