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IIFLW Mumbai 08: Parham Maghsoodloo retains lead throwing Gupta out of title contention

by Aditya Pai - 07/01/2018

Going into the final round, GM Abhijeet Gupta has been thrown out of contention for the title prize by the Iranian GM Parham Magsoodloo who outwitted the tournament's top seed on board one of the IIFLW Mumbai International Chess tournament. Having tasted his first defeat in the previous round, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy came all guns blazing at the penultimate round yesterday and demolished GM Tran Tuan Minh in a Sicilian Najdorf. In the Junior section, Pranav Vijay with his win has taken a half point lead over the rest of the field but whether or not he will be able to maintain it until the end of the final round is something to be seen. An illustrated report on round 8.

With just one round to go, Parham Maghsoodloo has strengthened his lead beating Abhijeet Gupta with the black pieces on board one. For Gupta, this loss means he will be out of title contention in the final round. After the conclusion of the penultimate round, just two players -- David Alberto and Deepan Chakkravarthy -- have a realistic shot at the title.

 

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy, who had been leading the tournament until the previous round, made a strong comeback winning his game against the Vietnamese GM Tran Tuan Minh. Currently, he is half-a-point behind Maghsoodloo. But even if he is able to catch up in the final round, his loss against the current tournament leader from the previous round will haunt him in the tiebreak.

Outsmarting the top seed of the tournament, Parham Maghsoodloo has made a huge stride towards winning the title prize | Photo: Niklesh Jain

In the game between Abhijeet Gupta and Parham Maghsoodloo, the latter chose the Stonewall Dutch to counter his opponent's 1. d4. The position was pretty even coming out of the opening when Gupta spotted a temporary knight sacrifice and -- in the opinion of the computer -- rushed with regaining his piece.

By this point, Gupta had already sacrificed a knight and forked both of black knights with his g5 pawn. Maghsoodloo found an excellent way to put pressure on white's weakness on e3 with 22...Nhg4!

In response, the computers felt white could maintain equality with 23.Re2. However, Gupta regained his piece immediately with 23.fxg4. And after 23...Nxg4, black had strong pressure on the e3 point. Soon, the e3 pawn was captured and white's position began to look hopeless quickly after this. Three moves later, Gupta tried to hang on by sacrificing his queen for a rook and a minor piece but this only hastened the end.

After being dominated in the previous round, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy came back with a bang beating GM Tran Tuan Minh | Photo: Niklesh Jain

With the white pieces, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy went on the offensive from the word go in his game against the Vietnamese GM Tran Tuan Minh. Kicking off with 1.e4, Deepan flung his kingside pawns early in the game to counter his opponent's Sicilian Najdorf. By move 21, Deepan already had a much better position but on the very next move, Deepan made an inaccuracy and allowed his opponent equality. On the very next move, Tuan Minh blundered again. This time Deepan exploited his opponent's error successfully. By the 30th move, the Vietnamese GM was about to be a full piece down and, therefore, resigned.

GM David Alberto put himself into contention for the title after beating GM Nguyen Duc Hoa | Photo: Niklesh Jain

On board three, Vietnamese GM Nguyen Duc Hoa had a bad day against GM David Alberto. The two played a Rossolimo Sicilian in which the former ended up in a worse position very early in the game. Things just didn't seem to be going his way as he shed a pawn on move 10 and was under attack on the kingside for the most part. The final nail in the coffin was when he missed an intermezzo while sacrificing his queen and ended up a piece down. By the 27th move, it was all over.

One man who never fails to entertain is the Uzbek-American GM Timur Gareyev | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Timur Gareyev took a day off from his routine of playing unconventional openings in the penultimate round of the event. With the black pieces, the Uzbek-American GM essayed the open variation of the Ruy Lopez against Ameir Moheb. And even though the opening wasn't as crafty as it usually has been in his games at this event, he did come up with some neat tactics to get the better of his Egyptian opponent. The game finished in a tragic-comic position where white's dark squared bishop trapped in the centre of the board.

