Abu Dhabi Masters R.d.3: D Gukesh, Soumya and Aravindh have promising start

Report by WGM Swati Ghate

It was a satisfactory result in the form of draw on the boards of Gukesh and Aravindh on an otherwise comparatively bad day for Indians.

Gukesh opted for Caro Kann Defence with black pieces to play against GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian (2645). His opponent went for two knight’s variation with an early exchange in the opening. With logical and some simple moves Black got initiative but evidently, it was not sufficient for win and draw was the outcome after 44 moves with perpetual check.

Playing on the fourth board Aravindh chose some irregular set up against Sicilian played by GM Vladimir Fedoseev who has won strong Aeroflot open in 2017. The game was very dynamic with two knight vs two bishop and no pawns on the queenside for black. Black’s both bishops looked powerful but strong play by Aravindh kept them at bay.

Vishnu Prasanna drew comfortably against noted English Grand Master Nigel Short with some unusual line in the French. He was up to the task to find a loophole in Short’s well prepared French. White’s controlling knights didn’t allow black to breathe freely and the game was agreed very soon.


IM Soumya Swaminathan continued her horse race by beating GM Yuffa Daniil (2570).

We witnessed why good opening preparation is important nowadays on the board GM Andrei Istratescu (2573) vs Anand Nadar from India. Black just crushed through the scotch opening and capitalized opponent’s mistakes in early opening. It was an opening disaster for Istatescu.

In the same line of Scotch d5 variation, Sammed Shete lost to IM Dinara Sadukossova of Kazakistan. This was also a good game only that Indian was at a receiving end to learn from his mistakes. SL Narayanan lost to Wang Hao of China. In the Arkhangelsk variation of Ruy Lopez, Wang Hao demonstrated good technique beating in opposite colour bishop. Our Current National Champion Lalith Babu hold his fort and his opponent higher seed Sjugirov (2677) had to satisfactory with draw in the end.

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 3 on 2018/08/09 at 5:00 PM

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 2 GM Rapport Richard 2719 2 1 – 0 2 GM Andersen Mads 2601 23
2 26 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2587 2 ½ – ½ 2 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2718 3
3 4 GM Wang Hao 2711 2 1 – 0 2 GM Narayanan.S.L 2574 29
4 28 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2581 2 ½ – ½ 2 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2707 5
5 6 GM Dubov Daniil 2691 2 1 – 0 2 GM Firouzja Alireza 2561 33
6 34 IM Nihal Sarin 2556 2 0 – 1 2 GM Amin Bassem 2684 7
7 41 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2517 2 ½ – ½ 2 GM Short Nigel D 2659 11
8 42 IM Erigaisi Arjun 2517 2 0 – 1 2 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2654 13
9 44 IM Kuybokarov Temur 2499 2 ½ – ½ 2 GM Maghsoodloo Parham 2636 15
10 59 IM Mammadzada Gunay 2426 2 0 – 1 2 GM Vocaturo Daniele 2617 19
11 8 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2680 1 – 0 GM Puranik Abhimanyu 2514 43
12 40 GM Lalith Babu M R 2520 ½ – ½ GM Sjugirov Sanan 2677 9
13 10 GM Korobov Anton 2664 1 – 0 IM Harsha Bharathakoti 2454 51
14 12 GM Akopian Vladimir 2655 1 – 0 GM Laxman R.R. 2449 53
15 14 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian 2645 ½ – ½ IM Gukesh D 2440 55
16 16 GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2636 1 – 0 FM Raja Rithvik R 2436 57
17 66 Muthaiah Al 2391 0 – 1 GM Adly Ahmed 2634 17
18 18 GM Lupulescu Constantin 2619 1 – 0 Arjun Kalyan 2390 67
19 60 IM Sadhwani Raunak 2424 ½ – ½ GM Petrosian Tigran L. 2610 21
20 22 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2609 ½ – ½ IM Rakesh Kumar Jena 2385 69