Chess.com Isle of Man 01-03: Anand and Vidit lead the Indian Charge

Photos: Chess.com/ Maria Emelianova

Game analysis by Shailesh Dravid

2017 Chess.com Isle of Man started off with the highest number of Indian contingent- thirty! Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand is heading the Indian charge in this 9-day event starting from September 23rd to October 1st, 2017.

Random Pairings in the first round saw an interesting matchup with GM Fabiano Caruana vs. GM Vladimir Kramnik-the game ended in former’s favour.

For Indian whiz, GM Viswanathan Anand’s selection of IM Marc Esserman was deemed as a ‘normal’ pairing. The two have a brief history — Esserman played his favorite Smith-Morra Gambit to draw Anand at Gibraltar, 2016.
Anand told Chess.com that he briefly considered playing it back at Esserman as White today, but that thought only lasted about five seconds. Instead, more common Sicilian themes still produced a win for the Indian.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen is on a perfect 3.0/3 points.

The new entrant to the 2700 club, GM Vidit Gujrathi, is on the same boat as Anand with a score of 2.5 points
GM Harika Dronavalli has 2.5 points in her kitty. She is leading among women players.
Nihal Sarin has scored 2.0/3 including draws with Varuzhan Akobian (2662) and Emil Sutovsky (2683) In an Indian clash, he is paired against Adhiban Baskaran in the fourth round.

India’s Prodigy IM Praggnanandhaa R. had an interesting clash against British number 1 GM Michael Adams. The game ended in Englishman’s favour. In the third round, Pragga was held by Ojas Kulkarni to a draw.

Round 4 Pairings

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 18 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2676 3 3 GM Carlsen Magnus 2827 1
2 46 GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2565 3 3 GM Eljanov Pavel 2734 8
3 28 GM Grandelius Nils 2653 GM Caruana Fabiano 2799 3
4 31 GM Shirov Alexei 2630 GM Anand Viswanathan 2794 4
5 5 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2781 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2617 33
6 41 GM Tari Aryan 2588 GM Adams Michael 2738 6
7 32 GM Bok Benjamin 2620 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2702 12
8 49 GM Deac Bogdan-Daniel 2559 GM Short Nigel D 2698 14
9 55 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2532 GM Movsesian Sergei 2671 20
10 26 GM Fressinet Laurent 2657 GM Harika Dronavalli 2528 56
11 98 IM Houska Jovanka 2393 GM Granda Zuniga Julio E 2653 27
12 9 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2716 2 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2472 68
13 7 GM Gelfand Boris 2737 2 2 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan 2568 45
14 47 GM Pichot Alan 2565 2 2 GM Almasi Zoltan 2707 10
15 11 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2702 2 2 GM Donchenko Alexander 2559 50
16 13 GM Howell David W L 2701 2 2 GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag 2534 54
17 15 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2695 2 2 GM Brunello Sabino 2555 51
18 59 IM Lampert Jonas 2514 2 2 GM Sutovsky Emil 2683 16
19 17 GM Leko Peter 2679 2 2 GM Panchanathan Magesh Chandran 2481 64
20 19 GM Rapport Richard 2675 2 2 GM Khmelniker Ilya 2480 65
21 63 IM Nihal Sarin 2483 2 2 GM Adhiban B. 2670 21
22 74 IM Esserman Marc 2453 2 2 GM Jones Gawain C B 2668 23
23 24 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2666 2 2 IM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian 2457 72
24 81 IM Gaponenko Inna 2437 2 2 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2652 29
25 30 GM Xiong Jeffery 2633 2 2 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur 2456 73