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Mumbai IIFLW Open Round 1+2: Beware of the top board!

by Sagar Shah - 01/01/2018

The setting of the EKA by IIFLIM 3rd Mumbai International Open 2017-18 is bit unusual. You have this big stage on one side of the playing hall and there is only the top board placed on it. Rest of the players are playing in the normal playing arena. However, we have found out that it is not easy to be the fancied player and play on the top board. In the first round, Abhijeet Gupta very nearly lost to Kiran Manisha Mohanty and in round two Timur Gareyev had to bite the dust against Adham Kandil. Ivan Rozum will be seen in action on the top board today and it will be interesting to see if he can maintain his pole position. 

Thanks to the accelerated pairing in the first two rounds we have seen quite a few interesting match-ups in the Mumbai International 2017-18 tournament. In the first round itself the game between Abhijeet Gupta and Kiran Manisha Mohanty reached a very interesting stage:

The perfect handshake captured by Niklesh Jain | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Black (Abhijeet Gupta) has just moved his knight to f4 and he seems to be in control. However, Kiran shocked everyone by taking the pawn on a6. Do you see the point of her move?
IM Vishal Sareen explains the point behind the move Bxa6

Kiran Manisha Mohanty played an inspired game to very nearly beat Abhijeet Gupta | Photo: Amruta Mokal

This is the first time that ChessBase India is bringing you live coverage of the event. In the first round Abhijeet Gupta joined us after his game: | Photo: Niklesh Jain
Abhijeet explains the point behind his moves in his game against Kiran Manisha Mohanty

Abhijeet also made it a point to visit our studio when he won his game in the second round against Atul Dahale. Gupta sacrificed a pawn for compensation and was able to outplay his opponent in a complicated position:

Abhijeet Gupta shows his win over Atul Dahale

Atul Dahale did lose to Abhijeet, but he played quite well to split the point against experienced GM Suat Atalik in round one. In fact Atul was winning against Atalik. However, he wasn't able to break through. The Duo came to the analysis room after the game and created a very instructive chess session.

Atalik and Dahale analyze their crazy Grunfeld game

In the second round Adham Kandil of Egypt played a fine game to beat Timur Gareyev | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Rajnikanth of chess Deepan Chakkravarthy is in great form. He recently won the Open rating tournament that was held in Ahmedabad along with the World Youth Olympiad 2017 and now he is on 2.0/2 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Tarini Goyal won her first round against IM Aditya Udeshi scoring a big upset. Aditya is playing a competitive tournament after a long. He works at the IIFLW itself, so this is a tournament where he would easily get leave from work! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Parham Maghsoodloo, the talented Iranian grandmaster, is playing in India for the first time. It would be interesting to keep a track of his progress. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IPCA World Champion Shashikant Kutwal is currently on 1.5/2 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Harsha Bharathakoti and Snehal Bhosale realize that chess is not an easy game! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Dibyendu Barua is playing in a rating tournament after 2014. He began with 1.5/2 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Barua's wife Saheli Dhar is also playing after a big gap and is currently on 0.0/2. Barua's have also come with their son Dishan who is playing here and has scored a half point after two rounds. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Kriti Patel won the first round against an opponent who rated 300 points above her. She came to the studio to show us her win: | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The prodigious young talent Divya Deshmukh lost her second round to Swapnil Dhopade, but it was not before she had snatched half a point from Hoa Nguyen - the winner of Bhopal International 2017 | Photo: Amruta Mokal
Saurabh Anand shows his win over GM Attila Czebe
A small capsule that gives you a feel of what happened in round one

Aditya Mittal played an exciting game to draw against GM Shyam Sundar in the second round. We bring you the live feed of the game: | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Results of round one

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
178WGMKiran Manisha MohantyIND21590½ - ½0GMGupta AbhijeetIND26101
22GMGareyev TimurUSA260601 - 00Goswami VedantIND215780
381Manush ShahIND214800 - 10GMRozum IvanRUS25953
44GMTukhaev AdamUKR257501 - 00Balasubramaniam HIND214782
583Bharat Kumar Reddy PoluriIND214100 - 10GMDavid AlbertoITA25715
66GMMaghsoodloo ParhamIRI257001 - 00WFMJishitha DIND214084
785Dahale AtulIND21400½ - ½0GMAtalik SuatTUR25457
88GMTran Tuan MinhVIE25440½ - ½0CMRohith Krishna SIND213986
987Dixit NikhilIND21320½ - ½0GMSwapnil S. DhopadeIND25339
1010GMShyam Sundar M.IND252701 - 00CMMendonca Leon LukeIND213088

Results of round two

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
145IMKandil AdhamEGY231211 - 01GMGareyev TimurUSA26062
23GMRozum IvanRUS259511 - 01Navalgund NiranjanIND231246
347IMRathnakaran K.IND230710 - 11GMTukhaev AdamUKR25754
45GMDavid AlbertoITA257111 - 01Koustav ChatterjeeIND228852
549FMShailesh DravidIND230610 - 11GMMaghsoodloo ParhamIRI25706
651CMAditya MittalIND22881½ - ½1GMShyam Sundar M.IND252710
753IMDeshmukh AnupIND22831½ - ½1IMKarthikeyan P.IND249712
855WGMSwati GhateIND227710 - 11IMYeoh Li TianMAS248014
915GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND247311 - 01Pranav VIND226356
1057Singh S. VikramjitIND225610 - 11GMHorvath AdamHUN247316

Pairings of round three:

Round 3 on 2018/01/01 at 04.00 PM

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
Om KharolaIND188422GMRozum IvanRUS2595
GMTukhaev AdamUKR257522Sarvesh Kumar AIND1877
Randil LakshithaSRI186022GMDavid AlbertoITA2571
GMMaghsoodloo ParhamIRI257022Jayachandra Srinivas VellankiIND1834
IMYeoh Li TianMAS248022WFMBommini Mounika AkshayaIND1829
Ghelani DhairyaIND180922GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND2473
GMHorvath AdamHUN247322Mahitosh DeyIND1820
Rohit SIND180822GMDeviatkin AndreiRUS2471
Dave SnehIND180522IMHarsha BharathakotiIND2451
IMNitin S.IND244122Kanishk S KIND1808

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