The tournament is in the last stages and the Russian team is showing no resistance and has been undefeated and are on a winning streak. For the first move, chartered accountant Saurabh Choksi was invited. Mr. Saurabh Choksi initiated the first move alongside Samir Shah, Treasurer GSCA, on Table – 1 were the match was contested between Russia and Turkey. The teams at each table were looking sharp and ready. The local crowd were concentrated on the match on table – 2 which was between India Green versus Belarus.
Taking a look at table – 1, the match between Russia (3) and Turkey (8), it was known that the strongest team on the table was Russia. Let’s talk about board – 1 game between Russian Sergei Lobanov (Black) and Turkey’s Deniz Ozen (White). The game started with Caro Kann defence opening. It was an exchange variation of the opening. As the game went on and after continuous exchanges, there was a stage when both players had the same number of materials. It then led to a repetition of moves by Rook (white) from d3 to e3 and Rook (black) c7 to e7 for 3 times, thus ending in a draw. On board – 2, the game was between Russian Artur Gaifullin (White) and Turkey’s Ekin Baris Ozenir (Black). The game began with Nimzo- Indian defence opening. As the game went on, the black had a weak pawn on d5 which was captured by white on the 25th move by Knight (white). The white was in a commanding position from then on. Then finally on the 35th move by the white of e6, Ekin resigned as his King was pinned down by the pawn, Rook and Queen of white. On Board – 3, it was Turkey’s Emre Emin Dedebas (White) against Russia’s Timur Fakhrutdinov (Black). After a few exchanges, on the 23rd move, Knight (White) moved to e4 and took out a pawn on e4. This was a bad move as the white had chances of taking the pawn out in the previous moves. On the 23rd move, the black’s move of Bishop to a6 was a good move. Now Timur had the advantage and on the 26th move with the Rook to g4 move he took out a white piece and due to this Emre resigned. On board – 4, the game was between Turkey’s Alparslan Isik (Black) and Russia’s Alexandra Obolentseva (White). The game started with King’s Indian defence opening. The game went on and there were continuous exchanges. In the end, due to Rook pawn ending, the game ended in a draw. The final score of the match was 3 – 1.
On table – 2 the match was between the 2nd position India Green team versus the team from Belarus who was in 5th position. The board – 1 game was between India’s Aryan Chopra (Black) and Belarus’s Viachaslau Zarubitski (White). The game began with the Ruy Lopez opening. The game went on such that all the pieces created pressure on the centre on the board. But the white had a better position. Thus white pressured on and ultimately won the game. In the 2nd board, the game was between India’s R Praggnanandhaa (White) and Belarus’s Olga Badleka (Black). The game began with Reti opening. As the game went on, Olga’s move of Knight to d3 was a bad move and Praggnanandhaa took out that Knight with his Knight and later his move of Knight to b4 was a good move as it created an opportunity to take out two pawns. Thus he took out a pawn by Knight to d5. White having the advantage and after several exchanges on the 50th move, Olga resigned. The 3rd board was between Belarus’s Maksim Ivannikau (White) and India’s P Iniyan (Black). This game also started with Reti opening. As the game went on, it became a Sicilian closed variation. Iniyan played such that he had good control over the ‘a’ and ‘c’ files. There was high pressure on the queen’s side. At 26th move, Knight took out a pawn at b4. Now black was a pawn up. The Queen (white) made a check on 35th move of Qc8 but black defended it with Knight (black) move to f8. Next, the Queen (white) retreated and then Knight (Black) came back in play. In the 43rd move Queen (black) took out another pawn at d3 and Iniyan played on, putting pressure on the white and the opponent Maksim resigned. On the final board, board – 4, the game was contested between Belarus’s Arseni Kotau (Black) and India’s R Vaishali (White). The game began with a Sicilian Polugaivesky variation. It then converted to Najdorf variation. The game was mostly pressured on the centre. Vaishali played tactically and pressurised Arseni. Finally after the 57th move of Vaishali, Arseni resigned. Final score of the match 3 – 1.
In other matches, Iran was paired with India Red. Iran had a simple outing and won the game convincingly 4 – 0. Armenia faced Mongolia and won the match 3 – 1. Uzbekistan faced Malaysia and also won in the same score line as Armenia, 3 – 1. The top 5 standing at the end of round – 7:
- India Green
- India Blue
Credit: Samir Vyas, GSCA Member