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Asian Youth Chess Championship,Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Aakanksha-Hagawane Erigaisi-Arjun Jishitha-D Sahiti-Varshini

U18 G Gold U14 Open Gold U14 G Gold U10 G Gold

Ar-Ilamparathi Savitha-Shri Rakshitta-Ravi Jyothsna-L Sai-Vishwesh-C

U8 Open Silver U10 G Silver U12G Silver U14G Silver U18 Open Silver

Divya Desmuk Rohith-Krishna-S Tanmay-Jain

U12G Bronze U12 Open Bronze U10 Open Bronze
AICF CHRONICLE April 2017 From the Editors desk Asian Youth Chess Championship,Tashkent, Uzbekistan
It was a medal torrent at Tashkent!
India overall champions in Asian Youth
Room No. 70,
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, India emerged overall Winner of
Chennai - 600 003. the Asian Youth Championship by IA Gopakumar
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of 26 pushing Uzbekistan, the Indian youngsters once again proved its growing supremacy in youth events and lifted the
Publisher: V. Hariharan
Editor : C.G.S. Narayanan
host with 120 players, to the Asian Youth Chess Championship overall trophy with 11 Gold, 8 Silver and 7 Bronze here
second spot. The young Indian
at Hotel Le Grande Plaza.
Price: Monthly Rs.25 Annual Rs.300 chess stars in different categories
bagged 11 Golds, 8 Silvers and 7
Bronzes across the three formats-Standard, Rapid Before the Blitz event on Sunday, host Uzbekistan was slightly head of India due to su-
Inside.. and Blitz. The report, photographs and results of this perior silver medal count but the Indian girls had other ideas on Sunday morning as they
Asian Youth Chess Championship,Tashkent, Uzbekistan event are featured in this issue. bagged four out of six gold in the girls categories while A R Ilamparthi added open gold in
India overall champions in Asian Youth Under-8 section to take the Indian gold medal tally to eleven and pushed the host nation
by IA Gopakumar 1 It was Indias dominance yet again at the IBCA
to second place. With eight gold in the kitty, Uzbekistan finished as first runner up while
Asian Championship for the Visually Challenged
Asian Chess Championship
successfully organized by AICFB at Manipal Iran secured the third position.
for the Visually Challenged 2017,Manipal
Indians dominate Asian Blind Championship
University. It was double triumph for Kishan Gangolli
by Arvind Aaron 6
who won the NationalA title for visually challenged For India, Aakanksha Hagawane in Under-18 Girls, Jishitha D in Under-14 Girls, Divya
earlier at Dharavi, Mumbai and was also crowned Deshmukh in Under-12 Girls and Sahithi Varshini in Under-10 Girls won the gold medals in
12th AICFB National A Championship ,Dharavi, Mumbai Asian Champion at Manipal. It is heartening to note Blitz championship apart from Ilamparathi
Kishan Gagolli is Champion that Narayan Srinath, true to his potential, has met
by M.Manjunatha IA, Chie Arbiter 10 the requirements and is all set to join the ever growing
list of GMs as countrys 46th Grandmaster. Twelve Five Medals in rapid for India
3rd Assam Downtown University Inti.Open Tmt.,Gauwahati
Dhanabir Singh wins at Guwahati year-old prodigy Nihal Sarin from Kerala completed Asian Youth Chess Championship got off to a colourful start at Uzbekistan capital Tashkent
by Biswajit Bharadwaj IA, Chief Arbiter 12 his third IM norm in Aeroflot Open in February this on March 31, 2017.Total number 381 players from 17 Asian countries took part in this 10
year and has become an IM elect. In April 2017 he days long championship consisting of Standard, Rapid and Blitz formats.
DCA Open FIDE Rated Tmt.,New Delhi
also became the youngest Indian to have obtained
Himal Gusain wins Delhi Open FIDE Rated
a GM norm.
by IA Gopakumar MS, Chief Arbiter 14 In the opening day the rapid event was held and 35 member Indian contingent secured 2
Lt. Trilochand Dhakal Mem.FIDE Rating Tmt.,Gangtok The reader is invited to enjoy selected games from Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. With an all win record, A R Ilamparathi won the Gold medal
Rupankar Nath wins title Chennai GM Open and National Team Championships in Under-8 Open section while Erigaisi Arjun secured the yellow metal in Under-14 Open
by R.Dharmendra Kumar IA, Chief Arbiter 17 interestingly annotated by IM Manuel Aaron. Reports, category. Savitha Shri B and Divya Deshmukh won silver medals in Under-10 and Under-12
final standings of the FIDE rated tournaments held girls categories respectively while Rakshitta Ravi added bronze medal to the Indian medal
Problem World
Black correction
during March 2017 besides important decisions taken tally by finishing third in Under-12 girls category.
By C.G.S.Narayanan 21
at the Central Council Meeting of AICF are presented
in this issue.Soviet International Master, chess trainer
Selected games from Chennai Open & National Team and author Alexander Konstantinopolsky is featured Standard format
Championships,Bhopal in the Masters of the past series. Fourth round
Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron 27
Divya Deshmukh in Under-12 Girls, Tanmay Jain in Under-12 Open and Sahithi Varshini
Tactics from master games
C.G.S.Narayanan in Under-10 Girls took the sole lead in their respective categories with four points from as
by S.Krishnan 42 many rounds.
Test your endgame
by C.G.S.Narayanan 43 Readers are invited to offer their feedback on Divya beat Meruert Kamalidenova of Kazakhstan while Tanmay and Sahithi outwitted
the regular features in the AICF Chronicle and Mukhammadali Ibrokhimov of Uzbekistan and Reyhaneh Hajatniya of Iran respectively in
Masters of the past-75 are also invited to send interesting articles,
Alexander Knonstantinopolsky 44 annotated games and chess anecdotes to the their fourth round encounters. While other overnight leaders Erigaisi Arjun in Under-14
Editor at www.indianchessfed@gmail.com or Open and Jishitha D in Under-14 Girls maintained their joint lead by registering victories
AICF Calendar 48
cgsnarayanan@hotmail.com. in fourth round against Thilakarathne GMH of Sri Lanka and WFM Asadi Motahare of Iran

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respectively while A R Ilamparathi in Under-8 Open also maintaining his joint pole position
after settling for a peace treaty with second seed Alikhon Avazkhonov of host nation. KNOW YOUR GM AryanChopra

Sixth round Aryan Chopra ( born 10 Dec, 2001) started his informal chess
D Jishitha in Under-14 Girls and Sahithi Varshini in Under-10 Girls are in sole lead at the journey at the age of 6 years when he was introduced to chess
end of sixth round matches of the Asian Youth Chess Championship.Being the last double by his brother at home .After a short stint in training he went
round day, the championship witnessed lot of ups and downs in the crucial day. Displaying on to win Delhi State U-7 Championship with perfect score at
sheer attacking skills, Jishitha outwitted higher seed Kazakhstan opponent Nazerke Nur- the age of 6 1/2 years. There has been no looking back since
gali in the sixth round to take her point tally to possible 6 points while Sahithi signed the then. Aryan won Asian Youth Silver Medal in U-8 category. He
peace treaty with team mate Savitha Shri to occupy the pole position in leaders table. Both won Commonwealth Under-10 Gold medal at the age of 8 yrs
Jishitha and Sahithi are now enjoying full point lead over nearest rivals. Earlier in the fifth in 2009 and won it again the next year. At 9 years of age, he
round Jishitha defeated WFM Bach Ngoc Thuy Duong of Vietnam and Sahithi overcame tied for Under-11 National Championship. He came runner up
Leyla Shohradova of Turkmenistan. Erigaisi Arjun in Under-14 Open, Divya Deshmukh in (on buchholz) though he beat the champion too. He also won
Under-12 Girls and Ilamparathi A R in Under-8 Open are in joint lead in their respective Asian Schools Gold and Silver Medals in 2009 and 2010.
categories after the sixth round encounters. Three more rounds remaining for all categories
in this nine round Swiss system championship. Asian Youth Chess heading for an exciting He showed early skills in the game when he forced a draw from
finish With one round remaining, five Indians were on lead to finish at top of the podium Grand Master Deepan Chakraborty at the age of just 8 yrs in a
simul match played in Delhi. He took his first IM Norm at Sants
as the Asian Youth Chess heading for an exciting finish.
Open, Spain. His final IM norm, which was also his maiden GM
norm, was in RTU Open, Latvia in August,2015 with a rating
In Under-10 Girls India was assured of gold as overnight sole leader Sahithi Varshini reg-
performance of 2647.His second GM Norm was in May, 2016 at Zalakaros Open, Hungary where
istered her seventh victory in the event to head the table with seven and half points and
he beat strong Russian GM Romanov (2641) with black pieces. Keeping up his good form, he
leading with full point over her team mate Savitha Shri. Savitha Shri was the only player
made his third and final GM Norm in Abu Dhabi in Aug, 2016 after defeating Grandmaster
who could deny Sahitis yellow metal finish but for Indian camp the Gold medal was already
Ter-Sahakyan Samvel of Armenia in the final round with black pieces; He was the only IM and
in the kitty.
the youngest in the top 20 positions amongst the Grand Masters in that tournament. Within
an year, he completed all his GM Norms in only 10 tournaments. Aryan touched ELO 2500 at
In Under-14 Girls section, the dream run of leader Jishitha D was halted by team mate
Malaysian Open and qualified to be a GM at the age of 14 years 9 months.Bobby Fischer and
Jyothsna L but still Jishitha was maintaining her one point lead over nearest rivals. Jyothsna Mikhail Tal are his role models and he draws inspiration from Viswnathan Anand and Carlsen.
and Yuliya Khegay were at joint second position with six points and Jishitha was to take on He prefers tactical style of play.He loves to play badminton, listen to music and gather knowl-
Yuliya on final round game on Saturday and peace treaty would be enough for Jishitha for edge about unknown facts of nature.
pole position finish. Continuing his impressive performance in the championship Asian Youth
Rapid Gold medalist Erigaisi Arjun eyeing for his second gold in the championship lead the List of his significant achievements
table in Under-14 Open section along with top seed Abdussattorov Nodirbek of Uzbekistan
with seven and half points. ONGC Asian Youth Championship-Under-8 Aug, 2009 New Delhi Silver
World Youth Chess Championship Under-8, Dec, 2009, Turkey Sixth
In Under-18 Girls category, Aakanksha Hagawane was in lead along with Iranian girl Mobina Asian School Chess Championship Under-9 Dec, 2009. Sri Lanka Silver
Alinasab with six and half points. Aakanksha had a favourable pairing according to rating Commonwealth Championship Under-10 May, 2010, Delhi Gold
in the final round and hoping that her team mate Ivana Maria Furtado would deny full point Asian School Championship Under-10 - Dec, 2010. Sri lanka Gold
to Mobina on top board. 25th National Under-11 Championship, June, 2011 Ahmedabad Silver
Commonwealth Championship Under 10 June, 2011, South Africa Gold
Asian Under-8 Rapid champion A R Ilamparathi was on course for his second gold in the
championship and leading Under-8 Open section with seven points. He have half point lead Aryan' achievements at the age of 11 years, 6 months fetched him the Sportsman of the
over nearest rival Phan Tran Gia Phuc of Vietnam and just need to draw his final round game year-2013 by POGO Channel
against unrated Uzbekistan player Kamron Karimov to ensure the gold as he had already

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beaten his nearest rival on third round.In Under-12 Girls section, overnight leader Divya
12th AICFB National A Chess Championship 2017,Dharavi, Mumbai Deshmukh suffered a shock defeat against Nguyen Thien Ngan of Vietnam and slipped to
third position. Kamalidenova Meruert of Kazakhstan was leading in this category with seven
points and she was closely followed by Indias Rakshitta Ravi with a drift of half point.
Sai Vishwesh and Kaustuv Kundu in Under-18 Open, Tanmay Jain in Under-10 Open, Rohith
Krisha S in Under-12 Open, Toshali V in Under-16 Girls were on joint second spot in their
respective categories and favourable results in the final round would make podium finish
for them.

Medal Winners : Blitz 9 medals (5 Golds 1 Silver 3 Bronzes)

Ilamparthi A R U8-Open Gold

Sahithi Varshini M U10G Gold
Dev Shah U10 Open Bronze
Divya Deshmukh U12G Gold
Jishitha D U14G Gold
Jyothsna L U14G Bronze
Aakanksha Hagawane U18G Gold
Ananya Suresh U18G Bronze
Sai Vishwesh C U18 Open Silver

Kishan Gangolli receving the trophy from N B Mote, Deputy Director of Medal Winners:Standard 12 medals (4 Golds,5 Silver, 3 Bronze)
Sports & Youth Services Mumbai Division
Illamparthi A R U8 Open Silver
Sahithi Varshini M U10 G Gold
Savitha Shri B U10 G Silver
Tanmay Jain U10 Open Bronze
Rakshitta Ravi U12G Silver
Divya Deshmukh U12G Bronze
Rohith Krishna S U12 Open Bronze
Jishitha D U14G Gold
Jyothsna L U14G Silver
Erigaisi Arjun U14 Open Gold
Aakanksha Hagawane U18G Gold
Sai Vishwesh C U18 Open Silver

Medal Winners : Rapid 5 medals (2 Golds, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze)

Ilamparthi A R U8 Open Gold

Savitha Shri B U10G Silver
Divya Deshmukh U12G Silver
Rakshitta Ravi U12G Bronze
Patil Shirish(Runner-up), Soundarya Kumar Pradhan(Fifth) ,K,Aryan B Joshi,(Fourth) Makwana Erigaisi Arjun U14 Open Gold
Ashvin K (Third), Kishan Gangolli (Winner)
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12th AICFB National A Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged 2017,Manipal Dr Vinod bhatt Vice chancellor Manipal University inaugurated the first round of the tourna-
ment. He wished the players well. The entire seeded players won their games without much
Indians dominate Asian Blind Championship difficulty barring fourth board where Vaishali Narendra Salvakar of India drew with Bappi
By Arvind Aaron Sarkar of Bangladesh that being the only upset on first round.
Second round

