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Indians win First Saturday May-2017!

by Davide Nastasio - 20/05/2017

The very first "First Saturday tournament" in Budapest was played in 1987. The idea behind this successful series is simple: make it easier for young players to get round robin norms you need for the title. Since 1987 countless ambitious talents, among them several future chess superstars, have made their norms in Budapest. This time, two Indians won the GM and IM groups.

Indians win First Saturday May-2017!

Hungary has a famous tournament called: "First Saturday." Practically every month, starting on the first Saturday, many international tournaments are organized in Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest

This gives the chance to young players to score norms for FM, IM or even GM! In fact, Caruana, who recently has been substituted as second in the world by Wesley So, when younger he moved to Europe, and he played in the July 2007 of the First Saturday GM tournament, winning with 7 points out of 9, and obtaining his GM title at the age of 14.

Spot GM Fabiano Caruana

This month the tournament was played from May 6th to the 16th with a magical result for IM Roy Saptarshi, 6 out of 9 in the GM section!

Lazlo Nagy also known as Mr. First Saturday

 
Saptarshi made only 2.5 out of the first 5 games, but then he began to play harder and won three games in a row, reaching round 8 with 5.5, then the Norvegian FM Sebastian Mihajlov, who dominated the tournament for the first seventh rounds, had two losses in a row, and that sealed the tournament, and the win for Saptarshi!

In the IM section another Indian: FM Sarkar Rajdeep won it with 7 points out of 9 realizing an IM norm!



Here are their games:

IM Saptarshi Roy

 

[Event "First Saturday GM Maggio 2017"]
[Site "Budapest UNG"]
[Date "2017.05.16"]
[Round "9.4"]
[White "Saptarshi, Roy"]
[Black "Rahul, Srivatshav P"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B48"]
[WhiteElo "2407"]
[BlackElo "2303"]
[PlyCount "60"]
[EventDate "2017.05.06"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8.
O-O-O Be7 9. f3 b5 10. g4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bb7 12. Bd3 e5 13. Bf2 b4 14. Ne2 d5
15. Ng3 dxe4 16. fxe4 Nxg4 17. Nf5 g6 18. Nxe7 Nxf2 19. Qxf2 Qxe7 20. h4 h5 21.
Rhg1 O-O-O 22. Rdf1 Rd7 23. Rg5 Rhd8 24. Qb6 Rc7 25. Bxa6 Qd7 26. Bxb7+ Rxb7
27. Qe3 Qa4 28. Qb3 Qd7 29. Qe3 Qa4 30. Kb1 Rc7 1/2-1/2

 

 

[Event "First Saturday GM Maggio 2017"]
[Site "Budapest UNG"]
[Date "2017.05.13"]
[Round "7.5"]
[White "Saptarshi, Roy"]
[Black "Munkhgal, Gombosuren"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C13"]
[WhiteElo "2407"]
[BlackElo "2445"]
[PlyCount "71"]
[EventDate "2017.05.06"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Be7 6. Bxf6 gxf6 7. Nf3 f5 8.
Nc3 a6 9. Qd2 Qd6 10. O-O-O Nd7 11. Kb1 b5 12. d5 e5 13. h3 h5 14. Be2 Nb6 15.
a3 Rb8 16. Na2 Bb7 17. Rhe1 Bxd5 18. Nb4 Bxf3 19. Qc3 Bd5 20. Bf3 Na4 21. Qe3
f4 22. Qc1 c6 23. Bxd5 Qf6 24. Nxc6 O-O 25. Nxe7+ Qxe7 26. Qxf4 Rfe8 27. Qg3+
Kh8 28. Re3 Rb6 29. f4 b4 30. Rxe5 Nc3+ 31. bxc3 bxc3+ 32. Bb3 Rxb3+ 33. cxb3
c2+ 34. Kxc2 Rc8+ 35. Kb2 Qc7 36. Qd3 1-0

 

 



