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Tanmay Chopra holds Michael Adams to a draw

by Shahid Ahmed - 09/01/2021

Seven-time British champion, former World no.4 and current England no.1 Michael Adams was on the brink of winning Caplin British Online Championship 2020, but the 17-year-old Tanmay Chopra delayed his triumph by putting up a staunch defence and held him to a draw after a 122-move long game. It was a tournament played in almost a classical time control of 1 hour + 15 seconds increment for all games. Adams had to play Playoffs against IM Ameet Ghasi because of this draw, although Adams won it comfortably 1.5-0.5. Check out the annotations from Tanmay Chopra himself.

122-move marathon draw

17-year-old Tanmay Chopra was up against seven-time British champion and the current England no.1, also the top seed of the tournament GM Michael Adams in the final round of Caplin British Online Championship 2020. This was neither a Blitz nor a Bullet game, it was a 1 hour each + 15 seconds increment and Adams needed a victory to win the tournament. However, Tanmay had a different plan altogether.

Tanmay felt the position after 11...Nd7 was a critical moment of the game

For those who are looking for a 2D diagram, here you go:

Position after 11...Nd7

Tanmay - Adams

Position after 55...Bc5

The game went on with 56.Bc4 Rd4 57.a4 which gave black the option to create some chances.

Position after 57.a4

White can still hold this position but 57...e5 would have kept some hope alive for black. The game went on for another 65 moves before ending up in a draw. Tanmay put up a brave fight and managed to save the game. Check out the detailed analysis by Tanmay himself to know about his preparation and the game too.

Tanmay finished at shared fifth position with a score of 5.5/9

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts.w-we
GMAdams MichaelENG27167,0-0,76
IMGhasi Ameet KENG24857,00,93
IMWadsworth Matthew JENG24166,50,63
GMTurner Matthew JSCO25096,0-0,04
GMFernandez Daniel HENG24665,5-0,82
GMHebden Mark LENG24535,5-1,99
GMLalic BogdanCRO24025,5-0,65
FMGrieve HarryENG23515,5-0,54
Chopra TanmayIND22735,50,81
Cox Tristan AENG21415,51,69
Finn PeterENG19595,53,62
Ismail Mohammed AayanENG17195,53,92
FMToczek GrzegorzWLS22715,0-0,12
FMBlackburn Jonathan LbWLS22355,0-1,46
Stubbs OliverENG19055,00,91

Complete standings

Previous coverage of Tanmay

From unrated to 1800 in just two years | Original chess study | Video: Sagar Shah
Self taught boy reaches an Elo of 1943 and gives GM a big scare! | Video: Sagar Shah

Replay the live stream

GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan commentate on the final round of the tournament| Video: Game Changer


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