S econd seed Kishan Gangolli of India won the Asian Chess Championship for the Visually
Challenged at Manipal in India on March 31, 2017. Kishan scored 7/8 and finished two
points ahead of top seed Husain Ejaz of Bangladesh.This is a significant performance
since Bangladesh had the top and fourth seed players in its ranks. The Indians managed to
beat and push the visitors to the middle of the pack. Kishan beat top seed Ejaz Husain in 75
Dr G K Prabhu Director of Manipal institute of Technology inaugurated the second round in
his speech delivered that he is surprised to know how technology is used to make their game
comfortable and easier.In the second round on fourth board Aryan B joshi of India drew with
Krishna Udupa of India. On sixth board Sarkar Bappi of Bangladesh lost to Samant Milind
of India, on seventh board Rodolfo D Sarmiento of Philippines drew with Vaishali Narendra
moves in a long knight ending. Kishan drew Swapnil Shah and Aryan Joshi in the sixth and Salvakar of India. Apart from these results all high rated players won their games. Evening
eighth rounds and beat six others to finish on top with seven points from eight games. musical program was performed by MIT students. The players thoroughly enjoyed the pro-
gram to their hearts content.
The IBCA Asian Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged 2017 was organised by the
Third Round
All India Chess Federation for the Blind at Manipal University, Manipal, Udupi in Karnataka
from March 23-31, 2017. IA M Manjunatha was the chief arbiter and he had IA V Anandh Dr. Poornima Baliga dean KMC Manipal with Dr. Charudatta Jhadhav, President, AICFB, Vice
Babu as Deputy Chief Arbiter and they had four others deputy arbiters to successfully run the President, IBCA& Dr Rajgopal Shenoy Associate dean KMC Manipal
event.The second and third places went to Ashvin Makwana and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan Dr Poornima Baliga dean KMC Manipal, inaugurated the third round where she said chess is
who finished one point behind the champion. With the exception of Kishan, all others suf- kind of game which challenges our intellect. She hopes private sector and government sector
fered atleast one defeat. The National 'A' Championship was held within the last month and should bring them into the forefront and give opportunities to achieve more in the field of
the Indian were warm and had good practice. So much so that the last four placings went visually challenged chess.
to visitors! Cash prizes and medals were awarded. Kishan Gangolli received the gold medal
and Rs.50,000 while Ashvin got silver medal and Rs.40,000 while Soundarya Kumar Pradhan At the start of this round there were four players in joint lead with 2 points each. On top board
received the bronze medal and Rs.30,000. Husain Ejaz of Bangladesh played against Yudhajeet De of India. Both the players are totally
blind. The game was favoring Husain for some time and some time to Yudhajeet. Finally in
A total of 23 players from four nations took part. Bangladesh (2), Sri Lanka (3) and Philippines end game victory was registered in Husains name.
(one) and 17 Indians took part. Indians were dominant and took the top six slots. Eighteen On second board Ashvin K Makwan of India lost to consecutive four time national A Champion
of the 23 players had FIDE ratings. One round was played every day and the event had one Kishan Gangolli very early. At the end of this round Husain and Kishan are in lead with 3points
free day. The players were taken to the Malpe Beach, Moodbidre Temple, 42-feet high Karkala each.Manipal University organized a musical evening by visually challenged singer Shri S L
Gomateshwara statue in a trip organised by the Manipal University.Chief Arbiter Manjunatha Venugopal retired A grade senior singer at All India Radio.
said in his report, "I am glad to add that not a single person who participated was unhappy Fourth round
at any moment." A message from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a huge boost for
the organisers and the International Braille Chess Association organised Asian meet.At the Round 4 was inaugurated by Dr. Ullas Kamath, DEAN, Malaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal
closing, Kishore Alva, Executive Director, UPCL Adani Power Ltd gave away the prizes in the who himself is a chess enthusiast. He stated that tournaments like this will boost their morale
presence of Dr H.S. Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Manipal University and Dr Charudatta Jadhav, and should be conducted often.
Founder-President of the All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB).Each round was In this round all eyes were on first board where Kishan Gagolli of India was taking Husain
separately inaugurated and the atmosphere was festive. Ejaz of Bagladesh. Both the players fought hardly to play a long game of 75moves. During
time pressure Husain missed the chance of draw and at the end surrendered. Kishan with this
The AICF for the Blind which is a member of the All India Chess Federation, organised this victory leaded the tournament.
event in a very successful manner. They had previously stage mega events like the Chess 27/03/2017 was rest day. Manipal University arranged local site seeing for players. All the
Olympiad for the Blind at Chennai some years ago. Big events hosted inside India itself will players enjoyed on that day.Manipal University arranged a bus at 09.30 am for Moodbidre
help our players to participate and win prizes and medals in continental events such as these. and Karkala players and managers escorts visited their and enjoyed the trip evening Krishana
The Chief arbiter IA Manjunatha presents a nice round-by-round coverage: Temple and Malpe Beach.


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Fifth round
chance and offered draw to Aryan B Joshi very early in the opening. Arayn B Joshi accepted
Round was inaugurated by Dr Sharath Kumar Rao Associate dean KMC Manipal. He said that immediately. With this draw IBCA Asian Chess Championship for visually challenged has been
in India if chess is introduced as a part of curriculum especially in elementary schools that will crowned to Kishan.
be helpful for the students to improve their academic activities and carrier building. On second board Krishna Udupa of (Karnataka) India played with white pieces against Ash-
On top Board Krishna Udupa of India played with white pieces against Kishan Gangolli of In- vin Makwana of (Gujarat). Krishna Udupa played Kings Pawn opening. Ashvin replied with
dia. Krishna Udupa without preparation and castling went to attack which was proved not to Scandinavian defence. In the middle game it was better to Krishna Udupa. Ashvin defended
be a good decision. Consecutive 4 time National A Champion and leader of this Championship calmly and did not allow Udupa to attack. On 36th move both agreed for draw. On third board
grabbed the opportunity and finished the game tactically on 24th move. With this point Kishan Swapnil Shah of India played with white pieces against Soundarya Kumar Pradhan of India.
maintained his lead. Soundary did not want to take risk and offered draw very early. Both agreed on 22nd move
Sixth round to sign the peace treaty. Ashvin Makwana and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan scored 6 points on
best tie break secured Slive and Bronz medal respectively.
Round sixth was inaugurated by Dr. Anice Geroge DEAN College of Nursing. With Viral Trivedi
Valedictory ceremony started at 4pm Dr H S Ball Pro Chancellor Manipal University was the
Seceretary Gujarat state chess association for visually challenged.
president of the function, Chief Guest, Sri Kishore Alva, executive director UPCL Adani Power
On top Board Kishan Gangolli of India played with white pieces against Swapnil Shah of India.
LTD. Dr. Charudatta Jadhav, Founder and President, All India Chess Federation for the Blind,
Kishan Played Queens pawn opening, Swanpnil opted Bogo Indian defence. The position was
Vice President, International Braille Chess Association, Dr Rajgopal Shenoy Associate dean
slight better to Kishan from the beginning but he could not convert into win. Swapnil defended
KMC Manipal,Vice president UKCA. Dr G K Prabhu Director of Manipal institute of Technology
the game very calmly not committed for any mistake. On 60th move both signed for peace.
Dr Poornima Baliga dean KMC Manipal, Dr Vinod C Nayak Head of Forensic Science Manipal,
With this result Swapnil reduced the speed of Kishan. At the end of this round Kishan was
Secretary Sports Council Manipal University.
leading the race with half point.On second board Soundarya Kumar Pradhan of India defeated
Husain Ejaz of Bangladesh, Somender B L lost to Ashvin Makwana of India. Soundarya Kumar
On valedictory ceremony Pro Chancellor Dr H S Ball in his speech said Manipal University is
Pradhan and Ashvin Makwana was following the leader jointly.
always willing to conduct chess championships for visually challenged annually, Dr Charudatta
Seventh round Jhadav conducted two workshops during the championship to develop visually challenge chess
Seventh round was inaugurated by Dr. Rajshekar B, DEAN, School of Allied health science in Asia 10 chess boards and chess learning material CD gifted to representatives of Srilanka,
Manipal. He inspired the players and said participation is more important than winning and Bangladesh, and Philippines.The person worked very hard and dedicated for Radiochess. Mr
Manipal University played an important role in supporting societal commitment and disability Madhu Priyatham PV was befittingly felicitated in this evening. Message from honorable Prime
sector.Mr Richard Pinto ICICI Bank cluster manager Manipal presented the mementos to play- Minister Shri Narendra Modi has gave huge importance to this unique Asian Championship.
ers and wished the players. Shri Kishore Alva, executive director UPCL Adani Power LTD. And Dr H S Ballal Pro Chancellor,
On top Board Yudhajeet De of India played with white pieces against Kishan Gangolli of India. Dr Charudutta Jhadav awarded Gold medal, Trophy, and Rs 50000 cash award to Champion
Yudhajeet opted Vienna gambit, Kishan declined gambit and very early in the beginning started Kishan Gangolli. Ashivn Makwana received Silver medal, Trophy and Rs 40000 cash prize,
to attack. Yudhjeet while defending the game made a mistake and failed to sustain against Soundarya Kumar Pradhan received Bronze medal, Trophy and Rs 30000 cash prize.
consecutive 4 times National Champion and surrendered on 32nd move. With this victory Kis-
han was one step behind gold. Dr Rajgopal Shenoy and Dr Vinod C Nayak played important role to conduct the championship
On second board Makwana Ashvin K of India played with white pieces against Soundarya Kumar smoothly and successfully. I deem it an honor to have taken an active part in this prestigious
Pradhan of India. Game was equal up to middle game. Soudarya had a pawn up in the Rook championship. Accommodation, food arrangements hospitality are all remarkable. Each and
and pawn end game but he could not convert it into win. Both the players agreed to share the every one was cheerful and co operative.I am glad to add that not a single person participat-
points on 70th move. This draw was advantageous for Kishan Gangolli enjoying a full point lead. ed was unhappy at any moment. Numbers of spectators were cheerful and happy and this
championship is one of the finest championships conducted
Final Round
On the final day of the IBCA Asian Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged round 8 was Final placings: 1 Kishan Gangolli 7/8; 2-3. Ashvin K Makwana, Soundarya Kumar Pradhan
inaugurated by Indira Ballal w/o H S Ballal Pro Chancellor Manipal University, with Dr Pravathi 6 each; 4-8. Aryan B Joshi, Swapnil Shah, Krishna Udupa, Ejaz Husain (Ban), K Marimuthu 5
Bhat w/o Vinod C Bhat Vice chancellor Manipal University. each; 9-11. B.L. Somender, Milind Samant, Bappi Sarkar (Ban) 4.5 each; 12-14. Yudhajeet
On top Board Kishan Gangolli of India played with white pieces against Aryan B joshi of India. De, Shirish Patil, Prachurya Kumar Pradhan 4 each; 15-17. Waghmare Sachin Lahu, Mrunali
Kishan Gangolli was in need of only half point to confirm his gold. He did not want to take any Pande, Jose Antonio M Maraguinot (Phi) 3.5 each; 18-19. Rodolfo D Sarmiento (Phi), Vaishali
N Salavkar 3 each; 20 Tuan Rushdi (Sri) 2; 21 Liyana Arachchilage Upul Indraji (Sri) 1; 22-23.


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the sole leader position. Thereafter Kishan maintained his lead and clinched the NationalA
12th AICFB National A Chess Championship 2017,Dharavi, Mumbai
Chess Championship for visually Challenged consecutively 4th time.
Kishan Gagolli is Champion
by M.Manjunatha IA, Chie Arbiter Patil Shirish of Maharashtra, Ashvin Makwana K of Gujarat, Aryan B Joshi of Maharashtra
and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan of Odisha secured the 2 to 5th places respectively and qual-

he 12th AICFB National A Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged 2017 was ified to represent India in the Olympiad.Sri N B Mote, Deputy Director of Sports & Youth
inaugurated on 03/03/2017 at Bharat Rattan Rajiv Gandhi District Sports Complex, Services Mumbai Division distributed the prizes to the players in the Valedictory function
Dharavi, Sion (W) Mumbai. The 9 days tournament was oragnised by All India Chess attended by the sports dignitaries, officials and enthusiasts.
Federation for the blind, Sponsored by MLA Local Development Program and Co sponsored
by Hindustan Petroleum. Sri N B Mote, Deputy Director of Sports & Youth Services Mumbai Final ranking
Division, inaugurated this elite chess championship in which the top fourteen selected players Rk Name IRtg Club Pts Win Draw Loss Res. SB
from National B are vying for honours. Three times consecutive National A Champion for
1 Kishan Gangolli 1973 KAR 10 9 3 1 0 59.25
Visually Challenged Kishan Gangolli of KAR was the top seeded player of the tournament with
ELO of 1973. This tournament was conducted in Round Robin system with 13 rounds. The 2 Patil Shirish 1681 MAH
9 5 8 0 1 54.75
top 5 players from this tournament will represent India in the Visually Challenged Olympiad
3 Makwana Ashvin K 1811 GUJ 9 7 4 2 0 49.50
to be held in Macedonia in the month of June, 2017.
4 Aryan B Joshi 1665 MAH 8 7 3 3 1 47.00
In the beginning round there were no major upsets but as the rounds progressed the tem-
5 Soundarya Kumar Pradhan 1669 ODI 8 6 5 2 0 45.75
perature of the tournament soared up. After the 4th round Kishn Gangolli of Karnataka and
Ashvin Makwana of Gujarat were in joint lead with 3.5 points each. 6 Yudhajeet De 1725 W B 7 4 7 2 40.50
7 Patra Subhendu Kumar 1635 ODI 7 5 5 3 38.75
In the fifth round Kishan Gangolli of Karnataka played with white pieces against Shirish
Patil of Maharastra. Kishan opted for Kings Indian defence and had a better position. But he 8 Marimuthu K 1559 T N 6 4 5 4 42.00
played his rook to a wrong square allowing Shirish patil to capture it for nothing and lost the 9 Samant Milind 1621 MAH 6 3 7 3 35.75
game. At the end of the fifth round Aryan B Joshi of Maharashtra joined Ashvin Makwana
and they led with 4 points each. 10 Swapanil Shah 1705 MAH
5 3 4 6 0 24.25
11 Krishna Udupa 1761 KAR 4 2 5 6 0 22.00
On sixth round Ashvin and Aryan maintained their lead with 5 points each. In the seventh
round Samant Milind of Maharastra played with white pieces against Aryan B Joshi of Maha- 12 Shashidhar K M 1550 KAR 4 2 4 7 0 21.75
rastra. Samant played Kings Indian Classical Variation and in a game of twisting fortune the 13 Deshpande Amit 1613 MAH
3 2 2 9 0 12.75
youngest player of this tournament made positional errors. Samant exploited the position
deftly and forced Aryan to surrender. At the end of Seventh round Ashvin emerged the sole 14 Akhil Sharma 1434 DEL
1 1 0 12 0 4.00
leader with 6 points.
By the time a player becomes a Grandmaster, almost all of his training time is dedicated
The 6th day of the tournament witnessed some exciting games. In the eighth round Ashvin to work on this first phase. The opening is the only phase that holds out the potential
Makwana K of Gujarat played with white pieces against Marimuthu K of Tamil Nadu. Ashvin for true creativity and doing something entirely new. When your house is on fire, you
played London system set up and in an equal position Marimuthu lost his exchange for a cant be bothered with the neighbors. Or, as we say in chess, if your King is under at-
pawn. But Marimuthu played brilliantly and pushed Ashvin to an inferior position. However tack, don't worry about losing a pawn on the queen side.
in time pressure Marimuthu offered a draw which was gladly accepted by his opponent. Attackers may sometimes regret bad moves, but it is much worse to forever regret an
opportunity you allowed to pass you by. By strictly observing Botvinnik's rule regarding
Same day on ninth round Kishan Gagolli of Karnataka played with white pieces against the thorough analysis of one's own games, with the years I have come to realize that
Ashvin Makwana K of Gujarat. Kishan played unusual queens Indian opening and Ashvin this provides the foundation for the continuos development of chess mastery.
erred early in the opening phase. The defending Champion Kishan grabbed the opportunity - Garry Kasparov.
and did not allow Ashvin to come back and forced to surrender. With this point kishan took


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3rd Assam Downtown University International Open Rating Chess Tournament 2017,Gauwahati 18 Rajashekara N 6 59 Dhyan Olemmyan 4.5
19 Raja Basar 6 60 Safikul Islam 4.5
Dhanabir Singh wins at Guwahati 20 Dhrupad Kashyap 6 61 Prithwis Das 4.5
by Biswajit Bharadwaj IA, Chief Arbiter 21 Aarohon Bharadwaj 5.5 62 Novonil Das 4.5

