Bangladesh Premier League R8: Abhimanyu's refreshing attack
GM Abhimanyu Puranik of Shahin Chess Club scored a fantastic victory with a brilliant display of attack against Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan of Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society in Round 8 of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. SAIF Sporting Club somehow managed to score a victory as FM Mehdi Hasan Parag swindled his opponent in the final moments of the game. They are at the second position with 12.0/14. Uttara Central drew with Leonin Chess Club 2-2 and they are now at third place with 9.0/16. Round 9 is a rest day for Uttara Central Chess Club. Photo: Amruta Mokal
Three matches drawn without conceding a single draw
A draw in a team championship means the score is 2-2. However Round 8 witnessed three match draws between Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society and Shahin Chess Club; Sheikh Russel Chess Club and Titas Club; Leonin Chess Club and Uttara Central Chess Club. None of these teams conceded a single draw which only shows the competitive spirit in the players. Only four games were drawn out of 20 which means 80% decisive games were played.
Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society - Shahin Chess Club: 2-2
GM Abhimanyu Puranik completely annihilated his opponent Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan.
Abhimanyu - Mostafa
Black's position is absolutely passive, it won't be an exaggeration if it is said that black's position is on the brink of a collapse. White has plenty of targets, but what is the correct methodical strike for white after 14...Ne7 ? Put yourself in Abhimanyu's shoes and think for a while to get the correct answer.
Sanket Chakravarty put up a good fight but in the endgame GM Narayanan's bishop pair proved to be too strong.
Sanket - Narayanan
White overstretching with 37.b5 did not help white's already difficult position.
SAIF Sporting Club - Bangladesh Biman: 2.5-1.5
GM Adhiban had a tepid draw with GM Gukesh.
GM Neelotpal pushed to create some chances for himself but his opponent GM Kovalev thwarted all his attempts.
GM Reefat blundered in a completely winning position against GM Enamul.
Reefat - Enamul
28.Rc7 is a huge mistake as it allows black for a perpetual check to save the game. Find out what white should have played instead.
FM Mehdi Hasan Parag scored an important victory over FM Md. Taibur Rahman as he swindled in the final moments of the game.
Leonin Chess Club - Uttara Central Chess Club: 2-2
IM Aronyak Ghosh scored a comfortable victory over CM Tahsin Tajwar Zia.
IM Mitrabha Guha made a few inaccurate decisions and lost to Subhayan Kundu.
Mitrabha - Subhayan
20.Nd2 is passive. White should have gone with 20.b4 instead and after 20...e4 21.Nh2 would have been fine. However, white made another mistake after 20...e4 by taking the pawn 21.Ndxe4 which turned things completely in black's favor.
IM Koustav Chatterjee made a short work of CM Md. Shawket Bin Osman Shaon in just 28 moves.
CM Raja Neer Manon scored a fine victory with a display of his positional skill against Asif Mahmud.
Replay games from Round 8
There is one round every day starting at 3 p.m. BST (2:30 p.m. IST) from 19th to 28th March 2021. On 29th March the final round starts at 2 p.m. BST (1:30 p.m. IST). A total of 63 players including 13 GMs, 9 IMs, 2 WIMs, 10 FMs and 8 CMs are slated to take part. A staggering 66.67% players are titled, 20.6% are GMs and 14.3% are IMs.
Round 8 results
|1||Sonali Bank Sports & Recreation Club||Bangladesh Navy||1½||:||2½|
|2||Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society||Shahin Chess Club||2||:||2|
|3||SAIF Sporting Club||Bangladesh Biman||2½||:||1½|
|4||Sheikh Russel Chess Club||Titas Club||2||:||2|
|5||Leonin Chess Club||Uttara Central Chess Club||2||:||2|
Standings after Round 8
|2||2||SAIF Sporting Club||7||5||2||0||12||19,5||0||75,3|
|3||5||Uttara Central Chess Club||8||3||3||2||9||18,0||0||54,8|
|4||8||Shahin Chess Club||7||2||4||1||8||16,5||0||50,5|
|8||4||Leonin Chess Club||7||0||5||2||5||11,5||0||34,3|
|9||3||Sheikh Russel Chess Club||7||1||2||4||4||10,5||0||24,0|
|10||1||Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society||7||1||2||4||4||9,5||0||24,5|
|11||11||Sonali Bank Sports & Recreation Club||8||1||1||6||3||11,0||0||23,8|