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Vergani Cup 2022 R3: Lalit Rohit in an eight-way lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/01/2022

Eight players including GM Lalit Rohit and top seed GM Anton Korobov are at 100% score 3.0/3 at the conclusion of Round 3 in Vergani Cup January 2022. GM Arjun Kalyan and CM Prraneeth Vuppala are at a half point behind, 2.5/3 each. They will face each other in the next round. Untitled Ojas Kulkarni scored the biggest victory of the round as he defeated Romanian legendary and celebrated author GM Mihail Marin. WGM Nandhidhaa P V and FM Mohamed Anees M drew with GM Momchil Nikolov (BUL) and GM Sabino Brunello (ITA). Shantanu Bhambure put up a very good fight against Nigel Short. Round 4 starts today at 1:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Ojas Kulkarni beats Mihail Marin

It was an eventful day for the Indian players. Apart from the notable results mentioned above, Aniruddh Chatterjee, Hari Charan Sai Kalluri and CM Mrithyunjay Mahadevan drew with IM Alberto Barp (ITA), IM Soumya Swaminathan and IM Manish Anto Cristiano F respectively.

Lalit Rohit 3.0/3 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Korobov - Bharath: 1-0

Top seed of the tournament GM Anton Korobov (UKR) is a very strong player. A minute positional mistake can cost you the game which his opponent, IM Bharath Subramaniyam felt in the game.

Position after 29...Rxd4

White has sacrificed an exchanged and a couple of pawns to get a brilliant attack on the kingside. Find out the finish for White after 29...Rxd4.

Korobov was too strong for Bharath | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Tabatabaei - Pranesh: 1-0

Rook endgames are always tricky, add a knight to each side, and we are in a myriad of complexity.

Position after 41.c4

IM Pranesh M opted for 41...h4. At a first glance, it might seem like a good idea to advance the pawn. However, a deeper inspection reveals that White's intention is to solidify his knight at d5, hence 41.c4. So before the knight settles firmly at the central square, Black needed to play either 41...Rc7 or Re7 as suggested by the computer which might be difficult to occur in a human mind especially in a practical game when the clock is ticking down. The game continued 42.Nd5 Rb7 43.a4 and GM M Amin Tabatabaei went on to win the game.

Short - Shantanu: 1-0

Shantanu Bhambure put up a very good fight against GM Nigel Short. Unfortunately a an error in a probable time scramble cost him the game.

Position after 36.Rc1

White has a simple threat of 37.Rc7 to pin the queen against its king. Which is the best way to get out of this predicament for Black? Black played 37...Qd8 and lost the game. Find out why.

Shantanu Bhambure is a very strong player as his rating suggests | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Salimova - Alsina Leal: 0.5-0.5

One of the strangest finish of the day was between Bulgaria no.2 woman, IM Nurgyul Salimova and GM Daniel Alsina Leal (ESP).

Position after 41...Kh7

White is completely winning in the above position. However, the game ended in a draw after 42.Rg1 Nf2+ 43.Kg2 Nd3 44.Kh1 Nf2+ 45.Kg2 Nd3. Try to find what was the winning continuation for White in the above diagram.

GM Momchil Nikolov (BUL) - WGM Nandhidhaa P V: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Sabino Brunello (ITA) - FM Mohamed Anees M: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Mihail Marin (ROU) - Ojas Kulkarni: 0-1 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Aniruddh Chatterjee - IM Alberto Barp (ITA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Soumya Swaminathan - Hari Charan Sai Kalluri: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Manish Anto Cristiano F - CM Mrithyunjay Mahadevan: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

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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 3 games

Round 3 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
GMKorobov Anton269921 - 02IMBharath Subramaniyam H2476
21
222
IMIoannidis Evgenios246621 - 02GMNiemann Hans Moke2645
2
33
GMTabatabaei M. Amin264321 - 02IMPranesh M2437
23
424
IMPantzar Milton243421 - 02GMLagarde Maxime2632
6
526
FMSarrau Jelle241220 - 12GMBernadskiy Vitaliy2589
8
69
GMLalith Babu M R254821 - 02FMHess Max2404
30
729
IMGilevych Artem240720 - 12GMLodici Lorenzo2524
13
844
IMSalimova Nurgyul23532½ - ½2GMAlsina Leal Daniel2507
15
918
GMKotronias Vasilios248521 - 02FMBecker Matthias2311
54
1034
IMSorensen Hampus2379½ - ½GMKozul Zdenko2639
4
115
GMShort Nigel D26331 - 0Bhambure Shantanu2368
38
127
GMThybo Jesper Sondergaard25921 - 0IMSantarius Erik2346
46
1335
FMGhazarian Kirk2379½ - ½GMIniyan P2540
10
1449
FMPasztor Balazs23350 - 1GMArjun Kalyan2532
11
1514
GMNikolov Momchil2508½ - ½WGMNandhidhaa P V2336
48

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Round 4 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
113
GMLodici Lorenzo252433GMKorobov Anton2699
1
218
GMKotronias Vasilios248533GMTabatabaei M. Amin2643
3
38
GMBernadskiy Vitaliy258933IMIoannidis Evgenios2466
22
424
IMPantzar Milton243433GMLalith Babu M R2548
9
517
GMDvirnyy Danyyil2492GMThybo Jesper Sondergaard2592
7
611
GMArjun Kalyan2532CMPrraneeth Vuppala2417
25
715
GMAlsina Leal Daniel2507FMPasti Aron2411
27
82
GMNiemann Hans Moke26452IMSalimova Nurgyul2353
44
94
GMKozul Zdenko263922IMMoksh Amit Doshi2368
37
106
GMLagarde Maxime263222WGMGomes Mary Ann2354
43
1110
GMIniyan P254022FMSiddharth Jagadeesh2344
47
1236
FMCosta Leonardo237322GMZelcic Robert2531
12
1340
FMCumming Rhys235822GMNikolov Momchil2508
14
1451
WGMFataliyeva Ulviyya232422GMBrunello Sabino2503
16
1519
GMEnchev Ivajlo247722WIMBeydullayeva Govhar2290
57

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Prizes

Total Prize fund - €10000.

Links

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