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3rd Gujarat GM Open R2-3: Anup Deshmukh scores a sublime victory

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/04/2022

Revered IM Anup Deshmukh scored a beautiful win against GM Mikel Huerga Leache (ESP). It was a model game on how to convert an advantage into a victory. GM Boris Savchenko, GM Stany G A and GM Harsha Bharathakoti were held to a draw each by WIM Arpita Mukherjee, FM Aradhya Garg and FM L M S T De Silva (SRI). FM Kashish Manoj Jain missed plenty of chances to beat GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (COL). It was a really tough day for many titled players as few GMs and IMs went down against their lower rated counterparts. Round 4 starts today at 10:00 a.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

A good day for Kushal Jani

Vrashank Chouhan scored the biggest win of Round 2 against GM Venkatesh M R. 15-year-old Kushal R Jani first drew with GM P Karthikeyan and then beat IM Moksh Amit Doshi. Karthikean on the other hand had a forgettable day as he lost the third round game against Priyanshu Patil. Shrayan Majumder, Soham Bhattacharyya, Ilamparthi A R, Shriraj Bhosale, Harshit Pawar, Anilkumar O T, Vaibhav Kalpaka, Sahib Singh and Kushal Jani - all of them beat an IM each on the second day.

IM Anup Deshmukh displayed his wealth of knowledge and wisdom in a beautiful manner | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 2: Vrashank - Venkatesh: 1-0

14-year-old Vrashank Chouhan (1790) got a better position out of the opening against GM Venkatesh M R (2493).

Position after 20.hxg6

Black's position is in shambles after 20.hxg6. It is beyond salvageable. White soon gained material and wrapped up the game in another 12 moves.

Vrashank Chouhan scored the biggest upset of Round 2 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
"I grew up watching his games!" - Chandrajeet Rajawat (1789) holds Sandipan Chanda to a draw | Video: ChessBase India

Chandrajeet Singh Rajawat held GM Sandipan Chanda to a solid draw | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Sibi Srinivas Einstein - IM Neelash Saha: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Priyanshu - GM Laxman: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Kushal R Jani - GM P Karthikeyan: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Arvind Iyer - IM Moksh Amit Doshi: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Shrayan Majumder - IM Sai Agni: 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Rahul Sangma - Swayham P Das: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

WIM Priyanka K - WCM Riddhi R Patel: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Mukund Agarwal - IM R Balasubramaniam: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 3: Anup - Mikel: 1-0

IM Anup Deshmukh (2190) played a model game to beat GM Mikel Huerga Leache (ESP, 2471).

Position after 20...b6

White has a fantastic position. However, the knight is about to be displaced from the d6-square. Find out the correct plan for White which Anup executed in the game.

IM Anup Deshmukh's beautiful final move vs GM Mikel Huerga Leache | Video: ChessBase India

Anup Deshmukh edified on how to convert an advantage into a win | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

WIM Arpita Mukherjee held GM Boris Savchenko to a full well-fought draw | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Tricky GM Stany from Trickystan could not trick FM Aradhya Garg | Video: ChessBase India

GM Stany G A- FM Aradhya Garg: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

FM L M S T De Silva (SRI) - GM Harsha Bharathakoti: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM C R G Krishna - CM Ojasva Singh: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Kashish - Cristhian: 0.5-0.5

FM Kashish Manoj Jain (2162) missed a couple of good opportunities to win against GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (COL, 2449).

Position after 32...e4

Find out the winning continuation for White after 32...e4.

Position after 34...Nc3

White can still win this. Find out how. Even after 35.Rxb1 Rxb1+ 36.Qxb1 Nxb1 37.Bc5 Nc3 38.Bxa7 Nf5 39.Be3 g5? White got one last opportunity to go for the full point. This was probably the longest way, nevertheless it was an opportunity.

FM Kashish Manoj Jain had plenty of chances to beat GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (COL) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Soham - Mehar: 1-0

16-year-old Soham Bhattacharyya (2004) capitalized on his opportunity when his opponent IM Mehar Chinna Reddy (2422) blundered in the endgame.

Position after 44...g5

44...Rh4+ or Bg2 would have led to a draw. However, 44...g5 completely finishes the game for Black. Find out the difference.

Central passers vs flank passers - which ones are stronger? | Video: ChessBase India

Soham Bhattacharyya continues his good form from 19th Delhi GM Open 2022 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Ameya - Ilamparthi: 0-1

IM Ameya Audi (2418) went wrong early in the middlegame against former National under-9 champion, Ilamparthi A R (1993).

