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the official magazine of the All India Chess Federation

Volume : 13 Issue : 8 Price Rs. 25 March 2019

National Team Chess Championships, Kolkata


PSPB Open Winners-GM Aravindh CHithambaram, GM GN Gopal, GM Deepsen Gupta, GM SS

Ganguly, GM Karthikeyan Murali, IM DV Prasath, IA R. Anantharam, Maj. Gen. Shibnath Mukherjee

PSPB Women Winners - Atinsen Gupta, VP, BCA,IM Padmini Rout, IM Easha Karavade, WIM Pratyusha
Boddha, WGM Mary Ann Gomes,IA R. Anantharam, IM DV Prasath & Maj. Gen. Shibnath Mukherjee
AICF CHRONICLE March 2019 From the Editor’s desk National Team Chess Championships, Kolkata….
Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran came
Room No. 70,
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, close to winning Aeroflot A Open but Double delight for PSPB
Chennai - 600 003. finished a creditable third. The 58 by IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran, Chief Arbiter
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exceedingly well at the event making
Publisher: Bharat Singh Chouhan Top seeds and favorites Petroleum Sports Promotion Board defended their national titles in
Editor : C.G.S. Narayanan five norms. This included a GM norm
for the 13-year old Nagpur boy Raunak both Open and Women divisions without much struggle in the National Team Chess Cham-
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Sadhwani, a second WGM norm for the tiny Maharashtra pionship which concluded at Indian Council of Cultural Relations here at Kolkata.
star Divya Deshmukh and the final IM norm for Aditya
Inside… Mittal who is now an IM at the age of twelve. With an all grandmaster line up in their ranks consisting of Surya Shekhar Ganguly, National
National Team Chess Championships, Kolkata champion Aravindh Chithambaram, Karthikeyan Murali, GN Gopal and Deep Sengupta, PSPB
Double delight for PSPB It was an emphatic win for GM Abhijeet Gupta at the beat Alekhine Chess Club 3 -1 to take their point tally to 17 match point from possible 18,
by IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran, Chief Arbiter 1 33rd Cannes Festival in France. In the World team a three-point lead over second positioned Airports Authority of India.AAI overcame tough
Chess Championships at Asthana Indian men were resistance from Odisha in the final round to register favourable results with score line of 2½
1st All India Open Fide rating chess tournament, Dhule
decidedly unlucky when they lost a closely fought final
Balasubramaniam of ICF wins -1½ to finish as first runner up with 14 points. while Railways ‘B’ finished as second runner
round to Russia and missed a medal by a whisker. But
by IA Swapnil Bansod, Chief Arbiter 5 on the positive side GM Adhiban and GM Surya Sekhar up on tie break after beating LIC 3 -1 in the final round.
11th BRDCA Open Fide Rapid Rating ,Bangalore Ganguly won individual golds on board one and three. GM
B.Adhiban also became the fifth Indian player to breach In the Women section, there was no match for the top seeded PSPB team consisting of IM
Gusain Himal is the winner
the 2700 barrier These events are covered in the centre Padmini Rout, IM Eesha Karavade, WGM Mary Ann Gomes, WGM Soumya Swaimnathan
by FA Saleem Beig,Chief Arbiter 7
colour pages of this issue. and WIM Pratyusha Bodda as they secured the title with all win record in the seven round
Elite Club of Chess Fide Rated Rapid Open,Salem
Swiss system event. Despite being assured of the title overnight, PSPB did not know show
Nitin wins title at Salem Further more news to rejoice! India got its 61st GM in any mercy towards Uttar Pradesh in the final round to register 4 – 0 victory to maintain
P.Iniyan who crossed 2500 elo at the Noisel Open in
by M.Ephrame IA,Chief Arbiter 9 their clean slate.
France. It was a proud moment for Indian chess when
KCA’s 18th Open Fide Rated Tmt,Kottayam GM Harika Dronavalli was conferred Padma Shri Award
Muthaiah wins title
by President of India early this month. Air India and Airports Authority of India tied for the runner up position but half game point
by LR Bhuvanaa Sai, Chief Arbiter 11
tiebreak score helped Air India to finish at second spot while AAI had to be satisfied with a
Late Smt. Premlata Omprakash Agarwal On the home front in the National team Chess event third position finish. In the final round Air India pipped Life Insurance Corporation 2½ – 1½
All Goa Open Rapid FIDE Rating , Margao, Goa held in Kolkata, PSPB scored a facile double, winning while AAI mustered a win over Bengal Tigresses with same score line.
Niraj Saripalli wins title both Open and Women team titles. Reports on this event
by Akash Keni, Chief Arbiter 13 along with FIDE tournaments held during February ’19 Vipul Subhashi of Bihar ‘B’, Chaitanya Sairam Mogili of Andhra Pradesh ‘B’, GM Laxman RR
are featured in this issue.
3rd Shaastra Rated Rapid Tournament, Chennai of Railways ‘B’, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy of Railways ‘A’ and Rushyendra Chowdary Kan-
Muthaiah wins title
Selected games from Delhi and Chennai Open annotated tipudi of Andhra Pradesh won the Board prizes for board number one to five respectively in
IA Prof.R.Anantharam, Chief Arbiter 15 by IM Manuel Aaron are presented elsewhere in this open section while WIM Sakshi Chitlange of AAI, WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty of LIC, IM
1st Dombivali Kalyan Open Classical Rating,Thane issue.The first recognized World Women’s Chess Padmini Rout of PSPB, WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy of Air India and WIM Pratyusha Bodda of
Champion, Vera Menchik, is featured in the ‘Masters of PSPB won the yellow metal for board prizes in women section.
Vikramaditya Kulkarni wins title
the past’ series.
by IA Vitthal Madhav, Chief Arbiter 18
In a colourful closing ceremony, Major General (Retd) SN Mukherjee, former Vice Chancellor
Selected games from Chennai and Delhi GMOpen
C.G.S.Narayanan of prestigious Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education and Ms. Madhu Kumari,
Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron 20 Indian International Basketball player gave away the trophies and cash prizes to the win-
Readers are invited to offer their feedback on the
Tactics from master games by S.Krishnan 42 ners in presence of Shri. Guatam Dey, Regional Director ICCR, Shri. Atanu Lahiri, Secretary
regular features in the AICF Chronicle and are
also invited to send interesting articles, annotated Bengal Chess Association and Shri. R Anantharam, Chief Arbiter.
Test your endgame by C.G.S.Narayanan 43
games and chess anecdotes to the Editor at ‘www.
Masters of the past-97 :Vera Menchik 44’ or ‘cgsnarayanan
AICF Calendar 48

MARCH 2019
39th National Team Chess Championships, Kolkata Arbiter’s refresher course, Delhi
Final standings (first 20 teams)
Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Res.
1 PSPB 9 8 1 0 17 0
2 Airport Authority of India 9 7 0 2 14 0
3 Railways SPB - B 9 6 1 2 13 0
4 Bengal Red 9 6 1 2 13 0
5 Railways SPB - A 9 6 1 2 13 0
6 Air India 9 5 3 1 13 0
7 Alekhine Chess Club - A - 9 6 0 3 12 2
8 Alekhine Chess Club - B 9 6 0 3 12 0
9 Andhra Pradesh SA - B 9 5 1 3 11 0
10 Tamil Nadu SCA 9 5 1 3 11 0
11 All Marathi CA - A 9 5 1 3 11 0
12 All Orissa CA 9 5 0 4 10 0
13 L I C 9 4 2 3 10 0
14 Madhya Pradhesh CA 9 5 0 4 10 0
15 Bengal Blue 9 4 2 3 10 0
Bharat Singh Chauhan, Secretary, AICF inaugurates the Arbiter refresher course
16 Andhra Prasesh CA 9 3 4 2 10 0
17 Telangana SCA 9 5 0 4 10 0
18 Uttar Pradesh CSA 9 5 0 4 10 0 1st All India Open Fide rating chess tournament, Dhule
19 All Bihar CA - B 9 4 1 4 9 0
20 Services SCB 9 4 1 4 9 0

17th National Women Team Chess Championship 2019

Final ranking
Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Res.
1 PSPB 7 7 0 0 14 0
2 Air India 7 5 1 1 11 1
3 Airport Authority of India 7 5 1 1 11 1
4 L I C 7 4 0 3 8 0
5 Tamil Nadu 7 4 0 3 8 0
6 Rising Bengal 7 4 0 3 8 0
7 All Bihar CA 7 3 1 3 7 0
8 U P CSA 7 3 1 3 7 0
9 Bengal Tigresses 7 3 0 4 6 2
10 All Marathi CA 7 2 2 3 6 0
11 TCF, Kolkata 7 2 1 4 5 0
Back Row: 3rd Place-Indrajeet Mahindarkar, 2nd-Atul Dahale and winner IM Ramanthan Balasubramanium,
12 Himachal Pradesh 7 2 1 4 5 0 front row- IA Swapnil Bansod Chief Arbiter, FA Shobhraj Khonde, Jt Secretary AMCA, Shri Rajendra Konde,
13 Ranga Reddy District 7 2 1 4 5 0 Treasurer AMCA, Shri Gunwant Patil, Treasurer SSVPS, Shri Subhash Deore, President SSVPS, Dr. HItendra
14 Ranga Redy DIstrict Juniors 7 1 1 5 3 0 Patil, Principal SSVPS Engineering College, Shri Shailendra Khonde, Secretary Dhule Dist. Chess Assn and Dr.
15 Himachal Pradesh - A 7 0 1 6 1 0 Gunjan Patil, President Dhule Dist. Chess Assn.

MARCH 2019
Late Smt. Premlata Omprakash Agarwal All Goa Open Rapid FIDE Rating 1st All India Open Fide rating chess tournament, Dhule…
Chess Tournament, Margao, Goa Balasubramaniam of ICF wins
by IA Swapnil Bansod, Chief Arbiter
1st All India Open Fide rating chess tourna- end game.
ment, was held from 12th February 2019 to
17th February, 2019, at SSVPS Engineering While in the 9th round game Atul and In-
College, Dhule, This is the 1st All india level drajeet drew their rook ending game and
inaugural ceremony-lighting of lamp rating event in Dhule, Maharashtra. Dhule settle for 2nd and 3rd respectively. Top seed
at hands of Mrs. Agrawal, Director, Chess Association and SSVPS BS Deore IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni won against Gun-
Prakash Packaging Engineering College organized the event want Kasar to reach 4th position in the final
jointly together. The tournament attracted standing. Winner IM R.Balasubramaniam
total 186 players from all over the India and won against Vaibhav Borse to clinch the title
1 player from Bangladesh. There were in all with 8 points.
97 international fide rated players among the
participants, which included 2 International The prizes were distributed at the hands of
Masters. Shri. Subhash Deore, President SSVPS. The
other dignitaries present were Shri. Gun-
After 6 days of fighting chess at Open Fide want Patil, Treasurer SSVPS, Dr. Hitendra
Winner Niraj Saripalli receiving the trophy at the rating chess tournament, which concluded at Patil, Principal, SSVPS Engineering College,
hands of Engr. Ernesto Moniz, Chairman of the SSVPS College, Dhule, IM Ramanathan Balas- Shri. Rajendra Konde, Treasurer AMCA, Dr.
General Body of BPS Sports Club in the presence ubramaniam of TN ICF won the tournament Gunjan Patil, President, Dhule District Chess
of Smt. Amrita Agarwal, Director, Prakash with 8 points out of possible 9. At the end Association, Shri. Shailendra Khonde, Secre-
Packaging Ltd.,guest of honour, Mr. Santosh of 5th round 2 share lead with full score i.e. tary, Dhule District Chess Association, Shri.
George, President BPS Sports Club, Mr. Ashesh
IM Ramanathan Balasubramaniam of TN, Shobhraj Khonde, Joint Secretary AMCA and
Keni, President, Salcete Taluka Chess Association
and Vice-President, Goa Chess Association, and Indrajeet Mahindarkar of MAH. Indra- IA Swapnil Bansod Chief Arbiter.
jeet Mahindarkar lost his 6th round game to
IM Ramanathan. With a win of 6th round IM The team of Arbiters was headed by Chief
Ramanathan took the sole lead with 6 pts. Arbiter IA Swapnil Bansod and he was ably
He paired with the 4th seed Atul Dahale for assisted by SNA Gurujeetsingh Gundoo, Dy.
7th round game. Chief Arbiter, SNA Amrish Joshi, SA Ashw-
meghraj Khonde,. FA Shobhraj Khonde was
Atul also won his 6th round beautiful game the observer for the said event.
against Mraduhas Tripathi of MP. IM Ramana- Final standings:
than took sole lead after 7th round with 6.5 Rk. Name Pts.
followed by 5 rivals. Top seed IM Vikramadit- 1 R Balasubramaniam IM 8
ya Kulkarni of Rlys, Atul Dahale of MAH, San- 2 Dahale Atul 7.5
Playing Hall 3 Mahindrakar Indrajeet 7.5
jeev Mishra of MAH, Indrajeet Mahindarkar
4 Kulkarni Vikramaditya IM 7.5
and Patil Mayur. At the end of penultimate
5 Patil Mayur 7
round 3 share lead namely IM Ramanathan
6 Patil Jitendra 7
B, Atul Dahale and Indrajeet Mahindarkar
7 Suhrud Sudheer Acharya K 7
who won his penultimate round game against 8 Krishnan Ritvik 7
Sanjiv Mishra in a rook vs knight marathon 9 Tajane Ganesh 7
MARCH 2019
10 Mishra Sanjeev 6.5 57 Kotkar Suhas 5.5 11th BRDCA All India Open Fide Rapid Rating Chess Tournament 2019,Bangalore
11 Kasar Gunvant 6.5 58 Kulmulkar Shivam 5
12 Mraduhas Tripathi 6.5 59 Tadvi Saniya 5 Gusain Himal is the winner
13 Vedant Nitin Vekhande 6.5 60 Rane Yash 5 by FA Saleem Beig,Chief Arbiter
14 Kasar Prashant 6.5 61 Nipun Dangche 5
15 Yogesh Bharat Mahamuni 6.5 62 Singh Surypratap 5 11th BRDCA All India Open Fide Rapid Rat- 3 IM Saravana Krishnan P. 8
16 Borase Manoj 6.5 63 Wadile Devendra 5 ing Chess Tournament 2019 was organized 4 Senthil Maran K 8
17 Borse Vaibhav 6.5 64 Pise Prashant 5 by BRDCA in association with United Kar- 5 Amal Roozi 8
18 Divekar Prathamesh 6.5 65 Amale Ujjwal 5 nataka Chess Association. The tournament 6 Nayak Biswajit 7½
19 Mahale Pankaj 6.5 66 Kulkarni Shreehari 5 attracted 489 players from all over India 7 Yashas D. 7½
20 Walde Harshal 6.5 67 Patil Omkar U 5 8 IM Rathnakaran K. 7½
including major states like Tamil Nadu, Oris-
21 Om Nagnath Lamkane 6.5 68 Satwik Vaibhav Dhage 5 9 Ashwath R. 7½
sa, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West
22 Sonar Rushikesh 6.5 69 Borse Gangesh 5 10 Parthasarathy R 7½
Bengal, Telangana, Rajasthan, Puducherry, 11 Lokesh N. 7½
23 Kanani Parth R 6 70 Salunke Atharva 5
Goa, Delhi, Assam, Jharkhand, Chandigarh, 12 Likhit Chilukuri 7½
24 Tiwari O P 6 71 Sawant Hirak Manohar 5
25 Pawar Kaustubh Sayajirao 6 72 Apankar Prashant 5 Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. 13 Hrishikesh Rupesh R 7½
26 Bhagyashree Patil 6 73 Rachita Sabbathi 5 4 International Masters participated in the 14 Abhishek I Ganiger 7½
27 Sarode Om 6 74 Bhadane Tanmay 5 event. Top seed was IM Rathnakaran K of 15 Abhishek Das 7
28 Salunke Pushkaraj 6 75 Kokane Khushbu 5 Kerala with rating of 2398. 229 players were 16 Rakshith Srinivasan 7
29 Kamalnayan Deshmukh 6 76 Shimpi Athang 5 rated.The Venue was very spacious and well 17 Sanjay Sindhia Mh 7
30 Pawaar Sohum 6 77 Vikhar Prathamesh 5 ventilated. There was no inauguration. First 18 Gaurav Sachdeva 7
31 Badgujar Vaibhav 6 78 Nikum Shantilal 5 Round started by 10:30 AM. 19 Gavi Siddayya 7
32 Patil Harshal U 6 79 Lohakare Pratham 4.5 20 Murali Chandrasekaran R 7
33 Nichat Ajinkya 6 80 Kumawat Ghanashyam 4.5 International Master Gusain Himal (2361) of 21 FM Gahan M G 7
34 Kshatriya Nitin Vekhande 6 81 Iyer Arvind 4.5 22 Sameer Kumar Y 7
Chhattisgarh won the 11th BRDCA All India
35 Ahire Vaibhav 6 82 Wagh Ayush 4.5 23 Samith Reddy I 7
Open Fide Rapid Rating Chess Tournament
36 Ahmed Feroz 5.5 83 Borse Suresh 4.5 24 Sami M A 7
2019 by scoring 8.5 points out of 9 rounds, 25 Pratham Singh 7
37 Kale Harshal V 5.5 84 Kucheria Kshitij 4.5
IM Girish A Koushik (2397) of Karnataka, IM 26 Arikilla Shiva Kumar 7
38 Pasalkar Onkar 5.5 85 Kale Shriram 4.5
39 Redkar Yash 5.5 86 Ulhe Vedant 4.5 Saravana Krishnan P (2326) of Tamil Nadu, 27 Mari Arul S. 6½
40 Vishal Narote 5.5 87 Mahajan Sagar 4.5 Senthil Maran K (2200) of Tamil and Amal 28 Saket Kumar 6½
41 Chavan Vivek 5.5 88 Bahalkar Aarya 4.5 Roozi (1756) of Kerala Nadu were tied for 29 Ranjith R.K. 6½
42 Bogawat Pranav 5.5 89 Chitoda Priyesh 4.5 second place with 8 points each. IM Girish A 30 Shankar A. 6½
43 Ahire Vishal Sahebrao 5.5 90 Kotkar Sunil 4.5 Koushik (2397) of Karnataka secured second 31 AGM Karthikeyan J. 6½
44 Patil Hemant 5.5 91 Narote Archit 4.5 place with a better tie break. 32 Lakshmi Raja Perumal K 6½
45 Bhandari Aaditya 5.5 92 Pawar Jamna Santosh 4.5 33 AIM Sushrutha Reddy 6½
46 Prasanth K V 5.5 93 Choudhary Tanmay 4.5 For the Prize distribution function, Hanuman- 34 Nitish Bhat 6½
47 Wadia Kiran 5.5 94 Kharchane Aamrapali 4.5 tha, Secretary UKCA and Joint Secretary AICF 35 Sudarshan Bhat 6½
48 Sherla Prathamesh 5.5 95 Gavale Devang 4.5 36 Vaibhav Bhat 6½
,IM Girish A Koushik, Chidananda A, Secre-
49 Agawane Anish 5.5 96 Jadhav Darshan Ramesh 4.5 37 Vaisakh R P 6½
tary BRDCA and Saleem Beig, Chief Arbiter
50 Bagul Vinit 5.5 97 Jadhav Tejas 4.5 38 AIM Renganayaki V 6½
were present. 39 Arhan Chethan Anand 6½
51 Khatik Aasim 5.5 98 Jethawa Mitesh 4.5
52 Kale Shruti 5.5 99 Jadhav Sarthak 4.5 40 AIM Abhijit Chutia 6½
Final ranking 41 Rajesh Chandrashekaran 6½
53 Krishnan Trisha 5.5 100 Jethawa Jitendra Ramesh 4.5
Rk Name Pts 42 Apoorv Kamble 6½
54 Kamble Pravin 5.5 101 Shingar Girija 4.5
1 IM Gusain Himal 8½ 43 Sujay B M 6½
55 Pate Prerana 5.5 102 Patil Shivraj Pramod 4.5
2 IM Girish A. Koushik 8 44 AIM Kaushik G Iyer 6½
56 Rane Viraj 5.5 103 Marathe Durvesh 4.5


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MARCH 2019 MARCH 2019
45 AIM Tejas Chitnis 6½ 92 Thejas M U 6 Elite Club of Chess All India Fide Rated Rapid Open Tournament 2019,Salem
46 Rishabh Kumara 6½ 93 Suraj Bhat 6
47 Bhagyashree G Patil 6½ 94 Thulasi Reddy 6 Nitin wins title at Salem
48 Prajwal K M 6½ 95 Raghunandan K 6 by M.Ephrame IA,Chief Arbiter
49 Vaibhav Kalpaka 6½ 96 Hari Charan G V 6
50 Sujith K J 6½ 97 Pradeep Sagar 5½ Thirty-year old Elite Club of Chess, Salem Francis Xavier, Principal, Jairam Public School
51 Srihari Padmanabhan 6½ 98 Sanikommu Manasvi 5½ District in Tamilnadu organized an open Fide gave away the prizes. Shri. M Manisekar Vice
52 P V Srinivas 6 99 ACM Anil Thungesh 5½ Rated Rapid Chess Tournament at Jairam President, the Elite Club of Chess welcomed
53 Kuljeet Singh Khurana 6 100 Gopal Aravamuthan Iyengar 5½ Public School, Chinnathirupathi, Salem on the gathering, Shri. M Senthilvel Joint Sec-
54 Dilip Kumar Pedda 6 101 V Mallikarjun Kulkarni 5½ 2nd and 3rd February 2019. The tournament retary, TNSCA and N Arun, Secretary, Salem
55 Vignesh G 6 102 Aravinda B R 5½
attracted 434 players all over from India, District Chess association felicitated the
56 Gautam J.K. 6 103 Varun Sudarshan 5½
which covered states of Andhra, Jharkand, event. Shri P Mohanraj, Elite Club of Chess,
57 Karthik S 6 104 Jagadesh Babu M N V V 5½
58 Shibin K Benny 6 105 Santanu Roy 5½
Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Tamilnadu, West proposed the vote of thanks.
59 Rao K. Damodar 6 106 Muhammad Anas M M 5½ Bengal and Union territory Pondicherry. Single
60 Lohith B Y 6 107 Niranjan J Warrier 5½ representation from U S Chess Federation M Pranesh of Tamilnadu held the top seeded
61 AGM Sagar Praveen 6 108 AIM Lakshith B Salian 5½ also added glamour to the tournament. GM GM Laxman R R on round four and the second
62 Aravind Matthews A C T 6 109 Santhosh Kumar B S 5½ Laxman R R from ICF was the top seeded. seeded IM Nitin S of Salem was held by Nikhil
63 AFM Aruna Dinakara 6 110 Rakesh Gowda G C 5½ Participation of IM Nitin S, IM Praveen Kumar Magizhnan of Taminadu at the fifth round.
64 Anissh S K 6 111 Meghana S 5½ C and IM Muthaiah AL, strengthened and These were the upsets. Syed Anwar Shasuli
65 Halkude Nagnath 6 112 Chinmaya Vyas Vyasojwala 5½ added attraction to the tournament. of ICF took the sole lead with 7 points at the
66 Yashas Donthi 6 113 Sujan Bharadwaj S 5½ end of the seventh round. Anwar maintained
67 Mitul K H 6 114 Ronit Prasad 5½ The tournament was inaugurated in a very his lead at the end of eighth round by a win
68 Vishal K 6 115 Abhay B Bhandarkar 5½ simple way. Grand Master and three Interna- against his team mate GM Laxman R R fol-
69 Subinay Kumar 6 116 Sujan Kumar T 5½
tional Masters occupied the top two boards lowed by him IM Nitin was trailing behind by
70 Vishnu Sridhar 6 117 Himanshu Rai 5½
and inaugurated the event by making the half a point in the same penultimate round.
71 Vikas Saini 6 118 Prasada Rao G 5½
72 Senthil Kumaran T.H. 6 119 Umesh Nair 5½ formal moves, in the presence of Mr. Sen- In the final round Nitin’s victory over Syed
73 Gagan B R 6 120 ACM Srivastav Manishika 5½ thilvel, Joint Secretary TNSCA, Mr. M Arun, Anwar won the title solely. Nitin became the
74 Adit Ajad Yarra 6 121 Ridhyan Gupta 5½ Secretary, Salem District Chess Association, champion of All India Fide Rated Rapid Chess
75 Abhinav Banerjee 6 122 Deepak Sanjay T 5½ Mr. Mathivanan Secretary Elite Club of Chess, Open tournament and received Rupees
76 Hariharan Subramony 6 123 Tejes Suresh Kumar 5½ Salem. 20000/- as cash prize.
77 Aaazad G Acharya 6 124 Deekshith J 5½
78 Rajath Gururaj 6 125 Abhinav Saraf 5½ 2nd seeded S Nitin of Southern Railways, Final ranking
79 Raja Velusamy 6 126 Narayanan V Baradwaj 5½ Salem won the title in All India Fide Rat- Rk Name Pts
80 Ranjith Raj N M 6 127 Vinaya Prakash Ashirwad 5½ ed Rapid Chess Open Tournament-2019 at 1 IM Nitin S. 8½
81 Saathvik S K 6 128 Shyamu Sharma 5½ Jairam Public School, Salem pocketing a cash 2 Syed Anwar Shazuli 8
82 Sathvik Adiga 6 129 Arko Narayan Ganguly 5½ 3 Sibi Visal R 8
prize of Twenty thousand rupees. He collected
83 Abhyuday Santhosh 6 130 Setu Minocha 5½ 4 FM Srihari L R 8
8.5 point in 9 rounds Swiss format. Follow-
84 AFM Nirupam Gogoi 6 131 Chandrashekaramurthy S R 5½ 5 Pranesh M 8
ing him, there were four players who scored
85 Aarya Satish Chikodi 6 132 Abhiman Urs R 5½ 6 GM Laxman R.R. 7½
86 Devansh Chaudhury 6 133 Mattania Wilfred 5½ eight points but better tie break helped Syed
7 Genish Prakash J 7½
87 Anirudh Gosakan 6 134 Devaraj Diraviyam 5½ Anwar Shasuli of ICF finished the runner up. 8 Selvamurugan B 7½
88 Shashank 6 135 Mithiran A 5½ Sibi Visal R, Srihari L R and Pranesh M all 9 Alaguraja M.A. 7½
89 Subbarao T V 6 136 Vivek Singh Bhadouria 5½ are from Tamilnadu finished 3rd, 4th and 5th 10 Harshad S 7½
90 Nagvekar Sairudra 6 137 Aarush Rajesh 5½ place respectively. 11 IM Muthaiah Al 7
91 Arun Kumar 6 138 Rohit Venugopal 5½ The Chief Guest of the function Shri. I Paul 12 IM Praveen Kumar C 7


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MARCH 2019 MARCH 2019
13 CM Nikhil Magizhnan 7 59 Ilanchezhiyan M 6 KCA’s 18th Open Fide Rated Chess Tournament,Kottayam…
14 Pranav Hari Raja D 7 60 Venkat Ramana R 6
15 Senthil Maran K 7 61 Arun Prasad Raja V 6 Muthaiah wins title
16 Sarath Kumar Murugesan 7 62 Reeghan Allwin M 6 by LR Bhuvanaa Sai, Chief Arbiter
17 Dixit Tharun Raja P 7 63 Vikash K S 6
18 Ananthapadmanabh D V 7 64 Thajol T J 6 KCA’s 18th Open fide rating chess tournament In the final round the battle between Prasan-
19 Sai Prasath A S 7 65 Vijaya Baskar S 6 was organized by Kottayam Chess Academy na and Muthaiah, the result was favourable
20 Nawin J J 7 66 Divin S V 6 from 8th February to 12th February at K P to IM Muthaiah to win the title with 8 points.
21 Sathish Chandra G 7 67 Varadharajan S 6 Menon Hall, Kottayam. Total prize fund of Prasanna was the 1st runner-up of this event
22 Gokula Kannan G M 7 68 Vipin Vijayan 6 6, 51,000 of this tournament attracted 256 with 7.5 points. Selvamurugan B of TN was
23 Muralishankar J T 7 69 Siddharth Sathish 6 players from 11 states and 4 union territories the 2nd runner-up with the same points. Sri.
24 Jayakrishna H 7 70 Ridhyan Gupta 6
25 Jack Samuel 7
including an International Master (muthaiah Kunhi Mohideen, president of chess associ-
71 Balan Prajith S T 6
26 Dhanasekar M 7 A L). The event was inaugurated by Sri. ation, Kerala distributed the prizes to the
72 Indulekha K S 6
27 Arul Anandh S P K 6½ C. Abraham Itticheria, President, Kottayam winners.
73 Vignesh Murugan 6
28 Manigandan S S 6½ 74 Arunraj S 6 Public Library in the presence of Sri.K.C.
29 Kanishk S K 6½ 75 Mathiyazhagan M 6 Vijayakumar, Executive Secretary,Kottayam Final standings:
30 Bargava Narasimhan S 6½ 76 Nihelesh M U 6 Public Library, Sri.Rajesh Nattakam, General Rk Name Pts
31 Muralidharan R. 6½ 77 Krishna Kumar N 6 Secretary, Chess Association Kerala and Sri. 1 Muthaiah Al IM 8
32 Gugan G 6½ 78 Narayan Iyengar 6 Jismon Mathew,Chariman of Arbiter Com- 2 Prasannaa.S 7½
33 Roshan S 6½ 79 Hema Priya M 6 mission,CAK. 3 Selvamurugan B 7½
34 Ashil A J 6½ 80 Thangavelu S 6 4 Manigandan S S 7
35 Prawin K 6½ 81 Jaysree S 6 5 Kumar S. 7
Top seed players sailed smoothly up to 3rd
36 AIM Renganayaki V 6½ 82 Lokesh Varmaa K 6 6 Harshad S 7
round. After 4th round 9 players including IM
37 Dhirendra Kumar Das 6½ 83 Pon Arun S 6 7 Leeladhar Kachroo 7
Muthaiah shared the lead with perfect score. 8 Vishnu Menon 7
38 Sarvesh Krishna S 6½ 84 Rohith Vinay R 6
39 Hemanathan C 6½
In the 5th round on the top table the game 9 Anilkumar O.T. 7
85 Dharmalingam T 6
40 Hariharan Vinayagamurthy 6½ between 6th seed Hemanth Raam and IM 10 Komal Srivatsav Sajja 7
86 Jeevaa A S 6
41 Kanishkaa C 6½ Muthaiah ended in a draw. At the end of this 11 Suganthan S 7
87 Balaguru T 5½
42 Ashvin Venkat G 6½ 88 Perumal A 5½ round Prasannaa S and Manigandan S S of 12 Dhanush Ragav N S 7
43 Venkatesh Babu Sundaresan 89 Rajini K 5½ Tamil Nadu and Niraj Saripalli of Goa were 13 Joy Lazar M.A. 6½
6½ 90 Silambarasan P 5½ the joint leaders with 5 points each. In the 14 Niraj Saripalli 6½
44 Kaviyarasan T 6½ 91 Jai Vignesh U 5½ next round the players on top 3 tables drew 15 Harivardhini I 6½
45 Bharath Kulandai Velu 6½ 92 Sujith K J 5½ with each. Prasannaa, Leeladhar Kachroo of 16 Tamhankar Siddhant 6½
46 Anissh S K 6½ 93 Nijalin Nixon 5½ Haryana, Manigandan and Niraj Saripalli led 17 Chaithanyaa K G 6½
47 Sarvesh Hinduja S A 6½ 94 Nirmal K S 5½ 18 Colaco Reuben 6½
the top 2 tables with 5.5 points in the sev-
48 Srijit Some 6½ 95 Dhanush Prakaash B A 5½ 19 Ramachandra Bhat 6½
enth round. Sri Kummanam Rajasekharan,
49 Shaktivel Selvaraj 6 96 David R 5½ 20 Harikrishnan A 6½
Governor of Mizoram inaugurated the 7th
50 Hrishikesh A J 6 97 Varunsatyaa Parthasarathy 5½ 21 Ananthapadmanabh D V 6½
round at K P S Menon hall at kottayam on 22 Gokula Vishnu R 6½
51 Vijayaraghavan T 6 98 Gopal Aravamuthan Iyengar 5½
52 Aravinth Shanmugam S 6
11th Februrary 2019. Prasannaa beat Lee- 23 Mansoor C M 6½
99 Vishnu S 5½
53 Gopinath P 6 ladhar and took sole lead with 6.5 points. 24 Hemanth Raam 6
100 Indira Priyadharshini Subbu 5½
54 AIM Dharsan Venkatachalam 6 Niraj and Manigandan drew with each oth- 25 Jinan Jomon 6
101 Saravanan S 5½
55 Vinni Prabhu R 6 102 Ranjith Raj N M 5½ er. Eight players followed Prasannaa with 6 26 Anwar N K 6
56 San Hariharan 6 103 Vignesh G 5½ points each. Prasannaa maintained the lead 27 Adireddy Arjun 6
57 Naveen Prakash S 6 104 Sarveshwaran S 5½ till penultimate round. 28 Md Bashiq Imrose 6
58 Pandiyan J 6 105 Ibine E J 5½ 29 Tamizh Selvan Ganesan 6


