#iiflwchess 04+05: Ukrainian GM Valeriy Neverov leads the Open
52-year-old GM Valeriy Neverov came to India to play the Indian GM circuit with only one aim: "To play chess!". It may appear too simplistic but there is a lot of depth in what the experienced grandmaster implied. While his colleagues are taking a beating left suffer a painful defeat.
But before the fifth round began, the tournament witnessed fireworks of all sorts.
Tamil Nadu players Tarun V Kanth and Saravana Krishna P. caused major upsets in the fourth round. There were many other games where the Indian youngsters and lower seeded players managed to take the experienced grandmasters and international masters completely by surprise and the titled players had to work hard to even survive. Bihar's 13-year-old Saurabh Anand was close to defeating his second straight grandmaster but he ended up blundering to suffer a painful defeat.
After the fourth round, Indian international masters—IM Sayantan Das, IM Saptarashi Roy, both from West Bengal, IM Shyaamnikhil P. of Tamil Nadu —won comfortably against their lower rated opponents to join unheralded Tarun V Kanth and Ukrainian GM Valeriy Neverov in the lead with 4.0/4. Will the Indian players maintain their dominance at the top as well? suffer a painful defeat.
The first table saw Neverov take on Saptarashi Roy with the black pieces. The game was a complicated Sicilian Richter-Rauzer, where Roy went gung ho on the kingside to build a mighty attack. Neverov defended resourcefully, although he later admitted he could have defended better. And then, in a dynamically equal ending, Saptarshi Roy went wrong and lost. Watch the game here.
Shyaamnikhil and Sayantan played an interesting game as well with a curious endgame where Shyaamnikhil with white had a king and a rook while Sayantan had a bishop, two pawns, and the king, with black. It ended in a draw. Watch the game here.
Tarun V Kanth settled for a draw with Akash Thakur who is rated about 300 points above the former. This means that Valeriy Neverov has a comfortable half-point lead after five rounds of play.