22 Lohit Gogoi 5.5 63 Nihad Islam Hazarika 4.5
he 3rd Assam Downtown Universi- BishovLalPathak, Convenor BJP Sports Cell,
ty International Open Rating Chess 23 Md Ardash Ali 5.5 64 Tapovrata Handique 4
PranjeetDutta, Publicity Secretary, Assam
Tournament 2017was held from 22nd Amateur Boxing Association, Anjanjyoti Das, 24 Swarnava Biswas 5.5 65 Manish Gwra Basumatary 4
to 27th March 2017 at the picturesque Uni- President, Assam Chess Club and Dr. Devajit 25 Divyanga Spondon Baruah 5.5 66 Hrishikesh Chakraborty 4
versity campus situated at Panikhaiti, Gu- Sarma, Organizing President, DrSiben Dut- 26 Anurag Medhi 5.5 67 Rajdeep Mudiar 4
wahati, Assam.The tournament witnessed ta, President Akshayam and host of players 27 Bhabishnu Pranti Bordoloi 5.5 68 Rajanna Sharma 4
the participation of 116 players from across official and guests. 28 Abhinav Dubey 5.5 69 Keshab Gaggar 4
the country which includes 71 International 29 Kaustabh Das 5.5 70 Shaurya Jalan 4
rated players. The top seed of the tourna- The tournament was organised by Assam 30 Sashanka Kr. Dhar 5.5 71 Bhringish Kalita 4
ment was Y Dhanabir Singh of Manipur while Chess Club and supported by Rotary Club 31 Rishita Sinha 5.5 72 Baladitya N Bora 4
ApollosanaMangangRajkumar of Maniupur, Dispur and carried a total prize fund of ru- 32 Debalina Kundu 5.5 73 Abhoi Kumar Prasad 4
SantanuBorpatraGohain of Assam, Mrinal pees two lakhs and was recognized by the 74 Moharnab Das 4
33 Manthan Kashyap Datta 5.5
Kakati of Assam and C.H Meghna of Kerala World Chess federation.The tournament was
34 Tanisha A R Som 5.5 75 Priyangshu Goswami 4
are seeded from 2nd to 5th respectively. conducted by Biswajit Bharadwaj as the chief
35 Anik Kumar Lahon 5.5 76 Annu Kumari Ram 4
Arbiter and he was assisted by Lakhyajyoti
36 Dhritiman Bez 5.5 77 Pragyan Goswami 4
The tournament was inagurated by Mrs Ban- Saikia, Swaraj Buragohain and Amit Kumar
dana Dutta, Dean of Study, Assam Downtown 37 Chiraranjan Bhuyan 5.5 78 Anchita Sharma 4
Biswas as Deputy Arbiters.
University in the presence of MrsPreetiSaikia, 38 Sakib Alam 5.5 79 Rimpu Ray 4
Managing Trustee, DrBhabendraNathSaikia Final Ranking after 9 Rounds 39 Thakor Sagarkumar Vijaysinh 5 80 Priyam Das 4
Children Welfare Trust, MrJyotismanDatta, Rk. Name Pts. 40 Lanheiba Loitongbam 5 81 Zakir Hussain 3.5
Managing Trsutee, Assam Downtown Univer- 1 Singh Y. Dhanabir 7.5 41 Soham Nag 5 82 Himashree Deka 3.5
sity, Dr K.N Sarma, Past President, Rotary 2 Trailokya Nanda 7.5 42 Adreeja Sinha 5 83 Barnav Deka 3.5
Club Dispur and host of other dignitaries. 3 Santanu Borpatra Gohain 7.5 43 Mayukh Abhigyan Das 5 84 Nishi Prantik Mahanta 3.5
4 Khanindra Barman 7 44 Mridumoloy Das 5 85 Prachi Singh 3.5
After the completion of the 9th and final 45 Dugar Chetan 5 86 Gitartha Koushik 3.5
5 Neelabh Jyoti Borthakur 7
round there was a three way tie for the first 46 Uday Bhaskar Sarmah 5 87 Neev Jain 3.5
6 Nandan Buragohain 7
spot with Y Dhanabir Singh, Trailokya Nanda 88 Saket Ghosh 3.5
7 Apollosana Mangang Rajkumar 6.5 47 Pranit Malhotra 5
and Santanu Borpatra Gohain all scoring 7.5
8 Meghna C H 6.5 48 Himangshu Saharia 5 89 Ayan Baruah 3
points out of 9 rounds. However Dhanabir
9 Maharnav Deka 6.5 49 Pran Govinda Parashar K 5 90 Arshiya Das 3
was adjusted champion on the basis of better
10 Mrinal Kakati 6.5 50 Abhirup Das 5 91 Amritangshu Goswami 3
tie break score and Trailokya
and Santanu had to settle for second and 11 Sasanka Shandilya 6.5 51 Mayank Chakraborty 5 92 Ikshita Barman 3
third position respectively. 12 Debanga Kalita 6.5 52 Vishesh Bajij 5 93 Dwiraj Kalita 3
The prize distribution ceremony was attend- 13 Amlan Mahanta 6 53 Ravindra Singh Rawat 4.5 94 Mintu Ali 3
ed by Dr Narendra Nath Dutta, 14 Anuraag Saikia 6 54 Rishabh Singh 4.5 95 Himanish Kumar Sarma 3
15 Arkaprova Rajkonwar 6 55 Utkarsh Jalan 4.5 96 Arif Choudhury 3
16 Arunabh Gohain 6 56 Faheem N H Borah 4.5 97 Rishav Sarkar 2.5
Chancellor of Assam Downtown Universi- 17 Piyal Roy Chowdhury 6 57 Surya Lahiri 4.5 98 Kuvam Kumar Kashyap 2.5
ty, RijuGanguly, Director, Postal Service, 58 Jitabrata Nath 4.5 99 Darsh Jain 2.5


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DCA Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament-2017,New Delhi 10 FM Ramakrishna J. 7 51 Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi 6
11 FM Gajwa Ankit 7 52 Souhardo Basak 6
Himal Gusain wins Delhi Open FIDE Rated 12 Surendran N 7 53 Raju O A 6
by IA Gopakumar MS, Chief Arbiter 13 Ram S. Krishnan 7 54 Souradip Deb 6

14 Patil Pratik 7 55 Anusha N L V 6
he Delhi Chess Association Open FIDE cash award of Rs.1,01,001/- while Ravi Teja
15 Abhishek Das 7 56 Prem Raj K 6
Rated Chess Tournament was held at finished as first runner and pocket a cash
16 Senthil Maran K 7 57 Arjun C Krishnamachari 6
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium New Delhi prize of Rs. 75000/-. Top seed Himanshu
17 IM R Balasubramaniam 7 58 Srinivasa Rao G.V. 6
from 25-29 March 2017.A total number of Sharma satisfied with third spot finished to
727 players which includes seven Interna- secure Rs. 50000/- as cash prize. 18 CM Aronyak Ghosh 7 59 Ranjith R.K. 6
tional Masters and 619 International rated In the rating category of 1999-1600, Kadav 19 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M 7 60 Rupesh Ranjan 6
players from different parts of India and four Omkar of Maharashtra secured first prize with 20 Kadav Omkar 7 61 Om Kharola 6
foreign federations were participated in the Rs. 71,000/- while in Below 1599 category, 21 Dhananjay S 7 62 Sanjay Chhabra 6
event which was spread over five days with Leeladhar Kachroo of Haryana won the first 22 Singh Arvinder Preet 7 63 Herschelle Gupta 6
a time control of 90 minutes and 30 seconds prize to pocket same amount as cash prize. 23 Alok Sinha 7 64 Patel Nishrut R 6
increment from move 1. The total prize fund Anusha NLV of Andhra Pradesh adjudged as 24 Ayushh Ravikumar 7 65 Shejwalkar Saurabha 6
of the event was Rs.17,77,000.The Tourna- best female player while Rajesh Dwivedi of 25 Akshay V Halagannavar 7 66 Sudipta Chakraborty 6
ment was played under Swiss System with Madhya Pradesh become best among unrat- 26 Akshay Anand 7 67 Raj Rahul 6
nine rounds and had International Master ed players. Akash Sharthchandra Dalvi of 27 Joshi Govind Ballabh 7 68 Dahale Atul 6
Himanshu Sharma of Railways as the top Maharashtra, Sourath Biswas of West Bengal
28 Leeladhar Kachroo 7 69 Srikanth K. 6
seed. With Round one starting on time and and Daaevik Wadhawan of Delhi finished best
29 AGM Sa Kannan 7 70 Singh Murari Prasad 6
the players went into their business mode among Under-15, Under-12 and Under-8 age
30 Anurag Jaiswal 7 71 Negi Virender Singh 6
from the start itself. categories respectively. Herschelle Gupta and
31 Aishwin Daniel 7 72 Vakil Akhtar 6
The tournament progressed on expected Aanya Agarwal become Best Delhi player and
lines as seeded players registered comfort- Best Delhi girl player respectively. 32 AFM Choubey Saurabh 7 73 Rahul Ubadhyay 6
able victories on earlier part of the event. In a colourful closing ceremony, Shri. Bharat 33 Niranjan Mocharla 7 74 Vinodh Kumar B. 6
Unexpectedly, top seed Himanshu Sharma Singh, CEO All India Chess Federation gave 34 Hilal Mondal 7 75 Sunny Bedi 6
suffered a shock defeat against Badvath away the cash prizes and trophies to the 35 Ashutosh Kumar 7 76 Anchit Vyas 6
Anand in the fourth round and which changed winners along with Shri. AK Verma, Secre- 36 Mahindrakar Indrajeet 7 77 Anustoop Biswas 6
the complexion of the event.Delhi youngster tary Delhi Chess Association, International 37 Samdani Sahil Sagar 7 78 Pradip Tiwari 6
Ankit Gajwa emerged as the sole leader af- Master Vishal Sareen and Shri. G B Joshi, 38 Sharma Pankaj 6 79 Sourath Biswas 6
ter seventh round matches with six and half FIDE Trainer. 39 Badavath Anand 6 80 Bhanot Stuti 6
points but his presence in the leaders table Final standings: 40 Govind Kumar 6 81 Gupta Rajesh R.S. 6
not last long as he lost crucial eighth round Rk Name Pts 41 Doshi Moksh Amitbhai 6 82 Aditya Guhagarkar 6
match against second seed Himal Gusain, 1 Gusain Himal 8 42 Shubham Lakudkar 6 83 Ashish Kumar 6
which made the tournament wide open. 2 IM Ravi Teja S. 8 43 Nikhil M 6 84 Jayaram R. 6
In the final round, top seed Himanshu Shar- 3 IM Himanshu Sharma 8 44 Dave Kantilal 6 85 Sayan Banik 6
ma defeated Abhishek Das while fourth seed 4 IM Krishna C R G 7 45 Sonkalan Bharati 6 86 Pankaj Sindhu 6
S Ravi Teja and second seed Himal Gusain got
5 FM Rakesh Kumar Jena 7 46 Vinod R. Sharma 6 87 Batham Avinash 6
better of Kadav Omkar and Aronyak Ghosh
6 Saravana Krishnan P. 7 47 Aswin.P.G 6 88 Jagadeesh A.K. 6
respectively to make a three way tie for the
7 Pranav Shetty 7 48 Sinha Santosh Kumar 6 89 AIM Sivasubramanian R 6
winners trophy. But better tie break score
8 Lokesh N. 7 49 FM Venkata Krishna Karthik K 6 90 Prasath K R 6
helped Himal to clinch the title along with a
9 IM Palit Somak 7 50 Karthik P M 6 91 WFM Lakshmi C 6


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92 Raunak Mondal 6 133 Lalit Karmarkar 6
Lt. Trilochand Dhakal Memorial FIDE Rating Tournament , Gangtok
93 Abhinessh S 6 134 AGM Vignesh R 6
94 Subramanian V 6 135 Naveen Bansal 6 Rupankar Nath wins title
95 Raghav Srivathsav V 6 136 Cyrus Chhikara 6 R.Dharmendra Kumar IA, Chief Arbiter

96 Shuban Saha 6 137 Sharma Avinash 6
he tournament was conducted from a huge radical growth can be seen here. Just
97 Raveendran C.R. 6 138 Roop Saurav 5
February 2nd to February 6,2017 by a few month back , SCA organized a school
98 Pawar Rahul 6 139 AIM Aryan 5
Knight Chess Academy , Gangtok in tournament in which more then 450 school
99 Borase Manoj 6 140 AIM Durgesh K 5
loving memory of Lt. Trilochand Dhakal,fa- children participated ! Really remarkable and
100 Aan Sikka 6 141 Hiren K G 5
ther of Mahendra Dhakal ,Hony Secretary of highly appreciable chess development ! Now
101 Patil Priyanshu 6 142 Unas K.A. 5 Sikkim Chess Association.Tournament was some strong players are there with around
102 Ajay Karthikeyan 6 143 Amanpreet Singh 5 sponsored by Dhakals family headed by Mrs. 2200 rating strength.
103 Kulkarni Saurabh P 6 144 Nandha Kumar K 5 Til maya Dhakal , W/o Lt. Trilochand Dhakal
104 Singh Jagpreet 6 145 Abdul Majeed N. 5 . Tournament was held at Tashi Namgyal The tournament was formally inaugurated by
105 Singh Soram Rahul 6 146 AIM Mandloi Mukesh 5 Academy , Gangtok , one of the best and C.B. Karki, Formar minister of RMDD Sikkim
106 Sachin Malik 6 147 Joy Lazar M.A. 5 reputed School of the City, established in Govt. . He played a formal inaugural game
107 Sudarshan Malga 6 148 Aaryan Varshney 5 the year 1926. with IM Atanu Lahiri, Hony. Secretary , WBCA
108 Verma H.S. 6 149 Sharma Varun 5 in presence of Til Maya Dhakal , W/o Lt Trilo-
109 Sumit Grover 6 150 Roshan S 5 About the City and around chand Dhakal , C.P.Dhakal, Special Secretary
110 AGMJubin Jimmy 6 151 Rakesh Bhatti 5 Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous , Tourism Dept. , Govt, of Sikkim , B.K. Roka
northern Indian state of Sikkim. Established , President, Sikkim Olympic Association,
111 D. Ashraf Subhani 6 152 IM Wazeer Ahmad Khan 5
as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s, Sony Virdee , Prop. Of Mount Zionee School
112 Vikash Kumar Dwivedi 6 153 AGM Rathneesh R 5
the city became capital of an independent Madhab Prasad Pradhan, Vice President ,
113 Sahil Dhawan 6 154 Baig Akram 5
monarchy after British rule ended, but joined Nepal Chess Association , Mahendra Dhakal,
114 Soham Kamotra 6 155 Aditya P Melani 5
India in 1975. Players enjoyed the sunny but Hony Secretary , Sikkim Chess Association ,
115 Pranav Ram Hariharan 6 156 Gagan Chitkara 5 cold weather of Gangtok and Kanchanjunga IA Dharmendra Kumar , Chief Arbiter and IA
116 Gopinath M 6 157 S. Jeevanandam 5 view even from tournament venue. Since KC Umesh , Dy. Chief Arbiter. Earlier all these
117 Shyam Sundar T. 6 158 Esshan Wadhawan 5 last two round single, so many players went dignitaries were paid their floral homage to
118 Aditya B Kalyani 6 159 Madhusoodanan K.R. 5 for city sight seen of famous tourist places. Lt. Trilochand Dhakal.
119 Rajeev V M 6 160 Bhat Siddharth K 5 Even some players and officials loved to visit
120 Jalap Indraj 6 161 AIM Sushrutha Reddy 5 Tsomgo Lake too. This most visited lake is 162 players including 2 IM ,2 FM and 87 rat-
121 Sradhanjali Jena 6 162 Suraj Choudhary 5 Located 35 km from Gangtok and at an al- ed players participated from different states
122 CM Shahil Dey 6 163 Sameer Kumar Y 5 titude of 12,000 ft. the lake is covered with of country and even 4 players from Nepal.
123 Nidheshpa S 6 164 Bhogal Rupesh 5 snow cover from early winter to late spring. 9 round Swiss open tournament had time
124 Jayachandra Srinivas V 6 165 Praveen Kumar Gunasekaran 5 control of 90 minute with sec./move with 30
About Sikkim Chess minute grace time.
125 Kasar Prashant 6 166 Habib Qureshi Raaz 5
126 Shami Vipin K. 6 167 Chilukuri Sai Varshith 5
FA Mahendra Dhakal , Hony Secretary of Sik- In the first and second round was as all seed-
127 Deepak Rai 6 168 Rohit S 5
kim Chess Association started Chess Activity ed players sailed through with no upset ex-
128 Anil Shivpuri 6 169 Murarilal Kori 5
here at Sikkim in the year 2009 from his own cept where Shyamshree Sarkar drew with FM
129 Dilip Das 6 170 Satyanarayana P. 5 Tadong Area with few neighbor boys & Girls Joydeep Dutta. But the third round onwards
130 Yogesh Solanki 6 171 CM Gopal K.N. 5 . He started making them trained as chess tournament turned interesting. Second seed
131 Bhagyashree Patil 6 172 Arnab Kumar Mullick 5 player and after couple of year he introduced IM Rahul Sangma and third seed Vikramjit
132 Patil Rohit R 6 173 Sanchit Anand 5 them in tournament . That day and today , Singh was forced to share the score with


