National Premier 2017 Round 2: How to beat the Ruy Lopez Exchange!
Just like in the first round, the second round also witnessed two decisive games. And they were in complete contrasting styles. While S.L. Narayanan kept complete control over the position to beat Himanshu Sharma, S. Nitin played without a care in the world to get the better of Swapnil Dhopade! These two were surely the best games of the day, but there were also many missed opportunities like Shyaam Nikhil agreeing to a draw against Lalith Babu in a clearly better position, Deepan Chakkravarthy botching up a completely winning position and Sammed Jayakumar Shete not making the most of his chances.
S.L. Naryanan and S. Nitin win in contrasting styles!
Photos by Dharmendra Kumar
Results of round two:
|1||14||2516||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||0 - 1||IM||Nitin S.||2415||8|
|2||9||2422||IM||Shyaamnikhil P||½ - ½||GM||Lalith Babu M R||2525||7|
|3||10||2510||GM||Himanshu Sharma||0 - 1||GM||Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan||2568||6|
|4||11||2494||GM||Debashis Das||½ - ½||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2477||5|
|5||12||2434||IM||Das Arghyadip||½ - ½||Sammed Jaykumar Shete||2310||4|
|6||13||2578||GM||Karthikeyan Murali||½ - ½||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2573||3|
|7||1||2392||GM||Laxman R.R.||½ - ½||GM||Kunte Abhijit||2503||2|
Himanshu Sharma vs S.L. Naryanan:
Swapnil Dhopade vs S. Nitin
Swapnil Dhopade has had a good track record against S. Nitin. But today he took the game into a type of position that Nitin simply loves! The Tamil Nadu youngster didn't think twice as he sacrificed one pawn after another to get to Swapnil's king, which he finally did!
Apart from these two games there were three more games that could have ended decisively.
Even after such an opportunity Debashis didn't have a winning position which just goes to show how much better Deepan actually was if he hadn't fallen for the tactic.
If you liked the way in which Deepan played this classical Queen's Gambit Declined Opening from Black, we would recommend you to have a look at Daniel King's Powerplay 23. It deals with all the lines from the black side of QGD and gives you a complete repertoire against 1.d4:
In a curious turn of events Shyam Nikhil agreed to a draw against Lalith Babu in a clearly better position.
Sammed Shete is showing to the world that he is not the one to be messed with. He got a clearly better position out of the opening agaisnt Arghyadip Das, but was not able to convert it into a full point.
Abhijit Kunte and Laxman played out a relatively uneventful draw:
Crosstable after round two:
Pairings of round three:
|1||2||2503||GM||Kunte Abhijit||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||2516||14|
|2||3||2573||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||GM||Laxman R.R.||2392||1|
|3||4||2310||Sammed Jaykumar Shete||GM||Karthikeyan Murali||2578||13|
|4||5||2477||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IM||Das Arghyadip||2434||12|
|5||6||2568||GM||Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan||GM||Debashis Das||2494||11|
|6||7||2525||GM||Lalith Babu M R||GM||Himanshu Sharma||2510||10|
|7||8||2415||IM||Nitin S.||IM||Shyaamnikhil P||2422||9|