[Event "First Saturday GM Maggio 2017"]
[Site "Budapest UNG"]
[Date "2017.05.09"]
[Round "4.2"]
[White "Saptarshi, Roy"]
[Black "Ikeda, Junta"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C22"]
[WhiteElo "2407"]
[BlackElo "2412"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2017.05.06"]
1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4 Nc6 4. Qe3 g6 5. Bd2 Bg7 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. O-O-O O-O 8.
f3 d5 9. Qf2 d4 10. Nce2 Be6 11. Kb1 d3 12. Nc3 dxc2+ 13. Kxc2 Nd4+ 14. Kb1 c5
15. Nge2 Nd7 16. h4 Ne5 17. Nf4 Bc4 18. h5 b5 19. Ncd5 Bxf1 20. Qxf1 Nc4 21.
Bc1 g5 22. h6 Be5 23. Nd3 f5 24. Nxe5 Nxe5 25. Rh5 fxe4 26. Rxg5+ Ng6 27. Qe1
exf3 28. Ne7+ Kf7 29. Rxd4 Qxe7 30. Rf4+ Ke8 31. Re4 f2 32. Rxe7+ Nxe7 33. Qf1
c4 34. Re5 Rd8 35. Bg5 Rd7 36. Re2 Rf5 37. Rxf2 1-0

 



[Event "First Saturday GM Maggio 2017"]
[Site "Budapest UNG"]
[Date "2017.05.07"]
[Round "2.3"]
[White "Saptarshi, Roy"]
[Black "Abdyjapar, Asyl"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B50"]
[WhiteElo "2407"]
[BlackElo "2390"]
[PlyCount "120"]
[EventDate "2017.05.06"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Nc6 5. h3 a6 6. a3 e6 7. Ba2 g6 8. c3 Bg7
9. O-O O-O 10. Re1 b5 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Nf1 Ne5 13. Bf4 Nxf3+ 14. Qxf3 h6 15.
Rad1 Rc8 16. g4 Kh7 17. Ng3 Qe7 18. g5 Nd7 19. h4 Ne5 20. Qe2 c4 21. dxc4 bxc4
22. Bb1 f5 23. h5 fxe4 24. Bxe5 Bxe5 25. hxg6+ Kg8 26. Bxe4 Bxe4 27. Nxe4 hxg5
28. Qh5 Rc7 29. Nxg5 Rf5 30. Rxe5 Rxe5 31. f4 Rd5 32. Re1 Rxg5+ 33. fxg5 Rc5
34. Qh7+ Qxh7 35. gxh7+ Kxh7 36. g6+ Kg7 37. Rxe6 Rb5 38. Kf2 Rxb2+ 39. Ke3 Rb3
40. Kd4 Rxa3 41. Rxd6 Ra4 42. Rc6 a5 43. Kc5 Ra1 44. Kxc4 a4 45. Kb4 a3 46. Kb3
Kh6 47. c4 Kg7 48. Ra6 Rb1+ 49. Kc2 Rb8 50. Kc3 Rc8 51. Kb4 a2 52. Rxa2 Kxg6
53. Rf2 Rb8+ 54. Kc5 Rc8+ 55. Kd5 Rd8+ 56. Ke6 Rc8 57. Rg2+ Kh7 58. Rg4 Kh6 59.
Kd7 Rc5 60. Kd6 Rf5 1-0

And now the games of the other winner!

Rajdeep Sarkar

Notice in the following game the importance to know pawn endgames, opposition, and triangulation, especially with today's time controls, where one could be in time trouble at the end of the game!



