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Abu Dhabi 01-08: Indians in the capital of the UAE

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 28/08/2016

In a field of 137 players, most of whom are rated above 2100, 56 competitors are Indians. The year 2016 has already seen a host of tournaments where Indians formed the bulk of the participants in the starting field. Abu Dhabi has been no different. Adhiban now leads the tourney, with Russians GM Dimitry Andreikin (2733) and Alexandr Predke (2553) in tow.

 

Abu Dhabi 01-08: Indians in the capital of the UAE

In a field of 137 players, most of whom are rated above 2100, 56 competitors are Indians. The year 2016 has already seen a host of tournaments where Indians formed the bulk of the participants in the starting field. Abu Dhabi has been no different.

 

The Abu Dhabi Chess Festival is now in its 23rd edition and shows no sign of losing steam, with great conditions. The festival is comprised of a wide variety of tournaments for all rating strengths and groups, including tournaments for the military and police, or Media and Journalists. After seven rounds, Indian GM B. Adhiban, along with six others, was pursuing the leader Polish GM Kamil Dragun.

GM B. Adhiban is getting some valuable warm-up before the all-important Baku Olympiad.

In fact, Adhiban was leading the tournament for quite some time until Dragun overtook him. He faced Dragun in the eighth round and won. Adhiban now leads the tourney once again, with Russians GM Dimitry Andreikin (2733) and Alexandr Predke (2553) in tow.

[Event "23rd Abu Dhabi Masters 2016"]
[Site "Abu Dhabi"]
[Date "2016.08.28"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Dragun, Kamil"]
[Black "Adhiban, B."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E70"]
[WhiteElo "2609"]
[BlackElo "2671"]
[Annotator "ChessBase"]
[PlyCount "78"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[EventCountry "UAE"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Bd3 O-O 6. Nge2 c5 7. d5 e6 8. Bg5 h6
9. Bh4 exd5 10. exd5 Nbd7 11. f4 g5 12. Bg3 Ng4 13. O-O gxf4 14. Bxf4 Nde5 15.
Bc2 Ng6 16. Qd3 f5 17. Qg3 h5 18. Rae1 {3438} h4 {3554} 19. Qf3 {237} N6e5 {747
} 20. Bxe5 {13} Bxe5 {322} 21. Nf4 {90} Qg5 {92} 22. Kh1 {396} Bd7 {150} 23.
Nce2 {41} Rae8 {37} 24. h3 {39} Nf6 {159} 25. Rg1 {522} Kh8 {234} 26. g3 {436}
Rg8 {8} 27. Ref1 {38} hxg3 {174} 28. Rxg3 {54} Qh6 {1} 29. Rxg8+ {431} Rxg8 {1}
30. Rg1 {19} Ng4 {82} 31. Rg3 {90} Re8 {95} 32. Kg1 {88} Bxf4 {61} 33. Nxf4 {40
} Re3 {84} 34. hxg4 {5} Rxf3 {6} 35. Rxf3 {2} fxg4 {14} 36. Rf2 {41} g3 {36}
37. Ng6+ {11} Kg7 {9} 38. Re2 {4} Bg4 {66} 39. Re7+ {29} Kf6 {3} 0-1

 

Adhiban-Raetsky: White to play
[Event "23rd Abu Dhabi Int. Chess Festival Mas"]
[Site "Dusit Thani Hotel - Abu Dhabi"]
[Date "2016.08.21"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "Adhiban, B."]
[Black "Raetsky, Alexander"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2671"]
[BlackElo "2384"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "rn2kb1r/pp2q3/2p2np1/2P5/1P1Np1b1/BQNpP1P1/P2P2B1/R3KR2 w Qkq - 0 17"]
[PlyCount "9"]
[EventDate "2016.08.21"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "UAE"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[WhiteClock "0:26:47"]
[BlackClock "0:00:34"]
17. Nxe4 Nxe4 18. Bxe4 Qxe4 19. Qf7+ Kd8 20. Qf6+ Kc7 21. Qxh8 $18 1-0

 