Position after 24.Qd4

Going for paltry tricks like 24.Qd4 did not help White. In fact, the opposite happened, White lost tempo and Black gained substantial advantage. The 12-year-old had no trouble converting his advantage into a win.

How did Ilamparthi beat a 2418 rated IM | Video: ChessBase India

Ilamparthi is quite a strong player, one cannot afford to take a misstep against him | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Shriraj Bhosale - IM Sammed Shete: 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Harshit Pawar - IM Viani Antonio: 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Anilkumar O T - IM Rajesh VAV: 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Om Nagnath Lamkhane - IM Sidhant Mohapatra: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM P Konguvel - Garv Rai: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Gaurang Bagwe - IM Anuj Shrivatri: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Vaibhav Kalpaka - IM P Saravana Krishnan: 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
When the opponent praises you even though you beat him | Sahib Singh (1792) vs Raahul VS (2478) | Video: ChessBase India

Sahib Singh - IM Raahul V S: 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
1761 rated Priyanshu Patil beats a GM in 20 moves! | Video: ChessBase India

GM P Karthikeyan - Priyanshu Patil: 0-1 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

For more Round 2 and Round 3 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.

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Round 3 results

11GMDelgado Ramirez Neuris2622Paraguay21 - 02Anadkat Kartavya2241India52
251WIMArpita Mukherjee2260India2½ - ½2GMSavchenko Boris25352
33GMStany G.A.2517India2½ - ½2FMAradhya Garg2236India54
455FMDe Silva L M S T2220Srilanka2½ - ½2GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499India4
558IMSuvrajit Saha2198India20 - 12GMFawzy Adham2490Egypt6
69GMMirzoev Azer2476Azerbaijan21 - 02WFMPandey Srishti2177India60
759IMDeshmukh Anup2190India21 - 02GMHuerga Leache Mikel2471Spain10
811IMKrishna C R G2466India2½ - ½2CMSingh Ojasva2141India64
963FMJain Kashish Manoj2162India2½ - ½2GMRios Cristhian Camilo2449Colombia12
1070Santu Mondal2063CCSCSB20 - 12IMNigmatov Ortik2445Uzbekistan14
1115IMVignesh N R2444India21 - 02IMSahu Sekhar Chandra2049India72
1274Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma U2022India20 - 12IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2435Uzbekistan16
1375FMGaikwad Siddhant2016India20 - 12IMNitin S.2427India18
1419GMHesham Abdelrahman2424Egypt21 - 02IMWeerawardane Romesh2005Srilanka76
1577Bhattacharyya Soham2004India21 - 02IMMehar Chinna Reddy C.H.2422India20
1621IMAudi Ameya2418India20 - 12Ilamparthi A RU151993India80
1781Borgaonkar AkshayU151985India20 - 12GMNeelotpal Das2409India22
1823IMGusain Himal2408India21 - 02Soni Krishan1943CCSCSB86
1985Bhosale Shriraj1959India21 - 02IMSammed Jaykumar Shete2408India24
2087AGMSparsh Khandelwal1927India20 - 12IMSrihari L R2400India26


Round 4 pairings

138FMWagh Suyog2328India33GMDelgado Ramirez Neuris2622Paraguay1
26GMFawzy Adham2490Egypt33Kaustuv Kundu2281India47
340IMRatnakaran K.2316India33GMMirzoev Azer2476Azerbaijan9
414IMNigmatov Ortik2445Uzbekistan33IMDeshmukh Anup2190India59
546FMSekar B2283India33IMVignesh N R2444India15
616IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2435Uzbekistan33Bhattacharyya Soham2004India77
718IMNitin S.2427India33Bhosale Shriraj1959India85
880Ilamparthi A RU151993India33GMHesham Abdelrahman2424Egypt19
922GMNeelotpal Das2409India33AFMPawar HarshitU151921India88
1089Anilkumar O.T.1915India33IMGusain Himal2408India23
1126IMSrihari L R2400India33Vaibhav KalpakaU151859India95
12105Vrashank ChouhanU151790India33IMDel Rey Diego2371Spain31
13138Majumder Shrayan1686India33Ritviz Parab2349India35
142GMSavchenko Boris2535WIMChitlange Sakshi2205India57
1561Gaurav Rajesh Zagade2174IndiaGMStany G.A.2517India3
164GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499IndiaFMJain Kashish Manoj2162India63
1764CMSingh Ojasva2141IndiaGMChanda Sandipan2485India7
1865IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam2130IndiaIMKrishna C R G2466India11
1912GMRios Cristhian Camilo2449ColombiaCMKavinda Akila2068Srilanka69
2066FMRam Aravind L N2127IndiaIMNeelash Saha2445India13


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