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Aeroflot R03: After Pranesh it is now Bharath's turn to sizzle

by Satanick Mukhuty - 22/02/2020

With a perfect score of 3.0/3, Rauf Mamedov has taken the sole lead after three rounds at Aeroflot Open 2020. However, there are five players led by 13-year-old Bharath Subramaniyam and S.P. Sethuraman of India who follow him closely just half a point behind. Bharath registered his second victory in this event by beating none other than the second seeded Gabriel Sargissian and is all set to take on Zhou Jianchao in the next round. Be it Pranesh M or Bharath, it seems there is always some Indian junior ready to cause an upset each day. We bring you a detailed pictorial report.

Indian juniors shine at Aeroflot 2020

Indian juniors continued to steal the show in the third day of Aeroflot Open as well. After Pranesh's crushing win against Boris Savchenko, it was now the turn of Bharath Subramaniyam to prove his mettle, and the 13-year-old Chennai boy scalped no less than the second seeded Gabriel Sargissian in the third round of the event. Bharath showed excellent handling of the Catalan as he equalized quite easily with black pieces out of the opening. The Armenian made his first slip on move 16 and allowed his young opponent to bring his knight effectively into the fray, and thereafter it went all downhill for him.

Bharath started off his campaign at the Aeroflot with a fine victory against the strong Russian GM Mikhail Antipov and now leads the chasing pack with an excellent score of 2.5/3 points | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Gabriel Sargissian - Bharath Subramaniyam, Round 3

Gabriel chose the move 10.Ne4 in the above position which is quite popular these days and aims to just simplify by trading off a pair of knights. The erstwhile mainline with 10.Na4 controlling the squares b6 and c5 seems more conservative but is logical in approach as it keeps an eye on Black's progress on the queenside, and after something like 10.Na4 c3 11.a3 a5 12.Qc2 Nbd7 13.Rd1 maintains a dynamic balance. 

In the game Bharath was able to soon take charge. His pawn on c3 was an asset and all he had to do now was land his knight on the nice d5 outpost.

But 16.g3-g4 was a serious mistake. Now even f4 and h4 were inviting weaknesses in White's camp.

The Indian understood the need of the position well and immediately went 16...Nd7 targeting d5, f4 etc.

And once White's dark-squared bishop was off the board the vulnerability of his king became apparent.

21...Qh4! felt like a knockout punch. Bharath was now picking up the pawn on h2 with a clearly better position.

Next, White had to give up an exchange in order to get rid of the monstrous c3 pawn.

And things were falling apart for White in no time. Bxc6 followed by Qh3+ was now imminent. Unsurprisingly, Gabriel called it a day only after four moves from here.

Praggnanandhaa R. had to settle for a heartbreaking draw after he blundered under time-pressure in a completely winning position against Aydin Suleymanli | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Aydin Suleymanli - Praggnanandhaa R., Round 3

Pragg had all his pawns rolling down the queenside and was clearly winning but 58...g5? blew everything away for him, can you see why? Check out the analysis below!

Arjun Erigaisi played an interesting game against Rudik Makarian and gave up his queen for a pair of minor pieces to seize a better position. But later he squandered away his advantage in a highly complex queen versus two bishops ending and settled for a draw | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Photo Gallery

The band of talented Indian youngsters in action! | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Sethuraman drew his third round encounter against Zhou Jianchao and is now the second Indian in the chasing pack after Bharath Subramaniyam | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Vaibhav Suri drew against Alexey Sarana and has moved to 2.0/3 | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Deep Sengupta lost his encounter against compatriot S.L.Narayanan and now only has a score of 1.0/3 points | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Aryan Chopra drew his third consecutive game by holding Parham Maghsoodloo | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Adhiban was held to a draw by Abhimanyu Puranik | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Pranesh kept the solid show going and held compatriot Karthikeyan Murali to a draw | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Sreeshwan Maralakshikari lost his second game in a row to Ilia Iljiushenok | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Karthik Venkatraman scored his first point of the tournament by beating IM Kirill Shubin | Photo: Puneet Jaiswal

Results of top ten boards in round 3

Bo.No.NameFEDRtgPts. ResultPts. NameFEDRtgNo.
111GMMamedov Rauf AZE26432 1 - 02 GMSargsyan Shant ARM259436
223GMZhou Jianchao CHN26222 ½ - ½2 GMSethuraman S.P. IND264112
31GMArtemiev Vladislav RUS2728 ½ - ½ GMCordova Emilio PER259337
433GMCan Emre TUR2600 ½ - ½ GMSjugirov Sanan RUS26744
55GMSarana Alexey RUS2656 ½ - ½ GMVaibhav Suri IND259139
634GMPuranik Abhimanyu IND2597 ½ - ½ GMAdhiban B. IND26546
77GMKovalev Vladislav BLR2650 0 - 1 GMIdani Pouya IRI257743
817GMParavyan David RUS2629 1 - 0 GMWagner Dennis GER259041
919GMDeac Bogdan-Daniel ROU2626 ½ - ½ GMSychev Klementy RUS256347
1038GMAleksandrov Aleksej BLR2592 ½ - ½ GMDurarbayli Vasif AZE262520

