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3rd Gujarat GM Open R1: Akshit Kacha swindles IM Shahil Dey

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/04/2022

1367-rated Akshit Kacha completely turned his fate and beat IM Shahil Dey in the first round of 3rd Gujarat International GM Open 2022. The untitled teenager chose a sideline in the French Tarrasch and was losing for the better part of the game. However, in the endgame, Shahil miscalculated his chances with a passed pawn and lost material. The 3rd edition of Gujarat's strongest and most important tournament witnesses the participation of 374 players including 14 GMs, 30 IMs and 3 WIM from 14 countries across the world including India. The total prize fund of the tournament is ₹15,00,000. Round 2 starts today at 9:30 a.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Smooth start for the top seeds

16-year-old Ujjawal Bansal and 11-year-old Vihaan Dumir held the reigning Asian Junior champion IM Raahul V S and WIM Sakshi Chitlange to a draw each respectively.

Akshit Kacha made a perfect start | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Sandipan - Ruchit: 1-0

GM Sandipan Chanda (2485) faced Dutch Defense, an opening which he plays himself as Black. He scored a beautiful combination against Ruchit D Acharya (1445).

Position after 25...Qe6

It is evident that White is completely winning. Find out the winning combination for White after 25...Qe6.

Sandipan is extremely well-versed in the Dutch  | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Shahil - Akshit: 0-1

Akshit Kacha (1367) played a sideline 5...Nxd4 in the French Tarrasch. It gave IM Shahil Dey (2400) a decisive advantage. However, he was unable to capitalize it.

Position after 10...Kd8

11.0-0 would have allowed White to seize his advantage. However, 11.Qd5+ Ke8 12.0-0 fxe6 13.Qxd4 was not bad either. White still had a significant upper hand. Eventually he blundered a chain exchange of queens which cost White material and eventually the game.

1367 vs 2400 rated IM | Akshit Kacha beats IM Shahil Dey | Video: ChessBase India
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Gujarat's first GM and GSCA Vice President Tejas Bakre delivers his inaugural speech | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Lighting of the lamp at the inauguration ceremony | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Inaugural moves are being made | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

All titled players taking part in the tournament along with the tournament officials and guests | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
The inauguration ceremony of the 3rd Gujarat International GM Open 2022 | Video: ChessBase India
Karnavati Club is the venue of 3rd Gujarat International GM Open 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

For more Inauguration Ceremony and Round 1 photos, please click at the respective links.


A total of 374 players including 14 GMs, 30 IMs and 3 WIM are taking part from 14 countries across the world including India. The tournament is organized by Gujarat State Chess Association from 31st March to 7th April 2022 at Karnavati Club, Ahmedabad. The ten-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Replay Round 1 games

Round 1 results

11GMDelgado Ramirez Neuris2622Paraguay01 - 00Rajveer Pinkesh NaharU151476India189
2190Khedkar Prasad1467India00 - 10GMSavchenko Boris25352
33GMStany G.A.2517India01 - 00Pawar Sohum1458India191
4192Sajitha BU151455India00 - 10GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499India4
55GMVenkatesh M.R.2493India01 - 00Jain KushagraU151452India193
6194Aditi Yogesh KayalU151449India00 - 10GMFawzy Adham2490Egypt6
77GMChanda Sandipan2485India01 - 00Ruchit D AcharyaU151445India195
8196Ujjawal Bansal1442India0½ - ½0IMRaahul V S2478India8
99GMMirzoev Azer2476Azerbaijan01 - 00Dhami Dipak1436Nepal197
10198Aravinda B R1433India00 - 10GMHuerga Leache Mikel2471Spain10
1111IMKrishna C R G2466India01 - 00Gautam SiddhantU151427India199
12200Gunawardhana Devindya OshiniU101418Srilanka00 - 10GMRios Cristhian Camilo2449Colombia12
1313IMNeelash Saha2445India01 - 00Sarthak Singh Parihar1418India201
14202Sidharth SreekumarU151418India00 - 10IMNigmatov Ortik2445Uzbekistan14
1515IMVignesh N R2444India01 - 00Gyaneshwar B1404India203
16204Sachi JainU151401India00 - 10IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2435Uzbekistan16
1717GMLaxman R.R.2429India01 - 00Dakshita KumawatU151395India205
18206Arjun Balamurali1394Usa00 - 10IMNitin S.2427India18
1919GMHesham Abdelrahman2424Egypt01 - 00Rout YashitaU151392India207
20208Cardoza Melwyn1381India00 - 10IMMehar Chinna Reddy C.H.2422India20


Round 2 pairings

1100Saypuri Srithan1824India11GMDelgado Ramirez Neuris2622Paraguay1
22GMSavchenko Boris253511AIMAbhay Bandewar1804India101
3102Tamhankar Siddhant1804India11GMStany G.A.2517India3
44GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499India11Adireddy ArjunU151796India103
5105Vrashank ChouhanU151790India11GMVenkatesh M.R.2493India5
66GMFawzy Adham2490Egypt11Lakshyesh Mohan GuptaU151777India109
7106AGMChandrajeet Singh Rajawat1789India11GMChanda Sandipan2485India7
8108Aashman GuptaU151781India11GMMirzoev Azer2476Azerbaijan9
910GMHuerga Leache Mikel2471Spain11Saumil Nair1776India111
10110Karki Rajiv1776Nepal11IMKrishna C R G2466India11
1112GMRios Cristhian Camilo2449Colombia11Aggarwal VanshU151768India113
12112Sibi Srinivas Einstein1775India11IMNeelash Saha2445India13
1314IMNigmatov Ortik2445Uzbekistan11Krishnan RitvikU151761India115
14114Sanjay S Pillai1767India11IMVignesh N R2444India15
1516IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2435Uzbekistan11Chidvilash Sai SurapaneniU151753India117
16116Patil Priyanshu1761India11GMLaxman R.R.2429India17
1718IMNitin S.2427India11Watarkar Yash1753India119
18118Satvik Sharma1753India11GMHesham Abdelrahman2424Egypt19
1920IMMehar Chinna Reddy C.H.2422India11AIMMandloi Mukesh1749India121
20120Dave Sneh1750India11IMAudi Ameya2418India21


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