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Sumit Grover OF Jammu and Rohit Gurung 19 Gurung Rakesh 6 60 Shyam Sunder A 5
of Sikkim respectively . While fourth seed In the last last round , sole leader Rupankar 20 Hilal Mondal 6 61 Sharma Durga Prasad 5
FM Saurav Kherdekar lost his game against Nath offered a draw to his opponent Santu 21 Rao K. Damodar 6 62 Dr.Thaiba Badri Prasad 5
Rahul Gurung of Sikkim. Fourth round results Mondal and won the tournament . However, 22 Abhishek Sonu 6 63 Nihar Ranjan Banerjee 5
was mixed and it left 6 players at the end of on board two , IM Nubairshah Shaikh de- 23 Manush Shah 6 64 Dash Manoj Kumar 5
round with 4 point . feated to Sumuit Grover and joined the top 24 Mullick Saikat 6 65 Vikas Sharma 5
score bracket . But the tie-break system, 25 Nilesh Jindal 6 66 Gupta Rick 5
In round five , IM Nubairshah of Maharastra Direct encounter, favored to Rupanker as 26 Chakrabarti Tamal 6 67 Urgen Thenlay Sherpa 5
lost his game against Rupankar Nath of West he defeated Nubairshah in earlier round. On 27 Vigneshwaran S 6 68 Madhusudan Sahu 5
Bengal while board # 2 & # 3 ended in drew board three , local challenge Rohit Gurung
28 Samip Roy 6 69 Debargha Basu 5
. At the end of the round , Rupankar was finally defeated to Laltu Chaterjee and win
29 Basu Suman 6 70 Swaraj Saha 5
sole leader with 5 point and was followed 2nd runner up trophy for host state .
30 Bristy Mukherjee 6 71 Rohan Nag Chowdhury 5
by 6 players with 4.5 players. Sixth round
31 CM Niraula Bhupendra 6 72 Dutta Samaritan 5
was in favour of leader Rupankar Nath who In a closing ceremony , Shakti Singh, Mayor
defeated his opponent Arindam Mukherjee , of Gangtok City and Til Maya Dhakal , W/o 32 Sahu Rajendra Kumar 6 73 Rai Sejal 5
(Both from Bengal) and maintained his lead Lt Trilochand Dhakal were gave away thr 33 Gurung Rahul 6 74 Thakuri Bikash 5
for next round too. From the second top prizes to all the prize winners . Mahendra 34 AIM Mandloi Mukesh 5 75 Manoj Joshi 4
score bracket , only Raghav Shrivastava of Dhakal,Hony Secreatry , SCA , Dharmendra 35 Sumit Roy 5 76 Roy Manoj Kumar 4
Telangana managed to enter in next as fol- Kumar , Chief Arbiter and Madhab Pradhan 36 CM Shahil Dey 5 77 Bidhu Bhusan Mishra 4
lower of leader by defeating Subham of Delhi. , Vice President , NCA was also present on 37 Sanjay Sinha 5 78 Priyangshu Gupta Bhaya 4
Rupankar had 6 as leader while Raghav had this auspicious occasion. 38 Ambarish Sharma 5 79 Rai Supriya 4
5.5 as single follower of leader . 39 Chettri Bhoj Bahadur 5 80 Karma Loday Bhutia 4
7th round was forced between leader and his Final standings: 40 Rana Dillip Kumar 5 81 Anil Bhoi 4
follower . It was really interesting for every- Rk Name Pts 41 Subba Raju S. 5 82 Rasmita Kumari Patro 4
one to see that whats going to be happen 1 Nath Rupankar 8 42 Tripathy Manoj Ku 5 83 Adhikari Duryodhan 4
! And finally with white pieces , Rupankar 2 IM Md Nubairshah Shaikh 8 43 Pradhan Madhav Prasad 5 84 Gurung Pushpa 4
forced his opponent Raghav to resign in 3 Gurung Rohit 7 44 Sanjib Ghosh 5 85 Arrya Das 4
55th move. On board # 2 , IM Nubairshah 4 Debasish Mukherjee 7 45 Lepcha Johna 5 86 Dutta Pehlaj 4
defeated to Manush Shah another IM was not
5 FM Sauravh Khherdekar 7 46 Sushmita Lama 5 87 Vijay Kumar Sah 4
so lucky and he lost against Laltu Chaterjee
6 Santu Mondal 7 47 Shyamashree Sarkar 5 88 Subhankar Kar 4
of Bengal. And the final tally was one sole
7 IM Sangma Rahul 7 48 M Tulasi Ram Kumar 5 89 Rishi Raj Ghosh 4
leader Rupankar Nath with 7 out 7 and 2
8 FM Dutta Joydeep 7 49 Chhetri Priya 5 90 Subhrajyoti Sarkar 4
follower , a full point behind the leader, were
IM Nubairshah and Laltu Chaterjee with 6/7. 9 Arindam Mukherjee 6 50 Pradhan Bhuwan Prakash 5 91 Yogesh Sharma 4
Eighth round Final standing after 8th round 10 Raghav Srivathsav V 6 51 Phurba Wangial Bhutia 5 92 Bhutia Karchung 4
was too with favorite leader Raupankar Nath . 11 Chattarjee Laltu 6 52 Anand Rai 5 93 Anusha Chhetri 4
However , he drew his long complicated game 12 Shubham 6 53 Anish Rooj 5 94 Jairaj Thapa 4
, even though he was point ahead of IM 13 Samrat Ghorai 6 54 Goutam Das 5 95 Sandeep Subba 4
Nubairshah who defeated 3rd seed Vikramjit 14 Sumit Grover 6 55 Chettri Dinesh 5 96 Targain Abel Pemsum 4
Singh of Manipur. Rohit Gurung , Santu Mo- 15 Singh S. Vikramjit 6 56 Subba Saurab 5 97 Advaita Das 4
nadal and Sumit grover won their game on 16 Pradip Ghosh 6 57 Shambo Dutta 5 98 Prachi Roy 4
boards 3 , 4 & 5 against Raghav Shriwastava 17 Tamang Thendup 6 58 Gouranga Sonowal 5 99 Bishkarma Binay 4
, Shubham and Samrat Ghorai respectively . 18 Barun Paul 6 59 Subba Surendra 5 100 Suraj Gupta 4


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101 Aabhash Gurung 4 142 Prashant Nepal 3 Problem World d-file result in distinct mates.
102 Sugato Chakraborty 4 143 Vashundhara Singh 3 C.J.Morse (after K.Hasenzah)
103 Viswakarma Akash 4 144 Dahal Keshav 2 Black correction British Chess Magazine 1966
104 Ishwar Thapa 4 145 Ongmu Sherpa 2 By C.G.S.Narayanan
105 Jenisha Gurung 4 146 Mudit Agarwal 2 Black correction occurs when a black piece
106 Aradhya Raj Pokhrel 4 147 Vansh Agarwal 2 whose random move permits a mate, makes
107 Panshul Dhangar 4 148 Rushil Bardewa 2 a particular move which corrects the random
108 Prakhar Dhangar 4 149 Agrawal Abhishek 2 error but commits a secondary error which
109 Sujal Rai 4 150 Lepcha Adden 2
allows a different white mate. There are vari-
ous degrees of black correction depending on
110 Suraksha Rai 4 151 Shaurya Srivastava 2
the number of errors corrected in a problem
111 Tunav Kumar Sharma 4 152 Sherpa Passang Diki 2
viz. tertiary and quaternary correction.The
112 Aayush Bhattacherjee 4 153 Biswas Chettri 1
first problems are frpm Jeremys book Chess
113 Saroj Tamang 4 154 Ram Kumar Pradhan 1 problems:Tasks and records
114 Pasang Tshering Lepcha 4 155 Dinakshi Subedi 1 C.J.Morse Mate in two moves
115 Bala Ram Sharma 3 The Field 1964 The second problem features six corrections
116 Acharya Leela Prasad 3 by the black rook, also a task. Key 1.Ke6!
117 Kundan Tamang 3 Puzzle of the month waiting
by C.G.S.Narayanan 1.Rany (say Rd8) results in the battery
118 Rai Chitiz 3
119 Suraj Basnet 3 mate 2.Kf7 as the BNc1 gets pinned. The
The puzzle this month is to place the corrections are
120 Chewang Dorjee Bhutia 3
black king in the diagram below where it 1.Rd2/Rd3/Rd4/Rd5/Rd6/Rd7
121 Pratik Kumar Prashad 3 stands checkmated. But there seems to 2.Qf1/Nxd3/cxd4/Kxd5/Kxd6/Kxd7
122 Yogesh Subedi 3 be lot of options for placing it! It requires Five battery mates, four lateral and a diag-
123 Sushant Rai 3 a little bit of retro analysis to arrive at the onal, and a self block
124 Titha Subba 3 correct square.
125 Thapa Saujanya 3 Josef Haas The following is a correction problem with
126 Emetna Limboo 3 Die Schwalbe 1995 just nine men and a fine key.
Mate in two moves
127 Ajay Kumar Das 3 C.J.Morse
The first problem above shows black correc-
128 Kandel Laxmi 3 tion A random move by the BBf5 which opens 4th prize, The Problemist 1964
129 Arpan Tamang 3 WR guard to f4 is met by the Q+P battery.
130 Namita Pradhan 3 The six corrections, the maximum by a black
131 Ashok Kumar Singh 3 bishop, is shown with ease.
132 Aditya Rasaily 3 Key 1.g4! (threat 2.Rxf5) 1B any 2.d5 and
133 Priansh Yajnik 3 the corrections follow 1Be4/Bd3/Be6/Bxd7/
134 Sherap Nima Tamang 3 Bxg4/Bxg6
135 Yangchen Lama 3 2.f4/cxd4/dxe6/Nxd7/Nxg4/Nxg6
136 Aneesh Kumar Singh 3 The second problem features six corrections
137 Vidya Kiran Adhikari 3 by the black rook, also a task. Key 1.Ke6!
138 Srijana Rai 3
Choose a square where BK stands 1.Rany (say Rd8) results in the battery
139 Reecha Rai 3 Mate in two moves
checkmated. mate 2.Kf7 as the BNc1 gets pinned.There
140 Nihang Limbu 3 Key 1.Be8! waiting
(Solution on page 48) are six corrections by the black rook on the
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1R any 2.Kb3; 1Rd4 2.Qc6 S.Brehmer Some of the important decisions taken by the Central Council of the All India Chess
1.Rd3 2.Kxd3;1Rd2+ 2.Kxd2 Schach,1951 Federation which met on 31.03.2017 is give below.
1.Rd1 2.Kxd1
In the fourth example there are black cor-
1. It was decided to recommend a School Team to participate in the All Russian Open
rections by three pieces. After the waiting
School Team Chess Tournament to be held at Sochi. The School team with the highest
key 1.Qf8! which gives a third flight at e4,
three black pieces open up guards to different average of the top 4 players will be recommended for the same. A detail circular on this
flight squares. is posted on our website. The interested Schools may apply with details to AICF before
T.Tikkanen 20th April, 2017.
First prize, BABY Tourney 1960 2. A team from Uttar Pradesh which took part in the National Team Chess Championship
held at Bhopal from 2nd to 8th February, 2017 indulged in impersonation. Punishment
is imposed on the players as detailed below:
Since impersonation has been established beyond doubt, the two players namely Azad
Mate in two moves Singh Verma (Captain) and Bittu, the Central Council decided to impose a penalty on
The tertiary correction 1Ne4 permits 2.Rb6 them by suspending them for a period of 2 years from 31.03.2017 from all activities
mate as BN interferes with both the black of AICF and its affiliates in any manner and in any capacity. Since other members of
lines. A problem showing tertiary correction the team namely Navin Kumar H Singh, Reenu Kumar, Nishant Kumar who were also
for solving part of the conspiracy, it was decided to suspend them for a period of one year from
Comins Mansfield 31.03.2017 from all activities of AICF and its affiliates in any manner and in any ca-
First prize,Australian Meredith Ty 1928
Mate in two moves 3. It was decided to issue NOC to players participating in official FIDE Asian / World /
A random move by BNc3 permits 2.Rxe5 Commonwealth Championships only if they have completed the championship.
due to primary error of opening guards to c4 4. The World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad will be held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat from 10th
and c6.The correction by the same piece 1 to 20th December, 2017.
Nxe4 continues to carry this error but com-
mit a secondary error of self-blocking e4 and
allowing 2.Nc7.Random move of BNe5 loses
control of h1-a8 diagonal leading to 2.Qa8.The
correction 1Nc6 blocks c6 and allows 2.Nxc3.
Similarly a random move by BRg6 opens guard
of e4 permitting 2.Qd6 mate. The correction
1Rxe6 permits 2.Qc5 as e6 gets blocked. 1 Mate in two moves
Kxe4, Kc6 and Kxe6 are answered by 2.Nxc3, In the last example by the British Grandmaster
Qc5 and Qf7. unpin of white bishop is involved in the cor-
The second example carries the correction rection play.
motif a step further. The key 1.Rxe6! threatens The flight giving key 1.Qe2! threatens 2.Qxe7.
.2.Rxg6. Any move of BNc5 results in checks The random move of BNc5 results in primary
to the WK from BBf2 answered by simple cap- error of losing control of d7 which permits diag-
ture of the checking piece 2.Nxf2 as the guard onal mate 2.Qb5. The first correction by the BN
for g5 is opened up by WQ. The secondary avoids Qb5 but commits the secondary error
move 1Nd3 corrects this error threatening of unpinning WBd5 which results in 2. Bc6.The
to protect f2 but interferes with BBb1 and now tertiary correction is 1Nd7 which blocks flight
the switchback mate 2.Re3 results square and permits 2.Bf7.
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5. The Commonwealth Chess Championship 2017 will be organised at New Delhi from Asian Youth Chess Championship,Tashkent, Uzbekistan
02nd to 10th July, 2017.
Asian Youth Chess Championship got off to a colourful start at Uzbekistan capital Tashkent
6. The Asian Cities Chess Championship 2017 will be organised at Bhuvaneswar, Odisha
on March 31, 2017.Total number 381 players from 17 Asian countries took part in this 10
from 25th August to 02nd September, 2017.
days long championship consisting of Standard, Rapid and Blitz formats.In the opening day
7. All Marathi Chess Association has been affiliated as a member of the All India Chess
the rapid event was held and 35 member Indian contingent secured 2 Gold, 2 Silver and
Federation for the state of Maharashtr
1 Bronze. With an all win record, A R Ilamparathi won the Gold medal in Under-8 Open
8. Tie Break System in all National Championships: The following order of tie breaks will
section while Erigaisi Arjun secured the yellow metal in Under-14 Open category. Savitha
be followed for all our national championships hereafter.
Shri B and Divya Deshmukh won silver medals in Under-10 and Under-12 girls categories
1. Direct Encounter, 2. Buchholz Cut 1, 3. Buchholz, 4. Sonneborn Berger, 5. Number
respectively while Rakshitta Ravi added bronze medal to the Indian medal tally by finishing
of wins (forfeits included)
third in Under-12 girls category.
9. The Chess Federation for Physically disabled has been admitted as an affiliate of the
All India Chess Federation.
10. USA Vs Rest of the World in Under 14 and Under 17. Mr.Praggnandhaa (Under 14) and
Mr.Aryan Chopra (Under 17) of India are selected by FIDE to represent the World team.
Mr.Nihal Sarin is in the reserve list for Under 14 category
India will bid for World Junior / World Amateur / World Cadet / World Youth Chess
Championship 2019.

