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Mumbai 04: Gusain, Raghunandan, Dravid among leaders

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 05/06/2016

The Mayor's Cup 2016 witnessed some heavyweight upsets in the fourth round, the most notable being the wins by two upcoming youngsters — K.S. Raghunandan, who is in red-hot form these days and Shailesh Dravid, who is making his occasional brilliance a more usual affair. Chessbase India brings you an illustrated report.

Mumbai 04: Gusain, Raghunandan, Dravid among leaders

The Mumbai Mayor's Cup is into its ninth edition and it has been growing in size ever since its inception. For years now, it has been a reason behind the rise of many a talent in India. The ninth edition carries a prize fund of Rs. 27 lakhs, Rs. 11 lakhs of which is earmarked for the Elite category, a ten-round swiss with the time control of 90 min. + 30 sec. per move increment.

 

The moment of the day was witnessed in the third board encounter between the Karnataka state champion K.S. Raghunandan and Armenian GM Karen Grigoryan.

 

FM K.S. Raghunandan (2295) is taking giant strides forward

GM Grigoryan (2604) was caught napping by the youngster from Karnataka.

Raghu (white) plonked a trojan knight on e5. Can you see why it cannot be taken?
[Event "9th Mumbai Mayors Cup GM International "]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.04"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Raghunandan, Kaumandur Srihari"]
[Black "Grigoryan, Karen H"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E11"]
[WhiteElo "2280"]
[BlackElo "2616"]
[PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 a5 5. a3 Bxd2+ 6. Qxd2 b6 7. g3 Bb7 8.
Bg2 O-O 9. O-O d6 10. Nc3 Ne4 11. Nxe4 Bxe4 12. Qe3 d5 13. cxd5 Bxd5 14. Rac1
Na6 15. Rfd1 f6 16. Ne1 Re8 17. Nd3 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 Qd5+ 19. Kg1 g5 20. Ne5 fxe5
21. dxe5 Qb5 22. Qxg5+ Kh8 23. Qf6+ Kg8 24. Rd4 Qxe2 25. Rd7 1-0

 

Another highlight of the round was Shailesh Dravid's impressive victory over Bangladeshi GM Ziaur Rehman (2521).
[Event "9th Mumbai Mayors Cup GM International "]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.04"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Rahman, Ziaur"]
[Black "Shailesh, Dravid"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A45"]
[WhiteElo "2521"]
[BlackElo "2216"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5 3. Nd2 e6 4. e3 Be7 5. Bd3 O-O 6. Ngf3 c5 7. c3 b6 8. Ne5
Bb7 9. O-O Nfd7 10. Bf4 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Ba6 12. Bxa6 Nxa6 13. Qg4 Qc7 14. Nf3 Kh8
15. b3 Rad8 16. h4 Nb8 17. Rad1 Nc6 18. Rd2 b5 19. Qh5 Kg8 20. Rc1 a5 21. Ng5
Bxg5 22. hxg5 Ne7 23. f3 Ng6 24. Kf2 Rfe8 25. Rh1 Nf8 26. Rc1 c4 27. Rd4 Qc5
28. bxc4 dxc4 29. Qh1 Qa3 30. Rc2 Rxd4 31. exd4 Ng6 32. Bd2 Ne7 33. Qb1 Rb8 34.
g4 Nd5 35. Kg3 b4 36. cxb4 c3 37. Be1 axb4 38. Rh2 g6 39. Bf2 Kg7 40. Qh1 Rh8
41. Be1 Qc1 42. Re2 Qf4+ 43. Kg2 Qxg5 44. Bh4 Qf4 45. Re4 Qd2+ 46. Kg3 g5 47.
Bxg5 Qxg5 48. f4 Qg6 49. Kf2 0-1

 

