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Goa GM 2018 Round 5: Who said GMs and IMs do not blunder?

by Sagar Shah - 16/10/2018

After five rounds at the Goa GM International 2018 we have just three leaders on 100% score and they are all from outside India - Pouya Idani, Samvel Ter Sahakayan and Vitaly Sivuk. It is quite amazing that a tournament organized in the smallest state of India - Goa, has three leaders from Iran, Armenia and Ukraine. We have a pack of six players on 4.5/5 which include two Indians Deepan Chakkravarthy and R.R. Laxman. The B-group came to an end on the 16th of October 2018. The winner was Omkar Kadav from Maharashtra who took back home the prize of Rs.1,40,000 after he scored 9.0/10. Illustrated report from Goa with pictures by Amruta Mokal and Supriya Bhat. 

People often think that grandmasters and International Masters do not blunder or make mistakes. Nothing could be farther from the truth. A chess player no matter how strong he is, always makes mistakes. That's the complex nature of the game we play. Errors happen because of variety of reasons - tiredness, over-confidence, under-confidence, lack of physical rest, over excitedness - the list is endless. But one thing is sure - mistakes and blunders do happen.


A lot of errors were made by top players in the fifth round of the Goa GM International 2018 in the A-section. Let's have a look at a few of them:

Idani Pouya beat Stany G.A with a strong attack and moved to 5.0/5 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Stany's ...Bg4 was incorrect. Black usually plays his bishop on e6, followed by Nc6, because he should be looking to create some play on the queenside and the centre. In this particular position after 0-0-0, the bishop on g4 looks quite misplaced.

Samvel Ter-Sahakyan beat Anurag Mhamal to move to 5.0/5 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Samvel took the pawn on c4 with his bishop. He expected Anurag to take on c4 after which he had prepred Nbd2 picking up the knight on a4 with a clearly better position. Hence, instead of taking on c4, Black should have first played ...Nc3. But I am sure Anurag was tensed that after Qd3 his knight is trapped.

What should Black play here?

Black has a very powerful move at his disposal ...Bxd5! Once you see this move, all the variations start making sense.

Vitaly Sivuk beat Ziaur Rahman to move to 5.0/5 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

d4 by Ziaur Rahman was a poor move. I am not sure what is it that he had missed but after ...Rb5 his queen was attacked and ...fxe4 just breaks up White's structure

Levon Babujian beat the top seed of the tournament Martyn Kravtsiv. Look at the oversight by Kravtsiv: | Photo: Amruta Mokal

White has blundered by bringing his bishop to c1. How did Babujian win the game?.

Levon played Qb6+. Now whatever you do, you are going to lose a lot of material. He played Qf2 but after,,,,Nh3+! followed by Qxf2+ and Bishop h4. This led to a winning position for Black.

GM R.R Laxman played excellently out of the opening and throughout the game to beat GM Adam Tukhaev | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Alexander Predke vs Anup Deshmukh

....b6? was a clear cut error by Anup Deshmukh. Predke just took on c5 and after ...bxc5, moved his queen to d5 and won a free pawn!

Ankit Gajwa vs Himanshu Sharma

White is better and there is no doubt that he will be able to convert if he plays correctly. Gajwa took the bold decision of sacrificing an exchange on d6. It was an excellent idea. His bishop sat on d5 like a king and Black couldn't really do much.

If you too would like to improve your positional sacrificing ability like Ankit, then the book by Suba should be extremely useful.

The Multi-talented Ankit Gajwa

We hope that these examples were enough to convince you that the best in business make mistakes all the time. The important thing to note is that once a strong player starts playing well his blunders keep reducing and in such a tournament it is extremely difficult to defeatt him/her.

Results of round 5:

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts. ResultPts. NameRtgClub/City No.
15GMIdani Pouya 2588IRI4 1 - 04 IMStany G.A. 2502AAI13
29GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel 2547ARM4 1 - 04 GMAnurag Mhamal 2495GOA14
317GMRahman Ziaur 2473BAN4 0 - 14 GMSivuk Vitaly 2545UKR10
411GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J. 2540ICF4 ½ - ½4 GMKasparov Sergey 2453BLR19
51GMKravtsiv Martyn 2654UKR 0 - 1 GMBabujian Levon 2456ARM18
622GMLaxman R.R. 2443ICF 1 - 0 GMTukhaev Adam 2556UKR6
77GMMalakhatko Vadim 2552BEL ½ - ½ IMAkash G 2424TN28
825IMViani Antonio Dcunha 2430KAR 0 - 1 GMBernadskiy Vitaliy 2547UKR8
939FMRajdeep Sarkar 2355WB 0 - 1 GMNeverov Valeriy 2488UKR15
1059Pradeep Kumar R A 2279POSTAL3 0 - 13 GMAmonatov Farrukh 2615TJK2

Complete results

Standings after round 5:

