#iiflwchess 01+02: Minor Upsets with Accelerated Pairings

Russian WFM Alfia Nasybullina shocked eleventh seed GM Andrei Deviatkin, also of Russia, with the black pieces. In the biggest upset of the tournament so far, Deviatkin played an Anti-Sicilian but later on misplayed his position to end up an exchange down and eventually lose. Nasybullina was rated close to 300 points below Deviatkin. There were a host of other minor upsets—strong Indian lower rated players holding grandmasters. But that is what the IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Open is about. The competition provides the Indian youngsters a platform to grow as players.

A curious feature of the tournament is the accelerated pairings that are in force here. This means that the Indian players rated in the 2100-2200 range got a chance to play the higher rated grandmasters and international masters in the first couple of rounds itself.

Russian GM Andrei Deviatkin (2499) didn't have the best of the starts...
...losing to WFM Alfia Nasybullina (2190), also from Russia.
There were a host of minor upsets in the second round. Top seed GM Sandipan Chanda (2593) settled for a draw with...
...Maharashtra's IM Sameer Kathmale (2313).
Fourth seeded Ukrainian GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy (2540) settled for a draw with...
...Andhra CM Arjun Erigaisi (2309).
GM Diptayan Ghosh (2570) leads the pack of players on 2.0/2. He won the 'Best Game of Round 01 Prize' from ChessBase India.
Round 3 on 2016/12/28 at 04:00 pm
Bo. SNo.   Name   Rtg FED Pts Res. Pts   Name   Rtg FED SNo.
1 3 GM Ghosh Diptayan   2570 IND 2.0 - 2.0   Dixit Nikhil   1919 IND 124
2 7 GM Tukhaev Adam   2516 UKR 2.0 - 2.0 CM Karthik Kumar Pradeep   1899 IND 128
3 123 WFM Divya Deshmukh F 1920 IND 2.0 - 2.0 GM Neverov Valeriy   2478 UKR 14
4 15 IM Shyaamnikhil P   2451 IND 2.0 - 2.0   Harshavardhan G B   1870 IND 136
5 125   Sanjeet Manohar   1914 IND 2.0 - 2.0   Gusain Himal   2448 IND 16
6 17 IM Saptarshi Roy   2418 IND 2.0 - 2.0   Vigneshwaran S   1867 IND 138
7 129   Nair Sanjeev   1899 IND 2.0 - 2.0 GM Hesham Abdelrahman   2408 EGY 19
8 23 IM Das Sayantan   2371 IND 2.0 - 2.0   Sradhanjali Jena F 1864 IND 140
9 31 WGM Toma Katarzyna F 2322 POL 2.0 - 2.0   Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi   1818 IND 148
10 139   Jeet Jain   1866 IND 2.0 - 2.0 CM Aditya Mittal   2068 IND 91

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