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Kolkata 2018 Round 4: Gukesh beats Aravindh Chithambaram

by Sagar Shah - 18/05/2018

After four rounds of the Kolkata GM International 2018 we have two leaders on 100% score - GM Deep Sengupta and GM Ivan Rozum. The two will face off in the fifth round on the top board. The biggest news of round five was 12-year-old IM D. Gukesh winning his game against 2597 rated Aravindh Chithambaram. In a drawn position Aravindh, thoroughly dejected, resigned the game. In this report we have some game analysis and pictures for you. We also have a huge collection of videos where you will get a lot to learn from masters like Chanda, Prasad, Nihal Sarin and little boy from Assam Shahil Dey. 

Deep Sengupta of Kolkata and Ivan Rozum of Russia lead with 4.0/4

Some of the parts of this report have been taken from the press release by IM V. Saravanan

In a battle between two of the acclaimed prodigies of the country, Aravindh Chithambaram lost tragically to young D.Gukesh in a typical moment of blindness over the board, allowing Gukesh to join as many as 12 players on 3.5 points closely following the leaders.


The talking point of the day was the sudden meltdown of Aravindh in the last 5 minutes of the game, who was trying hard to provoke his younger opponent to crack under pressure while possessing an extra pawn in a drawish ending with minor pieces ending. Instead, he allowed Gukesh to capture a pawn on e3 with check, and resigned immediately in a moment of frustration assuming he was losing a piece on the next move. However, he overlooked a resource for himself which would have landed him in a position with equal pawns where he could defend with a rook against Gukesh’s two minor pieces.

Aravindh Chithambaram vs Gukesh

Gukesh played his rook to d2 which was a mistake. White now had a fine tactic with Bxg6! but Aravindh missed it. Instead he went for... 

Be4. After this Gukesh played Ng4

Aravindh though about the captures on f2 and played Bd5

He was stunned when instead of taking on f2, Gukesh took on e3. At this moment in a feeling of shock Aravindh resigned the game. But the position was not lost as after Kf3 Nxd5 White has the move...

Rd7 which regains the lost piece. Black can try with Nxf4 Rxd2 Ne6 but with three pawns per side this will lead to a draw.
Gukesh speaks with ChessBase India about what he felt when Aravindh resigned

Top seeded Nigel Short had a short 16 move draw against young N.R.Vignesh on the top board, just when it looked like the game was leading to sharp play. Short confessed that his pawn sacrifice just out of the opening was from inspiration over the board as the oncoming elections for FIDE presidency had ‘limited his preparation to just the first move 1.e4’!

Ivan Rozum played a beautiful rook endgame to beat IM Arjun Erigaisi | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Rozum once again showed his finely developed technique, as he was featured in a Rook ending where he held a strategic advantage. Just like the previous round, he outplayed the Indian teenager Arjun Erigaisi with steady play to win in 42 moves from the Black side of a Catalan setup.

Deep Sengupta won his fourth round against Khusenkhojaev and joins Ivan Rozum at the top | Photo: Amruta Mokal

As the tournament nears the halfway mark many full-fledged fights are witnessed between players nearer to strength, typical of a chess tournament conducted in Swiss system as the 4th round itself witnessed intense fights between titled players.


Strong performances also came from Abhijeet Gupta who defeated Manik Mikulas in the first Grandmaster fight of the event, and IM D.V.Prasad who held R.R.Laxman to a draw thus continuing his good run in the tournament so far.

Manik Miklaus lost to Abhijeet Gupta from a position that he was clearly winning | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Black has just played Rg8. How should White finish off the game?