[Event "First Saturday MI Maggio 2017"]
[Site "Budapest UNG"]
[Date "2017.05.07"]
[Round "2.2"]
[White "Rajdeep, Sarkar"]
[Black "Hilverda, Alexander"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "2312"]
[BlackElo "2400"]
[PlyCount "145"]
[EventDate "2017.05.06"]
1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Bg4 3. Bg2 Nd7 4. d4 e6 5. O-O c6 6. Nbd2 Ngf6 7. Re1 Be7 8. e4
O-O 9. c3 Bh5 10. e5 Ne8 11. Nb3 Nc7 12. Be3 a5 13. Nc1 a4 14. Nd3 a3 15. b3
Re8 16. h3 Bg6 17. Bf1 Be4 18. Nd2 f6 19. exf6 Bxf6 20. f4 Bg6 21. Rc1 Nb5 22.
Nf3 Nd6 23. Kh2 Ne4 24. Nf2 Rc8 25. Bd3 Nxf2 26. Bxf2 Bxd3 27. Qxd3 c5 28. Rc2
c4 29. bxc4 Rxc4 30. Nd2 Rc6 31. c4 Qc7 32. Rec1 dxc4 33. Nxc4 Ra8 34. Ne5 Nxe5
35. dxe5 Be7 36. Rxc6 bxc6 37. Qc4 Qd7 38. Qxc6 Qxc6 39. Rxc6 Rb8 40. Rxe6 Kf7
41. Rb6 Rc8 42. Rb7 Rc2 43. Kg1 Ke8 44. e6 Rb2 45. Ra7 Bd6 46. Rxg7 Rxa2 47.
Bd4 Re2 48. f5 a2 49. Rg8+ Bf8 50. Kf1 Rd2 51. Bg7 a1=Q+ 52. Bxa1 Rd1+ 53. Ke2
Rxa1 54. f6 Ra6 55. e7 Rxf6 56. exf8=Q+ Rxf8 57. Rxf8+ Kxf8 58. Kf3 Kf7 59. Ke4
Kf6 60. Kf4 h6 61. Ke4 Ke6 62. Kd4 Kd6 63. g4 Ke6 64. Ke3 Ke5 65. Kf3 Ke6 66.
Kf4 Kf6 67. h4 Ke6 68. Ke4 Kf6 69. Kd5 Kf7 70. Ke5 Ke7 71. Kf5 Kf7 72. h5 Kg7
73. Ke6 1-0

Another important learning experience of an Open tournament is the meeting between players with a big difference in rating, as in the following game. Watching many of these games, between players which have 3-400 points difference or more, can actually show common mistakes, and we can eventually learn from the stronger player how to take advantage of them!



[Event "First Saturday MI Maggio 2017"]
[Site "Budapest UNG"]
[Date "2017.05.16"]
[Round "9.3"]
[White "Rajdeep, Sarkar"]
[Black "Vardan, Nagpal"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A14"]
[WhiteElo "2312"]
[BlackElo "2015"]
[PlyCount "87"]
[EventDate "2017.05.06"]
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c5 4. O-O e6 5. b3 Be7 6. Bb2 O-O 7. c4 b6 8. e3 Bb7
9. Qe2 dxc4 10. bxc4 Nbd7 11. Nc3 Rc8 12. Rfd1 Qc7 13. Ne1 Rfd8 14. f4 Bxg2 15.
Nxg2 Qb7 16. d3 Nb8 17. g4 Rd7 18. Rab1 Rcd8 19. g5 Ne8 20. Nh4 Bf8 21. Nf3 f5
22. gxf6 Nxf6 23. Ng5 Re7 24. Kf2 Nc6 25. Qf3 e5 26. f5 Nb4 27. e4 h6 28. Ne6
Rd6 29. Nd5 Rexe6 30. fxe6 Rxe6 31. Ke2 Nbxd5 32. cxd5 Re8 33. Rg1 Nh7 34. Rbf1
c4 35. dxc4 Qc7 36. Qd3 Be7 37. Rf5 Bf6 38. d6 Qd7 39. Bxe5 Kh8 40. Bxf6 Nxf6
41. e5 Qc6 42. Kf1 Nd7 43. Qd4 b5 44. e6 1-0

 


Toth Bela

Toth Bela was famous in the 70ies and 80ies in Italy, he won 3 or 4 major Italian national tournaments, and he nearly reached the GM title. He is now over 70 years old, but we can see he still can fight, and the young opponent wins only over a very long game.



