Adhiban goes down fighting to Dreev
A short, thin boy, barely 17 years of age wearing a woollen cap, sitting across the chess board may not be too intimidating. But when he starts making moves, he could be tough to handle.
Even though top seed GM Alexey Dreev beat Adhiban in quick time in the tenth and final round of the Parsvnath international chess tournament here on Monday, Adhiban’s showing on the top board was commendable.
Even in the final round, Adhiban and Dreev were going equal till a bad endgame by the Indian resulted in Dreev winning the tournament. But then, that was the difference between a GM with an Elo rating of 2658 and a player rated 2275.
In most tournaments, the results are clear by the penultimate round. And in the final round, the top boards go for a draw. On Monday, the result was not clear till the ninth round and all the players went for the kill in the final.
GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly beat GM Shukhrat Safin. “ It was a complicated match. I was in a bad position but under time pressure I won,” said Ganguly after his match. “I am satisfied with my performance in the tournament considering I have 8.5 points despite not being well,” he added. Ganguly will now play the Aeroflot Open in February.
While IM Abhijeet Gupta lost a winning game against GM Ziaur Rehman, GM Adly Ahmed and G Rohit settled for a draw. “I missed a win,” said Rohit. “It was a king and pawn ending. Adly offered a draw on the 45th move and I took it,” he said.
Rohit was the runner up and Adly finished third followed by Rahman and Ganguly after the tie was resolved under the Bucholz system.
GM Alexey Dreev bt B Adhiban, GM Adly Ahmed drew wth G Rohit, GM Shukhrat Safin lost to GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly, GM Ziaur Rahman bt IM Abhijeet Gupta, Vikramaditya Kamble bt GM Neelotpal Das, GM Dibyendu Barua drew with IM Arun Prasad, GM Yuri Drozdovskij.