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30 Thamaraiselvi P 6 77 John Veny Akkarakaran 5 Late Smt. Premlata Omprakash Agarwal All Goa Open Rapid FIDE Rating Chess Tournament, Margao, Goa
31 Arjun Sidharth S 6 78 Jayakrishna H 5
32 Adireddy Tarun 6 79 Tanvi Vasudev Hadkonkar 5 Niraj Saripalli wins title
33 Mythireyan P 6 80 Aasha C R 5 by Akash Keni, Chief Arbiter
34 Sanjay S Pillai 6 81 Chandra Sekharan A P 5
35 Sharsha Backer 6 82 Roshan S 5 Tournament was organized on 23rd & 24th Round 2. Second seed Adv. P.M. Kan-
36 Sarveshwaran V 6 83 Pratyush J 5 February 2019 at BPS Sports Club Margao. tak(1853) is shocked by young u-15 player
37 Venkatakrishnan R 6 84 Kannan R. 5 The inaugural function was held on 23rd Sharath Shanbag(1099) and Love Kakodkar
38 Gugan G 6 85 Rishiraj P 5 February 2019 at 5.00 p.m. at the hands shocks Sukhlecha Aditya (1471).Netra Savai-
39 Gopakumar K S 6 86 Midilesh Ms 5 of Smt. Amrita Agarwal, Director, Prakash ker beats 13th seed Sudhaker Patgar.
40 Badrinarayanan N 6 87 Jolly V P 5
Packaging Ltd in the presence of Ashesh keni,
41 Gabriel B M 6 88 Prince Mundakayam 5
Vice President,Goa Chess Association,Shri Round 3. Lal Mandar Pradip (1216) draws
42 Sreyas Payyappat 6 89 Alagiri Sriram B 5
43 Justin Joseph 6 90 Sai Kiran G V 5
Santosh George ,President of BPS Sports wth top seed Niraj Saripalli .
44 Dhiraj Patil 6 91 Evan Sanjoe 5 Club ,Mr. Damodar Zambaulikar ,Secretary
45 Pramod K K 6 92 Shivshankar Iyer S 5 of Salcete Taluka Taluka Chess Association Round 4. Third seed Suhas maintains lead
46 Bargava Narasimhan S 6 93 Sooriya B Y 5 and other guests. with few others.
47 Kishore V 6 94 Yash Abhijit Patil 5
48 Shivam Panchal 6 95 Jaidambareesh N R 5 Mr. Ashesh Keni was the Chief Arbiter of the Round 5. U-15 sensation Devesh Anand Naik
49 Bala Ganeshan 6 96 Arjun Kumar S 5 tournament assisted by Deputy Chief Arbiter crushes Suhas Asnodkar to take the lead.4th
50 Aakash G 6 97 Chinnadurai S. 5 Sanjay Kavlekar ,Deputy Arbiters Swapnil seed Wilson Cruz is held by Tanvi Hadkonkar .
51 M Tulasi Ram Kumar 6 98 Felix Moothedath 5 Hoble,Jyotsna Sariaplli ,Nandhini Saripalli. Round 6 .Devesh Anand Naik maintains his
52 Ananya Arumbakkam 5½ 99 Shashidhar B Rai 5 The tournament was organized by Salcete Ta- lead by half a point beating Vroj Porob.Tnavi
53 Mihir A K 5½ 100 Muralishankar J T 5 Hadkonkar is held to a draw by Reuben Colaco.
luka Chess Association along with hosts BPS
54 Bharkavi S 5½ 101 Sasvatha A 5
Sports Club at BPS A.C. Hall premises.Totally
55 Raghul Saro S 5½ 102 Lad Mandar Pradip 5
233 players from all over Goa participated Round 7.Top seed Niraj Saripalli beats Devesh
56 Mahendra Teja Mekala 5½ 103 Dhuliya Shubham 5
57 Abi A 5½ 104 Vinod S 5 in the premier tournament out of which 91 Anand Naik both under severe time pressure.
58 Aswath S 5½ 105 Aji Kumar A 5 were rated players on 23rd and 24th February Ishan Pagi draws with Reuben Colaco.
59 Madhavan R Munjanattu 5½ 106 Nikhil R 5 2019 at BPS Club premises A.C. Hall.
60 Sathishkumar L 5½ 107 Santhosh P.V. 5 Round 8.Niraj Saripalli consolidates lead
61 Dhanasekar K. 5½ 108 Saravana Vel R 5 The rounds started at 3.30 pm on the 23rd beating Siddharth Shenoy of BITS ,Pilani
62 Anjitha Krishnakumar 5½ 109 Rudrashish Chakraborty 5 February and ended at 6.0 pm on 24th Feb- ,Goa.Devesh Anand Naik beaten by Sairaj
63 Ratnapriya K 5½ 110 Shreya S Pillai 5 ruary. Totally 9 rounds were played. The hall Verneker.
64 Lanka Sri K Durgaprasad 5½ 111 Anoop P 5 was well lit ,air-conditioned and provided with
65 Ganesan K. 5½ 112 Shalon Joanne Pais 5 generator. Toilet facilities were good and with Round 9 .Top seed Niraj Saripalli of Salcete
66 Johney Mandal 5½ 113 Rajagopalan 5 continuous water supply. Snacks and tea was Taluka Chess Association won the prestigious
67 Midhun Kumar M A 5½ 114 Abenav M 5 Late Smt. Premlata Omprakash Agarwal All
provided to the players. A well known multi
68 Vivekananda L 5½ 115 Mishra Ravi Pratap 5
cuisine restaurant is available in the campus Goa Open Rapid FIDE Rating Chess Tourna-
69 Eldho Skaria 5½ 116 Subramanian V 4½
for lunch. ment by beating Tanvi Vassudev Hadkonkar
70 Ryan Priyank S 5½ 117 Rajkumar S 4½
71 Durgesh K 5½ 118 Tamizhanban N 4½
to win the 1st prize of Rs. 10,000/- and
72 Arivarasu K P 5½ 119 Ahalya A 4½ Round 1. Niraj Saripalli (ELO 2006 ,top Trophy.
73 Anupam M Sreekumar 5½ 120 Harish G 4½ seed,Adv. P.M.Kantak(1853) and Suhas
74 Senthil Kumaran N.S 5½ 121 Sanjay Srinivasan R 4½ Asnodkar (1777) along with other seeded Gunjal Chopdekar beat Sairaj Vernekar to
75 Balaji P 5 122 Mohammed Ibrahim 4½ players win their first round matches. bag the 2nd prize of Rs. 7000/- and Trophy.
76 Rajith V. 5 123 Atul Bihari Sharan 4½ Reuben Colaco beat Suhas Asnodkar to bag the


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3rd prize.Tanvi Hadkonkar stood fourth while President BPS Sports Club, Mr. Ashesh Keni, 3rd Shaastra Rated Rapid Chess Tournament, Chennai
Wilson Cruz had to be content with 5th prize President, Salcete Taluka Chess Association
after drawing his last round.The total prize fund and Vice-President, Goa Chess Association,
Muthaiah wins title
was Rs.50000/- and trophies were awarded to Mr. Damodar Zambaulikar, Secretary, STCA, IA Prof.R.Anantharam, Chief Arbiter
all winners. Mr. Avdhut Kare, Mr. Justo D’Costa, Mr. Ian
The increasing number of participants and Syed AnvarShazuli with five points.
Carl Alvares, Mr. Manguirish Kunde and Mr.
especially the number of the title holders is Four players – international masters Akash
Other prize winners were: Siddharth Carvalho,all members of BPS Club
a measure of the growing popularity of the and AL Muthaiah, youngsters M Siddharth
Sairaj Vernekar (6th prize), Sachin Gaude and others.
3rdShaastra Rated Rapid Chess Tournament, and M Pranesh had scored six points in six-
(7th prize), Devesh Anand Naik (8th prize),
organised by the Shaastra, IIT Madras at the rounds. Two more players K Mahesh Kumar
Mandar Pradip Lad (9th prize) and Ethen Vaz The following players were felicitated by
IIT campus on 23rdand 24th February 2019. of AP and IM VAV Rajesh joined the quartet
(10th prize).In the age group category, Erwin Salcete Taluka Chess Association at the
Two grandmasters from ICF, former Asian in the seventh round with 6.5 points each, as
Albuquerque won the U7 boys while Poorvi hands of the Chief Guest for their excellent
Junior champion Deepan Chakkravarthy and the top two board games were drawn. Both
Naik won the U7 girls.Hawal Shreyas won U9 performance during the last 2 years on the
former national rapid champion RR Laxman, Mahesh and Pranesh continued their good run
boys while Jennica Sequeira won U9 girls.Ali occasion-Bhakti Kulkarni, Ameya Audi, Rit-
ten international masters, one WGM and to outwit the two international masters Akash
Amanat won U11 boys while Asmita Ray won viz Parab, Niraj Saripalli, Nandhini Saripalli,
two WIMs contributed to the strength of the and Rajesh and AL Muthaiah also posted a
the U11 girls.Yash Manoj Upadhye won U13 Aayush Shirodkar, Sairaj Vernekar, Reuben
tournament. Deepan who has a rapid rating win to make it a three way tie at the top af-
boys while Sanvi Naik Gaonkar won the U13 Colaco, Alaya D’Cruz, Poorvi Naik, Varad Des-
of 2524 was followed by RR Laxman (2455), ter eight rounds. Pranesh was in a punishing
girls.Ishan Pagi won U15 boys while Sarah sai, Sairaj Narvenkar, Diya Sawal along with
former national champion IM G Akash (2411) mood and gave no respect to the GM title by
Gayle Fernandes won the U15 girls.Salcete Senior Coaches, Mr. Sanjay Kavleklar, Adv.
and the Railways star K Rathnakaran of Ker- beating the top seed Deepan Chakkravarthy.
Taluka prizes Sairaj Narvenkar won U7 boys Purushottam Kantak and Mr. Standrik Colaco.
ala in the seeding list. In total, for hundred Muthaiah also did not lag behind to beat Ma-
title while Diya Digamber Sawal won the U7
Final standings: and forty players took part in the ten round hesh Kumar to share the lead with Pranesh
girls.Atharva Sawal won the U9 boys title
Swiss system with a time control of 20 min- at the end of the penultimate round.
while Saeeja Gunesh Desai won the U9 girls. Rk. Name Pts. utes to each player with an increment of five
Edrick Vaz won U11 boys title while Vardha 1 Niraj Saripalli 8.5 seconds per move. In the final round, Muthaiah defeated VAV
Desai won the U11 girls.Jugan Sales Rodri- 2 Chopdekar Gunjal WCM 8 Results were on expected lines for the first Rajesh to secure 9.5 points but the winning
gues won U13 boys title while Alaya D’Cruz 3 Colaco Reuben 7.5
fifty six boards of the first round. In the spree of Pranesh was halted by Laxman.
won the U13 girls.Desai Purush Rajkaran won 4 Tanvi Vasudev Hadkonkar 7
second round also, the organiser Shivam This enabled Muthaiah to add one more
U15 boys title while Swetha Sahakari won 5 Cruz Wilson 7
Chandak seeded 34th lost to Jayakrishna H, trophy to his many collections this year and
the U15 girls.Veteran (above 50) – Suhas 6 Sairaj Dilip Vernekar 7
7 Gaude Sachin 7 rated 700 below him. Third round witnessed Pranesh had to be content with the runner
Asnodkar.Unrated player – Malviya Mukesh
8 Devesh Anand Naik 7 the split of the point by seventh seeded B Vi- up position with nine points. K Senthil Ma-
Kumar.Best Women player (above 15 years)
9 Lad Mandar Pradip 7 gnesh of Tamil Nadu with Ayushh Ravikumar ran, Laxman and V Pranav scored 8.5 points
– Pradyna Kakodkar.
10 Ethan Vaz 7 of the same state. Forty eight players were each and were placed in that order from 3rd
11 Madhavan G 7 leading with three points each at the end of to 5th. Nine players scored eight points and
The inaugural function was held on 23rd Feb-
12 Swayam Naik 7 the third round. N. Surendran of Viyugam SS Manigandan of Madurai topped them at
ruary 2019 at 5.00 p.m. at the hands of Smt. 13 Aryan Shamrao Raikar 7 Chess Academy caused he biggest upset of the sixth place.
Amrita Agarwal, Director, Prakash Packaging 14 Anvesh Bandekar 7 the tournament, by beating the top seed
Ltd.The prize distribution function was held 15 Dalal Ambar Abhay 7 Deepan Chakkravarthy in the fourth round. Prof. Shaikh Faruque Ali, Adviser, Co-Cur-
on 24th February 2019 at 6.30 p.m. at BPS 16 Shenoy Siddharth 7 An equal upset was the defeat of the fourth ricular Affairs, IIT Madras made the formal
Sports Club grounds at the hands of Engr. 17 Porob Vraj 6.5
seeded IM K Rathnakaran at the hands of M. inaugural move on day 1.And also distributed
Ernesto Moniz, Chairman of the General Body 18 Kantak Adv. P.M. 6.5
Siddharth of Tamil Nadu rated 1983. All the the prizes in the presence of Mr.K. Ganesan,
of BPS Sports Club in the presence of Smt. 19 Saish Ulhas Fondekar 6.5
Blacks on the top eight tables (including RR Secretary, Chennai District Chess Association
Amrita Agarwal, Director, Prakash Packaging 20 Colaco Vernon Jesus 6.5
21 Ali Amanat 6.5 Laxman and G Akash) registered wins in the and Mr. Vamsi, Student Secretary Shaastra
Ltd.,guest of honour, Mr. Santosh George,
22 Edrick Vaz 6.5 fifth round and one more joint leader was IIT.


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Two selected games from g6 18.Qh4 h5–+] 14...Bxe2 15.Bf1 Bxf1 17.Ba3 Rfe8 18.0–0 d5 19.exd5 exd5 6 Manigandan S S 8
Shaastra FIDE rated Ty, Chennai 16.Kxf1 Qd7 17.a3 Rxc1+ 18.Qxc1 Rc8 20.c5 Qe7 21.Ra2 a6 22.Rc2 Bb5 23.Nxb5 7 IM Saravana Krishnan P. 8
Mahesh Kumar,K (1906) - Muthaiah,Al 19.Qb1 Qb5+ 20.Kg2 Nc2 21.Ra2 Qd3 axb5 24.Nd4? [24.Bb2 d4] 24...Nc4 25.bxc4 8 IM Akash G 8
9 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 8
(2113) [E15] 22.Qf1 Qxf1+ dxc4 26.Qb4 [26.Bb2 Qxc5 27.Rd1 b4–+ 10 Kunal M. 8
(Annotated by AL Muthaiah) 28.Kh1 c3; 26.Nf5 gxf5 27.Qc1 Qe3+] 11 Syed Anwar Shazuli 8
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 b6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 12 Balasubramaniam H 8
d5 6.Bg2 c6 [The main move here is 6... 13 Srihari L 8
Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Be7] 7.cxd5?! 14 CM Rohith Krishna S 8
15 Mahesh Kumar K 7½
16 IM Rajesh V A V 7½
17 Prasannaa.S 7½
18 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 7½
19 Siddarth M 7½
20 IM Praveen Kumar C 7½
21 CM Bharath Subramaniyam H 7½
22 FM Manu David Suthandram 7½
23 IM Harikrishnan.A.Ra 7½
[22...Qc3 This was better but I thought of 24 Abinandhan R 7½
white queen coming to a6 and creating some 25 CM Nikhil Magizhnan 7½
problems 23.Qa6 Rc7 24.Qa4 h6–+] 23.Kxf1 26...Rxd4 27.Qxb5 Qe3+ 28.Rcf2 [28.Kh1 26 Ram S. Krishnan 7½
Ne4 24.Nxe4 dxe4 25.Ng5 Nxd4 26.Nxe4 Red8–+] 28...Rdd8 29.Bc1 Qd3 30.Bg5 27 Ranjith R.K. 7½
I think it is dubious as black gained equali- Nxb3 27.Rb2 Nc5 28.Nd6 Rc7 29.Nb5 Rd7 Rc8 31.Qxb7 Bd4 32.Be7 Bxf2+ 28 IM R.Balasubramaniam 7½
ty easily 7...cxd5 8.0–0 Bd6 9.Re1 Again 30.Ke2 f6 31.Ke3 e5 32.Ke2 Kf7 33.f3 Ke6 29 Neil Franclin S 7½
30 Surendran N 7
this move was not necessary. He could have 34.Rc2 h5 35.Rc4 a6 36.Nc3 Rd4 37.Rb4 31 Natarajan C 7
played with Nc3 and Bb2 9...Nc6 10.Ba3 Rxb4 38.axb4 Nb3 39.Kd3 b5 40.Ne4 Kd5 32 Sekar B 7
0–0 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 41.Kc3 Nd4 42.Nd2 f5 43.Kd3 Nxf3 0–1 33 Vignesh B 7
GM Deepan,Chakkravarthy (2524) Sune- 34 Ayushh Ravikumar 7
dran,N (2055) [B23] 35 Gunasekaran K. 7
36 IM Rathnakaran K. 7
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.d4 cxd4 37 WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman 7
5.Qxd4 Nf6 6.a4 Nc6 7.Qe3 g6 8.Nf3 Bg7 38 AGM Rathneesh R 7
9.Bxc6 Bxc6 10.Nd4 Ng4 11.Qd2 0–0 39 AGM Sa Kannan 7
40 Sivan S Roshan 7
(11....Bd7) 12.f3 Ne5 13.b3 Qb6 14.Nce2 41 AGM Vignesh N 7
Rad8 15.a5 Qc7 16.c4 e6 (16...d5 17. cxd5 42 Vaisakh R P 7
e6 18.f4) [16...d5 17.cxd5 e6 18.f4] 43 Ilamparthi A R 7
44 WIM Srija Seshadri 7
33.Rxf2 c3 34.h4 c2 35.Bg5 Rxc5 36.Rf1 45 Adireddy Tarun 7
Rxg5 [36...Rxg5 37.hxg5 Qxf1+ 38.Kxf1 46 Suganthan R 7
c1Q+–+] 0–1 47 Babu S. 7
I thought i am having slight edge because 48 Rohit S 7
of lead in development and better placed Final standings 49 Adireddy Arjun 7
Bishop on a6 12.Nbd2 [12.a3 He should Rk Name Pts 50 Rindhiya V 7
1 IM Muthaiah Al 9½ 51 Tamizh Selvan Ganesan 7
have controlled the b4 square with a3] 12...
2 Pranesh M 9 52 Rushyendra Chowdary K 7
Rac8 13.Qb1? Nb4 Now white is losing a 53 Aasha C R 7
3 Senthil Maran K 8½
pawn by force 14.Rc1 [14.a3 Nc2 15.Nc4 4 GM Laxman R.R. 8½ 54 Suganthan S 7
Rxc4 16.bxc4 Nxe1 17.Qxe1 Bxc4µ; 14.e4 5 Pranav V 8½ 55 Athirai S 7
Nxe4 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.Qxe4 Nc2 17.Ng5 56 Krishan A 7