In the final round, the clash for the title will be mainly between Maghsoodloo, Alberto and Chakkravarthy. While Maghsoodloo will be playing Alberto on the top board today, Deepan Chakkravarthy will face the blindfold king, Timur Gareyev on board two. Maghsoodloo definitely has an edge over Alberto and Chakkravarthy with his extra half point and the white pieces in hand. But if Alberto can pull out a win tomorrow, he assures himself at least a shared first place. As for Deepan Chakkravarthy, he has to win his final round game if he is to keep his chances of winning the title alive.

Results of round 8

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
11
GMGupta AbhijeetIND261060 - 1GMMaghsoodloo ParhamIRI2570
6
25
GMDavid AlbertoITA257161 - 06GMNguyen Duc HoaVIE2504
11
315
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND247361 - 06GMTran Tuan MinhVIE2544
8
427
IMAmeir MohebEGY23820 - 1GMGareyev TimurUSA2606
2
53
GMRozum IvanRUS25950 - 1IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK2451
20
633
Kunal M.IND23520 - 1GMTukhaev AdamUKR2575
4
77
GMAtalik SuatTUR25451 - 0FMRathanvel V SIND2323
40
89
GMSwapnil S. DhopadeIND25331 - 0Kulkarni VinayakIND2230
64
941
Muthaiah AlIND2316½ - ½IMYeoh Li TianMAS2480
14
1061
Saurabh AnandIND2241½ - ½GMHorvath AdamHUN2473
16

Rank after round 8

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 wwew-weKrtg+/-
16
GMMaghsoodloo ParhamU18IRI25707,50,041,545,53,07,07,56,231,271012,7
215
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND24737,00,040,543,53,07,074,962,041020,4
35
GMDavid AlbertoITA25717,00,038,542,03,06,075,981,021010,2
44
GMTukhaev AdamUKR25756,50,039,043,52,06,06,56,52-0,0210-0,2
59
GMSwapnil S. DhopadeIND25336,50,038,042,02,05,06,56,89-0,3910-3,9
67
GMAtalik SuatTUR25456,50,038,041,51,05,06,56,380,12101,2
720
IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK24516,50,036,040,04,05,06,55,800,70107,0
82
GMGareyev TimurUSA26066,50,035,038,02,06,06,57,01-0,5110-5,1
916
GMHorvath AdamHUN24736,00,040,545,02,05,065,740,26102,6
108
GMTran Tuan MinhU20VIE25446,00,039,043,03,05,066,39-0,3910-3,9

Round 9 Pairing

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
16
GMMaghsoodloo ParhamIRI25707GMDavid AlbertoITA2571
5
22
GMGareyev TimurUSA26067GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND2473
15
34
GMTukhaev AdamUKR2575GMAtalik SuatTUR2545
7
420
IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK2451GMSwapnil S. DhopadeIND2533
9
522
IMNitin S.IND244166GMGupta AbhijeetIND2610
1
68
GMTran Tuan MinhVIE254466FMFadi MarkoEGY2323
39
710
GMShyam Sundar M.IND252766Muthaiah AlIND2316
41
811
GMNguyen Duc HoaVIE250466Singh S. VikramjitIND2256
57
928
IMSidhant MohapatraIND238266GMRahman ZiaurBAN2485
13
1014
IMYeoh Li TianMAS248066Saurabh AnandIND2241
61

Juniors

The Juniors category is also going along similar lines as the open segment. After the penultimate round, there is one clear leader half-a-point ahead of his nearest rival while two others are following him. After his win against co-leader Nikhil Magizhnan, Pranav V has emerged as the sole leader in the field. Hot under his heels are D Gukesh and Aryan Varshney who are both within striking distance.

Aaryan Varshney sacrificed a bishop in the endgame and finished his game off in style!

In his eighth round game against Niyata Jain, Aaryan went for the London System and began attacking on the kingside right out of the opening. Flinging his kingside pawns forward, Aaryan got a pleasant edge very soon. On move 21, Niyata offered an exchange of queens which Aaryan happily accepted and, a few moves later, emerged a pawn up. As play progressed, players reached a similar coloured bishop endgame in which Aaryan finished off in style sacrificing his bishop to queen his passed queenside pawns.

