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3rd Gujarat GM Open R5-6: 12-year-old Daakshin Arun outplays GM Sandipan Chanda

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/04/2022

12-year-old CM Daakshin Arun played beautiful positional chess to beat the strong GM Sandipan Chanda in Round 6 of 3rd Gujarat International GM Open 2022. GM Neelotpal Das, IM Nitin S, IM Srihari L R, IM Ortik Nigmatov (UZB) and GM Hesham Abdelrahman (EGY) are the five leaders at 5.5/6. Neelotpal beat GM Azer Mirzoev (AZE) and Nitin won against Anilkumar in the fifth round. They drew their game against each other in the sixth round. IM Srihari L R beat the reigning National Junior champion, IM Neelash Saha in Round 6 to rejoin the lead. WIM Arpita Mukherjee is currently the highest scorer among female participants. Round 7 starts today at 10:00 a.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Srihari regains the lead

Apart from Daakshin, Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma U beat GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (COL) in Round 6. Sparsh Khandelwal, Shriraj Bhosale and Ritvik Krishnan were victorious against an IM each. Daakshin won the December Youtube membership funds which helped him to participate in this event.

12-year-old CM Daakshin Arun is already showing a lot of promise | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 5: Azer - Neelotpal: 0-1

GM Azer Mirzoev (AZE, 2476) went for a queenless endgame after exchanging queens on the twelfth move against GM Neelotpal Das (2409).

Position after 27.Rdc1

27.Rdc1 allowed Black to improve his position Nd3 28.Rcb1 a3! 29.bxa3 Na4 30.Rb7 Bf8 31.Nb3 Nxc3 32.Nxc3 a4 33.Nc1 Rxd4. White not only lost the d4-pawn but the position also fell apart in a hurry.

Modern Chess Engines are changing the game | Video: ChessBase India

Neelotpal Das beat Azer Mirzoev to maintain his lead | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Nitin - Anilkumar: 1-0

IM Nitin S (2427) brought Anilkumar O T's (1915) fantastic momentum to a screeching halt.

Position after 15...Ba4

15...Ba4 traps his own bishop and ignores White's potential attack on the kingside. White played 16.b5 to ensure the bishop is unable to retreat. 16...Rf5 17.Bd3 Bxc2 18.Bxc2 Rf8 19.Qd3 Rf5 20.g4 and it's over for Black. He decided to give up an exchange 20...Bxe5 in order to keep his king safe. However, that also led to the same effect of White winning the game.

Nitin halted Anilkumar's winning streak | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM C R G Krishna - FM Suyog Wagh: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Vrushali Deodhar - IM Sidhant Mohapatra: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Akshay Borgaonkar - GM Mikel Huerga Leache (ESP): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Sparsh Khandelwal - IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete: 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Shriraj Bhosale - IM Viani Antonio: 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM P Konguvel - Srithan Saypuri: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Sahib Singh - IM Saravana Krishnan: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Vansh Aggarwal - WIM Priyanka K: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

WIM Sakshi Chitlange - Arun Kataria: 0-1 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 6: Neelash - Srihari: 0-1

IM Srihari L R (2400) defeated the reigning National Junior champion, IM Neelash Saha (2415). Despite having the upper hand for the better part of the game, a missed opportunity and mistake cost latter the game.

Position after 37...fxe6

38.Bc1 was played here to prepare for a3. White actually could have played 38.a3 directly as Bxa3 39.Bxh6 maintains the advantage for White. If Black does not take on a3, the c5-pawn will drop.

Position after 52...Rf7

53.a5 keeps things in balance. However, 53.Rc3 gives Black the opportunity he wanted 53...c4+ 54.Ke2 Rf2+ 55.Kd1 the white king gets pushed to the rim and now the black king can play a crucial role in earning a full point.

Srihari waited for his opportunity and seized it when it was presented by Neelash | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Tournament leaders - GM Neelotpal Das and IM Nitin S drew their game to maintain their lead 5.5/6 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Daakshin - Sandipan: 1-0

12-year-old CM Daakshin Arun (2173) showed great positional understanding against the well experienced and strong GM Sandipan Chanda (2485).

Position after 20.b4

The kid shows fantastic understanding of the position when he played 20.b4. It vacates the c4-square for the knight to occupy which actually happened in the game. However, White was ready with a remedy for it. 20...Nd6 21.Ne5 Qc7 22.b5 Bb7 23.Rc1 Nc4 24.Qe2 and now Black cannot avoid losing the d5-pawn. Not only the pawn, Black's position also becomes worse. White just made the realization of the advantage into a win, look easy which was not actually that easy.