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1st All India Dombivali Kalyan Open Classical Rating Chess Tournament 2018,Thane 33 Pingale Shivraj 6.5 80 AFM Mota Khant 5.5
34 Vedant Nitin Vekhande 6.5 81 Thube Nimish 5.5
Vikramaditya Kulkarni wins title 35 Akshit Jha 6.5 82 Nawin M S 5.5
by IA Vitthal Madhav, Chief Arbiter 36 Kamble Dipankar 6.5 83 Khairmode Dhanashree 5.5
37 Pednekar Ayush 6.5 84 Ram Vishal Parab 5.5
1st All India Dombivali Kalyan Open Classical Managing Director, IRB Infrastructures and 38 Mayekar Ayush 6.5 85 Tikam Aradhya 5.5
Rating Chess Tournament 2018 Jointly organ- Developers Ltd. and Mrs. Deepali Mhaiskar, 39 Joshi Nikhil 6.5 86 Roy Aanya 5.5
ised by Anant Vaze Sangeet Kala and Krida Director, IRB Infrastructures & Developers 40 Pethe Varad 6.5 87 Bogawat Pranav 5.5
Pratishthan and Atharva Chess Academy was 41 Vaval Aaditi 6.5 88 Singla Aaryan 5.5
42 Kinkhabwala Hrithik 6.5 89 Aditya Kunal Patil 5.5
inaugurated by Mrs. Deepali Mhaiskar, Di- Limited were present for the prize distribution
43 Om Nagnath Lamkane 6.5 90 AFM Keshavendra Mishra 5.5
rector IRB infrastructures & Developers Ltd. ceremony on 4th February 2018.
44 Pawaar Sohum 6.5 91 Bhave Harshal 5.5
The tournament saw a good response of 215
45 Iyer Aarav 6.5 92 Shinde Saumil 5.5
entries with GM R R Laxman as the top seed. Final Ranking: 46 Awade Pradeep 6 93 Subramanian T.V. 5.5
Rk. Name Pts.
47 ACM Iyer Arvind 6 94 Sitaram Sasane Ganesh 5.5
In the 2nd Round FM Sourrav Khherdekar was 1 IM Kulkarni Vikramaditya 9
48 Midilesh Ms 6 95 Arueran Raghuraman 5.5
stunned by Master Sai Balkawde. In the 4th 2 IM Gusain Himal 8.5
49 Bagwe Suneet 6 96 Satyabhan Soni 5.5
Round both the top seeds GM R R Laxman 3 Saurabh Anand 8.5
50 Isha Pritam Inamdar 6 97 Parkar Mandar 5.5
4 Vijay Anand M. 8
and IM Rahul Sangma were held for a draw 51 Ulhas Puthran 6
5 CM Kadam Om Manish 8
by Bhagyashri Patil and Rahul Pawar respec- 52 Choudki Khushi 6
tively. Even the veteran IM Sharad Tilak were
6 IM R Balasubramaniam 8
53 Agarwal Shyam 6 Puzzle of the month
7 Snehal Bhosale 7.5 by C.G.S.Narayanan
held for a draw by Sanjay Bhat. In the fifth 54 Patil Shravani 6
8 Ankur Mahesh Gokhale 7.5
Round the game between IM Vikramaditya 55 Jadhav Jyotiraditya 6
9 Satkar Chirag 7.5 The retroanalytical problem below by the
56 Rajveer Pinkesh Nahar 6
Kulkarni and Veteran Player FM S G Joshi was 10 Kumar Gaurav 7.5 great Norwegian composer is not difficult
57 Kasar Prashant 6
ended in a draw with 8 players being jointly 11 Bhat Sanjay 7.5 to solve. This two-mover has two solutions
58 Lasani H Kothari 6
leading with 4.5 points. In 6th Round Snehal 12 Nehete Akshay S 7.5 apparently but only one woks.Which is
59 Bamboat Hrrehan 6
Bhosale defeated the 2nd seed Rahul Sanga- 13 Sparsh Khandelwal 7.5
60 Bhatia Kiran 6 that?
ma to become a joint leader with 4 others. 14 IM Kathmale Sameer 7
61 Madke Anuj 6 Nils van Dijk
15 Subramanian R M 7
62 Dhruv Patil 6 Ostlenddingen 1959
In 7th Round GM R R Laxman was held for 16 Ahmed Feroz 7
63 Godse Anish 6
a draw by pratik patil whereas IM Vikrama- 17 Shivshankar Iyer S 7
64 Borase Manoj 6
18 Lund Rachit 7
ditya Kulkarni and Snehal Bhosale emerged 65 Tawade Arnav 6
19 Javheri Jaydev 7
as joint leaders by winning there games. In 66 Vedant Mistry 6
20 Shreyas Ghadi 7
8th Round IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni became 67 Mitank Maru 6
21 Soni Deepak R 7
the leader with a half point lead over the 68 Tadvi Saniya 6
22 Chhabra Aakash 7
top seed. In the 9th Round IM Vikramaditya 69 Dakare Rucha 6
23 Kshatriya Nitin Vekhande 7
70 Sanvi Naik Gaonkar 6
Kulkarni stunned everyone by defeating GM 24 Gurav Sanmil 7
71 Aditi Yogesh Kayal 6
R R Laxman with 1 point lead over others. 25 Balkawade Sai 7
72 Sardar Surendra 6
As the first tie break was direct encounter 26 Sarode Om 7
73 Govind Prabhu Mah 5.5
he was already a champion even he would 27 Lad Mandar Pradip 7
74 Virle Kimaya 5.5
have lost the game, but he played his last 28 Manthan Vijayrao Kale 7
75 Shrey Nilkant 5.5
round with zeal and won a scintillating game 29 Kelaskar Chinmay 7
76 Kunnekar Vanshri 5.5 Mate in two moves
against FM Sourrav Kherrdekar. 30 Mitul K H 7
77 Kunder Pratik 5.5 (Solution on page 48)
31 Saranya Y 6.5
78 Sahasrabudhe Shubham 5.5
32 Kadam Rishi R 6.5
Shri.Virendra Mhaiskar, Chairman and 79 Pande Pradip 5.5


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Selected games from 17th 16.Nd5!+-] 11.h4 e5 12.d5 Nb6 [Better This was a last round disaster for him. He had
12...bxc4 13.h5 Qb6 14.Rb1 Qd8= Black also lost the fourth round to IM Himal Gusain
Delhi GM Open 2019 can take care of the threats along the h-file.] of the Railways. Thirteen-year old, untitled,
13.Ng3 Nxc4 14.Bxc4 bxc4 15.h5 [#] V.Pranav from Tamil Nadu, started this event
Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron with a defeat against Manthan Kashyap Datta
(ELO 1824) of Assam but finished the tour-
Gupta,Abhijeet (GM Del) (2581) nament in a blaze of glory scoring 2.5 points
Das,Sayantan (IM WB) (2451) [E81] from three GMs - win over Andrei Deviatkin
(Rus), draw with Ghaem Maghami of Iran and
The two players in this game have only two victory over the Tirupati GM. Though Black
things in common, they have enormous chess seemed out of form in this game, the way the
talent and come from struggling non-affluent Tamil Nadu youngster carried out a whirlwind
families. When Abhijeet Gupta, born 1989, 36...Be8? [Black misses a brilliant way to draw mating attack is worth studying. 1.e4 Nc6
won the National U-7, U-9 and National "A" with: 36...Bd3+!! 37.Kxd3 Qg3+ 38.Kc2 Qxh2 2.d4 e5 3.dxe5 Nxe5 4.Nf3 Nxf3+ 5.Qxf3
Championships he represented Rajasthan 39.Qxd6 Rf2 With his knight fatally pinned, Qf6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Bd2 d6N [7...Qxf3 8.gxf3
which did not have any chess traditions. Af- white will now have to play for a draw.] 37.b3± Nf6 was tried in the R.Vaishali vs V. Toshali
ter he shifted to Delhi, his fortune grew by Rf4 38.Kb2 Rg4 [A slightly better idea was: game in the National U–19 Girls Chp in 2014.
leaps and bounds as he won the World Junior 15...Ra7!? [Black is thinking of remote-de- 38...Rf6 39.Qd8 Qf7 40.Qa8± though white Black had lost.] 8.0–0–0 Be6!? [This gives
in 2008 and a string of International Tour- fending his h7 with Ra7. As there is no im- has the upperhand.] 39.Qe7 a5 40.Nc4!+- white the necessary initiative for a king-side
naments around the world including three mediate threat to h7, better was to deploy White cannot defend d6 any more and he has attack. Best was to exchange off queens: 8...
Commonwealth Championships. He was his Ra8 more aggressively with: 15...Rb8 no effective counter-play. 40...Rg2+ 41.Rxg2 Qxf3 9.gxf3 Be6] 9.Qe2 [If 9.Qg3 Ne7 10.f4
decorated with the Arjuna Award in 2013. On 16.Qd2 Bd7 Black is slightly better as his Qxg2+ 42.Ka3 Bg6 43.Nxd6 Qg1 [If 43...Bxe4 Bd7 11.Bc4²] 9...a6?
the other hand, Sayantan Das, born 1997, extra pawn on c4 is still alive and there is 44.Ne8! Qg6 45.Nf6+ Kh8 46.Qf8+ mates.]
lives in Calcutta which is steeped in chess no danger along the h-file.] 16.0–0–0 Ne8 44.Qxe5 Qc1+ 45.Ka4 Qd2 Threatens 46....
tradition at least from the 1840s. His route Making way for ....Qf6 bolstering the de- Qb4# 46.a3 Qd4+ 47.Qxd4 cxd4 48.Kxa5!
to fame was winning the World U–12 Cham- fence of his king-side. 17.Qd2 [17.Nf1 a5 d3 49.Nc4 Bxe4 50.d6! [#] 1–0
pionship in Vung Tau, Vietnam, in 2008 and 18.Ne3 Nf6 19.g4 Ba6 20.Nf5 gxf5 21.gxf5
then winning the National U–15, U–17 and Kh8 22.Rhg1 Rg8 23.Rg5 Rxg5 24.Qxg5
U–19 Championships! He became an IM in h6 25.Qxh6+ Nh7 26.Rg1 Qf8µ] 17...Qf6
2013 but the GM title which almost all earli- 18.Nf1 Nc7 19.Ne3 Nb5 20.Rdf1 Bd7=
er National Junior Champions had achieved 21.g3 Rb8 22.Rf2 [If 22.f4 exf4 23.gxf4
quickly, has eluded him. In this game, the IM Qd4 24.hxg6 fxg6 25.f5 Nxc3 26.Qxc3
puts up a great resistance but finally bows to Rab7] 22...Rab7 23.Nxc4 Nxc3 24.Qxc3
the GM's superior play. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 Rb4 25.hxg6 fxg6 26.f4 Bb5 27.Nd2
3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0–0 6.Nge2 a6 Rd4 In this interesting middle-game with (Position after 10.Kb1)
7.Be3 Nbd7 8.Qd2 b5!? [Black is known the heavy pieces, black is blocking every [Sometimes we see threats which really do
to play little-known lines in the opening. 8... attempt by white to win whilst trying to coun- not exist! Best here was: 9...0–0–0 10.h4 h6
Rb8 is usually played here, planning ....b5.] ter-attack. 28.Rfh2 Rd3 29.Qa5 h5! 30.f5 11.Kb1 (threat 12. Bg5! hxg5 13 hxg5 Qxg5
9.Bh6?! [The pawn offer could be safely Rxg3 31.fxg6 Qxg6? [The best defence Pranav,V. (TN) (2318) Karthik,Venkata- 14. Rxh8 winning the exchange). 11...Qe7²]
accepted: 9.cxb5 axb5 10.Nxb5 c6 11.Nbc3 was: 31...Qd8! 32.Qxd8+ Rxd8 33.Rxh5 raman (GM AP) (2515) [B00] 10.Kb1 (see diagram) 10...Qd8?! [This is
Bb7 12.Ng3] 9...Bxh6 10.Qxh6 c5 [If Kg7! 34.Rh7+ Kxg6 35.b3 Kf6=] 32.Qc7 Rf8 For 20–year old Karthik Venkataraman of AP, like giving a blank cheque to the opponent.
10...bxc4 11.h4! (11.Ng3? Rb8 12.Qd2 33.Rxh5 Rg1+ 34.Rxg1 Qxg1+ 35.Kc2 this tournament was a let down soon after Better were 10...Qe7 11.Nd5 Bxd5 12.Bxb4
c5 13.d5 Qb6 14.Rb1µ) 11...c5 12.h5 Qb6 Qg6 36.Rh2 [#] becoming one of India's latest Grandmasters. Bc6 13.Re1±; or 10...0–0–0 11.Nd5 Bxd5
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12.Bxb4 Bc6 and white is better but not over- 1.Nf6+!! gxf6 22.gxf6 Kh8 23.Rd3! [After Aeroflot Open 2019
whelmingly so as in the game.] 11.f4! Nf6 23.Rd3 if 23...Nd5 (for 24...Nxf6, defending
12.f5 Bd7 [#] h7) 24.Qxh7+! Kxh7 25.Rh3+ Kg8 26.Rg1#] GM Sasikiran finishes third
The Indian contingent performed admirably at the Aeroflot Open 2019.
Mosadeghpour,Masoud (GM Iri) (2517) Sasikiran very narrowly missed winning the A-tournament and finished
- Erigaisi,Arjun (GM Tel) (2548) [C15] third - a commendable performance. Five Indian youngsters made their
norms - Raunak Sadhwani achieved his Chatterjee and Sammed Shete
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ achieved their IM norms. Aditya Mittal is now an IM at the age of just
5.bxc3 dxe4 6.Qg4 Nf6 7.Qxg7 Rg8 12 years. For Sammed and Koustav this was their second IM norm.
8.Qh6 Rg6 9.Qh4 c5 10.Ne2 Rg4 11.Qh6 In this report we give you all the information about the Indians who
Rg6 12.Qh4 cxd4N [12...Qa5 has been performed admirably and also tell you about the surprise winner of
played in a First Saturday Budapest tour- the A-group Kaido Kulaots, who has booked his spot to the Dortmund
nament in 2001 between Wang Shuai 2320 super tournament 2019.
and Yu Mingyuan which ended in a draw on GM K.Sasikiran
13.g4! [All young players like to go for the the 18th move!] 13.cxd4 Nc6 14.c3 e5! One of the strongest opens in the world - the Aeroflot Open, came to an end on 28th of
throat with moves like this! A refinement to 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Nf4 Rg4 [16...Bg4? February 2019. It was a mixed final result for the Indian players. Sasikiran's third maiden
this was possible: 13.e5! dxe5 14.g4 Bd6 17.Bb5+ Kf8 18.Nxg6+ Nxg6 19.Qh6+ GM norm, Divya Deshmukh got her second WGM norm and Aditya Mittal, Koustav place
15.g5 Ng8 16.Bg2±] 13...Bc6 14.e5 [A Kg8+-] 17.Qh6 Bd7 [Slightly better was: in the A group is a fine result. However, judging by the fact that he was 5.0/5 and had a
good alternative was: 14.g5! Nd7 15.Rg1 17...Rg8 18.Bb5+ Bd7 19.Bxd7+ Nexd7=] full point lead over the field, Sasikiran would not be thrilled about his third place. Besides
Qe7 16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.Bxb4 Bc6 (17...Qxe4?? 18.Be2 Rg8 19.0–0 Qe7 20.a4!² Natural- the winner not only receives 18,000 Euros but also a direct entry to the Dortmund super
18.Rxd5!) 18.Bc3 Qxe4 19.Qf2 0–0–0 ly white plans 21. Ba3 to needle the queen. tournament in Germany.Third place at the Aeroflot Open takes Sasikiran to 2690 on the
20.Rg3±] 14...dxe5 15.Bg2 0–0 [After 20...Ng6 21.Rd1 Qe5 22.Rb1 Bxa4 live rating list. If he fires at the World Team Championships, we are sure to see him cross
15...Bxg2 16.Qxg2 c6 17.g5 Bxc3 18.Bxc3 23.Rxb7! [#] 23...Ne7? [If 23...Bxd1? 2700! Kaido Kulaots was the surprise winner of the tournament, but just have a look at his
Nd5 19.Bxe5+- White has multiple winning 24.Bb5+! Kd8 25.Nxg6 hxg6 26.Qd2+ Qd5 | performance! Starting off as the 62nd seed, the Estonian number one performed at an
threats like 20. c4 winning the knight.] 16.g5 27.Qf4! Qxb7 28.Qxf6+ Kc8 29.Ba6!+-; Elo of 2873, gaining 38 Elo points, beating Maghsoodloo, Firouzja, Dubov, Wei Yi and Kh-
Nd7 17.Bxc6 bxc6 18.Ne4! White conducts Black's best was: 23...e3! ismatullin, winning 18000 Euros and booking his spot in the Dortmund super tournament
a classical attack. 18...Bxd2 19.Rxd2 Qc8 24.Bxe3 Bxd1 25.Bb5+ Kd8 26.Bd4 Qxf4 later this year! What more can one ask from a tournament!
[If 19...Qe7 20.f6! Qe6 21.Qd3! Qd5 22.Qf3! 27.Bxf6+ Kc8! (27...Qxf6?? 28.Qd2+ Kc8
Qe6 23.fxg7 Kxg7 24.Rf1 Rab8 25.Qh5+-] 29.Qd7#) 28.Ba6 Qxh6 29.Rxf7+ Kb8 India had five norm makers at the Aeroflot Open 2019 - Raunak Sadhwani (GM norm),
20.Qh5 White has a completely won game. 30.Rb7+ Kc8 31.Rf7+= Divya Deshmukh (WGM norm), Sammed Shete (IM norm), Koustav Chatterjee (IM norm),
20...Nb6 [#] Aditya Mittal (IM norm).Sammed Shete scored his 2nd IM norm. Sammed is supported by
the Pursue your chess scholarship under HelpChess initiative. 15-year-old youngster Koustav
Chatterjee scored his second IM norm.A phenomenal performance by Divya Deshmukh. She
was the third last seed in the B-group. In spite of having an Elo of 2126 she was allowed
to play in B-group (above 2300), and she did not disappoint. After scoring her maiden IM
norm at the Velammal-AICF WGM Round Robin tournament, she scored her second WGM
norm here.