Results of all Indians in round 3

Rd.Bo.No.NameFEDRtgPts. ResultPts. NameFEDRtgNo.
3223GMZhou Jianchao CHN26222 ½ - ½2 GMSethuraman S.P. IND264112
355GMSarana Alexey RUS2656 ½ - ½ GMVaibhav Suri IND259139
3634GMPuranik Abhimanyu IND2597 ½ - ½ GMAdhiban B. IND26546
31428GMSvane Rasmus GER2608 ½ - ½ GMVisakh N R IND251864
31630GMKarthikeyan Murali IND2602 ½ - ½ FMPranesh M IND242590
31771IMSuleymanli Aydin AZE2474 ½ - ½ GMPraggnanandhaa R IND260231
3182GMSargissian Gabriel ARM26891 0 - 1 IMBharath Subramaniyam H IND240296
3193GMMaghsoodloo Parham IRI26741 ½ - ½1 GMAryan Chopra IND256249
32153GMChanda Sandipan IND25521 ½ - ½1 GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek UZB264410
32359GMSengupta Deep IND25341 0 - 11 GMNarayanan.S.L IND263714
32415GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND26301 1 - 01 GMMoroni Luca Jr ITA253658
32573IMRaja Harshit IND24721 0 - 11 GMMartirosyan Haik M. ARM263016
33132GMBasso Pier Luigi ITA26001 1 - 01 IMAditya Mittal IND242788
33246GMErigaisi Arjun IND25631 ½ - ½1 IMMakarian Rudik RUS241492
33748GMAntipov Mikhail Al. RUS2562½ 1 - 0½ IMKrishna C R G IND244380
34283IMSreeshwan Maralakshikari IND2440½ 0 - 1½ GMIljiushenok Ilia RUS251962
34385IMVignesh N R IND2436½ 1 - 0½ IMLobanov Sergei RUS250766
34491IMMendonca Leon Luke IND2418½ 1 - 0½ IMVogel Roven GER247372
34697WGMSoumya Swaminathan IND2369½ ½ - ½0 IMKozak Adam HUN252360
34761IMSadhwani Raunak IND25220 1 - 00 IMRahul Srivatshav P IND247470
34869GMKarthik Venkataraman IND24830 1 - 00 IMShubin Kirill RUS242789

Standings of players after round 3

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 
111GMMamedov RaufAZE26433,012569
296IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND24022,522602
312GMSethuraman S.P.IND26412,522534
443GMIdani PouyaIRI25772,522418
517GMParavyan DavidRUS26292,512519
623GMZhou JianchaoCHN26222,512473
737GMCordova EmilioPER25932,022656
864GMVisakh N RIND25182,022623
68IMZanan EvgenyISR25002,022623
1090FMPranesh MIND24252,022587
114GMSjugirov SananRUS26742,022557
126GMAdhiban B.IND26542,022539
1416GMMartirosyan Haik M.ARM26302,022510
1520GMDurarbayli VasifAZE26252,022501
1629GMYilmaz MustafaTUR26072,022474
1724GMJobava BaadurGEO26202,022472
1827GMKobalia MikhailRUS26092,022466
1931GMPraggnanandhaa RIND26022,022455
2039GMVaibhav SuriIND25912,022428
45GMSanal VahapTUR25692,022428
2247GMSychev KlementyRUS25632,022403
2333GMCan EmreTUR26002,012674
2457GMSindarov JavokhirUZB25372,012646
2536GMSargsyan ShantARM25942,012643
2667Nesterov ArseniyRUS25012,012625
2771IMSuleymanli AydinAZE24742,012607
281GMArtemiev VladislavRUS27282,012593
295GMSarana AlexeyRUS26562,012591
3013GMRiazantsev AlexanderRUS26392,012536
3115GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.IND26302,012523
3219GMDeac Bogdan-DanielROU26262,012507
3321GMZvjaginsev VadimRUS26232,012500
3428GMSvane RasmusGER26082,012471
3532GMBasso Pier LuigiITA26002,012443
34GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND25972,012443
3738GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR25922,012440
3840GMPetrosyan ManuelARM25902,012432
3930GMKarthikeyan MuraliIND26022,012425
4026GMSmirin IliaISR26152,010

Complete results and standings

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