Classy gesture by a GM after losing to a 12-year-old | Video: ChessBase India
12-year-old Daakshin Arun's flawless positional play to beat GM Sandipan Chanda | Video: ChessBase India

GM Venkatesh M R - FM L M S T De Silva: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Abdimalik Abdisalimov (UZB) - Ritviz Parab: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Kumar Gaurav - IM Shahil Dey: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Sidhant Mohapatra - Shriraj Bhosale: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Ratnakaran K - Anilkumar O T: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Ritvik Krishnan - IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh: 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (COL) - Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma U: 0-1 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

For more Round 5 and Round 6 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 5-6 games

Round 6 results

122GMNeelotpal Das2409India5½ - ½5IMNitin S.2427India18
217GMLaxman R.R.2429India½ - ½GMDelgado Ramirez Neuris2622Paraguay1
32GMSavchenko Boris25350 - 1GMHesham Abdelrahman2424Egypt19
413IMNeelash Saha2445India0 - 1IMSrihari L R2400India26
514IMNigmatov Ortik2445Uzbekistan1 - 0IMDel Rey Diego2371Spain31
616IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2435Uzbekistan½ - ½Ritviz Parab2349India35
753IMManish Anto Cristiano F2236India40 - 14GMStany G.A.2517India3
84GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499India41 - 04IMDeshmukh Anup2190India59
95GMVenkatesh M.R.2493India4½ - ½4FMDe Silva L M S T2220Srilanka55
106GMFawzy Adham2490Egypt41 - 04FMJain Kashish Manoj2162India63
1162CMDaakshin ArunU152173India41 - 04GMChanda Sandipan2485India7
1264CMSingh Ojasva2141India40 - 14GMMirzoev Azer2476Azerbaijan9
1369CMKavinda Akila2068Srilanka40 - 14IMKrishna C R G2466India11
1415IMVignesh N R2444India41 - 04Santu Mondal2063CCSCSB70
1572IMSahu Sekhar Chandra2049India40 - 14IMGusain Himal2408India23
1673Kumar Gaurav2025India4½ - ½4IMShahil DeyU152400India25
1730IMRajesh V A V2376India41 - 04Deodhar Vrushali Umesh1974India83
1832IMSidhant Mohapatra2359India4½ - ½4Bhosale Shriraj1959India85
1938FMWagh Suyog2328India41 - 04AGMSparsh Khandelwal1927India87
2076IMWeerawardane Romesh2005Srilanka41 - 04FMManush Shah2324India39


Round 7 pairings

118IMNitin S.2427IndiaIMNigmatov Ortik2445Uzbekistan14
219GMHesham Abdelrahman2424EgyptGMNeelotpal Das2409India22
326IMSrihari L R2400India5GMFawzy Adham2490Egypt6
41GMDelgado Ramirez Neuris2622Paraguay55IMRajesh V A V2376India30
53GMStany G.A.2517India55FMWagh Suyog2328India38
623IMGusain Himal2408India55GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499India4
79GMMirzoev Azer2476Azerbaijan55CMDaakshin ArunU152173India62
811IMKrishna C R G2466India55IMWeerawardane Romesh2005Srilanka76
935Ritviz Parab2349India55IMVignesh N R2444India15
1043FMAyush Sharma2302India55IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2435Uzbekistan16
1151WIMArpita Mukherjee2260India55GMLaxman R.R.2429India17
1221IMAudi Ameya2418India5Krishnan RitvikU151761India115
1337FMLiyanage Ranindu Dilshan2340SrilankaGMSavchenko Boris25352
1449FMAaryan Varshney2277IndiaGMVenkatesh M.R.2493India5
1555FMDe Silva L M S T2220SrilankaGMHuerga Leache Mikel2471Spain10
1658IMSuvrajit Saha2198IndiaIMNeelash Saha2445India13
1774Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma U2022IndiaIMMehar Chinna Reddy C.H.2422India20
1825IMShahil DeyU152400IndiaIMRatnakaran K.2316India40
1927GMKarthikeyan P.2397IndiaIMSangma Rahul2286India44
2029IMMoksh Amit Doshi2396IndiaFMJeet Jain2279India48


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