Tribal Students Play chess

by Atanu Lahiri
1st.West Bengal School
Chess Tournament for Tribal
Students was held in Kolka-
ta from 27th to 29th March
2017.A total number of 96
students including 36 girls
from tribal schools all across
the state took part in the 3
day event. All the students
were from under privileged
section of the society and Indian Youth Team

study in Government aided Indian youngsters once again proved its growing supremacy in youth events and lifted the
tribal schools.They have vis- Asian Youth Chess Championship overall trophy with 11 Gold, 8 Silver and 7 Bronze here
ited Kolkata for the first time at Hotel Le Grande Plaza.
in their life and were taken for an excursion shortly after the tournament.
While the Boys Section was won by Harendranath Soren from Purulia,13 year old Nickey Before the Blitz event on Sunday, host Uzbekistan was slightly head of India due to su-
Lakra from Kalchini near Bhutan border, won the Girls Section. Altogether,a total number perior silver medal count but the Indian girls had other ideas on Sunday morning as they
of 1200 tribal students are being taught chess in West Bengal on a regular basis. After bagged four out of six gold in the girls categories while A R Ilamparthi added open gold in
this tournament, some talented players were shortlisted and would be groomed to take Under-8 section to take the Indian gold medal tally to eleven and pushed the host nation
part on a higher level.The West Bengal Tribal Welfare Department assured us of all help to second place. With eight gold in the kitty, Uzbekistan finished as first runner up while
for nurturing the talented students. Iran secured the third position.
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Asian Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged at Manipal Selected games from 9th Chennai
Open 2017
Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron
Stopa,Jacek (Pol) (2479) Vignesh,N R
(2414) [E11]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 b6
A view of the Tournament Hall
5.a3 Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 a5 7.b3 Bb7 8.e3
d6 9.Be2 Nbd7 10.00 00 11.Bb2 Qe7
12.b4 [Uhlmann - Bronstein, Lasker Mem,
East Berlin, 1968 went: 12.Qc2 Be4 strategic spots on opposite sides of the
13.Qc3 c5 14.Rad1 a4 15.b4 Rfc8 16.dxc5 board. The knight, with its limited jump, is
bxc5 17.b5 10]12...axb4 13.axb4 not good at defending such positions.]50...
Rxa1 14.Rxa1 Ra8 15.Rxa8+ Bxa8 Kd6 51.gxh5 gxh5 52.f4! Be8 53.Ba6!
[From now onwards white has a slight Bd7 [If 53...Kd7 54.fxe5 fxe5 55.Bb5+ Ke7
advantage thanks to his greater board 56.Bxe8 Kxe8 57.Bc3 Nb6 58.Bxe5 Kd7
room.]16.Qc2 Bb7 17.Nd2 Qf8 18.f3 59.Kf4 Na8 60.Kg5 Nxc7 61.Kxh5+]54.Bc4
Dr.H.S.Ballal Inaugurates c5 19.Qb3 Qc8 20.Nb1 d5!? 21.dxc5 Be6 55.Be2 Bf7 56.Ba6 Be6 [White has
with Dr Charudatta Jhadav bxc5 22.cxd5 Nxd5 23.b5 [This pawn a slight space advantage and two bishops
is destined to play the decisive role in but it would be difficult for him to win. Also,
this game though for many more moves, if 56...Kd7 57.Bb5+ Ke7 58.f5 Be8 59.Bc4
whites advantage is minimal, almost Nd6 60.Be6 Bd7 61.Bd5 Nc8 and white has
nothing.]23...N5b6 24.Nd2 Qc7 25.Nc4 not made any significant inroads to win this
Nxc4 26.Qxc4 Qd6 27.Qc3 f6 28.Qa5 game.]57.f5 Bd7 58.Be2 Be8 59.Bc4
Qb6 29.Qd2 Qc7 30.Bc3! Nb6 31.e4 Ke7 60.Ba6 Bd7 61.Bb7 Kd6 62.Ba6 Kc6
Former AICF Secretary KNK is no more Kf7 32.g3 Bc8 33.Ba5 Qd7 34.Qc2 63.Be2 Be8 64.Bc4
by Arvind Aaron Qd6 35.Kg2! [So that when black plays
Former AICF Honorary Secretary K.N. Kalyanasundaram (85) passed ....Qd4 it is not a check!]35...g6 36.h4
away in a city hospital on March 28, 2017 at Chennai.Kalyanasundaran Nd7 37.Qc1 Kg7 38.Bc3 h5? 39.Qa1
(born April 25, 1932) was a three-time General Secretary of the Tamil e5 40.Qa8! [Whites advantage has as-
Nadu State Chess Association and served as Honorary Secretary of the sumed threatening proportions.]40...
AICF in 1962-63. Nb6 41.Qa7+ Bd7 42.Ba5 Nc8 43.Qc7
He has represented the state in National Championships many times and Qe6 [If 43...Qxc7 44.Bxc7 the b-pawn
will advance unhindered and win the
was placed in the middle of the standings most of the time. He was a
game.]44.Kf2 Qd6 45.Kg2 Qe6 46.Kf2
great lover of the game who played and and was also an administrator.
Qd6 47.b6 Qxc7 48.bxc7 Kf7 49.Ke3
He was 30th in the 1959 Nationals at Delhi.
Ke7 50.g4! [Diagram # Though the
Kalyanasundaram won the Tamil Nadu Veteran Chess Championship in 1982, 1990, 1991 advanced passed pawn on c7 is an ad- 64...Nd6 [Black misses a draw with: 64...
and 1996. This event was held only four times! He came from a chess playing family. His vantage for white, it could be lost if not Kb7! 65.Be6 Bc6! (65...Nd6? 66.c8Q+ Nxc8
father Rao Sahib K.V. Nilkantham (1896-1967) was a Patron of the Madras State Chess handled properly. So, in such situations 67.Bd8 as in the game, wins.) 66.Bf7 Nd6!
Association and also served as the Post Master General of Madras. The AICF mourns the it is best for the superior side (here it is (66...Bxe4? 67.Kxe4 Nd6+ 68.Kd5 Nxf7 69.Ke6
passing away of Kalyanasundaram and offers condolences to his family members. white) to create a second theatre of oper- white wins.) 67.Be6 Nc8=]65.Bd5+ Kb5 [65...
ations and make the opponent defend two Kd7? 66.Be6+ Kc6 67.c8Q++]66.c8Q!
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15.cxb4!! [White sacrifices his queen for a in January. He plays for Andhra though he is [Diagram #][This is not the best! He could
rook and knight. This move must have been settled in Chennai with his doctor parents and win with: 23...Nxd5 24.exd5 b5 25.Nb2
inspired by two additional facts: 1) he has goes to the local Velammal School. We are (25.Ne3 e4 (the Rf3 is trapped!)) 25...e4
complete control of the open c-file; and 2. likely to hear more in the future. And M.R. +]24.Ne3 Bc6 25.c4 fxe4 26.Rxf6 Rxf6
blacks king-side is undeveloped.]15...Rxc1 Venkatesh is a 32year old grandmaster 27.Neg4 Rf5! [Diagram #]
16.Rfxc1 b5 [To prevent 18 Rc8+.]17. who should be at his peak now but is finding
Ne5!+ e6 18.Rc6 Qb7 19.Rac1 Be7 it difficult to find his form of a few years
20.Rc7 Qb6 21.Nc6! ago. Gukesh plays with great responsibili-
ty and finishes the game with some lively
tactics as expected of a youngster.]1.e4
c5 2.b3!? [when an opponent plays such
66...Nxc8 67.Bd8! [Whites two bishops run an off beat move, we know that he trusts
amok now.]67...Nb6 68.Be6! c4 69.Bxf6 the opening preparation of his opponent
c3 70.Bxe5 Nc4+ 71.Bxc4+ Kxc4 72.Kf4! and wants to play something out of the
c2 73.Bb2 Kc5 74.Ke5! [In quite a few book!]2...Nc6 3.Bb2 e5 4.Bc4 d6 5.Ne2
endings, the tactics of leading with the g6 [After adopting the pawn formation c5,
king is recommended. The white king d6, e5, the g7 square is the natural place 28.Nxe4 [If 28.Nxh6 Kxh6 29.Ng4+ Kg7
prevents the black king from coming to for his dark square bishop.]6.00 Bg7 7.f4 30.Rxf5 gxf5 31.Qxc5! fxg4 32.Bxc6 bxc4
the king-side and preventing the advance Nf6 8.fxe5 Nxe5 9.Bxe5 dxe5= 10.Nbc3 33.b4! Qf7 34.Kg1!+]28...Bxd5+
of whites passed pawns.]74...Bf7 75.Kf6 [Diagram # Defending d4 and attacking the 00 11.Qe1 Bg4 12.Kh1 Nh5 13.g3 29.cxd5 Qf7! 30.Ngf6 [If 30.Rxf5 gxf5
Bc4 76.Ke7! [After 76.Ke7 c1Q 77.Bxc1 Kd4 Be7.]21...Bd8 22.Nxd8 00 [22...Kxd8?? [Best was active play with: 13.Nd5]13... and one knight is lost.]30...Rf8 [A knight is
78.f6 Kxe4 79.f7 Bxf7 80.Kxf7 Kf5 81.Kg7 23.Rc8++]23.Nc6 h6 24.Rxa7 Ne8 Bh6 14.Nd5 Kg7 15.Nc1 Qd6 16.Nd3 at its weakest when it is supporting another
Kg4 82.Bg5 Kf5 83.Bd8! Kg4 84.Kg6] 10 25.Rc5 [shielding the d4 pawn from the Rae8 17.Ne3 Bh3 18.Rf3 [(Threat 19 knight, like here.]31.g4 Rxf1 32.Qxf1
Shyam,N (2446)-Prajesh,R(2242) [A45] queen.]25...g5 26.Bg3 f5 [Diagram #]27. g4 trapping the Bh3)]18...Bd7 19.Bd5 f5
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 d5 4.e3 c5 Ne7+ [27.Ne7+ Kf7 (27...Kh8 28.Be5+ Nf6 20.Qg1 [If 20.Bxb7 Nf6 21.Nf2 Qc7 22.Bd5
5.Bd3 Nf6 6.c3 Qb6 7.Qc1 Nc6 8.h3 Bd7 29.Rcc7 threatening mate in two.) 28.Nc8+ Bc6 23.d3 fxe4 24.Rxf6 Rxf6 25.dxe4
9.Nf3 [Mark Orr 2360 vs Joanna Le- wins the queen for nothing.]10 Bxe3 26.Qxe3 Bxd5 27.exd5 Qf7]20...b6
gevsky 2295, Iona Tech Masters 1998 21.Raf1 [If 21.Nc4 Qc7 22.g4 fxe4 23.Rxf8
went: 9.Nd2 Rc8 10.Qb1 e6 11.Ngf3 Rxf8 24.Ndxe5 Nf6!]21...Nf6 22.Nc4 Qc7
cxd4 12.exd4 Be7 13.00 00 .... [White has his bishop centrally planted on
drawn on move 89.]9...Rc8 10.00 cxd4 d5, but it comes under vague threats and
11.exd4 Nb4 12.Be2 Bb5 13.Bxb5+ Qxb5 has a miserable time. Blacks position is
14.Na3 Qa6 already winning.]23.Nf2 b5?!

[Diagram #]32...Qxd5! 33.d3 Qc6 [A quiet

winning move. The threat is 34...Rxf6.] 01
Gukesh,D (2236) - Horvath,Adam (Hun)
(Position after 26f5) (2499) [B47]
Venkatesh,M.R (2439) - Gukesh,D 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qc7
(2236) [B20] 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3 a6 7.Bg2 Nge7 8.00 Nxd4
[This is a David and Goliath story. Gukesh 9.Qxd4 Nc6 10.Qd3 Be7 [S.Gachet 2293
is a 11year old boy who has won the U12 vs O.Letreguilly 2311, France, 2005 went:
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10...Ne5 11.Qe2 Bb4 12.Bd2 Be7 13.b3 b5 Bc8 34.Qa7 R8e7 35.Qb8 Re8 36.Qa7 (50.Rxg2 Re1+ mates.) 50...Re2+ mates Bf5 13.Bd3 c5 [Black is looking for adven-
14.Rac1 h5 15.a4 bxa4 16.Nxa4 Rb8 17.Bc3 h4 Qf6 37.Rgd3 Qg5 38.Qxf7 Bxf5 39.Rg3 in two.]48.Qc8 Bxg2+?! [Black can tie up ture! 13...Nxc3 14.bxc3 Qd7 should be an
18.Bd4 Rb4 19.Bb2 .... and 66.01.]11.Be3 Bg4 40.Rf2 Qd8! 41.Qf4 [Not 41.Rxg4? white in knots and win with: 48...Bf5 49.Qf8 easy draw.]14.Nxe4 dxe4 15.Bxe4 Bxe4
b5 12.f4 d6 13.a4 b4 14.Ne2 00 15.Nd4 Qd1+! 42.Rf1 Qxg4]41...Bh5 42.Qe3?! [A Qh4 50.Bh3 Be4+ 51.R1g2 Bxg2+ 52.Kxg2 16.Rxe4 cxd4 17.Qd3 [If 17.Nxd4 Qd5
Nxd4 16.Bxd4 e5 17.Be3 a5 18.Rfc1 Ba6 weak move that lets go the big advantage (or 52.Rxg2 Re1+ 53.Rg1 Rxg1+ 54.Kxg1 18.Qg4 h5 19.Nf5!=]17...Qd5 18.Bd2 Rfe8
19.c4! exf4 [If 19...bxc3 20.Rxc3 Qb7 21.Rb3 that he has. Better was: 42.Rd2 Qb6+ 43.Qf2 Qxh3+) 52...Qe4+ 53.Qf3 Qc2+ 54.Kf1 Rxh3 19.a4 a6 [It was better to handle the threat of
Qc6 22.Qd2]20.gxf4 Bf6 (See diagram) Qc7 44.Rgd3 R8e7 45.Rd5 Bg6 46.R2d4 Bf7 55.Rxh3 Qc1+ 56.Kg2 Qd2+ 57.Kg3 Re3 a4a5 through: 19...Nc6 20.Rae1 Rad8=]20.
47.Rd6]42...Bg6 (See diagram) 43.Qa7? +]49.R3xg2 Qe4 50.Qg4! Qe5 51.Qg6+ Rae1 Ng6 21.h4 Nf8 22.h5 Rac8 23.Rg4
[This move has an eye on g7 and temporar- Kg8= 52.Rd1 Re8 53.Rd5? [A mistake which
ily pins the bishop to g6, but the threat is the Hungarian GM exploits tactically. White
immediately thwarted and black seizes the should not let his first rank remain untended.
upperhand. Better was: 43.Rf4! Qd1+ 44.Rf1 Equal was: 53.c5]53...Qe1+! 54.Rg1
Qd7 45.Rxg6!? Kxg6 46.Bh3 Qc6 47.Bf5+
Rxf5 48.exf5+ Kh7 49.Qf2]

