13th Parsvnath Delhi Open led by Mozharov

by Niklesh Kumar Jain
1/15/2015 – IM N Srinath staked his claim for a top prize by defeating GM Cristhian Cruz of Peru in the seventh round of 13th Parsvnath Delhi International Chess tournament now underway at the Ludlow Castle sports complex. He joined the three other leaders in this massive chess festival with 1343 players. In this midway report see the challenges of concentration and chess organization.

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By winning his fifth game out of six played thus far, Srinath, who is also the holder of three Asian Junior titles, came close to attaining a Grandmaster norm following his win. In fact, a single draw in the next two games should be enough to seal the GM norm. The two overnight leaders were joined by Srinath and second seed Ivan Popov of Russia in the lead with 6.0/7 with three rounds still to come. With a prize fund of 30 Lakh (roughly US$48 thousand) for the chess festival, it is certain the last rounds will be bitter duels to the death.

Playing with white, it was hard work for Srinath in over four hours of struggle with Cruz.
The game was dragged in to a same-coloured bishops endgame wherein Srinath benefitted
from his passed pawns on different flanks. It was the longest lasting game of the day.

GM Deepan Chakkavarthy (5.5/7) playing against GM Alberto David (5.0/7) during the fourth
round won that particular game, but then lost his early lead and slipped to a joint second with
GM Sahaj Grover, IM S Nitin and IM Van Huy Nguyen.

Russian GM Mikhail Mozharov, one of  the leaders after six rounds, is seen here facing Indian
IM Swapnil Dhopade in round four. After a sterling start with 5.5/6, he was held to a draw in
round seven by Ukrainian GM Andrey Baryshpolets.

GM Anton Demchenko of Russia playing against Indian IM CRG Krishna

In the ‘B’ group Rakesh Gurung topped 484 participants to take home first prize of Rs. 1.5 Lakh
(appr. US$2400) tallying a superb 9.0/10. Delhi youngster Manan Rai made the organizers proud
by winning second prize of Rs. 1.2 Lakhs ($1940) while Prasad Aurangabadkar of Maharashtra
took third. In the meantime, the ‘C’ group started on Tuesday with 680 participants.

Concentration

Chess is really a tough game. You need lots of energy and concentration...

... so that if you are unhappy with your position such as Iasman Inna of France ...

... you can close your eyes to rest or utter a prayer like WGM Swati Ghate of India...

... or do some stretching between moves.

Sometimes a friendly talk with friends is enough

Of course, the excitement on the board next to you can also serve to inspire like Yohan Jojo of India

Nevertheless, in the end you will be forced to return to you own board, and find your own calm and tranquility as demonstrated by Italian GM Brunello Sabino...

...And make a decision like Spanish FM José Miguel Ortega Ruiz.

Organizing an event

Organizing a chess event is easily the most difficult job in chess and vital to develop and
promote the game. Still, imagine what it is like when the number of participants reaches
1343! First you need a playing hall large enough to fit so many players...

Then you need to be certain there are enough accommodations in the city. This basic step
is not to be underestimated.

Next you need to ensure expirienced arbiters who can solve all the problems without any
disputes as exemplified by IA Dharmendra Kumar and IA Gopakumar

Finally, to write a report, you need a photographer capable of capturing the moments. The
man behind the camera in these images is MR Rajesh Nattakom, also working as an arbiter.

Special thanks to IA Gopakumar & Mr Rajesh Nattakom for this report.

Video reports

Impressions and report of rounds five and six (video by Vijay Kumar)

 

Impressions and report of round seven (video by Vijay Kumar)

Standings after seven rounds

Rk
SNo
Ti.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
 TB 
1
5
GM
Mozharov Mikhail
RUS
2557
6.0
30.0
2
8
GM
Baryshpolets Andrey
UKR
2541
6.0
27.5
3
21
IM
Narayanan Srinath
IND
2477
6.0
25.5
4
2
GM
Popov Ivan
RUS
2622
6.0
24.0
5
42
IM
Nitin S.
IND
2355
5.5
27.5
6
20
GM
Deepan Chakkravarthy J.
IND
2484
5.5
26.5
7
27
IM
Nguyen Van Huy
VIE
2445
5.5
26.5
8
10
GM
Grover Sahaj
IND
2528
5.5
25.0
9
3
GM
Demchenko Anton
RUS
2611
5.0
31.0
10
7
GM
Cruz Cristhian
PER
2546
5.0
29.5
11
35
IM
Satyapragyan Swayangsu
IND
2410
5.0
27.5
12
44
 
Krishna C.R.G.
IND
2350
5.0
27.0
13
33
IM
Himanshu Sharma
IND
2427
5.0
26.5
14
4
GM
David Alberto
ITA
2572
5.0
26.0
15
48
 
Ravi Teja S
IND
2338
5.0
26.0
16
19
GM
Kunte Abhijit
IND
2486
5.0
26.0
17
17
GM
Neverov Valeriy
UKR
2501
5.0
25.5
18
30
IM
Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan
IND
2437
5.0
25.5
19
81
WGM
Swathi Ghate
IND
2188
5.0
25.0
20
28
GM
Neelotpal Das
IND
2437
5.0
25.0

Click for complete standings


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Topics Delhi Open, India

FIDE Instructor Niklesh Kumar Jain Jain is an international chess player who has participated in tournaments in almost in 20 different countries, winning the international tournament in Sri Lanka in 2010. He also worked for a television network as an anchor and news writer for two years, and reported in Hindi during World Chess Championship 2013 and 2014. Niklesh loves to write about tournaments and do interviews with chess champions. He has ambitions to become a grandmaster, but at the same time loves to train young talent. He strongly believes chess should be the part of every school curriculum, to face the challenges of the 21st century.
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