GM M.R. Lalith Babu is on 5.5/8, due to a loss to Kuzubov. He did beat GM Hrant Melkumyan (2650) in the sixth round.
[Event "23rd Abu Dhabi Int. Chess Festival Mas"]
[Site "Dusit Thani Hotel - Abu Dhabi"]
[Date "2016.08.24"]
[Round "5.8"]
[White "Lalith, Babu M R"]
[Black "Melkumyan, Hrant"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2575"]
[BlackElo "2650"]
[PlyCount "113"]
[EventDate "2016.08.21"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "UAE"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[WhiteClock "0:13:09"]
[BlackClock "0:00:45"]
1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 b6 7. Rc1 Bb7 8. Bd3
dxc4 9. Bxc4 a6 10. O-O b5 11. Bd3 Nbd7 12. a4 b4 13. Nb1 c5 14. Nbd2 cxd4 15.
Bc7 Qe8 16. exd4 Rc8 17. Qe2 Nd5 18. Bg3 Rxc1 19. Rxc1 Qa8 20. a5 Rc8 21. Re1
h6 22. Nc4 b3 23. Nd6 Bxd6 24. Bxd6 Rc6 25. Bg3 Qd8 26. Ra1 Rc8 27. Bc4 Qf8 28.
Bxb3 Qb4 29. Qd1 N5f6 30. h3 Bd5 31. Bxd5 Nxd5 32. Qe2 Qc4 33. Qxc4 Rxc4 34.
Bd6 f6 35. Ra3 Rc6 36. Bg3 Nf8 37. Rb3 Ng6 38. Rb7 Nge7 39. b4 Nf5 40. Bb8 Nd6
41. Bxd6 Rxd6 42. Nd2 Rc6 43. Nb3 Rc4 44. b5 axb5 45. a6 Ra4 46. Nc5 Ra1+ 47.
Kh2 b4 48. a7 Kh7 49. Nxe6 Kg6 50. Nd8 Kf5 51. Rb5 Ke4 52. Nc6 Nc7 53. f3+ Kf4
54. Rxb4 Nd5 55. Rb8 Ne3 56. a8=Q Nf1+ 57. Kg1 1-0

 

 

The top seed GM Dimitry Andreikin (2733) of Russia began his campaign by facing three Indians.

In the first round, he defeated IM Tania Sachdev (2396), who, like Adhiban, has her eyes set on the coming Olympiad.

But in the second round, Andreikin was lucky to get away with a draw against ChessBase writer IM N. Srinath (2477).
[Event "23rd Abu Dhabi Int. Chess Festival Mas"]
[Site "Dusit Thani Hotel - Abu Dhabi"]
[Date "2016.08.22"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Narayanan, Srinath"]
[Black "Andreikin, Dmitry"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2477"]
[BlackElo "2733"]
[PlyCount "156"]
[EventDate "2016.08.21"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "UAE"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[WhiteClock "0:03:36"]
[BlackClock "0:02:10"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 b6 4. e5 c5 5. c3 Qd7 6. a3 a5 7. f4 Ne7 8. Ndf3 a4 9.
Bd3 Ba6 10. Bc2 Bc4 11. Ne2 Qb5 12. g4 h5 13. gxh5 Bxe2 14. Qxe2 Qxe2+ 15. Kxe2
Rxh5 16. Be3 Nd7 17. Rag1 g6 18. Rg5 Rh3 19. Rg3 Rh5 20. Rg5 Rxg5 21. Nxg5 cxd4
22. cxd4 b5 23. h4 Rc8 24. Bd3 Nf5 25. Bf2 Rb8 26. h5 gxh5 27. Bxf5 exf5 28.
Rxh5 b4 29. Rh8 bxa3 30. bxa3 Rb2+ 31. Kf1 Ra2 32. Be1 Rxa3 33. Bb4 Rb3 34.
Bxf8 Nxf8 35. Nh7 Ke7 36. Rxf8 Rh3 37. Rh8 a3 38. Kg2 a2 39. Ra8 Rxh7 40. Ra7+
Ke8 41. Rxa2 Rh4 42. Kg3 Rg4+ 43. Kf3 Rg1 44. Ra5 Re1 45. Rxd5 Re4 46. Rd6 Ke7
47. Kg3 Ke8 48. d5 Rd4 49. Ra6 Rxd5 50. Kh4 Kf8 51. Kg5 Ke7 52. Kxf5 Rd4 53.
Kg5 Re4 54. Ra5 Kf8 55. f5 Kg7 56. f6+ Kh7 57. Kf5 Re1 58. Ra4 Kg8 59. Re4 Rf1+
60. Rf4 Re1 61. Ra4 Rf1+ 62. Ke4 Re1+ 63. Kd5 Rd1+ 64. Rd4 Ra1 65. Rg4+ Kf8 66.
Rc4 Rd1+ 67. Kc6 Re1 68. Rc5 Rd1 69. Kc7 Ra1 70. Rd5 Rc1+ 71. Kd8 Re1 72. Kd7
Ra1 73. Rd2 Re1 74. Rh2 Rd1+ 75. Kc6 Rc1+ 76. Kd5 Rd1+ 77. Ke4 Re1+ 78. Kd4
Rd1+ 1/2-1/2

 

Tactricks!

(Comment the answers below)

Arghyadip-Anwar: White found a neat trick here.

Gusain-Kuzubov: White's position is a bit shaky. Kuzubov just destroys it.

Prohaszka-Ramnath: Fork and win!

Zubov-Thejkumar: White to play and have some crazy fun.

More Impressions:

Al Muthiah (2289) is on 3.5/8

 

National B Champion IM Ravi Teja (2387) has moved to 4.5/8

Youngsters like Raunak Sadhwani, Aditya Mittal, and Sankalp Gupta are having a field day in the tournament.

A bunch of Indians are playing in other sections

In parallel to what can be considered the main attraction, there are also an Open Tournament for players rated under 2000, a Junior Tournament for players under sixteen years old, a Blitz tournament for aficionados, and also a Media and Journalists tournament, limited to journalists needless to say, and even a Homeland protector's tournament reserved to members of the military and police!

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