Nguyen Duc Hoa claims first prize in the inaugural Bhopal GM Open. I was just checking the rest of the tournament for the first time as I had not been aware of his presence until the ceremony. He defeated second seed Ivan Rozum in the final round.
Comparing their respective scorecards is quite amusing, although perhaps not for Ivan. Congrats to the winner though, you can only beat those with whom you are paired. He finished half a point ahead of the field on 8.5/10
Second place went to Malaysia's Yeoh Li Tian, who played a relatively strong field and went through unscathed. Countback helped him to the top of the heap of payers on 8.
Tran Tuan Minh was the player who stopped Timur Gareyev's locomotive and took third.
GM Suat Atalik, a seasoned professional, made a few quick draws in the middle of the event to conserve his energy and win the last round to secure fourth place. Shailesh Dravid 5th, and Adam Tukhaev 6th, rounded off the players on 8.
Some of the foreign titled players fared less well in the latter half of the tournament. Timur Gareyev, who cruised to 5/5, gave an 11 board blindfold exhibition, then scored half a point from his next 3 games. Alberto David, pictured below enjoying local cuisine with Inna Iasman, lost three on the trot before scraping a win in the final round to finish 34th.
I will try to forget this tournament after doing even worse than Alberto, only making two draws from the last four rounds, finishing out of the very long prize pool. My last round opponent was winning when he offered me a draw, obviously in deference to my (undeserved) title and rating.
It seems that conserving energy is very important in these events with double rounds and morning rounds. Being young may help as well. Maybe not playing in them would be a wise choice.
Mumbai, where I am now, has one round a day, all in the afternoon, and only nine rounds. I have 11.8 rating points to recover and this time there are only 15 prizes instead of the 50 in Bhopal.
Here are the horrid last two games. I again failed to use the ChessBase replayer. It's much more complicated than the one I used to use at chessvideos.tv. You have to remove text, paste, take lines of code, put them somewhere.....arrgghhhhh. After many attempts, I gave up.
[Event "Bhopal GM Open"]
[White "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Black "Patik, Praktik"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Bg5 Qa5+ 5.c3 Nc6 6.b4 Qc7 7.b5 h6 8.Bd2
Ne5 9.cxd4 Nc4 10.Qc2 d5 11.Ne5 Bd7 12.Nxc4 Rc8 13.Nc3 dxc4 14.Be2
Nf6 15.O-O Be7 16.a4 O-O 17.f4 Rfd8 18.Bf3 Be8 19.Be3 Bb4 20.g4 a6
21.g5 hxg5 22.fxg5 Nh7 23.e5 Bxc3 24.Qxc3 axb5 25.axb5 Bxb5 26.g6
fxg6 27.Bg4 Qe7 28.Bc1 Bc6 29.Ba3 Qg5 30.Qg3 Bd5 31.h4 Qd2 32.Rad1
Qc2 33.Bh3 Qb3 34.Qxb3 cxb3 35.Rf2 Rc2 36.Bf1 Ra8 37.Bd6 Be4 38.Bg2
Rxf2 39.Bxe4 Rf4 40.Bxb7 Ra7 41.Bc8 b2 42.Bxe6+ Kh8 0-1
[Event "Bhopal GM Open"]
[White "Panda, Sambit"]
[Black "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 c5 5.Bxb4 cxb4 6.g3 O-O 7.Bg2 d6 8.
O-O a5 9.a3 Na6 10.Nbd2 Qc7 11.Qb3 e5 12.axb4 Nxb4 13.Rfc1 Re8 14.
dxe5 dxe5 15.Ng5 Bg4 16.Qe3 Bd7 17.Nde4 Ng4 18.Qc5 Bc6 19.h3 ( 19.Nd6
b6 20.Nxe8 Rxe8 21.Bxc6 bxc5 22.Bxe8 Qe7 23.Bxf7+ Kf8 24.h4 h6 25.
Rxa5 hxg5 26.Bh5 Qd7 ) 19...Nh6 20.Qd6 Qe7 21.Qxe7 Rxe7 22.Nd6 f6 23.
Nge4 f5 24.Nd2 Rd7 ( 24...e4 25.c5 ) 25.c5 Bxg2 26.Kxg2 Rc7 27.Nb3
Mumbai report coming up next!