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Vergani Cup 2022 R2: Short saves a point as his opponent's phone goes off

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/01/2022

We have already seen that Nigel Short can still go and have fantastic games against strong opponents. However, it would be naive to think he is 100% chess wise, as he just recovered from COVID less than two weeks ago. A slight misstep in the early part of the game gave his 14-year-old opponent, Lorenzo Candian, a decisive advantage. Unfortunately it was not his day as his phone went off, and he was immediately handed a loss in Round 2 of Vergani Cup January 2022. 18 players including three Indians - GM M Lalit Rohit, IM Bharath Subramaniyam H and IM Pranesh M are at 2.0/2 each. Round 3 starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Nandhidhaa draws with Brunello

Two out of the last three events I played last year, I witnessed two players' phone going off during a game. While one was of a veteran in a non-rating tournament, the other one was of a 15-year-old kid who is a promising talent in a rating tournament. Naturally he was handed a loss as per the rules. When I tried to find out how did it happen, it was his parent who put the phone to stay in touch after the games to pick him up, they just forgot to switch it off. Just like the 15-year-old kid, it could be that Candian was completely unaware of the phone being there, or it could go off during a game. One does not get the opportunity to play against someone like Short every day, let alone get a winning position. He would certainly not want to squander a golden opportunity.

Lorenzo Candian was on the brink of victory against Nigel Short | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Nandhidhaa - Brunello: 0.5-0.5

WGM Nandhidhaa P V had a promising position against GM Sabino Brunello (ITA).

Position after 25...Nc5

White's isolated center passed pawn is quite strong. The reason behind 25...Nc5 is simple, it wants to go the d3-square and make White's position difficult. While White cannot prevent it, she can certainly make sure that the threat becomes less effective. How? The game continued 26.g4 Nd3 27.g5 Nd7 28.Bg3 hxg5, after a fluctuation of evaluation, it eventually ended in a draw. 

Candian - Short: 0-1

14-year-old Lorenzo Candian (ITA) seized his opportunity when Nigel Short made a huge mistake early in the game.

Position after 12...Nf6

12...Nf6 invites trouble as 13.Bxc6+ bxc6 14.Nd6+ Ke7 15.Ne5 and Black's position is in shambles. It was just a matter of time before White won the game, however, something else was in store for White. His phone went off, and immediately he was declared lost as the rules are in all rating tournaments.

The mobile phone alarm episode in the game of Nigel Short and Lorenzo Candian | Video: ChessBase India

Nigel Short tweeted on his Round 2 game

He also shared that not being allowed to walk in the hall due to COVID-19 policy, has also made things difficult for him

IM Bharath Subramaniyam H... | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Pranesh M... | Photo: Rupali Mullick

...and GM Lalit Rohit are the only three Indians at 2.0/2 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

For more photos, click here.

 

The tournament is taking place at Hotel Kursaal, Cattolica in Italy from 2nd to 9th January 2021. Time control is 90 mins + 30 seconds increment and 15 minutes each will be added after 40th move in Group A which is for above 1800 FIDE rating.

Replay Round 2 games

Round 2 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
131
FMMartinovici Ilia239810 - 11GMKorobov Anton2699
1
22
GMNiemann Hans Moke264511 - 01FMFormento Paolo2382
33
332
IMBarp Alberto238810 - 11GMTabatabaei M. Amin2643
3
44
GMKozul Zdenko26391½ - ½1FMGhazarian Kirk2379
35
56
GMLagarde Maxime263211 - 01IMMoksh Amit Doshi2368
37
634
IMSorensen Hampus23791½ - ½1GMThybo Jesper Sondergaard2592
7
78
GMBernadskiy Vitaliy258911 - 01FMKlabis Rokas2356
41
843
WGMGomes Mary Ann235410 - 11GMLalith Babu M R2548
9
911
GMArjun Kalyan25321½ - ½1FMSiddharth Jagadeesh2344
47
1044
IMSalimova Nurgyul235311 - 01GMZelcic Robert2531
12
1113
GMLodici Lorenzo252411 - 01WGMFataliyeva Ulviyya2324
51
1246
IMSantarius Erik23461½ - ½1GMNikolov Momchil2508
14
1315
GMAlsina Leal Daniel250711 - 01IMManish Anto Cristiano F2321
53
1448
WGMNandhidhaa P V23361½ - ½1GMBrunello Sabino2503
16
1550
IMRakesh Kumar Jena232910 - 11GMKotronias Vasilios2485
18

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Round 3 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMKorobov Anton269922IMBharath Subramaniyam H2476
21
222
IMIoannidis Evgenios246622GMNiemann Hans Moke2645
2
33
GMTabatabaei M. Amin264322IMPranesh M2437
23
424
IMPantzar Milton243422GMLagarde Maxime2632
6
526
FMSarrau Jelle241222GMBernadskiy Vitaliy2589
8
69
GMLalith Babu M R254822FMHess Max2404
30
729
IMGilevych Artem240722GMLodici Lorenzo2524
13
844
IMSalimova Nurgyul235322GMAlsina Leal Daniel2507
15
918
GMKotronias Vasilios248522FMBecker Matthias2311
54
1034
IMSorensen Hampus2379GMKozul Zdenko2639
4
115
GMShort Nigel D2633Bhambure Shantanu2368
38
127
GMThybo Jesper Sondergaard2592IMSantarius Erik2346
46
1335
FMGhazarian Kirk2379GMIniyan P2540
10
1449
FMPasztor Balazs2335GMArjun Kalyan2532
11
1514
GMNikolov Momchil2508WGMNandhidhaa P V2336
48

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Prizes

Total Prize fund - €10000.

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