One Move Blunder by Defending Champion propels Ziaur Rahman forward

Delhi GM Open 2018 Rd. 05

IGI Stadium, Delhi (12-Jan.-2018): 24th seed GM Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh got a surprise gift from the defending champion, Tajik GM Farrukh Amonatov to maintain his sole lead after the end of the fifth round of 16th Delhi International Chess tournament now underway here.

The game was a Sicilian Defence opening and it looked to be a dead equal position when Amonatov made an inexplicable blunder by ignoring a queen+rook battery on the b-file. “It was a lucky win for me today,” commented Ziaur Rahman.

On the second board, Indian GM Deepan Chakkravarthy was completely winning against the top seed GM Arkadij Naiditsch. Deepan, who had white, had a very strong pawn on e6 that just killed Black completely. But what makes a good player strong is his ability to fight back. Naiditsch did not give up and began to mix up the position. Deepan had an edge on the clock, a better position, but he began to hesitate all of a sudden and began to go wrong.

On the third board, GM Abhijeet Gupta played the Sicilian Defence with black against IM Himal Gusain, rated 2450. Gupta gave up his queen for two pieces and it looked like Himal was completely winning. But for some strange reason, Himal offered a draw. Gupta unwisely declined the offer and went on to lose.

Photo: David Llada

In the B-Category with 783 players being held simultaneously, the tournament was won by Subhra Saha of West Bengal, rated 1727, with 9.0/10. For his victory, Saha won Rs. 251,000/-.


Round 6 on 2018/01/12 at 16:00 hrs

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 23 GM Rahman Ziaur 2472 5 GM Sengupta Deep 2586 6
2 1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2701 GM Vaibhav Suri 2542 16
3 8 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2580 IM Gusain Himal 2450 31
4 12 GM David Alberto 2553 Akash Pc Iyer 2415 35
5 4 GM Gareyev Timur 2605 4 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2380 42
6 5 GM Rozum Ivan 2595 4 4 Arjun Kalyan 2407 36
7 7 GM Tiviakov Sergei 2584 4 4 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2337 49
8 13 GM Sivuk Vitaly 2550 4 4 Saravana Krishnan P. 2323 56
9 37 IM Sardana Rishi 2402 4 4 GM Tran Tuan Minh 2548 14
10 51 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2328 4 4 GM Pruijssers Roeland 2536 18