Abu Dhabi Masters R.d.2: IM Harsha B. holds higher-seed GM Sargissain Gabriel

Report by WGM Swati Ghate

Reigning Indian Junior Champion, Harsha Bharathakoti started off on a high note in the second round of Abu Dhabi Open Chess Championship. The eighteen-year-old youngster held 8th-seeded Armenian Grandmaster Sargissain Gabriel to a draw in 49 moves.

Harsha started with English opening and after mutual exchanges white was left with a pair of bishops. It looked like white had initiative with rook on the 7th rank but with the exchange of rook, it just evaporated. With only minor piece & two pawns, game was soon drawn.

D Gukesh

With so many Indians in fray in tournament, one can see the players on almost 70% of the boards. The brilliant run of D Gukesh is evident in the fact that he also drew comfortably with Akopian of Armenia who is also a very strong player. The game started with Nf3, got converted into King’s India Attack type of set up. With early trading of queens, white got good hold on white square. Black tried to gain access on the kingside but with bad black square bishop, there was no way for penetration. This boy is making most from the opportunities with tremendous zeal, energy for chess that in most of open tournaments he is seen playing both the sections.

Soumya Swaminathan

Indian Women section is headed by Soumya Swaminathan right now with 1.5 points. Former World Junior Champion won the pawn in early middle game from well trodden line of Dragon variation of Sicillian against Alexander Fier (2561). But she had to make some concession in the form of weakening pawn structure and white squares on the king side to get the pawn which handed black some compensation. Soumya could not find a good plan to convert her advantage and the game was ended in perpetual checks by black.

Raja Ritvik

Raja Ritvik is one player who is probably 9 out of 10 on the scale of improvement with each passing tournament and He proved this by draw against GM Lupulesku Constantin from Romania who is five times National Champion. With typical pawn structure arising from Queen’s pawn opening, neither of the player looked inclined to press further and draw was agreed. Good for Indian boy that he may gain some rating points with this draw.

Like most of the open tournaments nowadays where draw restriction is made for some move, this tournament is not following that trend with some plus or minuses for the system. Some of the top board did not go well with the Indians as they lost to Higher rated opponents.
Rounak Sadhwani

Rounak Sadhwani is another upcoming junior player from India who got on the nerves of GM Adly Ahmed of Egypt. Tough he was pawn pawn in the kinght endgame, Adly probably does not seem to have come out of yesterday’s shock where he had clearly minus position against Mary Ann Gomes of India, he was not able to convert that advantage of pawn.

As the tournament is heating up with seven rounds to go, we will witness some enterprising games and hopefully will come across some good opening preparation with novelties.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Affairs is sponsoring the full expenditure of National Youth and Senior championships winners for this exposure trip.

Indian Chess thanks Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for their contribution to the growth of chess.

Pairings/Results

Round 2 on 2018/08/08 at 5:00 PM

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 45 IM Saduakassova Dinara 2495 1 0 – 1 1 GM Rapport Richard 2719 2
2 3 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2718 1 1 – 0 1 GM Kunte Abhijit 2485 48
3 47 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2487 1 0 – 1 1 GM Wang Hao 2711 4
4 5 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2707 1 1 – 0 1 IM Vignesh N R 2464 50
5 49 IM Iniyan P 2464 1 0 – 1 1 GM Dubov Daniil 2691 6
6 7 GM Amin Bassem 2684 1 1 – 0 1 IM Nguyen Anh Khoi 2454 52
7 51 IM Harsha Bharathakoti 2454 1 ½ – ½ 1 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2680 8
8 53 GM Laxman R.R. 2449 1 ½ – ½ 1 GM Korobov Anton 2664 10
9 11 GM Short Nigel D 2659 1 1 – 0 1 IM Nitin S. 2449 54
10 55 IM Gukesh D 2440 1 ½ – ½ 1 GM Akopian Vladimir 2655 12
11 13 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2654 1 1 – 0 1 IM Halvax Georg 2437 56
12 15 GM Maghsoodloo Parham 2636 1 1 – 0 1 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2433 58
13 17 GM Adly Ahmed 2634 1 ½ – ½ 1 IM Sadhwani Raunak 2424 60
14 57 FM Raja Rithvik R 2436 1 ½ – ½ 1 GM Lupulescu Constantin 2619 18
15 19 GM Vocaturo Daniele 2617 1 1 – 0 1 IM Akash G 2410 62
16 59 IM Mammadzada Gunay 2426 1 1 – 0 1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2614 20
17 23 GM Andersen Mads 2601 1 1 – 0 1 IM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari 2404 64
18 61 IM Ikeda Junta 2419 1 0 – 1 1 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2587 26
19 27 GM Jojua Davit 2583 1 ½ – ½ 1 Muthaiah Al 2391 66
20 65 IM Dimakiling Oliver 2401 1 0 – 1 1 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2581 28

 

Photos: Abu Dhabi Chess Festival