57 Indians played at the Aeroflot Open 2019. 33 of them were sponsored by Indian Gov-
ernment who had sanctioned a budget of Rs.40 lakh for this trip. It surely turned out to be
fruitful one as five Indians could make their norms and many of them gained experience of
(Position after 23.Rxb7) playing against strong opposition.
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Aeroflot Blitz: 33rd Cannes festival, France
One of the most exciting events at the Aeroflot Open is the Aeroflot blitz. After the last
classical round, an entire day is dedicated to the blitz tournament, which is a battle of GM Abhijeet Gupta wins 33rd Cannes festival
stamina and nerves. Players have to play nine rounds, but each round has two games of
GM Abhijeet Gupta won
3'+2". You play one game with one colour and when it is over, you just change places with
your opponent and start the second game! Apart from participants of the Aeroflot Open, 33rd Cannes festival in
you also have strong local players like Karjakin, Grischuk, Tomashevsky who come specially France emphatically fin-
to play the Aeroflot Blitz! This year Karjakin won the tournament with a score of 14.5/18. ishing a full point ahead
The best performing Indian was Nihal Sarin, followed by Praggnanandhaa, Narayanan S.L, of the competition. This
Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Karthikeyan Murali.GM Sergey Karjakin won the strong Aeroflot was his first tournament
Blitz, winning 5,000 euros. after getting married.
Despite being busy with
FIDE World Team Championship 2019,Asthana, Kazaksthan all ceremonies and cel-
ebration, he showed no
Team India misses medal by a whisker rust. In fact, if statistics
It turned out to be a disappointing are anything to come by
final round for the Indian men as then he completely over-
they went downing fighting against threw them all, remained
Russia 1.5-2.5 in the ninth and fi- undefeated and won the
nal round of the FIDE World Team tournament living up to his moniker of 'Mr Commonwealth'. Abhijeet had a performance
Chess Championship, Asthana, rating of 2733 and scored 7.5/9 to win the tournament. He won a beautiful trophy and
In an epic battle against India, GM Harika Dronavalli is conferred Padma Shri
the Russian team seemed on the
verge of losing, before Ian Nep- On 11th March 2019, Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli
omniachtchi eventually saved his was conferred with Padma Shri by President Ram
position to a draw and Alexander Nath Kovind at a special function held at Rashtrapati
Grischuk won his game. With this Bhavan which was attended by Prime Minister Naren-
2,5-1,5 loss, India unluckily had to dra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Law Minister
cede the bronze medal to China, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and others. Harika, who has
which overcame Kazakhstan by a three World Chess Championships bronze medals
thread. The silver medal went to to her name, became the second Indian woman to
England, which convincingly beat become a grandmaster, after Koneru Humpy.
On a positive note, GM Adhiban Baskaran and GM Surya Shekar Ganguly both secured in- She was honored with the Arjuna Award for the year
dividual golds on boards one and three respectively. 2007–08 by the government of India. In 2016, Harika
won the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix event at Chengdu,
Meanwhile, in the women’s championship, the Indian women’s team finished sixth on nine China and rose up from world no. 11 to world no. 5
points after settling for a 2-2 draw with Hungary in the final round. Soumya Swaminathan in FIDE women’s ranking
lost to Anita Gara on the second board while Bhakti Kulkarni defeated Bianka Havanecz to Five-time World Champion. Later on, GM Koneru
level scores. The other two games were drawn. Humpy was bestowed with the award in 2007. Viswanathan Anand was the first chess player
China scored 18 points, Russia played out a draw with Georgia to reach 14 points and bagged to be honored by the Padma Shri in 1988
the silver while the Georgians won bronze on 12 points and a better tiebreak than Ukraine.
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Iniyan becomes India’s 61st Chess Grandmaster 24.Re1? [Suddenly white becomes over
cautious. He could win with: 24.Ba3! Nd7
47.Bc3?! [White could win quickly with:
47.Qh6+! Ke8 48.Qc6+! Kf8 49.Qd6+ Kg8
Iniyan Paneerselvam became India’s 61st Chess Grandmaster when 25.Qa6! Bxd1 26.Rxd7! Kxd7 27.Qb7+ Qc7 (49...Ke8 50.Bf6!) 50.Qf6 mates.] 47...Re2+
he crossed the 2500-rating mark at the Noisiel Open in France. Ini- 28.Bb5+ Kd8 29.Qxa8+ Qc8 30.Qxa7+- 48.Kd1 Nb1 49.Qc5+ Kg8 50.Qg5+ If
yan defeated GM Sergey Fedorchuk of Ukraine in the sixth round to ] 24...Nf5² 25.Qh3 Bc6 26.Rb4 Rd8 50....Kf8 51 Bb4+ mates. 1–0
become the 61st Grandmaster for India. The Sixteen-year-old hailing 27.Bf1 Rg4= For several moves now the
from Erode, Tamil Nadu had earlier received his three GM norms, the game tends to fluctuate between equality Deviatkin,Andrei (2461) Saurabh,Anand
first norm came at the Montcada Open, Spain in 2017. The second and slight advantage to white. 28.Nh5 Rh4 (2210) [C68]
norm was scored in the same year at the Bobligen Open, Germany 29.Nxf6+ Qxf6 30.Qf3 Kf8 31.Qe2 h5 32.Be3 Saurabh Anand is a 17-year old school boy
and the final norm was made Barbera Del Valles, Spain in 2018. Qxc3 [A little better was: 32...Rg4 33.h3 Rg6 from remote Purnea District in Bihar. Bihar does
34.Bxa7 Nh4 35.Rd1 Ra8=] 33.Rc1 Qf6 not have a single International Master, leave
34.Bxa7 Rg4 35.Qa6 Rg6 36.Rb8 Rxb8 alone GM though it has hundreds of naturally
ARBITER REFRESHER COURSE- A REPORT 37.Bxb8 Nd4 38.Qa5 Kg8= 39.Qxh5 e3? talented chess players. Their only claim to
by Gopakumar Sudhakaran [Better was: 39...Nf3+ 40.Kh1 Qb2! 41.Bf4 fame is that the Bihar Chess Association's former
Qxf2 42.Qc5!=] 40.fxe3 Nf3+ [40...Bf3?? secretary, Arvind Kumar Sinha beat V.Anand in
The Sports Authority of India-All India Chess Federa- 41.Rc8+ Kg7 42.Qh8#] 41.Kh1 Nd2 [If 41... the 1986 National Championship in Bombay in
tion Arbiter Refresher course was organized by Delhi Ng5 42.Bf4! Ne4 43.Rb1!+- threatening mate a very fine game. Saurabh Anand played four
Chess Association on behalf of All India Chess Federa- with 44. Rb8+ and 45. Qh8#] 42.Be5 [#] GMs in this event and scored 2.5 points from
tion with the support of Government of India Ministry them. He beat Manik Mikulas (Svk) and 39-year
of Youth Affairs Sports at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium old Andrei Deviatkin (Rus), drew with Vaibhav
from 15-17 Feb 2019. Suri and lost only to Ivan Popov of Russia. In this
game his great talent in the middle-game as well
In a brief opening ceremony, AICF Secretary Shri. as endgame is displayed. It is very likely that he
Bharat Singh Chauhan inaugurated the event in pres- will become a grandmaster in the future. 1.e4 e5
ence of Shri. Naresh Sharma, Joint Secretary AlCF and 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0–0 Bg4
Shri. AK Verma, Secretary Delhi Chess Association. 6.h3 h5 7.d3 Qf6 8.Be3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Qxf3
Before moving to the inauguration, the guests and 10.gxf3 Bd6 11.Nd2 Ne7 12.Rfb1 Ng6 13.b4
participants observed two-minute silence for the CRPF soldiers, who were martyred in the Kd7 14.Kf1 f5 [Kobalia 2630 vs Kazhgaleyev
Pulwama terror attack. 2596, ACP Blitz, 2004 went: 14...Nf8 15.c3 Ne6
42...Qxf1+ Black's only option left in this grim 16.Ke2 .....41. 1–0] 15.Ke2 f4! 16.Bc5 Nf8?!
This is the first refresher course for the year and three more such refresher courses will position. 43.Rxf1 Bxg2+ 44.Kg1 Bxf1+ [If [16...Ke6=] 17.Nc4 Re8 18.d4 Ne6 19.Rd1
be held at Mumbai, Kovilpatti and Bhopal in the coming months to enhance the knowledge 44...Bf3+ 45.Qxg6+! fxg6 46.Rf2 Nc4 47.Rxf3 exd4 20.Bxd4 Nxd4+ 21.Rxd4² b5 22.Na5
of Arbiters about FIDE Laws as well as other regulations. AICF made this refresher course Nxe5 48.Kg2!+-] 45.Kf2 Rg2+ 46.Ke1 Kf8 [#] Re5 23.Nb7 Rb8!= 24.Nc5+ [#]
mandatory for Arbiters. With effect from 01 Apr 2019, Arbiters undergone refresher course
for the year 2019 are only allowed to officiate in FIDE Rated events.

International Arbiter and FIDE Lecturer MS Gopakumar was the lecturer of the course and
149 Arbiters from across India attended the event slated for three days. IA Gopakumar
lectured on topics like Laws of Chess, Rating regulations, Title regulations, Arbiter regula-
tions, Competition rules, Tiebreaks, Pairing regulations, Anti-cheating regulations etc. The
participants were very enthusiastic and inquisitive with lot of inputs. Many of them cleared
their doubts they had in their mind about many regulations. Several case studies and prac-
tical examples were also discussed during the course.

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24...Ke8 [If 24...Ke7 25.Nd3 Re6 26.Rg1 Kxd6 23.Kb2 Re7=] 19.Nc4 b6 20.a4 Rhe8 Rh4–+] 47...Rg2+ 48.Ka3 Nd5 49.Bg3 [If
g6 27.c4 Rg8 28.Rg5 Kf6] 25.Nd3 c5!! A 21.b3 Kc7 22.Bd2 White has failed to turn the 49.Bxa7? Nxc3! (threat ....Ra2#) 50.b4 c4
bold well calculated move to achieve equali- game into a clear advantage for himself. 22... 51.b5 Nxb5+ 52.Kb4 Nxa7 53.Kxc4 Rg4+
ty. 26.bxc5 Bxc5 27.Rd7= [A curious way Bf8= 23.Rhf1 Bc6 24.Be4 Bxe4 25.dxe4 54.Kd5 Kxh2–+] 49...Rxg3! The best way
of keeping equality! Also equal was: 27.Rd5 Nd4 26.g4 [White can try to create an ad- to draw! 50.hxg3 Kxg3 51.c4 Nf4 [#]
Rxd5 28.exd5 Bd6=] 27...Kxd7 28.Nxe5+ vamtage with: 26.e5 f5 27.Kb2 g6 28.h3 h5
Ke6 29.Nd3 Bd6 30.a4?! [30.Rg1 would 29.Bg5 Be7=] 26...Bd6 27.g5 Re6 [Black
not have offered much scope for black.] misses quick equality with 27...Bxh2 28.gxf6
30...b4 31.Rg1 Kf6 32.h4 c5 33.Nb2 (28.Rh1 Bg3! 29.Ref1 Rd7!³) 28...gxf6 29.Rxf6
[33.e5+ Bxe5 34.Nxc5 Rc8 35.Nd7+ Ke6 Bg3! 30.Rh1 (30.Rg1?? Ne2+–+) 30...Rd7
36.Nxe5 Kxe5 37.Kd2] 33...b3! White 31.Rfh6 Rxe4=] 28.gxf6 gxf6 Both sides have
must now allow the black rook active play 53...Bd8! The black king has the perfect shel- two weak pawns each on the e, f and h-files.
or suffer the presence of a passed pawn on ter on e8 aided by his bishop. 0–1 The game is balanced. 29.Nxd6 [If 29.Bf4
b3. 34.c3 Be5 35.Kd3 c4+! 36.Nxc4? Bxf4+ 30.Rxf4 Rde8=] 29...Kxd6 30.Rxf6!?
[If 36.Kxc4 Ke6 37.Nd3 b2 38.Nc5+ Kf7 Popov,Ivan (GM Rus) (2588) Swapnil,S. This simplifies the game and reaches simple
39.Rb1 Rc8 40.Rxb2 Bd6 and the knight Dhopade (GM Mah) (2487) [B10] equality. 30...Rxf6 31.e5+ Ke6 32.exf6+
is captured.] 36...Rd8+ 37.Ke2 Bxc3–+ Kxf6 33.Bc3 Rd7 [33...h6=] 34.Re8 Kg5
38.Rb1 b2! 39.Kf1 [39.Nxb2?? Rd2+ Both Popov and Dhopade were born in 1990, Black correctly takes his king to the king-side 52.Rh7? [White's strategy is faulty. This rook
40.Kf1 Bxb2! winning.] 39...Ke6 40.Ke2 Popov on 20th March and Swapnil Dhopade where he believes the battle is going to be needs to stay on the h-file to sacfice itself
Rd4 41.Rxb2 [#] on 5th October. But there the similarity ends. decisive. 35.a5 Kg4 36.a6 Nc6 37.Kb2 Kh3 for black's h-pawn. He should use his king to
Popov has won several Youth tournaments in 38.Rc8 Rd6 39.Rc7 h5 40.Rh7 h4 41.Be1 counter-attack on the queen-side with: 52.Ka4!
Russia and Europe including the World Un- Rd4 42.Rc7 Rd6 43.Rh7 The white rook al- h3 53.Kb5 Ng2 (threat ... Nh4 blocking off
der–18 Championship in 2007 in Turkey. In ternately attacks h4, a7 and the Nc6 to keep the rook to queen his a-pawn) 54.Rxh3+!
India, he has won the 14th Parsvnath Delhi the black forces at bay. 43...Rd4 44.c3 Re4 Kxh3 55.Kc6 Kg4 56.Kb7 Kf5 57.Kxa7 Nf4
Open in 2016 and the Chennai Open in 2015. In 45.Bg3! Rg4 46.Rh6 Ne7 [#] 58.Kxb6 and white queens his a-pawn!] 52...
contrast. Dhopade's successes came later and h3 53.Rxa7 h2 54.Rh7 Nh3 55.Rg7+ Kh4!!
only after considerable struggles. While Popov Black has calculated the winning sequence
became a GM in 2007, Dhopade completed his of moves precisely! 56.Ka4 [White realis-
three GM norms in 2013 and then painfully es his mistake in underestimating black's
waited for three years for his rating to reach chances with his h-pawn and decides to
2500 so that he could become a GM in 2016. try his luck with his a-pawn. If 56.Rh7+
Dhopade is the first GM from Vidarbha and the Kg4 57.Rg7+ Ng5! there is no stopping the
fifth in Maharashtra after Thipsay, Kunte, Gore h-pawn from queening.] 56...h1Q 57.Kb5
[Forced, for if 41.Nb6 Rd2+ 42.Kf1 Rc2!–+] and Gujrathi. Ng5 58.a7 Qa8 59.Kxb6 Ne4 60.Rb7
41...Rxc4 [This wins. So also does 41... (threat 61. Rb8) 60...Nd6 61.Rb8 Nc8+
Bxb2 42.Nxb2 g5! win for black. Check it 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 62.Kc7 Qxa7+ 63.Kxc8 Kg4 64.Rb7
out yourself! Which winning line is better 5.Qe2 Nxe4 6.Qxe4 Qa5 7.Qf4 Qf5 8.d3 Qa6 65.Kc7 Kf4 66.Rb5 Qa3 67.Rb8
is a matter of individual choice.] 42.Rb6+ Qxf4 9.Bxf4 f6 10.0–0–0 e5 11.Be3 c5 47.Bb8 [A fascinating endgame develops af- [IF 67.Kb6 Ke4 68.Rxc5 Qxb3+–+] 67...
Kf7 43.Kd3 Rc7 44.Rxa6 Bf6!–+ 45.a5 12.Nd2 Nc6 13.g3 Bd7 14.Bg2 0–0–0 ter: 47.Rxb6? hxg3! (47...axb6? 48.a7 hxg3! Qa6 68.Rb5 Qa3 69.Rb8 [#] 69...Qa6
Rc3+ 46.Ke2 Rc2+ 47.Kd3 Rxf2 48.e5 15.f4 exf4? [15...h5=] 16.Bxf4 Nd4 (48...Rg8? 49.Bb8! Rg2+ 50.Ka3 Rg1 51.Kb2 [After 69...Ke5! 70.Kc6 Kd4 71.Rd8+ Kc3
Rxf3+ 49.Kd4 [If 49.Ke4 Re3+ 50.Kxf4 17.Rde1 Ne6 18.Be3 Be7 [It is a somewhat Rg2+=) 49.a8Q g2! 50.Qf3+ Kh4 51.Qf6+ 72.Rb8 Qa7 73.Rb5 Kd4 74.Rb7 Qa8 75.Kc7
Rxe5 51.Ra8 Rd5 wins.] 49...Bxh4 50.Ke4 difficult position for black. Better was: 18... Rg5–+ 52.Qf4+ Kh5 53.Qf7+ Ng6 54.Qf3+ Qe8 76.Kb6 Kc3 Black will win, but there is a
Rf1 51.Kf5 f3! 52.e6+ Ke8! 53.Ra8+ [#] Kc7 19.Bh3 Re8 20.b3 Bd6 21.Ne4 b6 22.Nxd6 Kh4 55.Qe4+ Rg4 and black wins.) 48.Rh6+ long battle ahead.]