21.Bd4! [If 21.e5? dxe5 22.Bxa8 Rxa8 23.f5

Rd8 24.Qe2 Bb7 Though the exchange down, [Diagram #][If 23.Nxd4? Red8 24.Be3 (24.
blacks control over the long white diagonal Bc3 Ne6 25.h6 Bxd4+) 24...Ne6 25.Rd1
gives him a dangerous attack. For example, Nc5+]23...Rc6?! [Black wants a fight! Bet-
if 25.Rd1 Qc6 26.Rxd8+ Bxd8+]21...Bxd4+ ter was: 23...Qc4 24.Qxc4 Rxc4 25.a5 Ba7
22.Qxd4 Rae8= [We guess that with this [Diagram #]54...Rxh2+!! [If you have the 26.b3 Rc2 27.Bh6 g6 28.Nxd4 Rc5 29.Nf3
move, black has decided to abandon his d6 experience of having analysed hundreds of Rxa5=]24.b3 Qd7 25.Rg3 [Played with
pawn which is a backward pawn on a semi- (position after 42.Bg6) such positions, this move will jump up for hopes of carrying out a successful king-side
open file, to its fate and seek counter-play 43...R8e7= 44.Qa6? [Shakespeare said, you. The white pieces on vantage points look attack. If the attack does not materialise,
against the central e4 pawn. When making When trouble comes it comes not in sin- great but are too poorly positioned to defend this rook would be a terribly misplaced rook
such a decision, black was no doubt banking gle spies but in battalions! The same thing blacks surprise onslaught.]55.Kxh2 Qh4+ and contribute to whites defeat.]25...Kh8
on the youth and inexperience of his oppo- about errors in chess. One bad move is often [I have always held that an attacking queen [Better was: 25...Qd5 26.b4 Ne6 27.a5
nent.]23.b3 Re6 24.Re1 Rfe8 25.Rad1 followed by another. This is the second bad and rook are superior to a defending queen Bc7 28.Qf5 b6 29.axb6 Rxb6=]26.Nh4
Bb7 26.f5 Re5 [26...Rf6? 27.e5! dxe5 move in a row. It was better to acknowl- and rook. Here, blacks attacking queen and [Now whites plan is clear, f2f4f5 for
28.Rxe5 Bc6 (28...Rf8 29.Bxb7 Qxb7 30.Qd8 edge that his ambitious queen sortie was rook are far superior to whites queen and an attack on the castled king.]26...Bc7
Qb8 31.Qxb8 Rxb8 32.Rxa5 g6 33.Rdd5+) incorrect and return his queen to where two rooks!]56.Kg2 Re2+ 57.Kf3 Rf2+ 58.Ke3 27.f4 Bb6 [Black is preparing a combina-
29.Bxc6 Qxc6 30.Qd8 Kf8 31.Qxa5+]27. it came from: 44.Qe3]44...Qd1+ 45.Rf1 Qf4+ 59.Kd3 Rd2# 01 tion into which white willingly walks!]28.
Qxd6 Qc8 [White has won a pawn and has a Qd4+! 46.Kh1 Bxe4 [In one stroke black David,Alberto (Ita) (2569) - Laxman,RR f5 [Diagram #]28...Rc3? [28...Qd5=]29.
protected passed pawn on c4 which is a great has removed his endangered Bg6 and at (2416) [C65] Bxc3 dxc3+ 30.Kf1 Qe7 31.f6 [Whites
advantage. But, in the ensuing play his e4 the same time snatched a key central pawn. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 [The Berlin strongest winning move was: 31.Qc4! c2
and f5 pawns are subject to constant tactical However, stronger was: 46...Rg5! 47.Rxg5 Defence.]4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 00 6.00 d6 7.h3 32.f6 gxf6 33.Nf5 Qe6 34.Nh6!! Qxc4+
threats.]28.Re3 h6 [Not 28...Rxf5?? 29.exf5 hxg5 48.Qxa5 Re5! 49.Qxb4 Bxe4 50.Qf8 Ne7 8.d4 Bb6 9.Re1 exd4 [Black strikes a 35.bxc4 Ng6 36.Nxf7+ Kg7 37.hxg6 fxe5
Rxe3 30.Bxb7 Qe8 31.Qd8+]29.Rde1 Kh7 Bd3! 51.Rd1 Qc3+ with the winning threat new path. Topalov 2754 vs Kramnik 2891, 38.Nd6+]31...gxf6 32.Qxc3!+ fxe5
30.Qd4?! [If 30.Rf1 f6 31.Qd4 Bc6 32.Bf3 of ...Re1+]47.Rg1 Rh5 [Quicker was: 47... Norway Chess, 2016 went: 9...Ng6 10.Nbd2 33.Nf5 Qf6 34.Rf3 [Black dares white to
Qb7 33.Rfe1 R8e7=; or 30.f6?! R5e6=]30... Rg5! 48.Rxg5 hxg5 49.Qc8 Bxg2+ 50.Kxg2 c6 11.Bf1 exd4 12.cxd4= drawn after 60 unmask his rook and knight battery on the
Qc6 31.R1e2 Qf6 32.Rd2 Qh4 33.Rg3 moves.]10.cxd4 d5 11.e5 Ne4 12.Nc3 f-file, believing that the world will not


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Selected games from the National [Not the best as it gives black some chances
Team Chess Championships, Bhopal of a fightback! Better was the immediate:
Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron 28.Bxb6 Nxb6 29.Qd4 and the knight has
Karthikeyan,P (IM) (2506) Sameer,G no defence.] 28...Bd8? [Black should coun-
(1933) [D02] ter-attack the Rc6 and get out of the life
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Qc2 dxc4 threatening pin with: 28...Qa8! 29.Rxb6
5.Qxc4 Bf5 6.g3 e6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.00 00 Nxb6 30.Qxb6 and white has emerged
9.e3 Nbd7 10.Qe2 c5 11.b3 Rc8N [Usual with only an extra pawn for his troubles.
here is: 11...cxd4 12.Nxd4 Be4] 12.Bb2 Of course whites position is very good as
Ne4 13.Rd1 Qc7 14.dxc5 Ndxc5 15.Nd4 blacks light square bishop has been ex-
Bg6 16.f3?! Nf6 17.e4 Rfd8 [Better was: cluded from the game.] 29.Bxb6 Bxb6
(Position after 28.f5) 17...e5 18.Nf5 Bxf5 19.exf5 Ncd7=] 18.Na3 30.Rc8+! Nf8 31.Qd6!! The Nf8 cannot [There are a few adverse aspects to tucking
crash. However the grandmaster does find a6 19.Rac1 Qb8 20.Nc4 Qa7?! [This does be defended in any way. 10 this bishop into a corner. It not only restricts
an effective way to use his battery, a move not do much to help blacks position which its freedom (it cannot go to h4 from h2) but
later. Better was 34. Qe6 when black can has no problem right now. An alternative Deepan,Chakkravarthy (2480) Aish- also helps black later on to inflict back rank
put up a good defence in a losing position.] was: 20...Bh5 with the threat of 21...Nfxe4] win,Daniel (1999) [D00] mates (see notes to 29th move). Better was:
34...Nd7? 35.Qd2 [Stronger was: 35.Rd1! 21.Kh1 Rc7 22.Bc3 Ncd7 13.Bg3 ] 13...N5b6 14.Nxb6 axb6 The
Bd4 (35...Nc5 36.Rd6 Re6 37.Rxb6 Rxb6 This was the last round of the National Team change in strategy in this game is a significant
38.Qxc5 white has a winning position with Championship and grandmaster Deepan improvement for black over the above Viet-
an extra knight.) 36.Nxd4! exd4 37.Rxd4+ Chakkravarthy was expected to easily namese game. 15.Nd2 Ba6 16.Nc4 Bxc4
]35...e4? [This plunges into disaster. Best sail through against his 2nd Board oppo- 17.Bxc4 b5 18.Be2 c5! Without this immedi-
here was again: 35...Qe6+]36.Nd6 Qh4 nent on the MP B team. Aishwin Daniel ate follow-up, blacks 17....b5 would have been
[(threatening 37...Qh1+)]37.Nxf7+ Kg8 is not known nationally. But now he will a grave strategic error. 19.Bf3 Rad8 20.Qc1 c4
38.Qg5+! Qxg5 39.Nxg5 Nc5 40.b4! be! For the Bhopal spectators this game [Not 20...cxd4?? 21.Bc7] 21.b3?! [This is
Nxa4 41.Rxe4 Rc8 42.Rg4 h6 43.Ne4+ must have been worth the trouble of or- very passive. With his two bishops sweeping
[White has the firm and unshakable plan of ganising the National Team Championship. the queen-side, white should go on the attack
mating black with Rg8. However also good One can only imagine this game in pro- with: 21.a4! bxa4 22.Qxc4 Rc8 23.Qa2 Nb6
was: 43.Ne6+ Kh8 44.Rg6+]43...Kh8 gress with the spectators milling around 24.Bg4 e6] 21...e5! 22.bxc4 exd4
44.Nf6 Nb2 23.Ba5! The first move of an interest- this game on their toes, watching history
ing though obscure combination! 23...b6 in the making. 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3
24.Nxb6! Nxb6 [If 24...Rxc1 25.Rxc1 Nxb6 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.c4 c6 6.Nc3 00 7.h3
26.Nc6+-] 25.Nc6 Rxd1+ 26.Qxd1 Rxc6 Nbd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 10.Be2 b4
27.Rxc6 Nfd7 28.Qd4 11.Na4 Qa5 12.00 Nd5 [This varies
from Pham Thi Nu vs Luong Huyen Ngoc in
the 2005 Vietnam Womens Championship
which went: 12...Rd8 13.Qc2 Bb7 14.Nd2
Ba6 15.Nc4 Bxc4 16.Bxc4 e6 17.Be2 Rac8
18.Rac1 Nd5 19.Bg3 N5b6 20.Nc5 Nxc5
21.Qxc5 Qxa2 22.Ra1 Qxb2 23.Ba6 Rd5
24.Qe7 Rcd8 25.Qxa7 Nc8 26.Qc7 R5d7 Diagram # 23.c5? [Nothing is in favour of
[Diagram #]45.Rfg3![The mating threat of 27.Qxc6 Ne7 [%emt 0:00:52] .... and this move except that it has become a passed
Rg8+ is unstoppable.] 45...Rc1+ 46.Ke2 01] 13.Bh2 pawn and has the backing of his two bishops.
Rc2+ 47.Kf3 Rc3+ 48.Ke4 10 However he might have had to pay dearly and
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sition still more. 23.Rb1= ; or 23.exd4 Bxd4 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 [Black misses the immediate win with: 26... [Better was: 9...Qb8 10.Nxc4 Nd5 11.Ne3 h6
24.Rb1=] 23...Ne5? [It is strange that black 5.00 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 00 Rc8! (amazingly the white bishop on c5 has 12.Bh4 Nxe3 13.fxe3] 10.Nxc4! Diagram #
does not accept the offered pawns through 9.h3 Bb7 10.d3 Na5 11.Bc2 c5 12.Nbd2 no satisfactory retreat.) 27.b4 Rxc5! 28.bxc5
discovered attack and a crack at the Ra1. Re8 13.Nf1 h6 14.Ng3 Bf8 15.Nh2 d5 Ne3!! 29.fxe3 Qxh3+ 30.Kg1 Bxe3+! 31.Kf1
Maybe he thought that white, a grandmas- 16.Ng4 dxe4 17.Nxf6+? [This deviation Bc4+ 32.Ke1 Rxg2 33.Qxe3 Rxg3+ and
ter, would not have let go his pawns without from the known paths brings nothing good now, if, 34.Qf2 Qh4!!] 27.Nf1 Rd7 28.Be3
a reason! He should try: 23...dxe3 24.Rb1 for white. A.Sokolov 2425 vs A.Kuzmin 2200, Bxe3 29.Nxe3 Qf4+ 30.Qg3 [If 30.Qxf4
exf2+ 25.Kh1 Ne5 (25...Qxa2 26.Rxb4 Qa5 Moscow 1982 went: 17.dxe4 Nxg4 18.Qxg4 exf4 31.Nd1 Nxd1 32.Rxd1 Rxd1 33.Rxd1
27.Qb1 Nxc5 28.Rxb5 Qa7!) ] 24.Bb7 [24. Qf6 19.Nf5 Kh8 20.Ne3 ....54. drawn.] 17... Rc8] 30...Rd2 31.Kg1 Qxg3 32.fxg3
Bxe5 Bxe5 25.Rb1 was equal. But the Rail- Qxf6 18.dxe4 Bc8 Black does not like the Nc4 33.Nf1 Rd6 34.a4 bxa4 35.Rxa4
way A player playing the white pieces feels idea of an enemy knight perching on f5 and [Also good was 35.Bxa4 Rc8 (targetting the
obliged to play for a win against an unknown overlooking his castled position. 19.Nh5 backward c3 pawn.)] 35...Rb8 36.Rb1 [If
player on the Madhya Pradesh B team.] Qh4 20.Qf3 Be6 21.Kh2 Rad8 Diagram # 36.Rd1 Rc6 37.Rda1 a5 38.Rb1 Rxb1 39.Bxb1
24...d3 25.c6 d2 26.Qc2 Nc4 27.c7 Bxa1 Rc5 Blacks a-pawn is far superior to whites 10...Nxe5??+- [This is new. R.Goris vs R.
28.cxd8Q Rxd8 c3.] 36...Rxb1 37.Bxb1 (See diagram) 37... Calder, Auckland, NZ, 1996 went: 10...Qc7
Rd1!+ White loses a piece and the game. 11.Nd6+ Kd8 12.Nxf7+ Ke8 13.Nd6+ Kd8
38.Bc2 Rc1 39.Bb3 Nd2 40.Bxe6 Rxf1+ 14.Bxe7+ Kxe7 15.Nxf5+ exf5 ....37.10;
41.Kh2 fxe6 42.Rxa6 Kf7 43.Ra5 Nxe4 01 If 10...hxg5 11.Nd6#??] 11.dxe5 Qxd1
12.Raxd1 Nd5 13.Ne3 hxg5 14.Bb5+ This
wins one of the two pieces on d5 and f5. 14...
Ke7 15.Nxf5+ exf5 16.Rxd5 f6 17.Re1!
g4 18.Rd7+ Ke6 Diagram #

22.Rg1? [The idea behind this move is

unclear as the situation does not demand a
Diagram # 29.e4 [29.Rxa1? is not possible pawn-storming of blacks castled position.
on account of whites weak back rank which 22.b3 denying the white pieces access to
would lead to mate: 29...Qxa2!! 30.Qd1 c4 deserved attention.] 22...Be7 23.Ng3
Qxa1!+] 29...Qa4! 30.Qxa4 bxa4 31.Bd5 Bg5 24.Be3 Nc4! 25.Bxc5 Rd2! 26.Rgc1? (Position after 37.Bxb1)
Bc3! So, black has emerged with a dangerous [This should rapidly lead to a losing position, Stany,G (2500) - Aslam,Belim (1662) [B12]
advanced passed pawn on d2 which cannot be Comparatively better was: 26.Bb3 Rxb2 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7
stopped for long. 32.Bc7 Rd7 33.Bxc4 d1Q 27.Bxc4 Bxc4] 26...Nxb2?! Diagram # 6.00 c5 7.c4 dxc4 8.Na3 Ne7 9.Bg5! h6
34.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 35.Kh2 Now black has only 19.Rxb7! The most effective way to con-
the exchange more but his queen-side pawn tinue. 19...fxe5 [19...gxf3?? 20.Bc4#]
majority is on the verge of deciding the game. 20.Bc4+ Kf6 21.Rf7+ Kg6 22.Nxe5+ Kg5
Black has many winning plans. He chooses 23.f4+ gxf3 24.Nxf3+ Kh5 25.Rxf5+ This
the simplest. 35...Rb1 36.e5 b3 37.axb3 axb3 has been a massacre! 10
[After 37...axb3 38.e6 fxe6 39.Bxe6+ Kg7
and it is all over for white.] 01 Swayams,Mishra (2460) Saravana,Kr-
ishnan (2308) [D12]
Deshmukh,A (2229) Karthikeyan,Murali 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3
(2506) [C92] e6 6.Nh4 Be4 7.f3 Bg6 8.Qb3 Qb6 9.Bd2


