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 six: Korobov stays in lead, Sasikiran beats Gupta
GM Anton Korobov of Ukraine maintained a slender half-point lead, drawing
with nearest competitor Evgeny Alekseev of Russia in the sixth round of the
AICF-AAI Chess Cup 2012. On a day when Parimarjan Negi played out a draw with
Radoslav Wojtaszek of Poland, Krishnan Sasikiran scored his first victory at
the expense of out-of-sort Abhijeet Gupta.
Korobov (above) played the white side of a Nimzo Indian hoping for an advantage
in one of the main lines. However, as he himself said in the post-game chat,
Alekseev was well armed to tackle the intricacies of the sharp middle game and
the Ukrainian thought it better to go for equalizing variations. Once that intent
came in, Korobov went for heaps of exchanges to reach a level endgame that was
drawn via repetition of moves.
Parimarjan Negi (above right) faced the Sicilian Najdorf by Radoslav Wojtaszek,
and an opening novelty by the Indian gave some advantage after Wojtaszek decided
to sacrifice an exchange early. The position soon simplified and the Polish
GM had two pawns and a minor piece for a lost rook, which offered enough counter
play for Black. Negi stood optically better but the position was probably not
headed anywhere. A draw was a just result.
Abhijeet Gupta’s form remained a cause for concern for him after he
blundered again. Out of a harmless variation in the Grunfeld Defense, Gupta
sacrificed a pawn to get decent counter chances, but soon afterwards got his
knight trapped in Sasikiran’s territory.
The technicalities were handled well by experienced Sasikiran, who recorded
a smooth win
Video report by Vijay Kumar
Round seven: Gupta beats leader Korobov, Sasi outsmarts Negi
Former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta (above) spiced up the AICF-AAI
Cup, defeating tournament leader Anton Korobov of Ukraine in the seventh round.
Gupta’s first victory threw the tournament wild open as Korobov remained
on four points following his first defeat. The Indian can look forward to an
improved finish after a rather sedate start and two back to back loses coming
in round five and six.
Krishnan Sasikiran (above) avenged his second round defeat against compatriot
Parimarjan Negi in a one-sided affair while Evgeny Alekseev of Russia signed
peace with top rated Radoslav Wojtaszek of Poland in the other game of the day.
Abhijeet Gupta was seen struggling with his form right through the course of
the tournament but against Korobov he showed his true mettle. The opening was
a pleasant surprise as Korobov went for the English Defense, something that
is rarely seen in top level chess. Abhijeet got a stable advantage by move ten,
and Korobov soon faltered and blundered a pawn that was happily accepted. Korobov
worked and got his counter play in the later stages of the middle game but by
then the Ukrainian also ran short of time. Abhijeet clinched the issue with
a positional finesse in just 27 moves.
Sasikiran defeated Negi (above) out of a Torre Attack that resembled more of
a King’s Indian and Ruy Lopez when the middle game arrived. Negi felt
the heat in the middle game when he was saddled with a passive position in which
Sasikiran did not give him many chances. Negi finaly reached an endgame with
a couple of pawns less and the game ended in a loss for him in 45 moves.
Alekseev and Wojtaszek were involved in a theoretical discussion in the English
Attack from a Sicilian Najdorf, and it was clear that both players were well
armed. Following existing theory Wojtaszek welcomed complexities and Alekseev
sacrificed his queen for two pieces to force matters. The Polish GM had to find
some precise moves and he did not make any mistakes. The end result was a draw
Video report by Vijay Kumar
With just three rounds to come in the category-18 double round-robin tournament,
Alekseev joined Korobov in lead on four points, while Sasikiran now shares the
third spot along with Wojtaszek on 3.5 points. Negi and Gupta are now at the
bottom of the tables with three points from seven games in the Rs. 1.2 million
prize money tournament.