The AICF-AAI Cup is taking place in New Delhi from December 21st (first round)
to 30th, 2012. The games start at 02:00 p.m. local time = 03:30 a.m. (on the
previous day) in New York, 08:30 a.m. London, 09:30 a.m. European time, 11:30
a.m. Moscow and 16:30 p.m. Beijing. You can find the starting time at your location
The tournament site is providing a live
broadcast of the games and live
video feed. Naturally the games are also being broadcast on Playchess.com.
Round four: Korobov in sole lead
GM Anton Korobov of Ukraine shot in to sole lead defeating top seed Radoslav
Wojtaszek of Poland in the fourth round of AICF-AAI Chess Cup. Aided by the
victory Korobov took his tally to three points out of a possible four and the
Ukrainian now enjoys a full point lead over Wojtaszek, Evgeny Alekseev of Russia,
Parimarjan Negi and Abhijeet Gupta who all have two points each.
On another interesting day the other two games ended in hard fought draws.
Krishnan Sasikiran yet again could not capitalize on what appeared to be a huge
advantage, while Parimarjan Negi also missed some chances to let Abhijeet Gupta
off the hook.
Korobov confessed he was not happy with his position out of the Petrosian
System in the Queen’s Indian Defense. Playing white the Ukrainian champion
was on the defensive right from move 15, and it was only a blunder by the Polish
GM that gave him winning chances. Soon after the first time control Korobov
spotted a tactical opportunity and went on to win a pawn. The technicalities
thereafter looked easy the way Korobov played it.
Sasikiran employed the Catalan opening and the players followed theoretical
lines that gives white a miniscule advantage. Alekseev however fought well in
the middle game to keep the balance but an erroneous plan left the Russian to
suffer for a long time. Sasikiran should have won with correct play, but in
the second time control the Indian missed chances and Alekseev equalized with
some imaginative play.
Gupta and Negi were involved in the longest game of the tournament so far,
lasting 104 moves. From a Grunfeld, Gupta went astray after the trade of queens
and lost a handful of pawns. It looked massacre. However, there were some tricks
left and Abhijeet spotted almost all of them to reach a two pawns down rook
and pawns endgame. As it turned out, it was a theoretical draw and though Negi
made Gupta suffer for a long time, the result was anyone’s guess.
Video report by Vijay Kumar
Round five: Korobov stays ahead, Alekseev in pursuit
Grandmaster Anton Korobov of Ukraine stayed in sole lead following a draw with
Parimarjan Negi in the fifth round of AICF-AAI Cup. On what turned out to be
another hard-fought day, Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev capitalized on a optical
blunder and went on to beat former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta, while
top seed Radoslav Wojtaszek of Poland played out a draw with Indian Krishnan
Korobov employed the Breyer variation in the Ruy Lopez against Negi who played
white. The Indian had beaten Sasikiran in the same opening but that did not
deter Korobov in any way. Negi could not quite get his king side attack rolling,
while Korobov was able to make some progress on the other flank. As it happened,
Negi decided to play it safe and went for the repetition of moves in the middle
Abhijeet Gupta (above left) came up with an opening surprise by going for the
Center Counter Gambit, but the strategy boomeranged when the Indian simply blundered
a pawn already in the opening. Alekseev’s technique was not perfect but
it was enough to net the full point he desperately needed.
In the other game of the day, Krishnan Sasikiran (above) drew with Radoslav
Wojtaszek from a Nimzo Indian Defense game. The Indian had no troubles equalizing
from the opening and the pieces changed hands at regular intervals. Soon enough
it was opposite colour bishops on board. The remaining queen and rooks also
were off the board in no-time and in just 37 moves the peace was signed.
Video report by Vijay Kumar
At the halfway stage in the category-18 six-player double round-robin tournament
Korobov still enjoys the cushion of a half point over Alekseev. The Ukrainian
with 3.5 points has three whites in the remaining five games and has now emerged
as a firm favourite for the crown. Alekseev remains in pursuit of the leader
just a half point behind. Wojtaszek and Negi stand joint third now with 2.5
points apiece while Gupta slipped to fifth spot in rankings on two points. Sasikiran
is still at the bottom of the tables with 1.5 points from his five games in
the Rs. 1.2 million prize money tournament.