IM Visakh N.R. (2400) held the second seed GM Boris Grachev (2639) to a draw.
[Event "9th Mumbai Mayors Cup GM International "]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.04"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Visakh N R"]
[Black "Grachev, Boris"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D12"]
[WhiteElo "2400"]
[BlackElo "2639"]
[PlyCount "167"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Bd3 Bg6 6. O-O e6 7. Qe2 Nbd7 8. Nc3
Bb4 9. Bd2 a5 10. a3 Bxc3 11. Bxc3 O-O 12. b3 a4 13. Bxg6 hxg6 14. Rfb1 Ne4 15.
Bb4 Re8 16. Qc2 axb3 17. Rxb3 b6 18. Nd2 Ndf6 19. Nxe4 Nxe4 20. cxd5 cxd5 21.
f3 Rc8 22. Qb2 Nf6 23. Bd2 Nd7 24. Rc1 Rxc1+ 25. Qxc1 e5 26. Rb5 exd4 27. Rxd5
dxe3 28. Bxe3 Qe7 29. Bf2 Qe6 30. Qd1 Nf6 31. Rd2 b5 32. Rb2 Nd5 33. Qd2 Qc6
34. Rc2 Qa8 35. h4 Rd8 36. Qg5 Nf6 37. Qxb5 Qxa3 38. Kh2 Qa1 39. Qb2 Qd1 40.
Bg3 Nh5 41. Rc1 Qd3 42. Qc2 Qa3 43. Rd1 Rxd1 44. Qxd1 Kh7 45. Qd5 Qe7 46. Qe5
Qd7 47. Qd6 Qb5 48. Qc7 Qd5 49. Qd6 Qa2 50. Qc7 f6 51. Qd6 Qc2 52. Qd5 Qe2 53.
Qd4 Qe6 54. Bf2 f5 55. Bg3 Qf7 56. Bf4 Qe7 57. Bg3 f4 58. Bf2 Qe2 59. Bg1 Qf1
60. Bf2 Qc1 61. g4 fxg3+ 62. Bxg3 Qc2+ 63. Qf2 Qb1 64. Qg2 Qd1 65. Qf2 Nf6 66.
Bf4 Nd5 67. Bg5 Qd3 68. Kg2 Qf5 69. Qd4 Qc2+ 70. Qd2 Qc4 71. Qf2 Nb4 72. Qd2
Nd3 73. Kg3 Nc5 74. Kg2 Ne6 75. Qe3 Nd4 76. Qd2 Nf5 77. Qf2 Qc7 78. Qe1 Qd6 79.
Qf2 Qe5 80. Kh3 Nd4 81. Kg2 Nf5 82. Kh3 Qd6 83. Kg2 Qd1 84. Kh2 1/2-1/2

 

GM Swapnil Dhopade (2501) made it to 4.0/4

And so did GM Diptayan Ghosh (2562)

IM Shyaamnikhil P. (2415) is on 4.0/4 as well
Besides Shailesh, Himal Gusain (2440) is the only untitled player at 4.0/4.

Ram S. Krishnan's brilliant run was halted by the third seed GM Amonatov Farrukh (2614)

You can watch the games live in Monroi thanks to VL Anandbabu.

The playing arena

The event is set to witness the finish of the B-category tournament on 05 June, and ChessBase India will bring a report on that tournament soon.

Pairings for Round 05:

Bo. No.     Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg   No.
1 14     Gusain Himal IND 2440 4   4 GM Amonatov Farrukh TJK 2614   3
2 6   GM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2562 4   4 FM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari IND 2295   33
3 16   IM Shyaamnikhil P IND 2415 4   4 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2504   13
4 56     Shailesh Dravid IND 2171 4   GM Grachev Boris RUS 2639   2
5 12   GM Gleizerov Evgeny RUS 2506   GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2585   5
6 10   GM Ulybin Mikhail RUS 2520   IM Visakh N R IND 2400   19
7 40     Hemant Sharma (del) IND 2257   3 GM Popov Ivan RUS 2648   1
8 4   GM Grigoryan Karen H. ARM 2604 3   3   Deshpande Aniruddha IND 2230   45
9 44     Ram S. Krishnan IND 2234 3   3 GM Rahman Ziaur BAN 2521   9
10 46   FM Dutta Joydeep IND 2226 3   3 GM Gagare Shardul IND 2509   11

For the complete pairings, click here.

Photos: Chess Illustrated