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Bhopal 2017 Round 4: Four GMs to take on four IMs

by Sagar Shah - 23/12/2017

Eight players have managed to stay on a 100% score with 4.0/4 at the Bhopal International GM Chess Tournament 2017. The day saw some very exciting games being play. Timur Gareyev played a nice game in the Trompowsky to beat Anup Deshmukh. Ivan Rozum outplayed his opponent from an endgame that was most probably just even. Alberto David sacrificed his rook in nice style and Atalik won the pretty easy game. We bring you exclusive pictures, videos and game analysis from the event. 

After four rounds have been completed at the Bhopal International Grandmasters tournament 2017 let's just have a look at the top ten standings:

Rankings after round 4

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
12GMRozum IvanRUS25954,00,09,011,511,504,0
214IMWohl Aleksandar H.AUS23704,00,09,011,011,004,0
34GMDavid AlbertoITA25714,00,08,010,010,004,0
5GMAtalik SuatTUR25454,00,08,010,010,004,0
51GMGareyev TimurUSA26064,00,08,09,59,504,0
13IMRavi Teja S.IND2378AP4,00,08,09,59,504,0
25IMRathnakaran K.IND2307KER4,00,08,09,59,504,0
824IMSangma RahulIND2311DEL4,00,07,59,09,004,0
9134Sri Sai Baswanth PIND18463,50,09,09,07,253,0
108IMYeoh Li TianMAS24803,50,08,511,09,753,0

Eight players have a perfect 4.0/4 score. It includes four GMs and four IMs, and the funny thing is that these four GMs are playing against these four IMs. It would be interesting to note how Wohl, Ravi Teja, Ratnakaran and Sangma fare against Gareyev, Rozum, Alberto and Atalik.

Bo.No. NameTypFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypFEDRtg No.
114IMWohl Aleksandar H.S50AUS237044GMGareyev TimurUSA26061
22GMRozum IvanRUS259544IMRavi Teja S.IND237813
34GMDavid AlbertoITA257144IMRathnakaran K.IND230725
424IMSangma RahulIND231144GMAtalik SuatS50TUR25455


Round four was a very exciting one with a lot of decisive games. Let's begin from board one:

The first board clash between Timur Gareyev and Anup Deshmukh. Anup is about to start the clock, but look at Timur's thumb! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The move c4 is what Timur had prepared before the game. After Anup's c6, he took on d5 cxd5cxd5 Rc1 when White had a nice development advantage.

Anup Deshmukh defended hard, but couldn't manage to hold his position together | Photo: Niklesh Jain
Timur Gareyev talks about his opponent, his game and also about his hair style

B. Sekar got a fine position against second seeded Ivan Rozum, but wasn't able to convert it into a half point | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Developing the knight to a6 was a very provocative idea. Sekar simply picked up the knight and got a much superior pawn structure

White has an absolutely superior pawn structure

Sekar even repeated the position twice, but later decided to deviate in order to play for a win. It was a typical case of Indian youngsters not being able to match the Russian experience in the final phase of the game. Ivan Rozum took advantage of this fact and brought home the full point.

Ram Krishnan wasn't able to hold Alberto David | Photo: Niklesh Jain

If you wish to improve your tactical vision, you must study the games of K. Rathnakaran. He played a wild game to defeat Vietnamese opponent Nguyen Phuoc Tam | Photo: Niklesh Jain

You can find such crazy positions only on Ratnakaran's (white's) board!

Spencer Masano played a very nice game to beat M. Pranesh | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The playing hall looks very pleasant and well organized | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Aditya Mittal is on 3.5/4. The 11 year old would be gunning for an IM norm here. | Photo: Niklesh Jain | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Gukesh making some divine connection before the start of the game! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Anupama Gokhale, one of India's former leading players, took VRS from her job and is now playing back to back events - Ahmedabad, Bhopal and next Mumbai | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Sa Kannan with his unconventional look. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The road leading to the official hotel | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The Kanta Shravan Palace is the official hotel for all the invited player for hie event | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Replay all the games of round 4:

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