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HD Bank 2016: Diptayan pulls it through

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 14/03/2016

A decade or two back, Vietnam was more of a war than a nation, but not anymore -- today, they are among the fastest growing economies in Asia. The country hosted the 6th HD Bank Cup 2016 this month. Fifteen grandmasters and twenty-nine International Masters led a field of seventy-one players and five Indians were among them. An illustrated report with choice tactics and grandmaster analysis!

HD Bank 2016: Diptayan pulls it through

Breathtaking seascape with rook-like limestone rocks, exotic and subtly flavoured food with a tinge of Chinese taste mixed with herbs, an enchanting history of war and rise; Vietnam is a country that will leave you content and happy. A decade or two back, Vietnam was more of a war than a nation, but not anymore -- today, they are among the fastest growing economies in Asia.

 

The 6th HD Bank Cup International Open 2016 was held from 08-13 March 2016 at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The tournament was a nine-round swiss with only seventy-one players, fifty-nine of whom were titled! Fifteen grandmasters and twenty-nine International Masters led the field and five Indians were among them.

The playing arena

The top seed Wang Hao (2717) of China demolished the field to score 8.0/9.

West Bengal's Diptayan Ghosh (2552) -- India's highest rated International Master finished seventh with 6.0/9.

Seventeen-year-old Diptayan Ghosh was widely accepted in the Indian chess circuit to be of grandmaster strength, but it is one thing to be equivalent to something, another to actually be that thing. His rating had soared across the 2500 mark quite a while back and at 2552 he was India's strongest International Master; what he lacked was that one final norm that would make him a grandmaster.

Diptayan had a calm start with 1.5/2 and in the third round was pitted against compatriot IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh.

All roads lead to Rome, but one is absolutely crushing -- white to play.
[Event "6th HDBank Cup International Open Chess "]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.03.09"]
[Round "3.7"]
[White "Ghosh, Diptayan"]
[Black "Ramnath, Bhuvanesh.R"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E62"]
[WhiteElo "2552"]
[BlackElo "2392"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "rnbq1r2/1p4bk/p2P1n1p/4pp2/7Q/2N1B1PB/PP3N1P/3R1RK1 w - - 0 25"]
[PlyCount "11"]
[EventDate "2016.03.08"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "VIE"]
25. d7 Bxd7 26. Bxf5+ Kg8 27. Bxh6 Qe7 28. Bxg7 Kxg7 29. Qg5+ Kh8 30. Nfe4 1-0

In the fourth round, he held GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (2649) to a draw.

Retrospectively, the fifth round game was an encouraging push for Diptayan and made things simpler for him.

 

IM Diptayan Ghosh (2552) - GM Nguyen Anh Dung (2478)

Analysis by Diptayan

[Event "HD Bank Open 2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.03.10"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Diptayan, Ghosh"]
[Black "Nguyen, Anh Dung"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E12"]
[WhiteElo "2552"]
[BlackElo "2478"]
[PlyCount "79"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2008.11.12"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. a3 Bb7 5. Nc3 d5 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Qc2 Be7 8. e4
Nxc3 9. bxc3 O-O 10. Bd3 c5 11. O-O cxd4 (11... Nd7) (11... Qc7) 12. cxd4 Qc8
13. Qe2 Ba6 14. Rd1 Bxd3 15. Rxd3 Nd7 (15... Nc6 16. Bf4 (16. d5 exd5 17. exd5
Bf6) 16... Qa6 17. Rad1 Rad8 18. Qc2 Rc8 19. Rc3) 16. e5 Qc4 (16... h6 17. Ne1
Qc6 18. Rg3 $14) (16... f6 17. exf6 Rxf6 (17... Nxf6 18. Re3) 18. h4) 17. Bg5
Bxg5 $2 (17... f6 18. exf6 Bxf6 19. Rc1 Qd5 20. Bxf6 Nxf6 21. Rdc3) 18. Nxg5
$16 h6 19. Ne4 f6 20. Nd6 Qd5 21. Re1 b5 22. Qd2 a5 23. Rg3 Kh7 24. Qd3+ f5 25.
Nxb5 Rac8 26. Nd6 Rc7 27. h4 Nb6 28. Rb1 Na4 (28... Nc8) 29. Qd2 Ra8 30. Kh2
Nc5 31. Rc3 $6 (31. Qc1 Na6 32. Qf4 $18) 31... Raa7 (31... Ne4 32. Nxe4 Qxe4
33. Rxc7 Qxb1) 32. f3 Na4 33. Rxc7 Rxc7 34. Rb5 Rc5 35. Rb7 Rc4 36. Qe1 Rxd4
37. Qg3 Rxh4+ 38. Qxh4 Qxe5+ 39. Qg3 f4 40. Qf2 1-0