The game between Nikhil Magizhnan and Pranav Vijay also featured one side having an extra pawn in the endgame. 

Nikhil went for the exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez -- perhaps, to play something safe. Out of the opening, Pranav, who had the black pieces, was able to equalise quite early and began pushing for a win. As play neared the first time control, Magizhnan began to make some inaccuracies. Capitalizing on his opponent's errors, Pranav exchanged rooks and began harvesting his opponent's pawns one after another. To add to Magizhnan's troubles, one of Pranav's pawns had a far advanced passed pawn on the queenside. Seeing no way to save the game, Magizhnan resigned on the 54th move.

D Gukesh had to play on both wings of the board to win his game against Om Kadam | Photo: Amruta Mokal

In the final round, Pranav Vijay will face Aaryan Varshney while D Gukesh will be pitted against Rohit Krishna S. With his half point lead, Pranav Vijay has good chances of lifting the champion's trophy at the event but with one more difficult round to go and two strong contenders like Gukesh and Aaryan Varshney to dodge, it will not be an easy challenge.

Results of round 8

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
111
CMNikhil Magizhnan20170 - 1Pranav V2263
2
245
Kadam Om Manish165260 - 16CMGukesh D2362
1
310
Aaryan Varshney202661 - 06Jain Nityata1912
20
422
AIMTrisha Kanyamarala18260 - 1Anuj Shrivatri2149
3
54
CMRohith Krishna S21391 - 0Rohit S1808
25
623
Zia Tahsin Tajwar18251 - 0Pranav Anand2106
7
78
AGMTarun Kanyamarala2069½ - ½Abhinessh S1666
43
813
Pranesh M1977½ - ½Adarsh Tripathi1763
29
930
Jain Kashish Manoj1748½ - ½AGMSrihari L R1924
17
1042
Shah Jeet1671½ - ½Thrish Karthik1895
21

Rank after round 8

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
12
Pranav VIND22637,50,033,043,53,07,087,57,180,32206,4
21
CMGukesh DIND23627,00,534,545,03,06,0877,31-0,3120-6,2
310
Aaryan VarshneyIND20267,00,532,543,53,06,0875,811,194047,6
411
CMNikhil MagizhnanIND20176,50,034,045,52,06,086,55,640,864034,4
54
CMRohith Krishna SIND21396,50,032,543,52,05,086,57,25-0,7540-30,0
63
Anuj ShrivatriIND21496,50,032,542,53,06,086,57,04-0,5440-21,6
723
Zia Tahsin TajwarBAN18256,50,029,540,52,06,086,55,361,144045,6
845
Kadam Om ManishIND16526,00,034,045,03,06,0862,783,2240128,8
917
AGMSrihari L RIND19246,00,032,544,01,05,0865,480,524020,8
1029
Adarsh TripathiIND17636,00,032,542,02,04,0864,631,374054,8

Round 9 Pairing

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
12
Pranav V22637Aaryan Varshney2026
10
21
CMGukesh D23627CMRohith Krishna S2139
4
33
Anuj Shrivatri2149CMNikhil Magizhnan2017
11
45
CMMendonca Leon Luke21306Zia Tahsin Tajwar1825
23
521
Thrish Karthik189566AGMTarun Kanyamarala2069
8
624
Mahitosh Dey182066CMBharath Subramaniyam H2014
12
727
Vrandesh Parekh179866Pranesh M1977
13
815
Polakhare Aryan194766Sriram B1783
28
929
Adarsh Tripathi176366AGMJubin Jimmy1936
16
1017
AGMSrihari L R192466Shah Jeet1671
42

About the Author

Aditya Pai is an ardent chess fan, avid reader, and a film lover. He has been an advertising copywriter and is currently pursuing a Master's in English Literature at the University of Mumbai. He loves all things German and is learning the language. He has also written scripts for experimental films.