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Reykjavik Open 2023 R1-4: Abhijeet Gupta and Pranav Venkatesh make a perfect start 4/4

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/04/2023

GM Abhijeet Gupta and GM Pranav Venkatesh are the coleaders after the fourth round of Reykjavik Open 2023. Both have made a perfect start by winning all four of their respective games. They will inevitably clash in the fifth round. Abhijeet defeated IM Sidhant Mohapatra comfortably in the fourth round, Pranav had a slightly bumpy win against GM Banusz Tamas. 14 players are trailing the leaders by a half point at 3.5/4 each, including the top seed GM Vasyl Ivanchuk. The legend averted a difficult position against GM Magesh Chandran who launched a devastating attack against the former World Rapid champion but he was unable to bring his advantage into fruition. Round 5 starts today at 9 a.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Thorsteinn Magnusson/Reykjavik Open 2023

Exciting games in every round

The reigning Commonwealth Gold medalist, IM P Shyam Nikhil is the sole Indian at 3.5/4. He will face GM Maxime Lagarde (FRA) in the fifth round. IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad, FM Karthik Rajaa, WIM Isha Sharma and FM Sahithi Varshini M drew against GM Adrien Demuth (FRA), GM Viktor Erdos (HUN), GM Sebastian Maze (FRA) and GM Johann Hjartarson (ISL) respectively. 

GM Abhijeet Gupta has made a perfect start 4/4... | Photo: Thorsteinn Magnusson/Reykjavik Open 2023

...so did GM Pranav Venkatesh 4/4 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Round 1

Norway no.2 GM Aryan Tari (2649) got a subtle opportunity on move no.11 against FM Bruno Dieu (FRA, 2219). GM D Gukesh who recorded a Fritztrainer at our new ChessBase India studio, brought this to our notice. Check out IM Sagar Shah's analysis:

Why Aryan Tari should follow ChessBase India

Aryan tweeted after seeing the video

Pranav - Soderstorm, Round 2

Position after 38.Bg3

White has a substantial positional advantage in the above diagram. What should be the correct plan for White after 38...Qd7 ? Black had to move the queen out of the way to prevent f5 discover attack. Try to think like Pranav and see if you can match his plan which he executed in the game.

Simon - Anastasiya

Position after 16...Nxd4

GM Simon Williams (ENG, 2461) famously known as GingerGM, made an interesting queen sacrifice against WIM Anastasiya Rakhmangulova (UKR, 2266). 17.Nxd4! Bxa4 18.Nxe6 Qh4 19.Rfxf7 Bb4 20.Rf8+ and Black resigned due to Bg6+ followed by inevitable checkmate in the next move.

Round 3: Magesh - Ivanchuk: 0-1

India's 12th GM in history, Magesh Chandran P (2460) is playing his first FIDE-rated event in over six months. In the third round, he was paired against the top seed of the tournament, the legend GM Vasyl Ivanchuk (UKR, 2664). Magesh got a fantastic position and his attack seemed to be devastating.

Position after 23...e5

White's queen, both knights and the b2-bishop - all of them are ready to deal heavy blow to Black's kingside. The first question White has to answer which knight should take on e5 - f3 or g4? It might seem like it does not make a huge difference, but in reality it does. Hence, a precise calculation is required. Magesh did all that and went with 24.Nfxe5! dxe5 25.Qxe5 Rc7 and now White had to go 26.h6 which would have led him to a definitive victory. 26.Nh6+ is also good Kh8 now White needed to trade the bishops first 27.Bxb7 Rxb7. He missed it and went 27.Qf5?? Bxg2-+ and now White does not have enough to score with the remaining material. Ivanchuk won the game in another seven moves.

Attacking the legend's king | Magesh Chandran vs Vasyl Ivanchuk | Video: ChessBase India

GM Magesh Chandran played excellent against GM Vasyl Ivanchuk (UKR) | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (pictured) - GM Maxime Lagarde (FRA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

FM Vedant Panesar (pictured) made a short work of IM Askell O Karason (ISL) in 23 moves | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Round 4: Abhijeet - Sidhant

GM Abhijeet Gupta (2620) made his intentions clear early in the game when he played 7.g4 in the QGD against IM Sidhant Mohapatra (2376).

Position after 8...f5

8...Nxc3 9.bxc3 Qe8 would have been a relatively safer and better continuation for Black. 8...f5 imploded Black's kingside 9.gxf5 Nxc3 as he is unable to recapture on f5 immediately. 10.bxc3 c6 11.c5 Bc7 12.Rg1 Rf6 13.e4 Black was just not given any time to safely regain the pawn at f5. 13...dxe4 14.Qxe4 Qd5 15.Qg4 Rf7 16.f6 Nd7 17.Bxh6 Nxf6 18.Qxg7+! Rxg7 19.Rxg7+ Kf8 20.Rd7+ White not only regains the queen but also arrived at a winning endgame as he is ahead by two split passed pawns on the kingside and his pieces are way more active and well coordinated than Black's.

IM Sidhant Mohapatra just could not get out of the gate against GM Abhijeet Gupta | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

GM Adrien Demuth (FRA) - IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (pictured): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Viktor Erdos (HUN) - FM Karthik Rajaa: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

WIM Isha Sharma (pictured) had a hard-fought draw against GM Sebastian Maze (FRA) | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

GM Johann Hjartarson (ISL) - FM Sahithi Varshini M: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

Photo Gallery

Dagur B Eggertsson made the inaugural first move on GM Vasyl Ivanchuk's top board | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

Former FIDE President, legendary GM Fridrik Olafsson welcomed Iceland's 16th GM Vignir Vatnar Stefansson to the GM club | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

A few titled streamers are playing in this event and they are streaming it on their respective channels. They are - GM Simon Williams (ENG), WGM Dina Belenkaya (ISR), WFM Anna Cramling (SWE) and WFM Alexandra Botez (CAN). The organizers have to be applauded for allowing the live streams of each game by the respective titled streamers as they are drawing hundreds of thousads of live views which are commentated by the likes of legendary GM Pia Cramling, GM Jon Ludvig Hammer, GM Nicholas Pert and more. In the era of internet, this is not only popularizing the tournament among the masses all over the globe but also chess as a sport.

GM Simon Williams (ENG) 2.5/4 | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

WGM Dina Belenkaya (ISR) 3/4 | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

WFM Anna Cramling (SWE) 2/4 | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

WFM Alexandra Botez (CAN) 2/4 | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

Players in action at Harpa Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

Daníel Þór Magnússon, Funds Manager at Kvika assets management made the ceremonial first move of Round 4 | Photo: Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir/Reykjavik Open 2023

A total of 401 players including 34 GMs, 34 IMs, 5 WGMs and 5 WIMs are taking part from 45 countries across the world. The seven day nine-round Swiss League Rating tournament is organized by Icelandic Chess Federation from 29th March to 4th April 2023 at Harpa Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland. The time control of the tournament is 40 moves in 90 minutes + 30 minutes with 30 seconds increment from move no.1. Accelerated pairings are used in all rounds.