 

Things looked rosy at this point as Diptayan stood on 4.0/5. He took a calculated and risk-free approach in the remaining games, drawing all of them.

GM Vasif Durarbeyli (2600) - IM Diptayan Ghosh (2552)

Analysis by Diptayan

[Event "HD Bank Open 2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.03.11"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Durarbeyli, Vasif"]
[Black "Diptayan, Ghosh"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C94"]
[WhiteElo "2600"]
[BlackElo "2552"]
[PlyCount "70"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2008.11.12"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3
O-O 9. h3 Nb8 10. d3 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Nf1 Nc5 13. Bc2 Re8 14. Ng3 Bf8 15.
b4 Ncd7 (15... Ne6 $5) 16. d4 a5 17. Bd3 axb4 18. cxb4 d5 19. exd5 Bxd5 $6 (
19... exd4 20. Rxe8 Qxe8 21. Bxb5 Bxd5 22. Nxd4 Rxa2 23. Rxa2 Bxa2 $11) (19...
Bxb4 $5 20. Bd2 (20. dxe5 Bxe1 (20... Nxd5 21. Bxh7+ Kxh7 22. Ng5+ Kg8 23. Qh5)
21. exf6 Qxf6) 20... Bd6 21. Bxb5 e4 22. Bc6 (22. Ne5 Nxe5 23. Bxe8 Nd3) 22...
Qc8 $13 (22... Bxc6 23. dxc6 exf3 24. Rxe8+ Qxe8 25. cxd7 Qxd7 26. Qxf3)) 20.
Nxe5 (20. dxe5 Bxf3 21. Qxf3 Nxe5 $17) 20... Bxb4 21. Bd2 Bxd2 (21... Bd6 22.
Bxb5 Nxe5 23. Bxe8 Nd3 24. Bb5 Nxe1 25. Bxe1) 22. Qxd2 c6 23. Nf5 Re6 $4 (23...
Nf8 $5 24. Qg5 (24. Rec1 Re6) 24... Ne6 25. Qh4 Ra4 26. Bc2 Ra7 $11) 24. Rac1
$2 (24. Qg5 Ne8 25. Qxd8 Rxd8 26. Nxc6 $1 $18) 24... Nxe5 25. dxe5 Nd7 26. Qf4
Ra4 27. Nd4 Re8 28. Bc2 Rc4 29. Bb3 Rxc1 30. Qxc1 Nxe5 31. Bxd5 Qxd5 32. Nxc6
Nf3+ 33. gxf3 Rxe1+ 34. Qxe1 Qxc6 35. Qe5 h6 1/2-1/2

 

Grandmaster!

The young lad doesn't even remember precisely how many times he has missed it in the past, but he can rest assured now that the monkey is off his back -- Diptayan Ghosh registered his final norm to become India's 43rd grandmaster.

GM Swapnil Dhopade (2500) of Maharashtra played on par to finish thirteenth with 5.5/9, including a last round draw with Diptayan that helped the latter complete the norm.

Bengal's IM Sayantan Das (2443) finished with 5.0/9 thanks to two losses in a row to Chinese GMs Zhao Jun (2613) and Ni Hua (2691).