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f5! 14.exf5 gxf5 15.Kh1 [White hopes to 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5 5.dxe6
attack the black king along the open g-file, but fxe6 6.cxb5 d5 7.Bg5 h6 [F.Herzog vs
this never materialises. Better for him was to R.Pitschak 1933 varied here with 7...Nbd7 8.e3
complete his development and be ready for Bb7 9.Nbd2 e5 10.Nb3= White check-mated
the middle-game: 15.Rae1 Ndf6 16.Qd3 Bd7 on move 68.]8.Bh4 Qa5+ 9.Nbd2 Nbd7
17.Bd2 a6 18.b3=] 10.e3 g5 11.Bg3 Ne4 12.Bd3? [12.Ne5!
15...Ndf6 16.Bg1 [This move does not do Nxg3 13.Nc6 Qc7 14.hxg3±]12...Bg7 [If 12...
anything significant except to remove the Nxd2 13.Qxd2 Qxd2+ 14.Nxd2 Bg7 15.0–0–0
bishop from a vulnerable square on the open a6 16.h4 axb5 17.hxg5 hxg5 18.Rxh8+ Bxh8
e-file. Better was to remove the dead wood 19.Rh1 Bg7 20.Kb1]
from the e-file and trade off his ineffective 13.0–0 Nxg3 14.hxg3 [[#]]
(Position after 69.Rb8) pieces with: 16.Ng3 Nxg3+ 17.hxg3 Ng4
18.Bg1 Bd7=]16...Bd7 17.Rae1 Ng4 [Black's [[#]]31...Kf8! [White has a knight and pawn
70.Rb5 Qa3 71.Kb6 Ke4 72.b4 [72.Rxc5 best plan here was on the queen side: 17...a6 for a rook, but her scattered pawns would
Qxb3+ 73.Kc7 Kd4 74.Rc6 Qa4–+ Black 18.Rb1 Qa5 19.a3 b5³]18.Rf3 Qe7 [This pins soon fall prey to the rook once it gets started.
should win, but it is going to be a long, tedi- the knight against the Re1.]19.Ref1 a6 20.h3 Black anticipates an attack on her d6 pawn
ous road.; White's best chance seems to be to and moves in advance to defend it.]32.Ne4
keep his pawns where they are, use his rook on Ke7 33.c5 dxc5 34.d6+ Ke8 35.Nxc5
the b-file and also keep the black pawn under Rc8 36.Nxa6 [If 36.b4 Rc6 and d6 would
threat. So, 72.Kc6 Kd4 73.Rb7 and the ma- be soon captured.]36...Rc2+ 37.Kg3 Rxb2
noeuvring will go on!] 72...cxb4 73.c5 Kd5 38.Nc5 Rxa2 39.Nxd7 Kxd7 40.Bxb5+
74.c6+ Kd6 75.Kb7 Qc3 76.Rb6 b3 77.Kb8 Kxd6 41.Kg4 Ke7 42.Bd3 h6! 43.Kf5
Qxc6! 78.Rxb3 Qe8+ The rook is picked up
by a double attack! If 79. Kb7 Qf7+! Or, if 79. 14...0–0 [If 14...Bxb2 15.Bg6+ Kf8 16.Nc4!
Ka7 Qa4+! 0–1 Qxb5 17.Nxb2 Qxb2 18.Rb1 Qxa2= Black has
two extra pawns but his pawns are scattered
Selected games from 11th Chennai and give white good attacking chances as com-
open pensation.]15.Qc2 c4 16.Bh7+ Kh8 17.Nd4
Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron [[#]]20...b5!? [20...Qh4! 21.Qe1 Qxe1 Qb6 18.a4 Bxd4 19.exd4 Qxd4 [Now the
Neelotpal,Das (GM Ind) (2419) Kurbon- 22.Rxe1 Ngf6 23.Re3 b5µ would have threat- material is equal but black has a slight initia-
boeva,Sarvinoz(WGM Uzb) (2214) [A16] ened many unpleasant things on white]21. tive as white's bishop on h7 is odd!]20.Bg6
hxg4 fxg4 22.Re3 Qh4+ 23.Bh2 Rxe3 Qg7 21.b3 c3 22.Nf3 e5! [Black's mobile
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 c6 5.e4 24.Qxe3 Bd4!! 25.Nxd4 [If 25.Qd3? bxc4 central pawns are a big threat to white who
d6 6.d4 0–0 7.Nge2 e5 8.d5 c5 9.0–0 26.Qxc4 g3 27.Nxg3 Nxg3#] has to take care that his bishop does not get
Nbd7N 10.f4 [In De Freitas vs Vasconcellos 25...cxd4 26.Qxd4 g3 27.Qg1 [The only way [[#]]43...Rg2! [The white king is stymied trapped.]23.Rac1
in the Brazilian Chp in Rio de Janeiro, 1949, to stop mate but it leads to a lost ending.]27... and cannot advance at all. It cannot cross the
white played f2–f4 only six moves later after gxh2 28.Qxh2 Ng3+! 29.Kg1 Qxh2+ g-file to stop Black's h-pawn which will now
elaborate preparation: 10.h3 Nb6 11.b3 Bd7 30.Kxh2 Nxf1+ 31.Bxf1 move unhindered and decide the game.]44.
12.Kh2 Ne8 13.Be3 Nc8 14.Qd2 Ne7 15.Rae1 Be4 Rg3 45.Ke5 h5 46.f5 h4 47.f6+ Kf8
a6 16.f4² ...and 35.1–0]10...exf4 11.gxf4 48.Kd4 0–1
Nh5 [The 25–year old Uzbek WGM plays the
black pieces with great energy and tries to Tran,Tuan Minh (GM Vie) (2541) Shyaam-
take the initiative soon.]12.Be3 Re8 13.Qd2 nikhil,P(IMInd)(2446)E10


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Megaranto,Susanto(GM,Ina) (2530) and g7–g8=Q wins.]56.Rf8!!
Pranesh,M.(FM Ind) (2125)

[Indonesia is often in the news on account of

volcanoes, earth-quakes and tsunamis; they
have 129 active volcanoes! In 1982, Indonesia
was in the news for staging a 26–player Grand-
master Round Robin Tournament in 1982 in
Surakarta and Denspar to give Indonesian IMs
a chance to become GMs. Susanto Megaranto
who is currently Indonesia's top grandmaster
was not even born at that time. Born in 1987, [After this move, Black is thrown on the de-
[[#]]23...d4 [Black's two connected passed Megaranto became a GM in 2004 at the age of fensive. The idea behind this move is not only
pawns marching down the c- and d-files are 17, two years before Pranesh was born. In this [This drags the black rook out of h8 to facili- to get his queen out of the hole on a6 but to
a good spectacle and ominous for white. A game Megaranto displays amazing end-game tate a two-pawn Tsunami attack! Not 56.g7?? transfer it to h6 or f6 for attack. However he
quieter alternative was: 23...Bb7 24.Qxc3 artistry in a rook and pawn ending. Though Rxh7+ 57.Kg3 Rxg7+ and it is black who is misses an exciting variation which involves
Qxg6 25.Qc7 Bc8 26.Nxe5 Nxe5 27.Qxe5+ Pranesh who made an IM norm in this Open, winning!]56...Rxf8 57.g7! Rd8 58.g8Q+ willingly walking into white's plan, sacrificing
Qg7 28.Qxd5 Bb7³]24.Be4 Rb8 25.Rfe1= suffered a defeat in this game, he would surely Rxg8 59.hxg8Q+ Ke5 [....and 77.1–0] 1–0 his queen and obtaining excellent counter-play
Nc5 26.b4 [Now white has got his own benefit from the great experience he got play- for his minor pieces as in: 19...Ngxf2! 20.b5
pawn mass on the queen-side but it isnt ing Megaranto. Only in an International Open Khusenkhojaev,Muhammad(IM Tjk) Qxa5!! 21.Qxa5 Bxc5 22.Na3 Nxd1 23.Rxd1³
mobile!]26...Nxe4 27.Qxe4 Bb7! 28.Qxe5 like the Chennai Open, could a young player (2455)Ritviz,Parab(Goa) (2362) [E01] Technically white is slightly ahead in material,
Bxf3 29.gxf3–+ Qxe5 30.Rxe5 Rfd8 like Pranesh get the opportunity to play a for- but black has the better chances with fluid
[Also winning was: 30...Rbc8 31.Rd5 Rfd8 eign grandmaster in tournament conditions.] [Ritviz Parab, 20, of Goa is his State's next hope piece play for his minor pieces..]20.Nf5 Qf6
32.Rxd8+ Rxd8 White cannot stop black from for an IM. Born 1999, he got his first IM norm 21.Nxe7+ Qxe7 22.f3 Qg5 23.Qb3!± [Nei-
winning by pushing his d-pawn.]31.Ree1 from the Bangkok Club Open in 2016 where ther knight could be captured for if 23.fxe4??
Rbc8 32.Red1 d3 33.a5 c2 34.Rd2 [[#]] he drew GM S.S. Ganguly and beat Filipino GM Qe3+ 24.Kh1 Nf2+ 25.Kg1 Nh3+ 26.Kh1 Qg1+
Eugene Torre. Last year he won the first prize 27.Rxg1 Nf2# This mate is known as Philidor's
of Rs 50,000 in the BRDCA FIDE-Rated Open Legacy.]23...Qe3+ [If 23...Nxg3 24.hxg3 Ne3
in Hubbali, Karnataka, beating IM Ravi Hegde 25.Nd2! Nxd1 26.Nf1!!±]
and GM M.S.Thejkumar on the way. Though 24.Qxe3 Nxe3 25.fxe4 Nxd1 26.exd5 Ne3
Parab loses this game, he shows that he has 27.Nc3!± [Second best was: 27.Bh3?! f5
the talent to achieve great results.] 28.d6 Bc6 29.Nc3 a6]27...f5 [[#]]

1.d4 [1.g3]1...Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2

Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Nf3 0–0 7.0–0 Nbd7
8.Qc2 c6 9.b3 b6 10.Rd1 Ba6 11.a4 Rc8
12.a5 c5 13.axb6 Qxb6 14.Qa2 Bb7
50.Rf5! Rc3 51.h5!! [In such endings, who 15.Ba5 Qa6N [Razuvayev 2500 vs Balashov
34...Rc3 [Black gives additional protection queens a pawn first is more important than 2535, Helsinki 1984 went: 15...Qd6 16.Nbd2
to his d3 pawn as he knows his Rd8 will who has more pawns on the board! After cxd4 17.Nxd4 Qb8 18.cxd5 Drawn!]16.dxc5
be needed to contain white's queen-side this move, white's initiative in the endgame Nxc5 17.b4 Nce4 18.c5 Ng4!= 19.Nd4 [The
pawns.]35.b6 axb6 36.axb6 Rb8! 0–1 snowballs.]51...Rxe3 52.h6 Kd6 53.h7! Re8 threat is 20. b5 trapping the black queen.]19...
54.g5! Ke6 55.g6! Rh8 [If 55...Kxf5?? 56.g7! e5? [[#]]


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[This is black's only attempt at counter-play, concentrated on the king-side, he cannot castle [A04] [[# ] ] [ O n e m u s t a l w a y s t h i n k t w i c e
threatening e5–e4. Worse was: 27...Nxg2 and his b2 is under threat. Black easily rustles [The Opening system employed by black in before exchanaging off a fianchettoed
28.Kxg2 f5 29.Rd1 and there is little that black up threats on the queen-side, leading to a win- this game has no name. But I would call it bishop in the castled position. There-
can do to stop the d-pawn from queening.]28. ning combination.]17.Na4 Qb5 18.b3 Nb4 the "Rentala System" because Rentala Sub- f o r e b e t t e r wa s : 1 5 . e 4 B e 6 1 6 . e x f 5
c6! Nxg2? [After this move, the knight be- 19.Nc3 Qa5 20.f5 [If 20.0–0 Qc5+ 21.Rf2 rahmanyam (1903–1982) of Kovvur in West Bxf5 17.Ne3!=]15...Qxd5 16.e4 Qd7
comes irrelevant to the game! Allowing a Qxc3–+]20...d4 21.Ne2 [[#] Godavari District of Andhra popularised it. A 17.Ne3 Rad8 18.Nd5 [If 18.Nxf5 Qxd3
passed pawn on b7 is fraught with grave risks. man of great tactical skills, Rentala adopted 19.Re1 Na5 20.b4 Nc4 21.Qxd3 Rxd3
Better was: 28...Bxc6 29.dxc6 Nxg2 30.Nd5! the weird system of playing ....f5 and follow 22.Bc1 Rc8³]18...Ne7! 19.Nxe7+ Bxe7!
Ne3! 31.Nxe3 Rxc6±]29.cxb7 Rxc3? [Thou up a few moves later with ...c5. Likewise while 20.Bxe5? [This pawn grab is fatal.]20...
gh black will be losing, he can put up greater playing white he would open with the Birds fxe4!–+ 21.Qd2 Qxd3 22.Qb2 e3!!µ
resistance with: 29...Rb8 30.Kxg2 Rxb7+– Opening (1.f4) and then follow it up with c2–c4. 23.Rae1 [ I f 2 3 . B x g 7 e x f 2 + 2 4 . R x f 2
White has a knight and bishop for a rook but Of course modern theoreticians would describe Rxf2 25.Kxf2 Bg5–+ (threat 26...
victory will be difficult.]30.d6!+– [[#]White's Rentala's system as "Irregular system" and Be3+) 26.Qe5 Rd5!–+ Black's advan-
simple threat is d6–d7–d8Q. The rook on c2 has look down on it! Now Karthik Venkataraman, tage is that all three of his pieces are
to waste one move to get himself on the d-file born 1999, from Tirupati, in another corner of a c t i ve a n d a g g r e s s i ve w h i l e w h i t e ' s
to threaten the d-pawn from the rear.]30... Andhra, plays the same Rentala System, in all rook is yet to leave the garage and his
Rc2 31.d7! [After 31.d7! Rd2 32.d8Q Rdxd8 likelihood without knowing its link to Rentala queen needs to protect his bishop on g7
33.Bxd8 Rxd8 34.Rxa7 White's winning threat Subrahmanyam who died 17 years before he all the while.]23...exf2+ 24.Rxf2 Bg5!
of 35 Ra8 cannot be parried. Note that white was born! Despite the weirdness of the Rentala 25.Rfe2 [If 25.Rxf8+ Rxf8 26.Qe2 Qxe2
ignores the black knight on g2 and does not ]21...Nd3+!! 22.Kd1 [If 22.cxd3 Rxc1+ System, the middle-game and endgame are 27.Rxe2 Rf3 28.Bd6 Rc3 29.Kg2 (29.Kf2
bother to capture him!] 1–0 23.Nxc1 Bb4 wins.]22...Nf2+ 23.Ke1 Qxd2+ rich in enjoyable tactics.]1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 Bf6!) 29...Be3–+]25...Bd2!!–+
24.Kxd2 Nxh1 25.Rxh1 exf5 26.gxf5? [26. 3.b3 e5 4.Nc3 f5?! 5.g3= [5.e4 had been
Evrin,Selvam(Fra)(1656) Paichadze,Luka Nxd4 lost a little slower!]26...Bxf5 27.Nxd4 played in a 1998 European Open with disas-
(GM Geo) (2583) [B12] Be4! [[#]] trous consequences for white!]5...Nf6 6.Bb2
Be7 7.Bg2 0–0! 8.d3 d6 9.Nd2?! [White is
[White is a 15–year old boy from France, in all playing for the occupation and control of the
likelihood of Tamil origin. Immediately after the d5 square. Better was to complete his devel-
Opening, the Advance Variation in the Caro opment first and then look for opportunities
Kann Defence, white plays an unnecessarily to seize the initiative with: 9.0–0 Qe8 10.e3
passive move (16. Rc1) and the Georgian Qf7 11.Re1 h6=]9...Be6 10.a3 d5! 11.cxd5
GM's skill takes over.]1.e4 [1.g3]1...c6 2.d4 Nxd5 12.0–0 Qd7 13.Nc4 Bf6 [13...Rad8! is
d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 c5 the natural move here, focussing on the semi-
7.h4 h5 8.Nf4 Bh7 9.Nxh5 cxd4 10.Qxd4 open d-file.]14.Nxd5 Bxd5 15.Bxd5+?!
Nc6 11.Bb5 Nge7 12.Bg5 a6 13.Bxc6+
Nxc6 14.Qd2 Qa5 15.f4 Rc8 [H.Westerinen [[#]]26.Bxg7 Bxe1 27.Rxe1 [If 27.Bxf8
2400 vs Klaus Berg 2390, Gausdal, 1989 went: Bc3!! 28.Qc2 Kxf8–+]27...Rf7 28.Be5
15...d4 16.Ne2 Qd5 17.0–0 Bc5? (17...Qc5!³) Qf3 [Idea 29....Rd1! winning.]29.Qc2 Re8
18.Nxg7+ Kf8 19.Kh2 Kxg7 20.Bf6+ Kg8 28.Ke1? [An inconsequential move which does [This pin finishes off white. Another way
21.f5! exf5 22.Qg5+ Bg6 23.Nf4 Qe4 24.Rae1! not answer any of the two threats and lets was: 29...c4! (Trying to divert the white
Qxc2+ 25.Re2 Qc4 26.b3! Qb5 27.a4! 1–0]16. black select his choice! If 28.Re1 Bb4+] 0–1 queen from its defence of f2 and denying
Rc1N [Black should have tried: 16.a3 d4 access to the white queen to c4.) 30.bxc4
17.Rd1 Qb6 18.Ne2 Qxb2 19.Rh3=]16...Qb6 Tr an , M i n h Th an g(I M V i e ) ( 2 3 5 5 ) Re8! 31.Qb2 Rf5–+]30.Qxc5 Qf5! [The
[Though white is a pawn up and his pieces are Karthik,Venkataraman(GM Ind (2515) pin on the bishop continues!]31.Qd4 [[#]]