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Qxb3 10.axb3 Bc2 11.g4 Bxb3 12.c5 26...Rh8 [Another winning line for black well known, winning pawn ending.] 57.Kd4
g5 [Black invents his own variation playing emerges after: 26...Ndf6! 27.Nf4 Bxf4! f4 58.Kd3 Ke5 59.Kd2 Ke4 60.Ke2 f3+
boldly. J.Gustafsson 2556 vs R.Huebner 2625, 28.exf4 Rxd4!! 29.Rxh3 Rxd2 30.Ne3 Nf2+ White now knows that black means business!
German Ch. 2003 went: 12...Nbd7 13.Ra3 Bc2 Black gets back the exchange with a win- 01
14.b4 Be7 15.Ng2 00 .....52.10] 13.Ng2 ning position.] 27.Ne1 Bg5 28.Nf2 Nxf2
h5 14.gxh5 Nxh5 Threat 15...Ng3! 15.Kf2 29.Kxf2 Nf6!+ 30.Nf3 Ne4+ 31.Ke2 Narayanan,Srinath (2474) Rathna-
Nd7 16.Bd3 Nhf6 17.Ra3 Bc4 18.Bxc4 Bd8 [Another exciting win was: 31...Rxf3 karan,K (2407) [B48]
dxc4 19.Ra4 Rh3 20.Rxc4 b5 21.Rb4 32.Kxf3 Nxd2+ 33.Kg4 Rg8 34.Rd3 Bd8+
35.Kh3 Ne4 36.Rf1 Bc7!] 32.Rf1 Nxc3+ 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4
33.Bxc3 Rg8 34.Rf2 a5 35.Bd2 f5 36.Ne5 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qf3 d6 8.0
[36.Kd3 or 36 Be1 was better but would 00 Bd7 9.g4 Rc8 [A.Saurabh 2065 vs
not prevent black from winning.] 36...Bh4 B.Harsha 2329, Asian Junior 2016 went: 23.h6 g6 24.f3 Qc4 25.Bd4 [25.Rd4 Qe2
37.Rf1 Rxh2+ 38.Kd3 Bd8 39.Ra1 White 9...b5 10.Nxc6 Bxc6 11.Bd3 Nf6 12.g5 Nd7 and the f3 pawn is next to be chopped.] 25...
perceives that his only hope of saving the 13.Kb1 Ne5 14. Bxc6= 11.g5?! [11.Bd3] Bxd5 26.b3 Qc6 27.Rhe1 Ne6! 28.Qd2
game is through an attack down the a-file. 11...Ne7 12.Kb1 b5 13.Bd3 Ng6 14.Nd5? Kf7 29.Bg7 Bxf3 30.Bxf8 Bxf8! 31.Qe3
39...Rg3 40.Nf7 Bc7 41.Nd6+ Bxd6 42.cxd6 Diagram # Be4! Black has enough material to win. He
a4 43.b3 axb3! Black has calculated that need not collect more enemy pieces and
he could successfully thwart the attack that burden himself! 32.Rd2 d5 33.Qa7+ Qc7
will come up with the opening of the a-file. [Another way to win was: 33...Nc7 34.Qe3
[If 21.cxb6 Nxb6! 22.Rxc6 Kd7! 23.Rxb6 (23. 44.d7 Rxd2+! [Whites game is beyond Bb4] 34.Qxa6 Bxh6 35.Rxe4 dxe4 36.Rd1
d5 Nfxd5+) 23...axb6] saving. Even if now, 44...Rg8 45.Ba5 Ra2! Be3 37.Qxb5 Bd4 Diagram #
21...g4 [In such positions it is always best 46.d8Q Rxd8 47.Bxd8 Rxa1 is an easy win.]
to pause and complete ones development as 45.Kxd2 Kc7 46.Ra7+ Kd8 47.Rb7
the opponent cannow wriggle out of the mess
that he is in. Best was: 21...000 ] 22.fxg4
Nxg4+ 23.Kg1? [It was not a good idea to de-
fend his h2 pawn with his king on g1 and rook
on h1. Better: 23.Ke2 a5 24.Rb3 Rxh2 25.Rxh2 [This is a typical sacrifice against the Sicil-
Nxh2] 23...Bh6 24.Nd1 000 25.Rb3 Kb7 ian Defence, but here the circumstances are
[Black misses the complicated win that follows: not right. There should be a white knight on
25...Nxc5! 26.Rc3 Ne4 27.Rxc6+ Kd7 28.Rc2 d4 to fuel such an adventure. Better was:
Nxd2 29.Rxd2 Rg8!+] 26.Rc3 14.Bd4 though black still has a slight edge.]
14...exd5 15.exd5 Bb7 [15...Ba8] [37...Qc3 38.Qd7+ Kf6 39.Qxh7 Bd4 40.Qh8+
16.Bf5 Be7 [Just because he has a big ma- Ke7 41.Rxd4 Qxd4+] 38.c4 Kf6 39.Qd5
Diagram # 47...Rxe3!! Exhibiting artist- terial advantage does not mean he has to Qe5 40.Kc2 e3 01
ry and making sure that his opponents be over generous. Better 16...Ra8 17.Bd4
spirit is damaged beyond doubt. 48.d5 Ne7 18.Rhe1 Bc8 19.Bd3] 17.Bxc8 Qxc8 Puranik,Ahimanyu (2481) Ramakr-
exd5 49.Kxe3 b2 50.Kd4 b1Q 51.Kc5 Qe4 18.h4 00 19.h5 Ne5 20.Qe4 f5 21.Qd4 ishna,J (2141) [B40]
[Simpler was: 51...Qc1+! 52.Kd6 Qh6+ Nf3 22.Qf4 Nxg5+ Diagram # With one Ambitious Abhimanyu Puranik of Maharash-
53.Ke5 f4! and white cannot do anything of whites attacking pawns captured, black tra, at 17, is among the youngest crop of
about the threatened f4-f3, etc.] 52.Kd6 can now breathe a little easier and the win International Masters that India has been
Qe7+ 53.Kxc6 Qe6+ 54.Kxb5 Qxd7+! is in sight. regularly hatching in recent years. Pitted
55.Rxd7+ Kxd7 56.Kc5 Ke6 [Another win- against him is 40year old J.Ramakrishna a
ning line is: 56...f4! 57.Kd4 Ke6 which is a prolific winner of prizes at Open Tournaments


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before Puranik was born. Despite the IM play- steadily goes downhill. Probably black has suspect. 8.Nc4 has been tried here.] 8...Ne7 ter was 22...g4 23.fxg4 hxg4 24.hxg4 Bxg4
ing the white pieces, the game is tantalisingly confidence in holding such positions! 25.Qf3 25.Nxg4 Qxg4 26.Rf1= though black does not
equal. It boiled down to the very last where, if f5 26.Rb5 Rc7 27.Rab1 Qd6 28.R1b3 Kg7 have the position he has in the notes to the
black played correctly he drew, and otherwise 29.Qe3 h6 30.h4 previous move.] 23.Rad1 d5 24.exd5 cxd5
he lost. Black would have got a smart draw
through perpetual check with 41 Qe5, but
he missed it and lost to a simple threat. Age
matters! 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2
Nf6 5.Qe2 d6 6.c3 [6.b3 and 6 00 have
been seen in this little analysed opening.]
6...Bd7 7.00 Rc8 [Black anticipates white
to follow up 6 c3 with d2-d4 and prepares for
the opening of the c-file with this move. White This move is a clear signal that blacks mid-
stymies blacks plan by avoiding d2-d4. Black dle-game strategy is going to be f7-f5 with
should have continued normal development an attack down the king-side. 9.Nf1 [This
with: 7...Be7 ] 8.d3! b5 9.a4 b4 10.Nbd2 Diagram # [30.f4 Qc6+ 31.Qf3 Qxf3+ (31... knight is heading for f1 and g3. It is wrong 25.Nxe5!? This combination is based on the
Be7 [If 10...Na5 11.e5 dxe5 12.Nxe5 Bd6 Qd7! 32.Rb8 Kg6 33.Qa8!? (33.Kh3) 33... strategy because at g3 the knight will be- unsupported black bishop on e6. But white is
13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.Nc4 Nxc4 15.dxc4 bxc3=] Rxb8 34.Rxb8 Qxd3 35.Rg8+ Kf6 come a welcome target for blacks onrush- not out of the woods despite this. 25...Nxe5
11.Nc4 Na5 12.Nfd2 bxc3 13.bxc3 00 36.Kh3 (To avoid the threat of perpetual ing pawn storm. Whites best idea would be 26.d4 Rge8! 27.dxe5 Bxe5 suddenly the
14.Nxa5 Qxa5 15.Nc4 Qa6 16.e5 dxe5 check by ...Qe2+ and ...Qh5+) 36...Qe2!!=) to counter blacks king-side attack with a nature of the battle has changed, from the
17.Nxe5 Rfd8= 18.c4!? 32.Kxf3 f6 33.Rb8 Rdd7 34.Ke3 White has queen-side attack or a central pawn thrust. attack down the g-line to a midboard tactical
winning chances as his rooks are free to Therefore he should try: 9.c3 00 10.a3 f5 struggle. 28.Qb5 [If 28.Qa6 Qc7 29.Re2 Kg7]
roam blacks backyard while the black rooks 11.b4 cxb4 12.axb4 h6 13.Qb3+ Kh7 14.exf5 28...Rc8 29.Re2 Qf6 30.Rde1 Bf5 31.Qb7
should defend passively.] 30...Kh7 31.Qf3 Nxf5 15.Qa4=] 9...00 10.Ng3? f5 11.h3?! Rcd8 For every white offensive, black has
Kg7 32.Kf1 Qe5 33.Qe3 Qd6 34.h5 Re8? [This weakens his castled position still fur- a defence. All the black forces are deployed
[He has nothing much to do from e8. Better ther. Though late, he should still play: 11.c3 efficiently while, whites knight stays on h2,
was: 34...e5 35.Rb7 Rxb7 36.Rxb7 Qxd3+ Qc7 12.Qa4 but blacks position seems to an idle spectator. 32.Qxa7 Bd3! 33.Qxc5
37.Qxd3 Rxd3 38.Rc7 and white has the ad- be preferable.] 11...f4 12.Nf1 Bf6 13.c3
vantage with a well placed rook targeting c5.] g5 Black wants to advance ...h5 and ....g4.
35.Qf3 Qe5 36.Kg2 Rd8 37.Rb7 Rxb7? White fights this plan the best way. 14.N3h2
[More stubborn was: 37...Rdd7 38.a6!? Qd6 Qe8 15.f3 White strong-points g4, making
39.Qe3 Qc6+ 40.Kh2 Rxb7 41.axb7 Rxb7 g5-g4 risky. 15...h5! 16.b3 Qg6 17.Nd2
Diagram # White chooses the pawn struc- 42.Rxb7 Qxb7 43.Qxc5] 38.Rxb7 Qc3 Be6 18.Nc4 Rad8 19.Qe2 Kh8 20.Bb2 Rg8
ture that he likes. He does not give black 39.Rxa7 Rxd3 10 21.Red1 white tries to dissuade black from
a chance to play c5-c4. Best here was 18 his plan of playing g5-g4 and then Bf6-h4
Re1. 18...Be8 19.a5 Nd7 20.Bb2 Nxe5 Singhai,Niklesh Jain (1837) attacking his rook on e1. At the same time
21.Bxe5 Bc6 22.Rfb1 Bxg2 Black plans Dhopade,Swapnil (2534) [B51] he plans d3-d4. 21...Qg7?! [Black seems to
to exchange off as many pieces as possible 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6 4.Bxc6+ be concerned with whites threat of ...d4.
and go for a draw. Unfortunately that is not bxc6 5.00 e5 6.d3 g6 7.Nbd2 Bg7 He should strike now instead of sharpening [33.Rf2 would save the exchange but ulti-
the route to a certain draw! 23.Kxg2 Bf6? 8.Re1N [Whites plan seems to follow the his threats. Better was: 21...g4! 22.hxg4 mately lose the game: 33...Qc6 (threatening
[If 23...Rd7 24.Rb5 Rcd8 25.Ra3=; or 23... Ruy Lopez setup of Rook to e1 and then fol- hxg4 23.fxg4 Bxg4 24.Nxg4 Qxg4 25.Qxg4 to trap the queen on a7) 34.b4 c4 35.Qf7 Bg6
f6 24.Bc3 Rc7 25.Rb3 Rcd7 26.Re1 e5=] low-up with the knight manoeuvre Nd2-f1 Rxg4 26.Kf1 d5 27.Nd2 Rdg8] 22.Rd2 36.Qa7 Ra8 37.Qc5 Qxc5 38.bxc5 Bd3+]
24.Bxf6 gxf6 After this voluntary fracture g3. That nobody before has played this move Ng6 [Black is preparing a massive, massive 33...Bxe2 If 34 Rxe2 Bd4+!! 35 Qxd4
of his own king-side pawn structure, black so early in the game indicates that the idea is assault on whites castled position, Still bet- Qxd4+ 37 cxd4 Rxe2 wins. 01


