India avenges Armenia

World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad 2018: Round 5

Report by Grand Master Srinath Narayanan

Revenge is a dish best served cold. On a cold November night in Konya, Turkey, Sankalp Gupta and Koustav Chatterjee scored prolific victories to enable India to beat Armenia 2.5-1.5. India had lost by the same margin a couple of months ago in Batumi in the senior Olympiad.

Looking at the draw, it looked like India would keep chances on all the four boards. While Arjun and Sankalp could press with the White pieces, as usual, Barseghyan and Gharibyan appeared to be less fancied with respect to their opponents – Iniyan and Koustav, who had the Black pieces.

Arjun’s opponent Shant Sargsyan was well prepared with Black and never really appeared to be in any trouble. However, India seemed to be cruising on boards 2 and 3 while the 4th board remained double-edged. Iniyan’s opponent blundered a pawn and looked to complicate things desperately when Iniyan who had let his guard down, missed an intermezzo. By the time he realized what was happening, it was already too late. Arjun’s game soon ended as expected and after 2 and a half hours, India was down 1.5-0.5.

However, Sankalp continued to display exemplary opening preparation and willingness to explore new paths. Having caught his opponent into his preparation net, he kept up the pressure with quick, accurate moves.

Meanwhile, Koustav showed excellent understanding in a double-edged Vienna and managed to outplay his opponent between moves 20-31. Koustav was the first to win and equalize the score, but by that point Sankalp had already achieved a technically won position. He converted smoothly to ensure that India won an important game.

Round 5: Results

Bo. 3

INDIA

Rtg 6

ARMENIA

Rtg 2½:1½
3.1 GM
Erigaisi, Arjun
2531 IM
Sargsyan, Shant
2463 ½ – ½
3.2 IM
Iniyan, Panneerselvam
2468
Barseghyan, Armen Ar.
2386 0 – 1
3.3
Sankalp, Gupta
2352 FM
Davtyan, Artur
2374 1 – 0
3.4
Koustav, Chatterjee
2346 FM
Gharibyan, Mamikon
2314 1 – 0

Team pairings

Round 6 on 2018/11/30 at 10:00
No. SNo Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team SNo
1 13
BELARUS 13½ 9 : 8 15½ IRAN
5
2 8
USA 13 9 : 8 14½ UKRAINE
9
3 3
INDIA 13 8 : 8 15 UZBEKISTAN
1
4 25
CHINA 13 7 : 8 13 GEORGIA
17
5 7
GREECE 11½ 7 : 7 12½ RUSSIA
2
6 6
ARMENIA 13 6 : 6 12 AZERBAIJAN
4
7 10
SERBIA 11½ 6 : 6 13 ISRAEL
14
8 21
TURKEY – WHITE 11½ 6 : 6 13 POLAND
18
9 11
GERMANY 12 5 : 6 11 FRANCE
12
10 24
HUNGARY 10½ 5 : 5 11½ TURKEY – RED
15