Kolkata 2018 Round 5: Ivan Rozum shows you what the art of being means!
The sole leader at the 3rd LIC Kolkata GM International 2018 is GM Ivan Rozum from Russia. Ivan has been showing phenomenal technique at this event beating all of his opponents in endgames. Against Deep Sengupta in the fifth round he gave a model presentation of how sometimes "being" in chess is more important than "doing". Ivan played perhaps one of the finest positional games of the tournament to outwit Deep Sengupta. Rozum is pursued by three players Amonatov, Srinath and Tukhaev on 4.5/5, with a huge number of players on 4.0/5. Detailed explanation of Rozum's win, pictures, videos and more from Kolkata.
Ivan Rozum is the sole leader with 5.0/5
"Chess for Zebras" is a fantastic book written by GM Jonathan Rowson. In it he mentions the difference between being and doing in chess. Here I produce one of the extracts from the book:
Once after winning a game Tony Miles was asked, how did he win the game, and he commented: "I did absolutely ** all and it proved to be enough!" This comment might seem a bit shocking, but you have to admit that it's also quite funny. The point is that Black lost the game; White didn't really win it. One reaction would be to think "So what? Sometimes you get lucky and your opponent makes it easy for you", but I think there is more to it than that. It is well-known that part of being a strong player is making other strong players look weak. Take Kasparov against your average 2600 GM or your average 2600 against your standard 1M, and so on. At every level of play, players who look good against weaker players are, in turn, made to look weak - nothing new there. But I believe part of the reason for this is that the stronger you get, the finer your feeling for the game and the more acutely you sense mistakes. More precisely, as you get better, you get better at avoiding mistakes, but you also come to realize how difficult it is to avoid them, so you develop a better sense of how to make your opponents go astray.
Improving your results is thus not just about playing better moves yourself, but encouraging, or even just allowing your opponent to make mistakes. What the above game suggests is that you don't always have to try very hard to do that! Moreover, sometimes trying hard is actually counter-productive. At his peak, Karpov seemed to exemplify this kind of intelligence. Indeed, Icelandic GM Hjartarson once described the experience of playing Karpov as follows: "Nothing happens, but you lose." Karpov has such a fine feeling for the coordination of the pieces that with a few delicate touches in the right places he could make his opponent's position collapse, when it had previously looked quite viable. Moreover, in the notes to one of his games against Kasparov, where he has the advantage but is ex- ploiting it in a leisurely way he writes: "Why hurry? Why worry? The fruit will ripen of its own accord".
How did Rozum win?
Ivan Rozum vs Deep Sengupta
Video gallery by Shahid Ahmed:
Results of round 5:
Rank after round 5:
|3||14||GM||Narayanan Srinath||IND||2525||AIR INDIA||4,5||0,0||12,0||13,0||11,25||4||4,5||3,40||1,10|
|7||1||GM||Short Nigel D||ENG||2656||ENG||4,0||0,0||13,5||15,5||12,00||3||4||4,01||-0,01|
|11||17||GM||Tran Tuan Minh||VIE||2512||VIE||4,0||0,0||12,5||14,5||11,25||3||4||3,95||0,05|
|13||12||GM||Lalith Babu M R||IND||2531||PSPB||4,0||0,0||12,0||14,0||10,50||3||3||2,62||0,38|
Pairings for round 6:
|1||9||GM||Tukhaev Adam||2551||4½||5||GM||Rozum Ivan||2581||6|
|2||14||GM||Narayanan Srinath||2525||4½||4½||GM||Amonatov Farrukh||2608||4|
|3||1||GM||Short Nigel D||2656||4||4||GM||Tran Tuan Minh||2512||17|
|4||7||GM||Sandipan Chanda||2573||4||4||GM||Laxman R.R.||2444||29|
|5||8||GM||Sengupta Deep||2563||4||4||GM||Rahman Ziaur||2495||20|
|6||21||FM||Erigaisi Arjun||2488||4||4||IM||Nihal Sarin||2551||10|
|7||25||IM||Harsha Bharathakoti||2463||4||4||GM||Lalith Babu M R||2531||12|
|8||13||GM||Burmakin Vladimir||2528||4||4||CM||Gukesh D||2426||33|
|9||28||GM||Neelotpal Das||2452||4||4||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2516||16|
|10||30||IM||Das Sayantan||2437||4||3½||GM||Gupta Abhijeet||2619||2|
Room mates Adam Tukhaev and Ivan Rozum will fight it out against each other on the top board today!