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Shyam Sundar,M (2554) Saravana Kr- passed pawns on the queen-side as a huge Qc8 11.Rac1 Na6 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Qd2 Re8
ishnan,P (2308) [C03] compensation for the loss of exchange. 51... 14.b4 Qd7 15.Rfe1 Rac8= 16.Ne5
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 h6 4.Ngf3 Nf6 a5 52.Rg3 a4! In such endings, the num-
5.e5 Nfd7 6.c4 dxc4 [Black keeps the game ber of pawns a player has does not matter.
elastic and lively. L.Nisipeanu 2668 vs S.Biro What matters is who promotes his pawn first!
2324, Romanian Ch, 2007 went: 6...c6 7.Bd3 53.Rxg7 b5! 54.g4 a3 55.g5 hxg5 56.Rg6
Na6 8.00 Rb8 9.cxd5 cxd5 and 28.10] gxh4! Black goes for artistry when the win is
7.Bxc4 [Better was: 7.Nxc4 Be7 8.Bd3] absolutely clear! 57.Rgxe6 Rxe6 58.Rxe6
7...Nb6 8.Bb3 Bd7!= 9.00 Bc6 10.Re1 a2 59.Re1 b4 60.Kf2 b3 61.Ra1 Kb6! 61...
Bd5 11.Bc2 [Naturally, being a grandmas- b2! will end the game. 01
ter, white wants more than a draw with the
white pieces. If 11.Bxd5 Qxd5=] 11...Nc6 36...Ra4 The pawn on a3 can not be defend- Thejkumar,M.S (2461) Hegde,Ravi Gopal
12.Ne4 Bb4 13.Bd2 Bxd2 14.Qxd2 Qe7 ed. Whites c- and e-pawns also come under (2166) [A47]
White has completed his development quite pressure. Suddenly the white position collaps- International Master M.S.Thejkumar, born 16...Qb5 [Stronger would have been 16...
satisfactorily and harmoniously. Now, where es like a pack of cards. 37.f4 Rxa3 38.Bh7 1981, is Karnatakas best Grandmaster Qa4 17.Bh3 f6 18.Bxc8 (or 18.Bd7 b5
would he castle?! 15.a3 a6 16.b4 Rc3 39.f5 exf5 40.e6 [After 40.Nxf5 Re8 prospect. He plays for the Railways, not for 19.Nc6 fxg5 20.Nxa7 Nb8 21.Nxc8 Nxd7+)
the white pawns are disappearing.] 40...Re8 his home State, Karnataka. He has obtained 18...Bxc8] 17.Bh3 f5 18.Rb1 Bxe5?!
41.Bxf5 Rxc5+ 42.Bh3 Re7! He is following enough Grandmaster norms and is waiting 19.dxe5 Rxe5 Black has won a pawn at
the Nimzowitsch diktum of first blockading the for his rating to reach 2500 to become a the cost of exchanging off his important
passed pawn and then destroying it! 43.Rf5 GM. Ravi Gopal Hegde, born 1957 started fianchettoed bishop in his castled position,
b6 44.Nh5 Nd4 45.Rf8+ Ka7 [45...Kb7 was his chess career in Bombay, playing for Ma- but the long dark diagonal will offer plenty
better, but black takes caution very seriously harashtra and later for Union Bank of India. of attacking opportunites to white. 20.Bf6!
and does not place the king on a white square On retirement, he is now playing for his home Re6 21.Ba1 Rf8? [This move does nothing to
as White has a ligh square bishop.] 46.Nf4 State, Karnataka. Hegde is known for his scin- help the bad situation arising from exchange
Bb3 47.Rd8 Nxe6 48.Nxe6 tillating combinations and wit. Once a journalist off his key dark square bishop. Better was:
phoned him at his bank in Bombay and asked 21...Qd7 22.Qd4 c5 23.bxc5 Nxc5 24.Qh8+
him what opening was played in his game the Kf7 25.Qxh7+ Ke8 26.Qh8+ Ke7 and white
Diagram # 16...000! Whites 16 b4 did previous day in a local tournament. Hegde ha only a slight advantage.] 22.e4!! Dia-
not deter him from castling long! 17.Qc3 didnt remember and gazed at the banking gram # 22...dxe4 [22...Rxe4 23.Rxe4 dxe4
Rhg8 18.Rac1 Kb8 19.Nc5 Nd7 20.Rb1 hall. Seeing two of his female colleagues at 24.Bf1! Qc6 25.Qd4 Rf6 26.b5+-] 23.Bf1!
Nxc5!? 21.bxc5 Ka8 22.Nd2 f6! 23.Qb2 serious work he told the reporter, the Lallu [After 23.Bf1 Qc6 white can win in a variety
Rb8 24.Ne4 fxe5 25.dxe5= Rgf8! Now Mallu Attack. And next day, it was faithfully of ways like 24.Qd4 Kf7 25.Bc4!] 10
white has his hands full defending his c- and reported in the newspaper! 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3
e-pawns. 26.Qc3 Qh4 (threatening the f2 b6 3.c4 Bb7 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.00 00
pawn.) 27.f3 Qf4 28.Ng3 Qg5 29.Rbd1 7.Nc3 e6 8.Qc2 d5 9.cxd5 Nxd5 [N.Brody
Seeing that nothing works against b7, white vs E.Eduard, Romanian Ch, 1935 went: 9...
moves away his rook to a more active station. 48...Rc6! White does not win a piece after exd5 10.Bf4 Nbd7 11.Rad1 Nh5 12.Bg5
The enemy No.1 is the bishop on d5. 29... all as the Ne6 is pinned against his unsup- f6 13.Be3 f5 14.Ng5 Re8 15.Nxd5 Rxe3
Rbd8 30.Qe3 Qe7 31.Bd3 Qh4= 32.Rd2 Na5 ported rook on e1. But white manages to get 16.Nxe3 Bxg2 17.Qb3+!! Diagram
33.Ne4 Qf4 34.Qxf4 Rxf4 35.Rf2 Nc6! Af- the exchange, albeit in a simplified but lost black resigned here as he would first lose his
ter the exchange of queens black targets the position. 49.Rd3! Rexe6 50.Bxe6 Bxe6 White queen to whites queen and knight battery by
e5 pawn which has become weak. 36.Ng3 has salvaged the exchange from the mess. discovered attack and then get mated on h8
That is a small but inconsequential success through the tactic known as Philidors Legacy
for him. 51.h4 black has three connected which involves a queen sacrifice on g8.] 10.Bg5 (Position after 22.e4)


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Tactics from master games Test your endgame
by C.G.S.Narayanan
by S.Krishnan
Troitski 1925 Zakhodiakin 1930

1 2
1. 2.
White to play and win White to play and win

Troitski 1913 Gorgiev 1935

3 4
3. 4.
White to play and win White to play and win

Rinck 1938 Kubbel 1928

5 6
5. 6.
White to play and win White to play and win

(solutions on p.47)
White to play and win in all the six endings above
(Solution on page 47)


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Masters of the past-75 Alexander Konstantinopolsky DCA Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament-2017,New Delhi
Alexander Markovich Konstantinopolsky (19February 191021 Sep-
tember 1990)was a Soviet International Master (IM) of chess, chess
coach and trainer, and a chess author. He was a five-time Kiev cham-
pion, and trained the world title challenger David Bronstein from
a young age. He earned the IM title in 1950, won the first Soviet
Correspondence Chess Championship in 1951, earned the IM title at
correspondence in 1966, and was awarded an Honorary Grandmaster
title in 1983.
Alexander Konstantinopolsky , one of the most distinguished Soviet
methodologists and theorists, first began playing in tournaments in
Kiev in 1930, when he was 20 years old.

Two years later he won the Kiev championship, leaving behind many
well-know masters. In 1933 he was again champion of Kiev. He was awarded the title of
Master in that year for his successes in Ukrainian tournaments.In the years that followed,
Alexander Konstantinopolsky registered many impressive victories. He tied for third place
with Lilienthal in the Trade-Union Championship in 1936, tied for second place with Ragozin
in the USSR Championship of 1937, and tied for 4th place with Bondarevsky and Kotov
in the USSR Championship of 1945.Alexander Konstantinopolsky is an active positional
player; he defends himself superbly and carries through the end-game with precision.
He rarely misses an opportunity to put through an unexpected combinational thrust.
Himal Gusain ,Winner, receiving the trophy from Bharat Singh,CEO, AICF. Others seen in the picture (L-R)
He is known to Soviet chess enthusiasts as a fine teacher. Among his pupils are such A.K.Verma, Secretary, Delhi Chess Association, G.B.Joshi, FIDE Trainer and IM Vishal Sareen
prominent players as Bronstein and Lipnitsky.Konstantinopolsky has played in the finals
of many USSR championships. In 1950 FIDE made him an International Master.

He is the author of many valuable studies and articles on opening theory. A member of
the Presidium of the USSR Chess Federation, he takes an active part in Soviet chess af-
fairs.He was awarded an honorary GM title in 1983. And that Konstantinopolsky was an
excellent correspondence player, having won the first Soviet Correspondence Champion-
ship in 1951.Finally, he was one of David Bronsteins trainers for his world championship
match against Botvinnik in 1951.

He was one of the Ukrainian pioneers who developed the King's Indian Defence into
prominence, along with Boleslavsky and Bronstein.He also defended the Dutch Defence
with success at a time when it was rarely played by top players. Konstantinopolsky had
a very wide opening repertoire with both colours, a very valuable attribute which he
passed on to his prize pupil Bronstein. He was also a formidable strategist and tactician,
as the games selection shows.He played in the tournament Leningrad / Moscow 1939,
scoring an excellent 8.5/17 against an exceptionally strong field. He played in the 1945
Moscow City Championship, probably on average the strongest such event in the world,
scoring 9/16.

He introduced an opening which is named for him as the Konstantinopolsky Opening (1.e4
e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3), against Viacheslav Ragozin at Moscow 1956. He published two chess Kadav Omkar of Maharashtra, Winner in the rating category of 1999-1600,receivinbg the first prize from
books after age 70.Konstantinopolsky died in Moscow, September 21, 1990, at age 80. Bharat Singh CEO,AICF. Others seen in the picture (L-R) A.K.Verma, Secretary, Delhi Chess Association,
Courtesy: wikipedia G.B.Joshi, FIDE Trainer and IM Vishal Sareen
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3rd Assam Downtown University International Open Rating Solutions to Tactics from master Black shall succumb to attacks through Black
games on page 42 squares.] 10
Chess Tournament 2017,Gauwahati 5. Bartel,Mat (2641) - Szabo,G ROM
1. Zuttioni,F (2203) - Dusak,Aljaz
(2004) [B06] (2540) [B47]
Nova Gorica SLO Nova Gorica SLO (2.19), TCh-HUN 201617 Hungary HUN (6.2),
28.01.2017 12.02.2017
White to play. 20.e5! dxe5 [20...Nd7 21.Ne4 White to play 19.Qxd5! exd5 [19...Qxd5
Qa7 22.Nxd6+-; 20...Nd5 21.Nxd5 cxd5 20.Rxd5 exd5 21.Nf6+ gxf6 22.exf6+ Be7
Inaugural move made by Mrs. 23.Rxe7+ Kf8 24.Re5+ Kg8 25.Rg5#]
Bandana Dutta, Dean of Study, 22.Rxd5+-] 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 22.Ne4 Qe7
23.Rd7! Qe6 [23...Qxd7 24.Nxf6++-] 24.f5 20.Nf6+ gxf6 21.exf6+ Be7 22.Rxe7+ Kf8
Assam Downtown University
in the presence of Mrs,Preeti [24.f5 gxf5 25.gxf5++-] 10 23.Re8+! [23.Re8+ Kxe8 24.Re1#] 10
Saikia, Managing Trustee, 2. Petrovic,Mark (1919) Jersic,Aleks 6. Chylewski,Patryk (2055) - Tica,Sven
DrBhabendraNathSaikia Children (1672) [C02] (2384) [D31]
Welfare Trust, 22nd HIT Open 2017 Nova Gorica SLO G ra z O p e n A 2 0 1 7 G ra z AU T ( 7 . 2 2 ) ,
(7.33), 31.01.2017 24.02.2017
White to play 21.Bb5! Bxb5 [21...Kf8 22.Bxd7 White to play. 24.Qh5! Rxe7 [24...Nxh5
Qxd7 23.Bxe7+ Qxe7 24.Rc8++-] 22.Bxe7 25.Nxh7#; 24...Bd5 25.Nxd5 Nxh5 26.Rxe8+
Qd7 [22...Qxe7 23.Rc8+ Kd7 24.Rc7+ Kxc7 Rxe8 27.Nxh7+ Kg8 28.Rxe8#] 25.Rxe7
25.Qxe7++-] 23.Bd6 (idea 24.Rc7) 23... Nxh5 [25...Bd5 26.Rxf7+ Kg8 27.Bxh7+ Kh8
Qd8 [23...g5 24.Qb4 Bc6 25.Qc3 Bb7 26.Qf3 28.Rxf6 Qxf6 (28...gxf6 29.Bb1+ Kg7 (29...
Bc6 (26...f5 27.Rc7) 27.Qf6 Rg8 28.Rxc6] Kg8 30.Qg6+ Kf8 31.Nh7#) 30.Qg6+ Kf8
24.Rc8 10 31.Nh7#) 29.Re8+ Rxe8 30.Qxe8+ Wins]
3. Harika,Dronavalli (2539) Tan,Zhongyi 26.Nxh7+ 10
(2502) [B06] Solutions to Test your endgame on
W C h Wo m e n 2 0 1 7 Te h ra n I R I ( 5 . 3 ) , page 43
Champion Y Dhanabir Singh receiving
25.02.2017 1.Troitsky, 28 Rijen, 1925
the trophy from Dr N.N Dutta, Chancellor,
Assam Downtown University White to play. 12.Qh4! Re8 [12...hxg5 1.a6 c4 2.a7 c3 3.Bh1!.3Ba4+ 4.Kf7! Bc6!
13.Nxg5 Re8 14.exf5 gxf5 15.Bxf7+ Kf8 5.Bxc6 c2 6.a8Q c1Q 7.Qa2+Qg3 8.Qg2+
16.Rae1+- Black has no good moves to sur- Kf4 9.Qf3+ Kg5 10.Qg3+ Kf5 11.Qg6+ Kf4
vive. If 16...Bd7 17.Be6] 13.Bxh6 d5 [13... 12.Qh6+
Nc6 14.Bxf7+ Kxf7 15.Ng5+ Kg8 16.Bxg7 2.Zakhodiakhin, Shakmaty Listok 1930
Kxg7 17.Qh7+ Kf6 18.exf5! Bxf5 19.Rxf5+ 1.f7 Kxf7 2.b6! axb6 3.d7 Bc7 4.Kb7
gxf5 (19...Kxf5 20.Rf1+ Kxg5 21.h4+ Kg4 Bd8 5.Ke8.
22.Qxg6+) 20.Qh6+ Wins] 14.e5 Nd7 [14... 3.Troitsky, Neuburger Wochenschach
Be6 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Ng5+-] 15.Ng5 Bxh6 1913
16.Qxh6 Nf8 17.Rf4 Idea 18Rh4 Wins 10 1.a5 Bh4 2.a6 Bg3+ 3.Ke4 Bb8 4.Kf3!
4. Tabatabaei,M.amin (2507) Vakh- Kh4 5.Be3! Kh3 6.Bf2 Kh2 7.Bg3+
idov,Jahongir (2561) [A56] 4.Gorgiev, Shakmaty 1935
Aeroflot Open A 2017 Moscow RUS (5.37), 1.b4+! Ka6 2.Kc6 e4 3.Be6! e3 4.Bc4+
25.02.2017 Ka7 5.b5 Ka8 6.Bd5 Ka7 7.Bf3 Ka8 8.b6
White to play. 29.Nxc5+! dxc5 [29...Kc8 cxb6 9.Kxb6#
Prize winners with dignitaries 30.e5 dxe5 (30...dxc5 31.d6) 31.Ne4; 29... 5.Rinck, Basler Nachrichten 1938
Ke8 30.Qc3 Rh7 31.Rf6] 30.d6 Bxd6 31.Rf7 1.Qd5+! Kh4 2.Qh1+ Kg4 3.Qg2 + Kh5
[31.Rf7 Qxf7 32.Qxd6+ Kc8 33.Rf1 Qh7 4.Qh2+ Kg5 5.f4+
(33...Qg7 34.Qxb8+ Kd7 35.Qxb7+ wins the 6.Kubbel, Shakmaty Listok 1928
Queen) 34.Qxb8+ Kd7 35.Qd6+ Kc8 36.Rf6! 1.Qe6! exd6 2.Qc8+ Kd5 3.Qxf5+ Kc6
4.Qc8+ Kd5 5.Qe8!
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Solution to puzzle of the month on page

White's captures were cxb, dxc, exd, hxg, and the f-pawn on its own file. So white's last
move can't have been a capturing move by a piece. Furthermore, the black king could never Winners with dignitaries:Front row (From left) : Rohit Gurung (2nd runner up) , IM Nubairshah
have passed the 3rd row. So the only place on the board, on which the black king could Shaikh (1st runner up) , Rupankar Nath(Winner) Back row (From left) : NA Biswajit Shil , FA
Mahendra Dhakal, Hony Secretary, SCA Kapila Dhakal , IA Dharmendra Kumar , IA KC Umesh ,
legally be added, and on which it's mated, is f5.
Shakti Singh, Mayor , Gangtok City and U B bhuita , Principal, TNA.
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Asian Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged, Manipal

Kishan Gangolli, Dr Charudatta,

Founder-President of the All India
Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB),
Dr H S Ballal, , Pro Chancellor, Manipal
University and Shri Kishore Alva,
Executive Director, UPCL Adani Power

Anice George, Dean, College of

Nursing making the inaugural move
at the start of the sixth round

Medal Winners with Dr. Charudatta

Jhadav with message from Prime
Minister Modi