Mumbai Mayor's Cup 2018: Martyn Kravtsiv or Farrukh Amonatov?
The Mumbai Mayor's Cup 2018 is at a very interesting stage. There are two players, both above 2600 Elo, on 6.0/7. Farrukh Amonatov and Martyn Kravtsiv. They will face each other in the eighth round. A decisive result there will most probably determine the winner of the tournament. Behind these two GMs, we have 14 players on 5.5/7! The most vibrant performer of this tournament from an Indian point of view is Raja Rithvik who is on 5.5 points and has remained undefeated. He might well get his GM norm if he continues in the same vein.
Farrukh Amonatov and Martyn Kravtsiv are both on 6.0/7 and jointly lead the 11th Mumbai Mayor's Cup 2018. While their points are same and they will face each other over the board in the eighth round, the two are quite different when it comes to their behaviour and play over the board. Farrukh is very expressive and in general an aggressive player. Martyn is very sedate, expresses very little and is very good at technical chess. Hence, their clash in the eighth round is something to look forward to. Let's have a look at how they reached their current score. Amonatov has drawn two of his games against Saravana Krishnan and Sandipan Chanda. His seventh round win was especially very nice because it came against one of India's biggest talents Arjun Erigaisi. Martyn Kravtsiv has drawn two of his games against Rithvik Raja and Arjun Erigaisi. The Ukrainian GM has not really faced a highly formidable opponent and hence his clash with Amonatov will be some sort of a litmus test!
The Petroff defence has been in the news thanks to the Challenger of the World Championship Fabiano Caruana. Arjun Erigaisi essayed it with black but within 20 moves he landed in a very difficult position. Have a look at the game:
Martyn Kravtsiv gave a perfect example of how stronger players outplay their weaker opponents by making no special moves, but just making sure that he capitalizes on all the errors and weaknesses that Raahul VS is creating. A nice, clean victory.
Rithvik's scorecard He has beaten Valeriy Neverov and drawn against Adam Tukhaev, Martyn Kravtsiv and Vladimir Burmakin. It is good news that this is a 10 round event, so that keeps his IM and GM norm prospects very much alive, in spite of getting a first round walkover.
Standings after round 7:
|4||43||FM||Raja Rithvik R||IND||2296||5,5||0,0||29,5||32,5||26,25||4|
|8||15||GM||Tran Tuan Minh||VIE||2514||5,5||0,0||27,0||30,5||22,50||4|
|11||21||IM||Visakh N R||IND||2467||5,5||0,0||25,5||27,5||21,00||4|
|15||31||Sammed Jaykumar Shete||IND||2375||5,5||0,0||24,0||27,0||22,75||5|
|18||98||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||w||IND||2043||5,0||0,0||27,0||30,0||21,25||4|
|19||57||Raahul V S||IND||2233||5,0||0,0||27,0||29,0||19,50||5|
Pairings for round 8
A very interesting thing to note was that Pavan is a coach at SMCA. He has been working with a lot of students. The general belief is that coaching affects your game. But Pavan was able to win the tournament. How did that happen? According to Pavan, "If you have the willpower anything is possible." Also it was the first time that he implemented all the advice that he usually gives to the students like not getting distracted, not getting up from the board unnecessarily, check all the forcing moves etc. Here's an interview with the champion.
Final Ranking after 10 Rounds
|1||12||Pavan B N B||IND||1915||AP||8,5||0,0||63,5||68,0||56,25||7|
|6||17||Vinodh Kumar B.||IND||1899||PON||8,0||0,0||62,5||66,5||51,25||7|
|16||76||Ravi Kumar K||IND||1689||AP||7,5||0,0||54,5||58,0||41,00||6|
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