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Gukesh continues his meteoric rise, now World no.18

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/08/2022

When 44th Chess Olympiad ended, GM D Gukesh won a Gold on Board no.1 ahead of Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Magnus Carlsen. He also won a team Bronze for the India 2 team. His world ranking at that time was 24 in live ratings. A week later, Gukesh started playing for Turkish Airlines Sports Club (THY) in Turkish Isbank Chess Super League. The 16-year-old won his first three games against GM Aryan Gholami, GM Andrey Esipenko and Turkey no.3 GM Vahap Sanal. All three were strong opponents, the Gukesh juggernaut continues. His live rating is now 2735.9 and currently he is World no.18. He is facing GM Mikhail Kobalia in Round 4. Photo: Official site

The momentum continues from 44th Chess Olympiad

GM D Gukesh is doing what he does best, play good chess on the board and let his moves do the talking. He single-mindedly continues his journey towards the top. India's top 3 has already changed during the Olympiad and it will certainly take a new shape by the end of this year as hungry talented youth have announced their arrival. They do not plan on slowing down anytime soon.

Gukesh en route his third victory of the Turkish Chess Super League against Vahap Sanal | Photo: Official site

Round 1: Turkish Airlines Sports Club (THY) - Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Sports Club: 5-1

GM D Gukesh's team THY defeated BMMSC 5-1 without conceding a single game. The other victors for his team were GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB), GM Ivan Cheparinov (BUL) and GM Cemil Can Ali Marandi (TUR).

Gukesh - Gholami

Position after 15...Bxb4

GM Aryan Gholami (IRI) of BMMSC, made a dubious sacrifice 15...Bxb4 16.axb4 Nxb4. He did not get as much compensation as he would have preferred 17.Qc3 Nxd3 18.Qxd3 b5 19.cxb5 cxb5 20.d5! Gukesh opened up the position by giving up a pawn. Black was not able to get much for the three pawns he had for his opponent's knight and went on to lose the game.

Gukesh vs Gholami - Analysis by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

GM D Gukesh en route his victory against GM Aryan Gholami | Photo: Official site

Round 1: Turkish Airlines Sports Club (THY) - Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Sports Club: 5-1

Round 2: Bayegan Pendik Chess Sports Club - Turkish Airlines Sports Club: 2-4

In Round 2, Gukesh, Abdusattorov and Cemil scored the wins for the team. Cheparinov and IM Ekaterina Atalik drew their games. IM Isik Can (TUR) suffered the sole loss.

Esipenko - Gukesh

Position after 21...f6

GM Andrey Esipenko gained a huge space advantage. However, his pieces were lagging in the development department. Gukesh kept his calm and did what was required. He started chipping away at White's overstretched and strong pawn center. 21...f6 was the first step towards it. 22.exf6 Qxf6 23.fxg5 Nxd4 in just two moves, Black's position suddenly looks more promising than White's. 24.Bg4 Nf3+ 25.Bxf3 Qxf3 26.gxh6 Rf5, Now White should have exchanged some heavy artilleries to reduce the intensity of attack 27.Rf1 Qxf1+ 28.Qxf1 Rxf1+ 29.Kxf1 b4+ 30.Kg1 would have kept the fight going. 27.Re1 e5 28.Nd2 Qh5 29.Kg2 Raf8 and Esipenko felt it was too little too late, he resigned.

Gukesh beats Esipenko, reaches 2733 and is now world no.19 | Video: ChessBase India

Gukesh calmly dismantled Esipenko's pawn structure and plans | Photo: Official site

Bayegan Pendik Chess Sports Club - Turkish Airlines Sports Club: 2-4

Round 3: Turkish Airlines Sports Club (THY) - Sea Water Aquamatch Chess Youth and SP : 4-2

GM D Gukesh and GM Bartlomiej Heberla (POL) were the only two full point scorers for their team. The remaining four games ended in draws.

Gukesh - Vahap

Position after 18.c6

Gukesh created a pawn wedge 18.c6 which partially paralyzed Black's position. The c8-bishop does not have a good square to go. Be6 would certainly limit the mobility of the e5-rook who will desperately gasp for some breathing room.

