Goa GM 2018 Round 1: No less than Batumi!
It is for the first time that the smallest state of India - Goa is organizing a grandmaster event. The Goa Chess Association has left no stone unturned in giving the best facilities to the players. The author of this article just returned from the Batumi Olympiad 2018, and finds the playing hall better than what was used in Georgia! The first round was played in the A group, while three rounds were played in the B-group. No grandmaster lost his game but there were a couple of draws. At the same time Deepan Chakkravarthy played some exciting chess to light up the event! Here's an illustrated report from the event with photos, videos, analysis and much more.
Just a week ago Amruta and I were at the biggest chess event in the World of chess - the Olympiad! Have a look at how the stadium hosting the top teams at the Olympiad looked like.
And now we are in Goa and I would say the playing hall is comparable, or even slightly better than what we witnessed at Batumi!
Goa is the smallest state in India, but its ambitions are definitely not the smallest. Goa Chess Association was formed in the year 1978 with the intention of sending a few of the chess players from Goa to participate in the national tournament. Never did it imagine that 40 years later it would be hosting one of the biggest open tournaments in our country.
The Goa International Open Grandmaster Tournament 2018 has been organized in three categories A, B and C with participation of over 1200 players across the three groups making it the biggest ever sports event held in the state. There are 288 players in the A group with 22 grandmasters and 26 International Masters. The top seed of the tournament is GM Martyn Kravtsiv, who has an Elo of 2654 and is fresh from his success at the Gujarat GM Open 2018.
The first round did not see too many upsets. There were a couple of draws on top boards. But perhaps the most interesting game was the one between GM Farrukh Amonatov and Srreezza Potluri. The young girl from AP was just a piece up after the middlegame complications but went on to lose the game.
Stany's middlegame combination!
There are two players in contention to become India's 57th grandmaster at the Goa International 2018. One is Stany GA who has surpassed the Elo barrier of 2500, but needs his final GM norm. Next is IM Vignesh NR, who has his three GM norm but has to cover 30 Elo points. Stany's feat seems easier, but you never know! In the first round Stany played a very nice combination which we invite you to solve.
Stany vs Prajesh, Round 1
Results of round one:
|1||1||GM||Kravtsiv Martyn||2654||UKR||0||1 - 0||0||Vaibhav Jayant Raut||1998||MAH||145|
|2||146||Potluri Saye Srreezza||1993||AP||0||0 - 1||0||GM||Amonatov Farrukh||2615||TJK||2|
|3||3||GM||Predke Alexandr||2615||RUS||0||1 - 0||0||Ilamparthi A R||1984||TN||147|
|4||148||Aditya Guhagarkar||1982||MAH||0||0 - 1||0||GM||Popov Ivan||2611||RUS||4|
|5||5||GM||Idani Pouya||2588||IRI||0||1 - 0||0||AGM||Sa Kannan||1977||TN||149|
|6||150||Himanshu Ranjan||1970||BIH||0||½ - ½||0||GM||Tukhaev Adam||2556||UKR||6|
|7||7||GM||Malakhatko Vadim||2552||BEL||0||1 - 0||0||Pimpalkhare Vedant||1968||MAH||151|
|8||152||Mushini Ajay||1966||AP||0||0 - 1||0||GM||Bernadskiy Vitaliy||2547||UKR||8|
|9||9||GM||Ter-Sahakyan Samvel||2547||ARM||0||1 - 0||0||Thaga Sheriff M||1963||TN||153|
|10||154||Manish Anto Cristiano F||1961||TN||0||0 - 1||0||GM||Sivuk Vitaly||2545||UKR||10|
|11||11||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2540||TN||0||1 - 0||0||Manish Kumar (2006)||1961||ODI||155|
|12||156||AGM||Rathneesh R||1957||TN||0||0 - 1||0||IM||Karthik Venkataraman||2525||AP||12|
|13||13||IM||Stany G.A.||2502||KAR||0||1 - 0||0||Prajesh R||1953||TN||157|
|14||158||WFM||Bidhar Rutumbara||1948||ODI||0||0 - 1||0||GM||Anurag Mhamal||2495||GOA||14|
|15||15||GM||Neverov Valeriy||2488||UKR||0||1 - 0||0||Pradeep Tiwari||1947||DASCB||159|
For the players in the group B, the tournament is extremely difficult. Having a large prize fund (the first prize is Rs.1,40,000) at stake is always very stressful. At the same time they have to play three rounds in a day which is not at all easy.
Standings after round three:
|30||Dhanush Ragav||IND||1864||T N*||3,0||0,0||4,0||5,5||5,50||3||40||20,8|
|23||Badavath Anand||IND||1874||A P||3,0||0,0||4,0||5,0||5,00||3||20||10,0|
|44||Gokulraj K||IND||1810||T N ( N P)||3,0||0,0||4,0||5,0||5,00||3||40||22,8|
|45||Karthik Gopal G||IND||1810||A P ( AICF)||3,0||0,0||4,0||5,0||5,00||3||20||11,6|
|17||64||Mansoor C M||IND||1764||Ker||3,0||0,0||3,5||5,0||5,00||3||20||10,6|
|18||73||Ranjith R.K.||IND||1736||T N||3,0||0,0||3,5||4,5||4,50||3||20||12,8|
The opening ceremony was held prior to the first round at 2 p.m. on 13th of October 2018.
On 14th of October, we will witness two rounds in the A-group and three rounds in the B-group. You can watch all the action live here: