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IIFL Wealth 05: more than just a sport

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 03/02/2016

Chess is not just about beating your opponent. It is more than just a sport -- it is an epicenter that brings people together. The IIFL Wealth Mumbai International in progress at Mount Litera School International is beginning to show people the real value that chess creates for the society. While a handful of kids share the lead in the Junior section, the Open saw its first sole leader in IM G.A. Stany, who has touched 5.0/5 and has kindly annotated his game for you. An illustrated report.

IIFL Wealth 05: more than just a sport

Chess is not just about beating your opponent. True, it is a sport, where you have to make your opponent squirm in his seat, sweat and extend his hand in resignation. It is also a cultural exchange of ideas, a meeting point for all sorts of people -- a religion and a community in itself.

The kids get going

It is more than just a sport -- it is an epicenter that brings people together

Raunak Sadhwani (2104) played a beautiful game the round before the fifth and was awarded the Game of the day prize...

...by ChessBase India!

He was facing his state-mate Sankarsha Shelke (2032) who soon gained an upper hand with black as he was two pawns ahead, but the game ended in a draw.

 

The top-seed Mohammad Fahad Rahman (2278) of Bangladesh was held to a draw by...

...Tamil Nadu's Gukesh D. (2041)

Adarsh Trpathi is a bubbly young man who could not survive the onslaught of the small and...

...scarily talented Aditya Mittal (1960) of Mumbai

Chess can become stressful, sometimes;...

...or sometimes, make you pop your eyes out in disbelief!

Some prefer caps to keep their head cool

The e-pawn moves and my bishop becomes happy!

Is it ...b5 first or ...0-0?!

The scheming mind

Looking up for some inspiration, or strategy, maybe?

And this one is looking down for some concrete calculations

Ridit Nimdia (1567) was world's youngest rated player for quite some time

The Nepalese team: Bijay Tamata, Manish Gurung, Rojan Shreshta with their coach

View the complete pairing for Round 06 here.

Complete results of Round 05.

Watch the games LIVE by clicking the above link.

IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Open 2016

Finally, it so happened that the big guns in the tournament began to take on each other and the games were bloody!

IM G.A. Stany removed from his way...

IM S. Nitin (2400)

Notes by IM Stany

[Event "IIfl Mumbai Open "]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.02.01"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Nitin, S."]
[Black "Stany.g.a"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C41"]
[WhiteElo "2400"]
[BlackElo "2421"]
[Annotator "Stany.g.a"]
[PlyCount "60"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. g4 $5 {a line popularised by Shirov
} Nxg4 6. Rg1 Ngf6 7. Be3 c6 8. a4 $6 {Played after a long thought} (8. Qd2 {
is the theory} b5 9. O-O-O Qa5 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Kb1 $13) 8... Qa5 9. Qd2 g6
10. Bd3 {Blocks the d file. Maybe direct 0-0-0 was better} h5 11. h3 Bg7 12.
O-O-O b5 13. axb5 cxb5 14. Kb1 (14. Bxb5 Nxe4 15. Nxe4 Qa1#) 14... Rb8 15. dxe5
dxe5 16. Nh4 b4 17. Nd5 $5 Nxd5 18. exd5 e4 (18... Qxd5 19. Nxg6 fxg6 20. Bxg6+
) 19. Bxe4 Bc3 $1 {practically looks very good.While playing it thought this
is close to winning but it isn't} (19... Bxb2 {doesnt work} 20. Kxb2 Qa3+ 21.
Kb1 b3 22. c4 b2 23. Qd4 $18) 20. Qe2 $1 Ne5 (20... b3 21. cxb3 Rxb3 22. Bc1
Kd8 $13) 21. Bc1 $2 {Threatening Ng6 and also protecting b2 pawn but its a big
mistake} (21. Nxg6 $1 b3 22. cxb3 Rxb3 23. Bc1 (23. Nxh8 Bxb2 $1) 23... fxg6
24. Bxg6+ Kd8 {is unclear}) 21... Rb6 $1 {White will have to give up the queen
inorder to avoid mate now} 22. Bd3 Ra6 23. Bxa6 Bxa6 24. Qxe5+ Bxe5 25. Rge1 f6
$1 {25.f4 doesnt work due to Bc4} 26. Re4 (26. Nxg6 Bc4 27. Rxe5+ fxe5 28. b3
Rg8) 26... Kf7 27. f4 b3 28. cxb3 Bd6 29. Ra4 Qb6 30. Be3 Qxb3 0-1

 

Himal Gusain (2335) crossed the 2400-mark in the live rating list!

His victim was IM Ravi Teja (2385)

IM Swapnil Dhopade and IM Shardul Gagare have already become grandmasters, and they settled for a draw in their direct encounter.

FA Deepak Tandel and Press Officer R Vasudevan flank Madan Bagayatkar of AICFB

View the pairing for Round 06 here.

Complete results of Round 05.

Watch the games LIVE by clicking the above link.

 Video Report by Vijay Kumar:

Photos for ChessBase India