Chinese Dragon Bounces Back

3rd India China Chess Summit – 2018

Report by I.A Suresh Chandra Sahoo

Team India suffered its first defeat at the 3rd India-China Summit, losing 0.5-3.5 against China in the fourth round at the International Chess Hall, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar.

On top Board GM Shanglei launched a Spanish attack on Black. Srinath tried to open up the center early and even offered a piece sacrifice which was declined by Shanglei. Srinath tried to press further with a pawn sacrifice, but the Chinese counterpart systematically liquidated pieces one after another and won easily on 49th move.

On second board Xiangyu surprisingly opted for Scilian Lowenthal variation which has a poor reputation in the Grandmaster level. Nevertheless, Aravind could not take Opening advantage. Eventually, the game drifted to a minor piece ending, where Arvind had double Bishop advantage. The Chinese GM defended accurately and draw was agreed on 83rd move.

On 4th Board Murali Karthikeyan chose to play Reti Opening and faced solid London system against GM Xu Yinglun. After a hard fought battle, both the players reached a Knight & pawn end game. Neither side had any chance. But the Indian Grandmaster stretched too hard for a win and got punished. Xu Yinglun won on 63rd move.

The fifth round begins at 15:30 hrs today.  Live Game will be available here.

Results of Fourth Round

           China                        3.5 – .5                     India

w  GM Lu Shanglei                  beat                  GM Narayanan Srinath
     GM Xu Xiangyu              drew with         w  GM Aravindh, Chidambaram Vr.
w  GM Bai Jinshi                     beat                  GM Aryan Chopra
     GM Xu, Yinglun                  beat             w  GM Karthikeyan Murali

Board Pairings: Round 5

Round 5 on 2018/10/20 at 15:30 Hrs
Bo. 1   China Rtg 2   India Rtg 0 : 0
1.1 GM
Lu, Shanglei
2635 GM
Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr.
2579
1.2 GM
Xu, Xiangyu
2577 GM
Aryan, Chopra
2541
1.3 GM
Bai, Jinshi
2566 GM
Karthikeyan, Murali
2604
1.4 GM
Xu, Yinglun
2533 GM
Narayanan, Srinath
2565