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h3 is tremendous. Another strong white move 11.d5= b6 12.h3 Rb8 [Black opts for the tradi-
in this position is: 18.Qc1 Again the threat is tional plan of b6-b5. To be considered was 12...
19. Rd4 trapping the queen. 18...Qb4 19.Rd4 Qc7 to be followed by Nh5 and Nf4] 13.Na3
Qc5 20.Qd2!±] 18...Qa4 19.Rd4 [White b5 14.axb5 axb5 15.b3 Nh5 16.c4 bxc4
goes all out for the throat, burning his boats. 17.bxc4 Nb6 18.Bd3 Ra8 [18...Bd7= would
A calmer continuation was: 19.a3 a5 20.Rd4 have led to equality.] 19.Bg5 f6 20.Be3 Nf4
Qb3 21.Rc7 Nc5 22.Ng5! Qxb2 23.Rh4! Qc1+ 21.Bf1 f5 [A long, but very interesting and
24.Kg2 Rfe8 25.Rf4!+-] 19...Qxa2 20.Ng5 instructive variation, is: 21...Re7 (to double
Qxb2 21.Rcc4! Na5 [If 21...b5 22.Rb4 Qa1+ rooks on the a-file) 22.Nb5! Rxa1 23.Qxa1
23.Kg2 Rfc8 Under severe pressure, black Rb7 24.Qc1! g5 25.h4 Bg4 26.hxg5 fxg5
decides to give up the exchange. But white 27.Bxf4 exf4 28.e5! Bxf3 29.Nxd6! Re7
does not accept! His bishop is more valuable! 30.gxf3 Bxe5 31.Nf5 Re8 32.Qb1±] 22.Nb5
31...h5!! [31...Rfe7?! will allow 32.Qc4+ Qe6 12...Qc8 [The attempt to win a pawn goes 24.Rf4! Rc1 25.Rbd4!+- 26. Rxf6! is threat- Rxa1 23.Qxa1 fxe4 24.Nd2 Bf5 25.Qa5 The
33.Qf4 Rf7 34.Qg5+ Qg6 35.Qc1µ And black awry: 12...Bxh6 13.Qxh6 Bxf3 (13...Nxc4? ened.] 22.Rb4 Nb3 23.Rf4! Nd2+ 24.Kg2 threat is 26. Nxd6 Qxd6 27. Bxc5 winning.
has slid down from a winning position to a good 14.Ng5! Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Qd7 16.Nd5 Qb7 25...Bh6? [With this, the GM has prepared
position!]32.Qa1 Rfe7! 33.Bc3 Qc5+!! 34.Kh1 17.Kg1+-) 14.Bxf3 Rc8 15.b3 Nc6 16.Bxc6 a deep ambush into which, the Egyptian IM
[34.Bd4? will lose to 34...Rxe1+–+]34... Rxc6 17.Rd4 Rc5 18.Rh4 Rh5 19.Rxh5 Nxh5 does not fall. This eventually loses the game.
Rxe1+ 35.Bxe1 Re2! [Black will win next 20.Nd5²] 13.Nd5 Bxd5 [Not 13...Qxc4?? Better was: 25...h5 26.Nxd6 Nbxd5 27.Qa4!
move by a queen check from either c6 or d5 14.Nxe7+ Kh8 15.Bxg7+ Kxg7 16.Nf5+ gxf5 Bd7 28.Qa7±] 26.Nc3! [White plays with
and mate.] 0–1 17.Qg5++-] 14.cxd5 Bxh6 15.Qxh6 Qf5 great care. If 26.Nxd6? Qxd6 27.Nxe4 (worse
16.Bh3 Qe4 [If 16...Qh5 17.Qxh5 Nxh5 was 27.Bxc5 Nxh3+! 28.gxh3 Bxd2!–+) 27...
Muthaiah,Al (IM TN) (2406) Megaran- 18.Rac1+- White's control of the open c-file, Bxe4 28.Bxc5 Qb8 29.Rxe4 Nd7] 26...Nd3
to,Susanto (GM Ina) (2530) [A47] with his bishop remote controlling c8, is deci- 27.Bxh6 Till the end of the game this bishop
sive.] 17.Kf1!? [Though this odd move gives remains on h6 and is a thorn in black's flesh.
Al Muthaiah, a 20–year old student of SRM white a considerable advantage, far better was: 27...Nxe1 28.Ndxe4 Kh8? [This was played
University became an IM in 2018. He partici- 17.Nd4! Qe5 18.b4 Nc4 19.Nc6 Qb2 20.Rab1 to avoid white's knight forking his king and
pates in whatever FIDE Rating tournament that Qxa2 21.Nxe7+ Kh8 22.Qh4 Ng8 23.Nxg8 [#] 24...Qa1 Threatening mate in one. 25.g4! rook. Instead he could have tried: 28...Bxe4
comes his way in the country and is inevitably a Kxg8 24.Ra1 Qb3 25.Rdb1 Qc3 26.Rc1 wins Rfc8 26.Rxf6 Qf1+ [If 26...Qxf6 27.Qxh7+ Kf8 29.Nxe4 Nc2 30.Bg5 Qc7 31.Nf6+ Kf7
prize winner. His chess origins are from Bloom the knight.] 17...Nb7 18.Rac1! [#] 28.Rf4!! and if now 28....Qxf4 29. Qh8#; or 32.Nxe8 Kxe8 33.Bd3 Nd4 34.f4± In this
Chess Academy run by M.A.Velayudham. In if 28...Qg7 29. Rxf7+ wins.] 27.Kg3 Rc3+ position, white's bishops are superior to the
this game he crushes Indonesian GM Susanto 28.e3 Rxe3+ 29.fxe3 Qg1+ 30.Bg2 Qxe3+ two knights.] 29.Ng5 Qb8?! [#]
Megaranto in a memorable attacking game 31.Kh4! 1–0
sacrificing whenever there is an obstacle.
Megaranto became Indonesia's youngest GM Ameir,Moheb (IM Egy) (2309)
in 2004 at the age of 17. He is a prolific prize Deepan,Chakkravar. (GM Ind (2543)
winner in Open tournaments. He became the [B51]
first Asian University Champion in 2015 in Bei-
jing. 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 b6 3.g3 Bb7 4.Bg2 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.0–0 a6
c5 5.c4 cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nc6 7.Qf4 g6 8.0–0 5.Bd3 Ngf6 6.Re1 g6 7.c3 Bg7 8.Bc2 0–0
Bg7 9.Nc3 0–0 10.Rd1 d6 11.Qh4 Na5 9.d4 e5 10.a4 [In a 2006 game played in
[F.Goran 2025 vs Henrik Carlsen, Gaudal Clas- the Kuala Lumpur Open 10.Nbd2 was played
sics, 2002, went: 11...Rc8 12.Rb1 Qc7 13.Nb5 [The threat is to trap the queen with 19. Rd4! without any attempt to prevent ....b5 and the
Qb8] 12.Bh6 [#] The control of the c8 square by the bishop from game was drawn on the 20th move.] 10...Re8


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[This does not help black. 29...Kg8 would have he sacrifices a pawn with 20....e3, we do not equal. 33...bxc5 34.dxc5 Qc3 35.Kg2= 49...Qg4+! 50.Kh2 [50.Kf1? Qc4+! wins
avoided the unpleasantness that follows.] expect it at all.And his conduct of the end- Rab8 36.Bd4? [White mistakenly thinks that the rook.] 50...Qe2! the final double attack!
30.Nb5!! Brilliantly played! Apart from the game with queen against rook and bishop is everything is under control and gets into a White's rook and bsihop are under attack
direct capture of the knight on e1, white has masterly. Surely, this player will go far, very far losing tactical battle. Better was: 36.b6 axb6 simultaneously. 0–1
the tactical threat of 31. Nxd6 Qxd6 32. Nf7+ in chess. 1.Nc3 Nc6 2.e4 e5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bb5 37.cxb6 Rc4 38.Qf3=] 36...Qc4! 37.g5 [He Rozum,Ivan (GM Rus) (2589) Deviat-
winning the queen. 30...Nc2 31.Nxd6 Re7 Bb4 5.0–0 Bxc3 6.bxc3 0–0 7.Re1 Re8 8.d3N plays this move first because if immediately kin,Andrei (GM Rus) (2461)
32.Qxc5 Black's position is in ruins though he h6= 9.Nd2 Ne7 [9...d6= was normal.] 10.d4 37.Qe5 f6 and white loses his b5 pawn.] 37... This is a typical European game played be-
is the exchange up. 32...Qc7 33.Ngf7+ Kg8 Ng6 11.a4 c6 12.Bf1 [12.Bd3 releasing his hxg5 38.fxg5 [#] tween two Grandmasters where the rating
34.Qxc7 Rxc7 [#] knight from the duty of protecting his e4 was difference between them is vast, like here.
better.] 12...d5 13.exd5 cxd5 14.Nb3 [14. Russian GM Deviatkin, born 1980 is 11 years
dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nb3 Bd7= with a faint pull for older than compatriot Rozum. But Rozum
black because of white's isolated doubled has a higher rating than Deviatkin, higher
pawns on the c-file.] 14...e4 15.c4 The nat- by 128 points.The higher rated player always
ural move to undouble his c-pawns and strike tries to win because a draw would lose him
at black's central pawn phalanx. 15...Bg4 rating points and also some prize money.
16.Qd2 dxc4 17.Bxc4 Nh4! This threatens Deviatkin's peak rating was 2608 in 2009.
unpleasant sacrifices on g2 and f3. 18.Bf1 Qc8 Rozum plays positional chess, keeping the
19.Ba3 Qf5 The storm is brewing on white's game fluid and takes no risks. He just over-
castled position. 20.Bd6 e3! A grandmaster whelms his opponent by gaining more board
move! 21.Rxe3 [If 21.fxe3 Ne4 22.Bd3 Nxd2 space and picks up a pawn only when there
23.Bxf5 Nxf5 24.Nxd2 Nxd6–+ Black has won 38...Re8!! when making this move black must is absolutely no risk. There are no fire works
a bishop.] 21...Ne4 22.Rxe4 Qxe4 23.Bg3 have been confident that his queen would or thrilling sacrifices which people come to
35.Nxe5 White has been richly compensated Qe7 24.Bb5 Rec8 25.Re1 Qg5 26.f4 Qf6 be able to handle the rook and bishop effec- expect from GMs. It takes three minor mis-
for the loss of the exchange, he has three 27.Nc5 Nf5 28.Bf2 Nd6 29.h3 Bf5 30.g4 tively and win the game. 39.Qxe8+ Rxe8 takes from Deviatkin to lose this game. He
pawns and a bishop for a rook.. 35...Nd7 Nxb5 31.axb5 [#] 40.Rxe8+ Kh7 41.Be3 Qxb5 42.Re7 a5! could have drawn, had he avoided the last
36.Ne8! Ra7 [If 36...Rc8?? 37.Nxd7 followed 43.Rxf7 Qe2+! this forces the bishop to move minor error! But this is a game worthy of
by Nf6+ wins further material.] 37.Nc6 Ra1 back and give black a great advantage. 44.Bf2 study and emulation by young players who
38.Nd6 Re1 39.Kh2! Ne5 [If 39...Rxf1?? a4 45.Ra7 [45.c6? Qe4+ wins the c-pawn im- are hell bent on attack. From the games of
40.Ne7+ Kh8 41.Nf7#!!; or 39...Nc5 40.g4 mediately.] 45...Qe4+ 46.Kg1 Qf3!! 47.h4 Sultan Khan (1905–1966), I rather fancy that
Bd3 41.Nb7 Nxb7 42.Bxd3 Na1 43.Be3 Nb3 [47.Rxa4?? Qd1+! wins the rook.] 47...Kg6 our old masters who played chess according
44.Kg2 N7c5 45.Bc2 Kf7 46.Kg3+-] 40.Nxe5 48.Ra6+ Kh5 49.c6 [#] to Indian rules a hundred years ago, did the
Rxe5 41.c5! Nb4 [41...Rxd5?? 42.Bc4+-] same, trying to crush the opponent and pick
42.Bc4 If 42.....Nxd5 43. f4 captures the up the odd pawn or two. They didnt play
knight with check. 1–0 exciting chess like Mikhail Tal, rather they
played like Petrosian. 1.c4 g6 2.d4 Bg7
Nitin,S (2442) 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0–0 0–0
Pranesh,M (2125) [C49] 7.Qc2 c5 8.d5 b5 9.e4 d6 [In the 1956 USSR
31...Bxc2 [Every talented young player likes Ch in Leningrad, Korchnoy vs Bolelavky went:
Thirteen-year old M.Pranesh was the only to show off his chess virtuosity. And sometimes 9...bxc4 10.Nfd2 e6 11.Nc3 exd5 12.exd5 Na6
player who made a norm, an IM norm, in this they risk losing the advantatge! Slightly better 13.a3 d6 14.Nxc4 Nc7 15.Rd1 and drawn on
International Open. The quality of this game here was: 31...b6! 32.gxf5 bxc5 33.dxc5 Qxf5] move 41.] 10.cxb5 a6 11.b6 Nbd7 12.a4
speaks for itself as Pranesh displays great un- 32.Qxc2 b6 33.Qe4 Now white has compen- a5 13.Rd1 Qxb6 [13...Nxb6 14.Nc3 Ng4
derstanding of chess. On the 20th move when sation for the exchange and the game becomes 15.Bf1 Nd7 16.Be2²] 14.Na3 Ba6 15.Bf1