[Event "First Saturday MI Maggio 2017"]
[Site "Budapest UNG"]
[Date "2017.05.13"]
[Round "7.4"]
[White "Rajdeep, Sarkar"]
[Black "Toth, Bela"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D11"]
[WhiteElo "2312"]
[BlackElo "2318"]
[PlyCount "181"]
[EventDate "2017.05.06"]
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bf5 5. d4 e6 6. c4 dxc4 7. Ne5 Nbd7 8.
Nxc4 Nb6 9. Na5 Qd7 10. Nc3 Bb4 11. Nb3 O-O 12. a3 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Na4 14. Qe1
Be4 15. f3 Bc2 16. Nc5 Nxc5 17. dxc5 Rfd8 18. Bf4 Nd5 19. Bd2 Nc7 20. Be3 e5
21. Qc1 Bf5 22. Qb2 Na6 23. a4 Qe7 24. Qa3 Rd7 25. Bf2 Rad8 26. e4 Be6 27. Rfb1
b6 28. Bf1 Nxc5 29. a5 Qf6 30. axb6 axb6 31. Rxb6 Nd3 32. Be2 Nxf2 33. Kxf2 Rd2
34. Rb2 h5 35. Rxd2 Rxd2 36. Qa8+ Qd8 37. Ke3 Rd6 38. Qxd8+ Rxd8 39. Ra5 f6 40.
Rc5 Bd7 41. f4 exf4+ 42. gxf4 g6 43. Bf3 Kf7 44. f5 gxf5 45. exf5 Ke7 46. Kf4
Kd6 47. Rc4 c5 48. Re4 h4 49. Re2 Rb8 50. Rd2+ Ke7 51. Bd5 Rb1 52. Re2+ Kd6 53.
Be6 Rf1+ 54. Kg4 Rg1+ 55. Kxh4 Bc6 56. Re3 Rg2 57. h3 Rg5 58. Re1 Bf3 59. Bc8
Bd5 60. Re8 Bf7 61. Rd8+ Ke5 62. Rd7 Bd5 63. Rc7 Kd6 64. Rh7 Ke5 65. Rc7 Kd6
66. Ra7 Bf3 67. Ra4 Rg7 68. Rf4 Bd5 69. Rg4 Rc7 70. Ba6 Ra7 71. Bc4 Ra3 72.
Bxd5 Kxd5 73. Rg3 Kc4 74. Kg4 Rxc3 75. Rxc3+ Kxc3 76. h4 c4 77. h5 Kd3 78. h6
c3 79. h7 c2 80. h8=Q c1=Q 81. Qxf6 Qg1+ 82. Kh5 Ke4 83. Qg5 Qh2+ 84. Kg6 Qd6+
85. f6 Qb6 86. Kg7 Qb2 87. Kg6 Qb6 88. Qf5+ Ke3 89. Kh7 Qd8 90. f7 Qh4+ 91. Kg6
1-0

 


[Event "First Saturday MI Maggio 2017"]
[Site "Budapest UNG"]
[Date "2017.05.10"]
[Round "5.5"]
[White "Rajdeep, Sarkar"]
[Black "Lyell, Mark"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A90"]
[WhiteElo "2312"]
[BlackElo "2268"]
[PlyCount "75"]
[EventDate "2017.05.06"]
1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 e6 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. O-O Bd6 6. c4 O-O 7. b3 b6 8. Ba3 Bb7
9. Qc1 Ne4 10. Rd1 Nd7 11. Bxd6 cxd6 12. Nbd2 Ndf6 13. Qb2 Ng4 14. Rf1 Rc8 15.
Rac1 Rf7 16. e3 Rfc7 17. h3 Ngf6 18. Rc2 Rc6 19. Rfc1 Qe7 20. Bf1 Nxd2 21. Nxd2
Ne4 22. Bd3 Nxd2 23. Rxd2 b5 24. c5 a6 25. b4 dxc5 26. bxc5 e5 27. Bxf5 e4 28.
Qb3 Qf7 29. Bxc8 Bxc8 30. f4 exf3 31. e4 Rf6 32. Kf2 dxe4 33. Qxf7+ Kxf7 34. d5
Ke8 35. d6 Re6 36. Ke3 Kd8 37. c6 f2 38. d7 1-0

 

About the Author

Davide Nastasio is a novel chess aficionado, who has made of chess his spiritual tool of improvement, and self-discovery. One of his favorite quotes is from the great Paul Keres: "Nobody is born a master. The way to mastery leads to the desired goal only after long years of learning, of struggle, of rejoicing, and of disappointment..." He is one of the main writers for ChessCafe on Chessbase products, he authors articles on British Chess Magazine, and he is one of the main contributors of Georgia Chess Magazine in the new electronic format: Georgia Chess News. He is an active player, and organizes and directs chess tournaments.