India holds China to a Draw

India China Grim

Report by IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

The Summit started with a deadlock in the Inaugural Round of the 3rd India – China chess Summit 2018, organised by All Odisha Chess Association & KIIT, on behalf of All India Chess Federation at International Chess Hall, KiiT University, Bhubaneswar.

The 2 teams (8-player) event has a prize fund of Rs. 10 Lakhs. 60% for Winner and 40% for the Runner-up. The Summit is being played under Scheveningen system, with India and China fielding four players in their teams. Each member of one team will play against same member of the other team in two successive rounds. Two members of a team will play with White pieces in each round.

Keeping the AICF’s motto of chess development of the country, All India Chess Federation is sponsoring the entire prize fund.

In the inaugural round, all the four board witnessed extremely tense battle and ended with 2 – 2 draw with a fluctuation of fortunes.

On the Top board in the Sicilian Classical system, White went for English attack set up and reached a Rook + 2 pawns versus two minor pieces. White created a strong passed pawn on A file & won in a King and pawn endgame.

On the 2nd Board in a Petroff Defence game, Srinath got a very active position in middle game. When the Queen and Rook of his opponent were passively placed. Moreover, the color complex helped the former to launch a strong initiative and win smoothly.

Speaking to AICF about this game, GM Srinath Narayanan commented, “‘Today was not one of his (GM Xiangyu Xu’s)  best days and he was a bit unfortunate but I expect the games and the fight will be very interesting and fierce in the coming rounds.”

On the 3rd Board Aravindh opted for Nimzo-Indian Defence and faced the Leningrad system. After several exchanges of pieces, both the compatriots signed peace after 31 moves.

On the 4th Board, Aryan launched English attack against Sicilian Scheveningen variation of Yinglun. With a skillful play, he reached pawn up endgame with Rook & Bishop against Rook & Knight. But soon fizzled out to a theoretical draw in a wrong colour Bishop + Rook pawn end game.

Round 1 Results

Round 1 on 2018/10/17 at 15:30 Hrs
Bo. 1   China Rtg 2   India Rtg 2 : 2
1.1 GM
Lu, Shanglei
2635 GM
Karthikeyan, Murali
2604 1 – 0
1.2 GM
Xu, Xiangyu
2577 GM
Narayanan, Srinath
2565 0 – 1
1.3 GM
Bai, Jinshi
2566 GM
Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr.
2579 ½ – ½
1.4 GM
Xu, Yinglun
2533 GM
Aryan, Chopra
2541 ½ – ½

Round 2 Pairings

Round 2 on 2018/10/18 at 10:00 Hrs
Bo. 2   India Rtg 1   China Rtg 0 : 0
1.1 GM
Karthikeyan, Murali
2604 GM
Lu, Shanglei
2635
1.2 GM
Narayanan, Srinath
2565 GM
Xu, Xiangyu
2577
1.3 GM
Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr.
2579 GM
Bai, Jinshi
2566
1.4 GM
Aryan, Chopra
2541 GM
Xu, Yinglun
2533