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Kvika Reykjavik Open R1: First round jitters

by Shahid Ahmed - 07/04/2022

One of the strongest Open tournament, Reykjavik Open is back for the first time since 2019. Much like many other events, Covid-19 pandemic caused the event to go on a hiatus for the past two years. Five out of the top ten seeds are Indian players. Accelerated pairings ensured a tough challenge for the top seeds. Gukesh, Raunak had to work really hard to earn their first point. Adhiban, Praggnanandhaa and Abhijeet Gupta scored relatively easier victories. IM Tania Sachdev and IM Vardaan Nagpal were held to draws by Miguel Ruiz Buendia (ESP) and Thomas Held (SUI) respectively. Round 2 starts today at 9 a.m. local time (2:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Amruta Mokal

Hard-earned first point

FM Mahitosh Dey won IM ASK 9 last month and scored his maiden IM-norm. He put up a very good fight against GM D Gukesh. However, only at the very end, he faltered and missed a draw which was certainly not an easy one.

Raunak's bravado paid off in the first round | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Mahitosh - Gukesh: 0-1

FM Mahitosh Dey (2233) had a good opportunity to save the day. However, it was certainly not easy, especially when the opponent is GM D Gukesh (2637).

Position after 49...e2

49...e2 allows White to fight for a draw 50.Bxe2 Nxe2 51.Rf7+ Kd6 52.a6 Nd4 53.a7 Ra2 54.Kxg5 f3 55.b5 Nxb5 56.Rxf3. Rook vs Rook and Knight is relatively easier to draw than Rook vs Rook and Bishop. However, finding all these precise moves is easier during analysis than during an actual match with less time on the clock.

Raunak - Povah: 1-0

GM Raunak Sadhwani (2628) seemed to be getting an easy win in the first round against IM Nigel E Povah (ENG)

Position after 77...Ke6

Black had to play 77...Nd6 to keep his chances for a draw. 77...Ke6 allowed White to push for a win 78.Nc7+ Kd7 and now 79.Na6 forces Kd6 80.Kf5 is completely winning for White. However, after repeating the move once to gain time, White went 82.Kf5 without playing Na6. Thus, 82...Kxc7 83.Kg6 Kd6 84.Kxh6 Nf7+ 85.Kg7 Ke6 86.h6 Ke7 87.Kg6 Ke6 88.h7 Nh8+ 89.Kxg5 Ke5 90.Kh6 Kf6 and now White overstretched 91.g5+

Position after 91.g5+

91.Kh5 Ng6 92.Kh6 or 91...Kg7 92.Kg5 would have been an easy draw. 91.g5+ creates a winning opportunity for Black. Find out how. Black missed it and eventually blundered to lose the game.

Adhiban started with a win | Photo: Thorsteinn Magnusson/Reykjavik Open 2022

Inaugural first move is being made on the top board | Photo: Thorsteinn Magnusson/Reykjavik Open 2022
Replay Round 1 Live commentary by FM Ingvar Thor Johannesson with various guests | Video: Reykjavik Open Chess

The tournament is organized by Icelandic Chess Federation from 6th to 12th April 2022 in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. The nine-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds for 40 moves, with an addition of 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment.

Replay Round 1 games

Round 1 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMIdani Pouya263801 - 00FMChapman Terry P D2240
62
263
FMMahitosh Dey223300 - 10GMGukesh D2637
2
33
GMNiemann Hans Moke263701 - 00CMJohansson Carl Fredrik2221
64
465
CMVilliers Thomas221900 - 10GMAdhiban B.2633
4
55
GMSadhwani Raunak262801 - 00IMPovah Nigel E2216
66
667
Cherniack Alex221300 - 10GMPraggnanandhaa R2624
6
77
GMGupta Abhijeet261601 - 00Roe Simon J2211
68
869
FMJaksland Tim220300 - 10GMWarmerdam Max2599
8
99
GMAndersen Mads25820½ - ½0CMLohia Sohum2196
70
1071
Player Edmund C219600 - 10GMFier Alexandr2573
10

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Round 2 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
131
IMKorley Kassa240011GMIdani Pouya2638
1
22
GMGukesh D263711IMFantinel Thibault2378
38
335
IMSukandar Irine Kharisma238611GMNiemann Hans Moke2637
3
44
GMAdhiban B.263311IMRosen Eric2359
42
539
IMSong Julien237311GMSadhwani Raunak2628
5
66
GMPraggnanandhaa R262411IMBrunello Marina2337
44
746
FMHeimisson Hilmir Freyr232111GMGupta Abhijeet2616
7
88
GMWarmerdam Max259911IMSarkar Justin2314
48
910
GMFier Alexandr257311FMBjornsson Sigurbjorn2306
50
1051
IMSoham Das230311GMCornette Matthieu2569
11

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