Position after 35.e6

35.e6 is beautiful move which completely disintegrates Black's position. It is safe to say that Black is positionally lost here. White won the game in another six moves.

Gukesh's amazing play against GM Vahap Sanal | Video: ChessBase India

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Turkish Airlines Sports Club (THY) - Sea Water Aquamatch Chess Youth and SP : 4-2

This was the Indian players' ranking after the 44th Chess Olympiad got over | Source: 2700chess.com

The current World rankings as per live ratings - Both Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi have climbed six places each to World no.18 and 32 respectively | Source: 2700chess.com

GM D Gukesh and GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov are playing for the same team Turkish Airlines Sports Club (THY) on Board no.1 and 2 | Photo: Official site

The poise of Gukesh | Photo: Official site

To understand why Gukesh is climbing the ranks so quickly, you have to listen to his support system - his father, Dr. Rajinikanth and his coach GM Vishnu Prasanna

Developing a world-class chess prodigy - Rajinikanth, father of GM D Gukesh | Video: ChessBase India
From 2250 to 2700 - How GM Vishnu Prasanna trained D Gukesh | Video: ChessBase India

The tournament is being played at CPAnkara Hotel at Ankara, Turkey | Photo: Official site

India's 70th GM Raja Rithvik R is the only other Indian taking part in this event | Photo: Official site

Replay Round 1-3 games

Starting list of players

No.NameFideIDRtgFEDTeamBo.
1GMYU YANGYI86038202708CHNGÖKTÜRK SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ2
2GMMAGHSOODLOO PARHAM125399292701IRIGÖKTÜRK SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ1
3GMDOMMARAJU GUKESH466165432699INDTÜRK HAVA YOLLARI (THY) SPOR KULÜBÜ1
4GMESIPENKO ANDREY241754392692FIDBAYEGAN PENDİK SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ2
5GMNIEMANN HANS MOKE20935962687USABAYEGAN PENDİK SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ1
6GMCHEPARINOV IVAN29055402685BULTÜRK HAVA YOLLARI (THY) SPOR KULÜBÜ3
7GMABDUSATTOROV NODIRBEK142041182677UZBTÜRK HAVA YOLLARI (THY) SPOR KULÜBÜ2
8GMKUZUBOV YURİY141129062644UKRTARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ1
9GMSHEVCHENKO KIRILL141295742642UKRGÖKTÜRK SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ3
10GMIDANI POUYA125101302641IRIHATAY BÜYÜKŞEHİR BELEDİYESİ GENÇLİK SPOR1
11GMSOLAK DRAGAN9168112639TURBAYEGAN PENDİK SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ3
12GMYILMAZ MUSTAFA63027182634TURGÖKTÜRK SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ4
13GMABASOV NİJAT AZAD OĞLU134029602633AZEDARÜŞŞAFAKA SPOR KULÜBÜ1
14GMNGUYEN THAI DAI VAN3588782629CZEGÖKYAY VAKFI SPOR KULÜBÜ1
15GMCAN EMRE63021812593TURGÖKTÜRK SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ5

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Standings after Round 3

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3 
12TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI (THY) SPOR KULÜBÜ3300601095
23BAYEGAN PENDİK SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ3201401039
310BURSA BÜYÜKŞEHİR BELEDİYESPOR KULÜBÜ320140750
41GÖKTÜRK SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ220040698
59BURHANİYE SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ220040552
613DARÜŞŞAFAKA SPOR KULÜBÜ311130751
75DENİZ SU AQUAMATCH SATRANÇ GENÇLİK VE SP311130740
84HATAY BÜYÜKŞEHİR BELEDİYESİ GENÇLİK SPOR311130637
911TAŞ DUVAR SPOR KULÜBÜ310222578
106KARAMAN FUTBOL KULÜBÜ310220631
1112ROTA KOLEJİ SPOR KULÜBÜ301210393
128GÖKYAY VAKFI SPOR KULÜBÜ300300603
137TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ200200353

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Links

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Tournament Regulations


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