World Teams 2019 Round 1: Adhiban's beast mode gives India 3.5-0.5 win over Sweden
With a rating average of 2658 India is definitely not the favourite to win the World Team Championships 2019. But it is a team which no one can take lightly. When you see games like the one Adhiban played against Nils Grandelius in round one and Surya Sekhar Ganguly against Axel Smith, then the hopes for Team India putting up a spectacular show increase. The boys beat Sweden with a score of 3.5-0.5 in round one. In the women's section, India was able to hold their own against Georgia. Padmini's defeat was compensated by Soumya fighting hard until the end and scoring a win. A detailed round one report with breakup of the most important positions of the day.
Adhiban's beast mode is well-known in the chess world now. But with all powerful machines it usually takes some time for Adhiban to get into the groove. The first couple of rounds in the tournament don't go well for him and then he switches on his beast mode. In Astana, however, at the World Team Championships 2019, it seems as if Adhiban has come in with the hunger to do well. India beat Sweden in round one and a big credit for it goes to Adhiban, who playing on board number 1, defeated Grandelius Nils from the white side of the Guioco Piano. It was the only game where our player was lower rated than his opponent.
Grandelius is well known in the chess world for his excellent calculating abilities. The Swedish GM uses this quality of his to set deep traps for his opponents. In fact, I myself have played with him twice and in equal positions he was able to outwit me with his excellent calculating abilities. However, in the first round of the World Team Championships 2019, it was Adhiban was blanked Nils. The Chennai GM played some H.O.T (Highly Original Thinking as Paul Motwani liked to say) Chess. Let's have a look at the key moments of the game.
Adhiban vs Grandelius, Round 1 World Teams 2019
Ganguly plays a la Morphy!
Ganguly vs Axel Smith
Round one results:
Soumya fought hard in a game where she was lost late in the middlegame and managed to wriggle out with a full point.
Round one results:
You can watch the games live on ChessBase India at 2.30 p.m. IST.