Lakecity GM R09: Deepan hoodwinks Sidhant, Neelotpal's stoic resistance triumphs!
Deepan Chakkravarthy won against Sidhant Mohapatra to get back on the lead with 7.5/9 points after the penultimate round of the Lakecity GM Open here in Udaipur. He is joined by three other players including Grandmaster Neelotpal Das who beat the in-form Mitrabha Guha with the black pieces to join the leaders. Elsewhere, Hesham Abdelrahman was defeated by the top seed Ivan Rozum, while GM Maxim Lugovskoy got the better of IM Sayantan Das. The fight for the title would be tight in the final round not just between the leaders but also the six players who follow them closely just half a point behind. In this article we bring you the games, analyses, photos, and much more from the ninth round of the event.
Deepan's mystifying bishop sac gets the better of Sidhant!
The second seeded Deepan Chakkravarthy took his opponent IM Sidhant Mohapatra into tricky waters yesterday on the penultimate round of the 1st Lakecity GM Open. The former had the white pieces and the game opened with a Semi-Slav defense. Till about the ninth move theory was adhered to but after that the players seemed to be on their own. Then on move sixteen Deepan hatched a devious plan to sacrifice his dark-squared bishop for a strong initiative on the kingside. Let's see what happened!
Deepan Chakkravarthy - Sidhant Mohapatra, Round 9
Neelotpal topples Mitrabha Guha to join the lead!
Mitrabha Guha - Neelotpal Das, Round 9
Actually, 24.Nfg5+, 24.Neg5+, and 24.Bg5 are the main moves in this position. Anything slow like 24.Rd1 doesn't work because Black has Nb3! next which allows him to exchange of the c1 bishop with a comfortable position. The game followed 24.Nfg5+ Kh8, 24...hxg5 was also possible but would have led to complications. Neelotpal held his nerves and calmly refused the sacrifice! 25.Nxf7+ Rxf7 came next.
It turns out that 26.Qg6 was a slip. After 26...Kg8 27.Bh3 Nc6 28.Bxe6 Nxe5 29.Qh5 Nf6 30.Qxe5 Nxe4 Black stood clearly better. There was however a fairly straightforward draw with 26.Qxe6 Rf8 27.Qg6 after which Bxh6 follows with a perpetual.
The full game with annotations is presented below:
Results of round nine
|1||1||GM||Rozum Ivan||2596||RUS||6½||1 - 0||7||GM||Hesham Abdelrahman||2396||EGY||13|
|2||2||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2539||ICF||6½||1 - 0||6½||IM||Sidhant Mohapatra||2357||ODI||19|
|3||8||IM||Das Sayantan||2434||WB||6½||0 - 1||6½||GM||Lugovskoy Maxim||2422||RUS||10|
|4||11||FM||Mitrabha Guha||2414||WB||6½||0 - 1||6½||GM||Neelotpal Das||2433||WB||9|
|5||17||IM||Konguvel Ponnuswamy||2374||TN||6||0 - 1||6||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||2501||RLYS||3|
|6||6||GM||Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo||2476||CHI||6||0 - 1||6||Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri||2304||AP||21|
|7||24||IM||Sarwat Walaa||2236||EGY||6||0 - 1||6||GM||Laxman R.R.||2437||ICF||7|
|8||12||GM||Himanshu Sharma||2408||HAR||6||1 - 0||6||Pranav Shetty||2124||MAH||33|
|9||22||FM||Shailesh Dravid||2299||MAH||6||1 - 0||6||GM||Manik Mikulas||2375||SVK||16|
|10||39||Anadkat Kartavya||U15||2088||GUJ||5½||½ - ½||5½||GM||Saptarshi Roy||2480||WB||5|
Standings after round nine
|1||2||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2539||ICF||7,5||0,0||53,0||58,0||47,25||6|
|6||21||Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri||IND||2304||AP||7,0||0,0||48,5||52,0||37,50||7|
|8||3||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||IND||2501||RLYS||7,0||0,0||46,0||51,0||38,50||6|
Final round pairings
|1||9||GM||Neelotpal Das||2433||WB||7½||7½||GM||Rozum Ivan||2596||RUS||1|
|2||3||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||2501||RLYS||7||7½||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2539||ICF||2|
|3||10||GM||Lugovskoy Maxim||2422||RUS||7½||7||GM||Laxman R.R.||2437||ICF||7|
|4||21||Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri||2304||AP||7||7||GM||Himanshu Sharma||2408||HAR||12|
|5||13||GM||Hesham Abdelrahman||2396||EGY||7||7||FM||Shailesh Dravid||2299||MAH||22|
|6||20||Sahoo Utkal Ranjan||2329||ODI||6½||6½||IM||Das Sayantan||2434||WB||8|
|7||25||Nayak Rajesh||2227||ODI||6½||6½||FM||Mitrabha Guha||2414||WB||11|
|8||28||FM||Mehdi Hasan Parag||2183||BAN||6½||6½||IM||Eraschenkov Denis||2390||RUS||14|
|9||19||IM||Sidhant Mohapatra||2357||ODI||6½||6½||Aniruddh Chatterjee||U15||1805||WB||86|
|10||31||Aradhya Garg||2157||DEL||6||6||GM||Rahman Ziaur||2492||BAN||4|
For complete results and standings check here.