Photo and video Gallery:

Leon Mendonca is showing some tremendous bit of chess in this tournament and has scored wins over IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy and WIM Vantika Agrawal. He is already gaining 66 Elo points. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Sandipan Chanda scored a beautiful victory over IM K. Ratnakaran | Photo: Amruta Mokal
Chanda's calculations are something to learn from

The playing hall is spacious and well lit and provides the perfect ambience to play chess | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Two strong GMs of India Laxman and Neelotpal Das share a light moment before the game! | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The second playing hall | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM V. Saravanan is ready to announce the game of the day! | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The best game of round two award went to IM D.V. Prasad | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Khusenkhojaev won the best game of the day for round three | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Some final words of advice before the game to Kushagra Mohan from his father | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The meditative GM from Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman | Photo: Shahid Ahmed
Nihal Sarin shows some excellent chess understanding in his game against WGM Mary Ann Gomes
It seemed like Farrukh Amonatov was losing his game against the Vietnamese IM, but he had a nice pawn move on the edge of the board that came to his rescue
IM D.V. Prasad, the man who has beaten Mikhail Tal has already scored 3.0/4 in this tournament. He has beaten GM Deepan Chakkravarthy and drawn with GM Kidambi and GM Laxman. He tells us the secret of his performance.
Shahil Dey played a fantastic game to beat WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty. The youngster from Assam discusses his analysis with us.
The starting moments of round four captured by Shahid Ahmed

Results of round four:

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11GMShort Nigel D26563½ - ½3IMVignesh N R248522
221FMErigaisi Arjun248830 - 13GMRozum Ivan25816
327IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad245630 - 13GMSengupta Deep25638
432IMNitin S.24323½ - ½3GMNarayanan Srinath252514
536GMManik Mikulas24110 - 1GMGupta Abhijeet26192
638IMTran Minh Thang24040 - 1GMAmonatov Farrukh26084
75GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.25970 - 1CMGukesh D242633
87GMSandipan Chanda25731 - 0IMRathnakaran K.237745
99GMTukhaev Adam25511 - 0FMAnand Nadar236847
1044IMSidhant Mohapatra23780 - 1GMLalith Babu M R253112
1113GMBurmakin Vladimir2528½ - ½Saravana Krishnan P.236053
1215GMShyam Sundar M.2518½ - ½Koustav Chatterjee236451
1317GMTran Tuan Minh2512½ - ½IMSuvrajit Saha221798
1456GMRoy Chowdhury Saptarshi23380 - 1GMRahman Ziaur249520
1577IMPrasad Devaki V2284½ - ½GMLaxman R.R.244429
1689CMKushagra Mohan2256½ - ½GMSundararajan Kidambi243431
173GMKarthikeyan Murali261721 - 0Srijit Paul234755
1873WGMGomes Mary Ann229020 - 12IMNihal Sarin255110
1911GMVishnu Prasanna. V253221 - 02Saurabh Anand229472
2083Jayakumaar S227620 - 12GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.251616

Pairings of round five:

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
GMRozum Ivan258144GMSengupta Deep2563
GMLalith Babu M R2531GMShort Nigel D2656
GMGupta Abhijeet2619GMNarayanan Srinath2525
GMAmonatov Farrukh2608IMNitin S.2432
GMRahman Ziaur2495GMSandipan Chanda2573
IMVignesh N R2485GMTukhaev Adam2551
CMGukesh D24263GMVishnu Prasanna. V2532
IMRaghunandan Kaumandur Srihari240033GMKarthikeyan Murali2617
IMNihal Sarin255133Arjun Kalyan2383
IMSiva Mahadevan236433GMBurmakin Vladimir2528

Rankings after round four:

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 wwew-we
18GMSengupta DeepIND2563PSPB4,00,09,011,511,50443,140,86
26GMRozum IvanRUS2581RUS4,00,08,010,010,00443,130,87
31GMShort Nigel DENG2656ENG3,50,08,510,08,2533,53,340,16
22IMVignesh N RIND2485TN3,50,08,510,08,2533,52,600,90
533CMGukesh DIND2426AP3,50,08,09,58,0033,52,540,96
67GMSandipan ChandaIND2573WB3,50,07,59,58,2533,53,260,24
732IMNitin S.IND2432RLYS3,50,07,59,07,2533,52,700,80
814GMNarayanan SrinathIND2525AIR INDIA3,50,07,58,56,7533,53,030,47
920GMRahman ZiaurBAN2495BAN3,50,07,08,57,2532,52,250,25
1012GMLalith Babu M RIND2531PSPB3,50,07,08,57,0032,52,290,21

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