Actually, he was doing decently until the seventh round:

He earned this cute win with white against Azeri GM Durarbayli (2600). Sayantan is white and found a neat way to obtain a winning advantage.
[Event "6th HDBank Cup International Open Chess "]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.03.12"]
[Round "7.6"]
[White "Das, Sayantan"]
[Black "Durarbayli, Vasif"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C78"]
[WhiteElo "2443"]
[BlackElo "2600"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "1r3r2/2p1npk1/4b2p/2P1N1p1/1p6/1B3RP1/1P3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 27"]
[PlyCount "35"]
[EventDate "2016.03.08"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "VIE"]
27. Nd7 Bxd7 28. Rxe7 Be8 29. Rxc7 Rd8 30. Bc4 Rd1+ 31. Kh2 h5 32. Rd3 Rc1 33.
b3 h4 34. gxh4 Rh8 35. Re7 Kf6 36. Rde3 Rxh4+ 37. Kg3 Rhxc4 38. bxc4 Ba4 39.
Ra7 Bd1 40. Ra6+ Kf5 41. Rd3 Be2 42. Rd5+ Ke4 43. f3+ Ke3 44. Rad6 1-0

 

IM Praveen Kumar C (2240) scored fifty-percent, ending with 4.5/9

Praveen found a straightforward resource with white against Vietnamese GM Cao Sang (2430). He is already an exchange ahead, but now finishes things with...?
[Event "6th HDBank Cup International Open Chess "]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.03.12"]
[Round "7.22"]
[White "Praveen, Kumar C"]
[Black "Cao, Sang"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E40"]
[WhiteElo "2240"]
[BlackElo "2430"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "r5k1/pppb2pp/1n1q4/n4pP1/P1pPpN1P/2P1P3/Q3BP2/1R2K2R w K - 0 21"]
[PlyCount "21"]
[EventDate "2016.03.08"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "VIE"]
21. Rb5 Bxb5 22. axb5 a6 23. Qxa5 axb5 24. Qxb5 Ra1+ 25. Bd1 Qd7 26. Qxd7 Nxd7
27. Kd2 Nb6 28. Re1 Kf8 29. Ne6+ Ke7 30. Nxg7 Ra5 31. Nh5 1-0

IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh (2392) struggled to reach 3.5/9, losing a hatful of elo in the process.

The royal game.

Glitz: trophies and medals apart from cash prizes to the winners!

Final Standings:

Rk. SNo     Name sex FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3  n w we w-we K rtg+/-
1 1   GM Wang Hao   CHN 2717 8,0 0,0 53,5 7,0 9 8 6,49 1,51 10 15,1
2 6   GM Zhao Jun   CHN 2613 7,5 0,0 52,0 6,0 9 7,5 5,42 2,08 10 20,8
3 3   GM Laznicka Viktor   CZE 2666 7,0 0,0 53,0 6,0 9 7 6,33 0,67 10 6,7
4 9   IM Bogdanovich Stanislav   UKR 2590 6,5 0,0 48,0 5,0 9 6,5 6,11 0,39 10 3,9
5 4   GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son   VIE 2649 6,0 0,0 53,5 4,0 9 6 6,21 -0,21 10 -2,1
6 5   GM Zhang Zhong   SIN 2633 6,0 0,0 51,5 5,0 9 6 5,93 0,07 10 0,7
7 11   IM Ghosh Diptayan   IND 2552 6,0 0,0 48,5 3,0 9 6 5,07 0,93 10 9,3
8 7   GM Durarbayli Vasif   AZE 2600 6,0 0,0 48,0 4,0 8 5 5,34 -0,34 10 -3,4
9 23   IM Tin Jingyao   SIN 2411 6,0 0,0 46,0 5,0 9 6 4,38 1,62 10 16,2
10 15   IM Tran Tuan Minh   VIE 2459 6,0 0,0 44,5 5,0 9 6 4,77 1,23 10 12,3
11 2   GM Ni Hua   CHN 2691 6,0 0,0 41,5 4,0 9 6 7,77 -1,77 10 -17,7
12 16   IM Le Tuan Minh   VIE 2444 5,5 0,0 48,5 4,0 9 5,5 4,47 1,03 10 10,3
13 12   GM Swapnil S. Dhopade   IND 2500 5,5 0,0 46,5 4,0 9 5,5 5,61 -0,11 10 -1,1
14 14   GM Nguyen Anh Dung   VIE 2478 5,5 0,0 45,5 5,0 9 5,5 5,15 0,35 10 3,5
15 22   FM Nguyen Anh Khoi   VIE 2412 5,5 0,0 45,0 4,0 9 5,5 4,30 1,20 10 12,0

Check the complete standings here.

Photos: HD Bank 2016 Facebook page


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