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Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron
Ng4 16.Bxa6 Qxa6 17.Nb5 Qc8 [17...Rac8 Problem World with Ne8 but arranges a defence by another
18.Qe2 c4 (to cramp the white position and piece 2…Bd8 followed by 3.Qe6 using the self
plant a knight on d3) 19.Nfd4 Nge5 20.Bg5
Dresden decoy block on d8.
By C.G.S.Narayanan
Rfe8= is an example of careful, correct play F.Palitzsch
by grandmasters.] 18.Qe2 Nge5 19.Nxe5 Deutsche Schachzeitung 1928
Dresden revolves around a logical defence
Nxe5 20.f4 [#]
substitution idea in chess problems of three
or more-movers. A good defence of one piece
is prevented and replaced by a bad defence of
the same or another piece..In Brunner Dresden
a black piece which parries the main plan is
obstructed or interfered with by another black
piece after which the first black piece commits
[#] 28.e5!± Nc7 29.Na3! Do not exchange
an error in its further defence of main plan.
pieces when your opponent is defending.
Now, black's rook on c8 and knight on c7
Deutsche Schachzeitung 1928
look funny. 29...Rd8 30.Nc4! After so much
of positional chess, now comes a glimmer of Mate in three moves
tactics! 30...dxe5 31.Bxa5! [With so much Key 1.h7! Nxh7 2.Bf4 Bd8 3.Qe6
of attention on e5, black might not have ex- If 1….Be1 2.h8Q+ followed by QxN
20...Nd7?! [Black misses: 20...Qg4! 21.Kf2 pected this blow. He must have hoped for: Here the first black piece opens up a line so
(21.Qc2?µ Nf3+!) 21...Qxe2+ 22.Kxe2=] 31.fxe5 Nxd5 32.Rxd5 Rxd5 33.Nb6 Rad8=] that a second piece can defend.This is Pal-
21.Be3 Nf6?! [Better was: 21...Nb6 31...Rdc8 Black must have felt awful, being izscher-Dresden.
22.Ra2 f5 23.Bf2=] 22.Bd2! Black is now forced to shuttle his rook in defence between In the miniature below the straight 1.Rb5?
obliged to station a rook on a8 to defend d8 and c8 over the last few moves. 32.fxe5! threatening Ra5 is met by Be1 by black.So the
his a-pawn for ever! 22...Qh3? [Better [#] key 1.Rb4! alters the playing field threatening
was: 22...Qg4! 23.Re1 Qxe2 24.Rxe2 Nd7 2.Ra4 which is met by Nc3.Now thw original
25.Bc3 Nb6=] 23.Bc3 After two consec- plans works as Be1 is prevented by the new
Mate in three moves
utive second-best moves by black, white defence.2.Rb5 Nxb5 (black still defends but of
In the above example if white plays 1.Qxc7?
has a slight advantage in the game for the no avail) 3.cxb5 mate
b1Q defeats the threat 2.Qb6.The key 1.Qg3!
first time. 23...Rfd8 24.Re1 h5 25.Qg2 M.Schneider
threatens 2.Qxa3 thereby decoying the black
Qxg2+ [After 25...Qd7 26.Rad1 white has Miniaures Strategiques 1935
bishop to b4 after which the main plan of
a glorious position with space advantage
2.Qxc7 will work as BB interferes on the b1-b6
and well-placed pieces.] 26.Kxg2 Ne8?
file. Now the defence by the decoyed piece 2…
[This is black's third inaccurate move in
Ba5 results in self block and 3.Qb7 mates.The
this game. His idea is to play Nc7 and
solution runs thus: Key 1.Qg3 Bb4 2.Qxc7 Ba5
exchange off a pair of knights to ease his
3.Qb7. A dainty miniature.
position. But of greater concern for black
was to make white's plan of e4-e5 difficult [White is only one pawn up, but black's pieces
The second example has a slightly different
with: 26...Nd7 27.Re3 Nb6= the game is are hopelessly placed. After 32.fxe5 (threat is
motif in the defence.1.Bf4? can threaten
almost equal as black now has threats of to fork both rooks with Nb6) 32...Ra7 33.d6
2.Qc7 but is defeated directly by 1…Ne8!.The
his own and his pieces are not as helpless Ne6 34.d7!+- White must give up his knight
key 1.h7! now threatens to queen setting up
as they were earlier.] 27.Rad1 Rdc8 for the d-pawn and lose quickly.] 1–0
mate 3.Qc3.Here too the BNf6 is decoyed to h7
Mate in three moves
from where the knight cannot defend any more


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Tactics from master games Test your endgame
by S.Krishnan by C.G.S.Narayanan

Nadareisvili 1961 G.Kasparyan 1960

1 2
White to play and win White to play and win 1. 2.

Josef Moravec 1961 Tjavlovski 1961

3 4
Black to play and win Black to play and win 3. 4.

Dr.Jindrich Fritz 1961 A.Gurvic 1960

5 6 5. 6.
White to play and win White to play and win
White to play and win in all the six endings above
(solutions on p.47)
(Solution on page 47 )

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Masters of the past-97 Vera Menchik
KCA’s 18th Open Fide Rated Chess Tournament,Kottayam
Vera Menchik (Moscow, 16 February 1906 – London, 27 June 1944) was
a British-Czech chess player. Menchik was the first women's world chess
champion. She also competed in chess tournaments with some of the
world's leading male chess masters, defeating many of them, including
World Champion Max Euwe.

The daughter of a Czech father and British mother, Vera Menchik was born
in Moscow. In the aftermath of World War I and the Russian Revolution,
her family moved to England in 1921. Her father taught her chess when
she was nine and, in the year of her arrival in England at the age of fifteen,
she won the British girls' championship. The following year, she became a
pupil of Géza Maróczy, the leading Hungarian grandmaster at the time.

She won the first Women's World Championship in 1927 and successfully defended her title
six times in every other championship in her lifetime, and only lost one game, while winning
78 and drawing four games. These were all-play-all tournaments, mostly run alongside Chess
Olympiads- London 1927, Hamburg 1930 Prague 1931 Folkestone 1933 Warsaw 1935 Stock- (L-R)_Sri.K.C.Vijayakumar, Executive Secretary,Kottayam Public Library, IA Bhuvanaa Sai L R Chief
holm 1937 Buenos Aires 1939.In addition, Menchik won two matches against her rival Sonja Arbiter, Sri. C. Abraham Itticheria, President, Kottayam Public Library making the first move with
Graf for the Women’s World Champion title at Rotterdam 1934 and at Semmering 1937. Sanjay S Pillai, Chess player,Kottayam, Sri.Rajesh Nattakam, General Secretary, Chess Association
Kerala and Sri.Jismon Mathew,Chariman of Arbiter Commission,CAK.
Starting in 1929, she participated in a number of Hastings international tournaments. When, the
same year, she entered the tournament in Carlsbad, Viennese master Albert Becker ridiculed 3rd Shaastra Rated Rapid Chess Tournament, Chennai
her entry by suggesting that any player whom Menchik defeated in tournament play should be
granted membership into the Vera Menchik Club. In the tournament, Becker himself became the
first member of the "club". In addition to Becker, the "Vera Menchik Club" eventually included
grandmasters such as Max Euwe, Mir Sultan Khan, Samuel Reshevsky, Friedrich Sämisch, Lajos
Steiner, and virtually every leading British player of the day.

Menchik's greatest success at international tournaments was at Ramsgate 1929, when she
finished tied for second with Akiba Rubinstein, just half a point behind former World Champi-
on José Raúl Capablanca, and ahead of her teacher Géza Maróczy. In 1934 she finished third
at Maribor, ahead of Rudolph Spielmann and Milan Vidmar. In 1942 she won a match against
international master Jacques Mieses (four wins, five draws, one loss).

Vera was a professional player. From the late 1920s, she was the manager and house professional
of the Empire Chess Club, which was situated on the top floor of Whiteleys store in Queensway,
West London. In 1939 she was appointed to the new National Chess Centre.

Vera Menchik's younger sister Olga was also a tournament chess player. In 1944, in World War
II, with 38-year-old Vera still women's world champion, the two sisters and their mother were
killed by a V-1 rocket, which destroyed their home.The trophy for the winning team in the
Women's Chess Olympiad is known as the Vera Menchik Cup.
GM Deepan Chakkravarthy with the chief guest Mr. Shaikh Faruque Ali, Adviser, Co-Curricular Activities
Courtesy:Wikepedia IIT who made the first move of the tournament
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Solutions to ‘Tactics from master 0–1
1st All India Dombivali Kalyan Open Classical Rating Tmt ,Thane games’ on page 42 4.Andreev,Ed UKR (2427) Wang Jue (2363)
1. Badelka,Olga (2394) Semenova,El1 [B90]
(2263) [A18] Narcis 7 GM 2018 Divcibare 04.10.2018
St Petersburg RUS St Petersburg RUS (9.34), Black to play 25...Rxc3! 26.bxc3 b2! 27.Rcd1
[27.Kxb2 Qb7+ 28.Ka2 (28.Ka1 Qc6 29.Rcd1
0–0‚) 28...Qd5+ 29.Kb2 Qb5+ 30.Ka2 Qa4+
White to play 22.Bxh6 gxh6 23.Rxf7 Rxf7 31.Kb1 0–0! 32.Rcd1 Ba3 33.Rd5 Rb8+ Wins]
24.Rxf7 Nf8 25.Rxe7 Threatening 26. Qd2. 27...Qa4 28.Kxb2 Ba3+ [28...Ba3+ 29.Kb1
25...Qb5 26.a4! [26.Qd2? Qb1+ 27.Kf2 Qf5+ Qb5+ 30.Ka2 Qb2#] 0–1
28.Kg3 Nh7 Black protects his King side.; Also
playable is 26.Qc1 Kg8 27.c4 Qb4 (27...Qa5 5. Cheparinov,Ivan (2691) Hjartarson,Jo-
hann (2530) [E71]
28.Qf1; 27...Qa4 28.Qf1) 28.Qf1 Wins] 26...
Gibraltar Masters 2019 Caleta 30.01.2019
Qc4 27.Qd2 Black has no defence agaist 18.Qx White to play 28.Nh5! [28.Nh5 gxh5 (28...Rxh8
h6 followed by mate. 1–0 29.Nf6+ Kf8 30.Rxh8+ Ke7 (30...Kf7 31.Rxd8+-
) 31.Rh7+ Kf8 32.Nxd7+ Wins) 29.g6 Rc8
2.Jimenez Ruano,Adrian (2248) Gonzalez (29...Rxh8 30.Rxh8+ Ke7 31.g7 Wins) 30.g7
Garcia,M (2177) [D31] Rg8 31.Rxg8+ Kf7 32.Rxc8 Bxc8 33.Rh8 Kxg7
Barcelona ESP Barcelona , 26.01.2019 34.Rxc8+-] 1–0
(L-R)Dr. Deepak Vaze, Director , Siddhivinayak Multispeciality Hospital & Cardiac Care Center & Trustee of White to play. 34.Qh7+! [34.Qh7+ Kxh7
Atharv Chess Academy,Mrs. Deepali Mhaiskar, Director, IRB Infrastructures & Developers Ltd. Shri.Virendra a) 34...Kf7 35.hxg7 Ke6 (35...Ke7 36.gx- 6. Korchmar,Vasiliy (2424) - Kokarev,Dmi-
Mhaiskar,Chairman & Managing Director, IRB Infrastructures & Developers Ltd.Dr. Pratap Pansare Director h8Q++-) 36.Qh3+ Ke7 37.gxh8Q+-; b) 34...Kf8 try (2605) [C41]
- Siddhivinayak Multispeciality Hospital & Cardiac Care Center & Trustee of Atharv Chess Academy Winner 35.hxg7+ Ke7 36.gxh8Q+ Kd8 37.Qxe8+ Qxe8 Moscow Open (6.11), 31.01.2019
IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni,GM Pravin Thipsay, Master Pratik Patil, GM R R Laxman,Chief Arbiter IA & NI Vitthal (37...Kxe8 38.Rg8#) 38.Qxb7+-; 35.hxg7+ White to play 19.Rd8! [19.Rd8 Qxd8 (19...
Madhav,Mr Pradeep Sawant Coach Atharva Chess Academy Kg8 36.gxh8Q+ Kf7 37.Rg7+ Ke6 38.Qh3+ f5 Qe7 20.Ng6+ hxg6 21.Qh4#) 20.Ng6+ hxg6
39.Qh6#]1–0 21.Qh4#] 1–0

Elite Club of Chess Fide Rated Rapid Open Tournament 2019,Salem 3.Praggnanandhaa,R (2530) Solution to ‘Test your endgame’ on p.43
Anand,V (2773) [B90] 1.Nadareisvili 1961
Tata Steel India Blitz Kolkata 13.11.2018 1.Rg5 Kh2 2.Kb6 h3 3.Kc5 Kh1 4.Kd4 h2 5.Ke3
Black to play 21...Bxe4! 22.fxe4 [22.Bd1 Qxa3+ g6 6.Rg3 g5 7.Kf2 g4 8.Ra3 g3+ 9.Kxg3 wins
23.Kd2 (23.Kb1 Nd5 24.Qd2 Nc3+ 25.Qxc3
Qxc3 26.fxe4 Rc8 27.hxg6 h5 28.Rxh5 Rc4! 2.G.Kasparyan 1960
29.g7 Rb4+ 30.Kc1 (30.Ka2 Rb2+ 31.Ka1 1.Qc5+ Ka6 2.Qc2 Rb5+ 3.Kc4 Bc7 4.Qa4+
Qa3#) 30...Qe3#) 23...Bxf3! 24.hxg6 (24. Ra5 5.Qc6+ Bb6 6.Qc8#
Bxf3 Qxf3 25.hxg6 Ne4+ 26.Kc1 Qa3+ 27.Kd1 3.Josef Moravec 1961
Qa1+ 28.Ke2 Rf2+ 29.Ke3 Qa3+ 30.Kxe4 Qf3+ 1.e7+ Ke8 2.Na6 Kd7 3.Nc5+ Ke8 4.Ne6 Kd7
31.Kd4 e5#) 24...Ne4+ 25.Ke1 Qc3+ 26.Kf1 5.Ng7 wins
Be2+ 27.Kg2 (27.Kxe2 Rf2#) 27...Rf2#] 22... (2…. Bh5 3.Ke6 Bg4+ 4.Kd6 Kf7 5.Nc7 wins)
Qa1+ 23.Kd2 Nxe4+ 24.Ke3 Qc3+ 25.Bd3 [25.
Kxe4 d5+ 26.Kxd5 Rd8+ 27.Ke4 Rd4+ 28.Ke5 4.Tjavloski 1961
Qc5+ 29.Ke6 Qd6#] 25...Qd2+ Simple enough 1.c7 Re6+ 2.Kd7 Rc6 3.Na5+ Kc5 4.Nxc6 a2
for a Blitz 26...Rf2+ 27.Kd1 Qd4 28.Qc1 Rh2! 5.Nd4 Kxd4 6.c8Q a1Q 7.Qh8+
29.Qb1 a) 29.Rf1 Nc3+ 30.Ke1 Qe4+ 31.Bxe4 5.Dr.Jindrich Fritz 1961
Re2#; b) 29.Rxh2 Qxg1+ 30.Ke2 Qxh2+ 31.Ke3 1.Bh1 Rxh1 2.a8Q Rd1 3.Qh1 Rxh1 4.a7 Rd1
Qf2+ 32.Kxe4 Qf5+ 33.Ke3 (33.Kd4 Qe5#) 33... 5.a8Q+ Kb5 6.Qb8+ wins
(L-R) M Senthilvel ,Joint Secretary, TNSCA (second from left),M.Ephrame,Chief Arbiter, N Arun, Secretary, Qg5+ Wins; 29...Nf2+ 30.Kc1 (30.Kd2 Nxh1+
6.A.Gurvic 1960
Salem District Chess association, Shri. I Paul Francis Xavier, Principal, Jairam Public School, Shri. M Manisekar 31.Kc1 Qxg1+ Wins) 30...Nxd3+ 31.cxd3 Qe3+
1.Rab6 Qa8 2.Rc8+ Qxc8 3.Rb3 Qa8 4.Re3+
Vice President, the Elite Club of Chess, S.Nitin, Winner 32.Kd1 Qd2#] 26.Kxe4 Qxh6 27.hxg6 Qf4+
Kd8 5.Kf8 wins
28.Kd5 h6 29.g7 Rc8–+ Black won in 49 moves
MARCH 2019
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DCA Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament 23 Mar - 27 Mar Haiderpur
Matrix chess Academy open Fide Rating Tmt 26 Mar - 30 Mar Tripura ( West)
3rd Holi Cup Lakecity Open Fide Rating Tmt 28 Mar - 31 Mar Udaipur
Asian Youth Chess Championship 2019 01 Apr - 10 Apr Kaluthara, SL
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8th National Schools Chess Championship 03 Apr - 07 Apr Raipur
4 Queen's 2nd Open FIDE Rated Tournament 06 Apr - 10 Apr Ernakulam
Ananthapuri Parents 1st Open FIDE Rated Tmt 11 Apr - 14 Apr Trivandrum
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Bangalore Open 3 FIDE Rated open 17 Apr - 21 Apr Bangalore,KA,
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Unique below 1550 All India Open FIDE Rating 21 Apr - 23 Apr Quepem GA
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Solution to ‘Puzzle of the month’ on page 19.

The retro analytical question is how did the BK get to a2? It could not have been via a3 or b3 since the white pawns
have attacked these squares throughout the game. So it must have been via d2(e2) and d1.That implies that the BK
must have moved out from e1.So castling is illegal and the key is only 1.Kf2! PSPB Women playing Air India
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National Team Chess Championships, Kolkata

Open runners up-AAI :- Maj Gen. Shibnath Mukherjee, NR Vignesh, Coach of AAI, GA Stany, NR
Visakh, Puranik Abhimanyu, IA R. Anantharam, M Shaym Sundar

Women Runners up Air India: -WGM Bakthi Kulkarni, IM Vijayalakshmi S, VS Negi, Coach, WGM
Meenakshi S and WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy