#iiflwchess: In India, it is never easy

A lot of visiting grandmasters touring India have the same complaint—in India, it is never easy. At the beginning of 2016, David Alberto, an experienced Italian grandmaster, was playing an unheralded Indian youngster in the first round of Delhi Open. He had a comfortable position before he bungled it up and lost. Anybody else would be shocked or surprised, but David was jocular about it. It turned out that it was not for the first time that he had suffered an upset against an Indian player in the first round of a tournament in India.

David Alberto

In the first round of the 2nd IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Open 2016, history repeated itself for David but with a slight, fortunate, twist. Mumbai lad Mithil Ajgaonkar held him to a draw.

Despite knowing how tough it is to play underrated Indians, why would he continue to play in India?

David explains why he plays in India.

One of the amazing stories of the tournament is the young 2006-born Sreeshwan Maralakshikari (1968) of Andhra Pradesh.
Rd. Bo. SNo   Name Rtg FED Pts. Res.
1 55 164   Manish Anto Cristiano F 1750 IND 1,5 s 1
2 53 143   Pankaj Sindhu 1848 IND 2,0 w 0
3 72 197   Pinto Reagan 1384 IND 1,5 s ½
4 42 5 GM Sivuk Vitaly 2540 UKR 1,5 w 1
Saravana Krishnan, who is rated 2293, managed to outwit Hungarian GM Adam Horvath (2501) after he surprisingly captured on e6 in this position.
IM Himal Gusain (2448) could have easily repeated positions here against Tarun V Kanth (1943) but chose to play on. Himal was rated 500 points above his opponent and maybe, he chose to push with the hope that his opponent will go wrong. But the tables were turned.
Tarun V Kanth speaks after the game.