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
GMTer-Sahakyan SamvelARM2547ARM5,00,015,017,017,0051011,2
GMIdani PouyaIRI2588IRI5,00,014,517,517,5051010,5
GMSivuk VitalyUKR2545UKR5,00,013,015,015,0051010,3
GMNeverov ValeriyUKR2488UKR4,50,013,516,514,754109,3
GMLaxman R.R.IND2443ICF4,50,013,516,014,0041012,1
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND2540ICF4,50,013,515,513,254103,8
GMBabujian LevonARM2456ARM4,50,013,015,514,254107,6
GMBernadskiy VitaliyUKR2547UKR4,50,013,015,513,754102,2
GMKasparov SergeyBLR2453BLR4,50,013,015,012,7541012,5
GMRahman ZiaurBAN2473BAN4,00,015,518,013,004106,9
GMMalakhatko VadimBEL2552BEL4,00,015,517,513,253100,6
IMStany G.A.IND2502AAI4,00,015,018,013,004100,7
GMPopov IvanRUS2611RUS4,00,014,517,012,50410-2,7
IMDas SayantanIND2425WB4,00,014,016,511,504103,3
FMJubin JimmyIND2308KER4,00,014,015,510,504208,8
GMAmonatov FarrukhTJK2615TJK4,00,013,516,512,50410-2,1
FMRathanvel V SIND2341TN4,00,013,516,512,504207,2
GMPredke AlexandrRUS2615RUS4,00,013,515,011,25310-4,2
GMAnurag MhamalIND2495GOA4,00,013,515,010,004101,1
IMGusain HimalIND2384RLYS4,00,012,514,511,004104,8


Top three spots of the B-category went to Omkar Kadhav of Maharashtra, Vijay Kumar of Himachal Pradesh and Rahul Singh Soram of Assam

Final rankings after round 10

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
Kadav OmkarIND1859MAH9,00,062,567,560,7582061,2
Vijay KumarIND1915HP9,00,061,065,558,0092042,0
Singh Soram RahulIND1945ASSM8,50,061,566,555,0082025,6
Safarov DoniorUZB1920UZB8,50,057,062,052,7582015,0
Srikanth K.IND1934AF8,00,062,567,552,007208,4
Anwar N KIND1764KER8,00,060,065,551,7572053,0
Katiyar PrashantIND1800UP8,00,060,065,049,7572050,2
WFMPotluri SupreethawIND1851AP8,00,058,560,545,0084033,6
Sahil DhawanIND1740HAR8,00,056,561,047,5082057,0
Nandan BuragohainIND1924ASSM8,00,051,055,043,50820-10,6
Rishabh NishadIND1874UP7,50,063,065,545,507205,6
Dhanush RagavU15IND1864TN7,50,060,064,546,2564022,8
Ranjith R.K.IND1736TN7,50,058,062,544,2572044,2
Santoshkashyap HgIND1940KAR7,50,057,061,545,50620-10,8
Abdul Majeed N.S60IND1727KAR7,50,055,560,041,7572038,0
Ajith M.P.IND1647KAR7,50,054,058,040,7572059,4
Mansoor C MIND1764KER7,50,054,057,542,2572025,8
Akshay AnandIND1853PUN7,50,053,558,042,255202,4
Leeladhar KachrooIND1732HAR7,50,051,556,041,7572013,4

Complete list

Omkar Kadav was a passionate chess player, but circumstances led him to give up playing chess professionally | Photo: Supriya Bhat

Omkar now works as a stock broker in Mumbai. He had come with great enthusiasm to just enjoy his games at the Goa GM International 2018 - B group. He is well known for his detailed opening preparation and that helped him win many of the games in very less time. Omkar went back home with Rs. 1,40,000.

Omkar Kadav winning the first place trophy! | Photo: Niklesh Jain
Interview with Omkar Kadav after round four of the event

The top three finishers (from left to right): Vijay Kumar (left), Omkar Kadav, Rahul Singh Soram (right) | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Tournament director and Secretary of Goa Chess Association Kishor Bandekar presides over the closing ceremony | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The colourful performers at the closing ceremony | Photo: Niklesh Jain

A lot of glittering trophies were distributed! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

All prize winners captured in one frame! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The general consensus is that Goa tournament has the most hard working and reliable volunteers seen in Indian chess events! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The post-game "look"! | Photo: Supriya Bhat

Cuteness overload! | Photo: Supriya Bhat

The Jalna group in ChessBase India t-shirts: Waghmare sir, Tapasya Waghmare, Satwik Dhage, Krishna Thakur, Rutik Nemane, Vedant Gadge, Shreyas Pathak, Om Kakad, and Satish Thakur | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Tarun Kanyamarala celebrated his birthday with his father and sister Trisha Kanyamarala at the ChessBase India stall | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Group C will begin on 17th of October 2018, while group A will play their sixth and seventh rounds.

Pairings for round 6 in group A:

o.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts. ResultPts. NameRtgClub/City No.
GMSivuk Vitaly 2545UKR5 5 GMIdani Pouya 2588IRI
GMBernadskiy Vitaliy 2547UKR 5 GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel 2547ARM
GMBabujian Levon 2456ARM GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J. 2540ICF
GMKasparov Sergey 2453BLR GMNeverov Valeriy 2488UKR
GMAmonatov Farrukh 2615TJK4 GMLaxman R.R. 2443ICF
IMAkash G 2424TN4 4 GMPredke Alexandr 2615RUS
IMGusain Himal 2384RLYS4 4 GMPopov Ivan 2611RUS
IMRathnakaran K. 2366RLYS4 4 GMMalakhatko Vadim 2552BEL
IMStany G.A. 2502AAI4 4 FMRathanvel V S 2341TN
IMKonguvel Ponnuswamy 2325PSPB4 4 GMRahman Ziaur 2473BAN

Complete list

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