Category C Participants eager to see their pairing. [Photo: David Llada]
GM Naiditsch is a draw away from the title
IGI Stadium, Delhi (15-Jan.-2018): Top seed GM Arkadij Naiditsch drew in the ninth round with untitled Indian Akash Pc Iyer, rated 2415, to take a step closer to the title. Elsewhere, IM Md. Nubairshah Shaikh rated 2380 managed to beat IM P. Karthikeyan rated 2497 to complete his GM norm as well.
Naiditsch offered a draw after 13 moves with the black pieces in a Queen’s Gambit Declined Exchange Variation. This ensured a GM norm for the young Tamil Nadu boy who has already completed the IM norm requirements.
Naiditsch thus took a step towards sealing the Delhi GM Open 2018 title. With 8.0/9, the Azeri grandmaster just needs a draw in the tenth and final round against Italian GM David Alberto to seal the win.
IM Md. Nubairshah Shaikh was white against IM Karthikeyan and the game was a Nimzo Indian Defence. On the nineteenth move, Nubair sacrificed an exchange for great control over the center and good pressure on black’s pieces overall. Black lost his concentration, blundering on the 26th move, allowing Nubair a deflection tactic and his first GM norm in due course.
Besides Akash and Nubair scoring their GM norms, Sammed Shete managed to complete his IM norm requirements after 9 rounds of play.
In the tenth and final round, Neelash Saha, Arjun Kalyan, and Kaustav Kundu need victories to complete their IM norm. 14-year-old Koustov Chatterjee, rated 2288, is already increasing 120 elo points. Tomorrow, playing the game will ensure an IM norm. Moreover, a draw against his opponent GM Adam Tukhaev is enough to seal his first GM norm.
Bangladeshi GM Ziaur Rahman managed to defeat Dutch GM Sergey Tiviakov rated 2583. The Dutchman attacked the Bangladeshi’s kingside with his knight, forgetting that the piece is undefended. Ziaur’s calm 43.Qb7+ picked a free piece and the game.
Rahman is the only player in the second place with 7.5/9. Eight players follow, tied on the third spot with 7.0/9.
In some other some upsets, Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad managed to defeat the current Indian champion, GM Lalith Babu, M.R., while Commonwealth Champion Abhijeet Gupta rated 2610 went down in flames against IM Vignesh NR, rated 2470 after Gupta blundered in an advantageous position.
Round 10 on 2018/01/16 at 10:00 hrs
|1||1||GM||Naiditsch Arkadij||2701||8||7||GM||David Alberto||2553||12|
|2||8||GM||Karthikeyan Murali||2580||7||7½||GM||Rahman Ziaur||2472||23|
|3||21||GM||Horvath Adam||2484||7||7||Akash Pc Iyer||2415||35|
|4||28||IM||Khusenkhojaev Muhammad||2462||7||7||GM||Deviatkin Andrei||2471||24|
|5||26||IM||Vignesh N R||2470||7||7||IM||Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||2380||42|
|6||29||GM||Czebe Attila||2458||6½||6½||GM||Sengupta Deep||2586||6|
|7||7||GM||Tiviakov Sergei||2584||6½||6½||GM||Dzhumaev Marat||2434||32|
|8||71||Koustav Chatterjee||2288||6½||6½||GM||Tukhaev Adam||2570||10|
|9||13||GM||Sivuk Vitaly||2550||6½||6½||IM||Harsha Bharathakoti||2451||30|
|10||16||GM||Vaibhav Suri||2542||6½||6½||IM||Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad||2313||60|