Tech Mahindra GCL Day 8: Ganges Grandmasters and Triveni Continental Kings win close battles
One might expect a relatively quiet day after an exciting finish yesterday. Well, that just does not happen at Tech Mahindra Global Chess League. In the first match, five out of six games ended decisively. Levon Aronian, Wei Yi and Sara Khadem scored the crucial victories for their team Triveni Continental Kings. Their 3-0 (10-9) victory over Chingari Gulf Titans ensured the team still has mathematical chances. Andrey Esipenko scored the crucial win for his team, Ganges Grandmasters. Thus, GG are once again is back at the top for now with a score 15/24. Tomorrow will be the penultimate day of the double round-robin stage. There will be four matches starting with Chingari Gulf Titans vs upGrad Mumba Masters from 3 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Maria Emelianova
Esipenko and Sara score the deciders for their respective teams
Match #21: Triveni Continental Kings - Chingari Gulf Titans: 3-0 (10-9)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (CGT) scored the first win of the match for hist team against Yangyi Yu (TCK). Kateryna Lagno (TCK) drew against Alexandra Kosteniuk (CGT). Nihal Sarin (CGT) defeated Jonas Buhl Bjerre (TCK) for the second time at this event. Thus, TCK is now in a situation where they must win the remaining three games to win the match. Wei Yi (TCK) and IM Sara Khadem (TCK) scored crucial victories over Daniil Dubov (CGT) and IM Polina Shuvalova (CGT) respectively to ensure their team win the match.
Yangyi - Mamedyarov
Yangyi Yu (TCK) took a little longer to continue his attack. He needed to go 20.Nb5 immediately instead of Kf2 which provoked g5 21.hxg5 hxg5 22.Nb5 gxf4 23.Rxc7+ Qxc7 24.Nxc7 Bd3 25.Rxh8 Bxe2 26.Kxe2 fxe3 and White resigned as he lost too much of material.
Jonas - Nihal
Capturing the c7-pawn made things worse for White in a hurry as 28...Rd2 29.Qg3 Rxa2 30.Kh2 Rdd2 gave Black a significant decisive advantage. Nihal (CGT) checkmated his opponent Jonas (TCK) in another ten moves.
Aronian - Duda
The Artist, Aronian made a nice knight sacrifice 32.Nxf7! in an already advantageous position. 32...Qc7 33.Nh8 Qh2+ 34.Kf1 and White had no trouble converting his advantage into a win.
Shuvalova - Sara
IM Polina Shuvalova (CGT) made a huge mistake 54...Qe4?? Find out the winning continuation for White. Her opponent, IM Sara Khadem (TCK) found it and won the game.
Replay TCK vs CGT games
Match #22: Balan Alaskan Knights - Ganges Grandmasters: 0-3 (7-8)
Teimour Radjabov (BAK) drew against Leinier Dominguez Perez (GG) as the first result of the match. Andrey Esipenko (GG) scored the first win for his team against Raunak Sadhwani (BAK). Ian Nepomniachtchi (BAK) had slightly more eventful draw than his first encounter against Vishy Anand (GG) at this event. Nodirbek Abdusattorov (BAK) scored the sole win for his team against Richard Rapport (GG). Thus, Esipenko's win proved crucial for his team's victory.
Raunak - Esipenko
Andrey Esipenko (GG) converted his positional advantage combined with extra pawn into a win comfortably.
Abdusattorov - Rapport
The only way Black could have recovered the lost pawn was 22...Nxc4. The game continued 22...Qxe3 23.fxe3 fxe4 24.Nxg7 Nd3 25.Ne6 Bc6 White eventually went on to convert his advantage using correct technique and won the game.
Replay BAK vs GG games
Standings after Day 8
Day 9 matches
Match #23: Chingari Gulf Titans vs upGrad Mumba Masters from 3 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST
Match #24: SG Alpine Warriors vs Triveni Continental Kings from 4:30 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. IST
Match #25: upGrad Mumba Masters vs Ganges Grandmasters from 5:45 p.m. local time, 7:15 p.m. IST
Match #26: Triveni Continental Kings vs Balan Alaskan Knights from 7 p.m. local time, 8:30 p.m. IST
What is the Scoring System?
Each team will have six players and a manager, who will be competing on six boards which will be played simultaneously. While each board will be called a game, all six combined boards will be termed one match. Once the board order is decided, it cannot be altered after drawing lots while deciding the run order of play. And in each match, all the players of one team will play with the same colour.
A game won with Black pieces will result in 4 Game Points (GP) to the winning player. A victory for a player with White pieces will see them win 3 GP. A draw will be rewarded with 1 GP, and a defeat gets the player 0 GP. Each players’ GP will contribute to the Team’s total Match Points (MP).
With regards to the calculations on Match Points (MP), a Team which scores more GP than their opposition will be rewarded with a bonus of 3 MP. If both the Teams are level on GP, they will be awarded 1 MP each. However, if a team scores lesser GP than the opposing team, they won’t get any MP for that Match.
Scoring System for Game Points (GP)
4 GP (3+1)
A player wins the Game with Black Pieces
A player wins the Game with White Pieces
Scoring System for Match Points (MP)
The team that scores more Game Points
If both teams are level on Game Points
The team that scores lesser Game Points than the opponent
The Final will be played over best-of-2 matches. There will be a drawing of lots to determine which Team is White in Match 1, this team will then be black in Match 2. The team who wins more matches will be the Champion. In the event of a tie:
• There will be a playoff blitz fixture, which will be a best-of-2 match. The team that was white in Match 1 and black in Match 2 will play white in Match 3 and black in Match 4. The time limit for each game will be all moves in 3 minutes plus 2 seconds. The Team that wins the most matches in the fixture will be the Champion.
• If the Teams remain tied, there shall be a drawing of lots to determine a board from 1 to 6. The player from each Team on this board will then participate in a sudden-death blitz game. The time limit for this game will be 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move. The player from the Team who was white in Matches 1 and 3, will play white in this game.
• If the sudden death blitz game is drawn, then the procedure is repeated except that the colour of the player from each team alternates from the colour the team had in the preceding sudden death blitz game.
• If the tie remains unbroken, the above procedure is repeated until a sudden death blitz game has a winner.