Replay Round 1-4 games

Round 4 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
435
GMGupta Abhijeet262031 - 03IMSidhant Mohapatra2376
54
4415
GMPranav V254531 - 03GMBanusz Tamas2616
6
4941
IMMardov Dimitar2445½ - ½GMVisakh N R2538
20
41185
FMSalles Louis22870 - 1IMShyaamnikhil P2477
28
41229
GMDemuth Adrien2475½ - ½IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad2441
42
4159
GMErdos Viktor25872½ - ½2FMKarthik Rajaa2302
82
418109
WIMSharma Isha21972½ - ½2GMMaze Sebastien2542
18
420112
IMMannion Stephen R219020 - 12IMVignesh N R2513
24
42227
GMHjartarson Johann24782½ - ½2FMSahithi Varshini M2262
92
424117
IMMohota Nisha217720 - 12GMRichter Michael2466
32
425119
Johannsson Birkir Isak217120 - 12GMPanchanathan Magesh Chandran2460
35
43551
IMAjay Krishna S238221 - 02WIMPandey Srishti2156
120
44265
FMMiller Eduard235421 - 02Hari Charan Sai Kalluri2066
161
447288
Chilton James I17220 - 12FMPanesar Vedant2348
68
4129162
Manukonda Arun206111 - 0Hetland Even1680
296
4147201
Knudsen Martin19691 - 0Lokeswara Rao M1218
359
4174286
Qiu Peter Yong17291½ - ½1Nitish Brunth Sundar0
390

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Standings after Round 4

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 RpnKrtg+/-
15
GMAbhijeet GuptaIND2620404531494107,3
15
GMV PranavIND25454045317741012,1
31
GMVasyl IvanchukUKR26643,504627184102,2
411
GMMaxime LagardeFRA25813,5045,526984104,5
13
GMMatthieu CornetteFRA25633,5045,527214106,6
23
GMLeon MonsGER25143,5045,527074108,3
78
GMEmre CanTUR26003,504526804102,8
28
IMP ShyaamnikhilIND24773,504525514102,4
30
IMEvgenios IoannidisGRE24733,504526634108,1
104
GMMustafa YilmazTUR26293,5044,527334104,2
11200
Dmitriy GrigorievFID19693,5044235742032,8
12219
Jinghan Cameron GohSGP18993,5043197932014,6
236
Henry AdamsENG18593,5043236744086,8
1412
GMLeon LivaicCRO25693,5035,531063105,7
1519
GMHjorvar Steinn GretarssonISL25383,503531163107,1
1617
GMBrandon JacobsonUSA25433,5034,531173106,9
1781
FMHamish OlsonSCO23093046258642029
186
GMTamas BanuszHUN26163045,52568410-1,3
54
IMMohapatra SidhantIND23763045,524894106,8
2020
GMN R VisakhIND25383045,52502410-1,1
42
IMBala Chandra Prasad DhulipallaIND24413045,525454106
2251
IMS Ajay KrishnaIND2382304524124102,4
58
IMThomas WillemzeNED2364304523884102,7
2422
GMKjetil A. LieNOR251530452424410-3,2
32
GMMichael RichterGER246630452412410-1,9
41
IMDimitar MardovU16USA2445304524964103,2

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Round 5 pairings

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
5115
GMPranav V254544GMGupta Abhijeet2620
5
5528
IMShyaamnikhil P2477GMLagarde Maxime2581
11
51016
GMPapp Gabor254433IMAjay Krishna S2382
51
51120
GMVisakh N R253833FMMiller Eduard2354
65
51324
IMVignesh N R251333IMGriffith Kyron2342
69
51635
GMPanchanathan Magesh Chandran246033FMOlson Hamish2309
81
51754
IMSidhant Mohapatra237633IMWillow Jonah B2459
37
51868
FMPanesar Vedant234833IMMardov Dimitar2445
41
51942
IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad24413Grigoriev Dmitriy1969
200
52736
GMYankelevich Lev2459WIMSharma Isha2197
109
549158
Halldorsson Bragi2067FMKarthik Rajaa2302
82
55592
FMSahithi Varshini M2262Holand Per Fredrik2026
174
56060
FMTrimitzios Petros235822Manukonda Arun2061
162
565161
Hari Charan Sai Kalluri206622FMCederstam Carl2255
95
576193
Kukavica Tony198122IMMohota Nisha2177
117
579120
WIMPandey Srishti21562Jansen Jesper Billeskov1928
213
5156359
Lokeswara Rao M1218Opasiak Dustin Tennessee1748
278
5162390
Nitish Brunth Sundar01Yedid Lior1586
321

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