Speelman's Agony #81

by Jonathan Speelman
8/5/2018 – A young Indian junior sends one troublesome experience and one triumph from his recent tournament praxis, while Jon provides his usual sage advice. Want to join in the fun? Jon can always use more material from readers. If your games are selected for the Agony column, not only will you get free detailed commentary of your games by one of chess’s great authors and instructors, and former world no. 4 player, but you also win a free three-month ChessBase Premium Account!

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This week's pair of games are by Indian junior Tarun V Kanth who is from Chennai in Tamil Nadu (Viswanathan Anand home city). 

He writes:Tarun Kanth

I am a grade 12 student aged 16 and have a current Elo of 2102. I have been playing chess from the age of 9 and am coached under the guidance of GM R.B. Ramesh, who is also the coach of the worlds youngest IM and second youngest GM Praggnandhaa R. and of the Indian team in the Olympiad.

I have represented the country in the 2016 world youth and Asian Junior 2016 and represented India in the 2015 — 2018 Commonwealth Championship. My highest rating is 2227. I am currently playing in Poland (2ND Irena Warakomska Memorial). My idol in chess is Viswanathan Anand.

The two games he sent me are a somewhat agonising battle where he accepted a draw in what turned out to be a winning position and his first ever win against a grandmaster. He sent plenty of notes which I've added to, as usual, as JS and we start with the former.


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Jonathan Speelman, born in 1956, studied mathematics but became a professional chess player in 1977. He was a member of the English Olympic team from 1980–2006 and three times British Champion. He played twice in Candidates Tournaments, reaching the semi-final in 1989. He twice seconded a World Championship challenger: Nigel Short and then Viswanathan Anand against Garry Kasparov in London 1993 and New York 1995.


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