Press Release: 6th Round
Exciting battles proved to be the order of the day, as the top five boards witnessed Grandmaster clashes in the 6th round of the LIC 3rd Kolkata International Grandmaster Chess Tournament being conducted by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy and AllSport Foundation, at the Newtown school here in Kolkata. On the top board, Ukrainian Adam Tukhaev defeated overnight leader Ivan Rosum of Russia to capture the lead with 5.5 points. It was also the day when the top-seed Nigel Short and Kolkata Grandmasters Sandipan Chanda and Deep Sengupta showed their fighting prowess with crucial victories over their Grandmaster opponents.
For all his controlled play in the tournament so far, Rozum with Black conducted the game with uncharacteristic dynamism on the top board, as the game became a violent struggle from an irregular variation in the Caro-Kann defence. After Tukhaev’s exchange sacrifice didn’t seem to yield any advantage, Rozum blundered his rook while less on time on the 43rd move to hand the game over to white.
The most interesting game of the day was played between Neelotpal Das and Deepan Chakkravarthy in the Scheveningen Variation of the Sicilian Defence. In a balanced looking position, Neelotpal came with a daring sacrifice of a piece on the 26th move, luring the Black king into the centre, where it was under the threat of getting checkmated in an open board. However, Neelotpal missed many promising continuations to tragically lose the game after the position simplified into a won minor pieces ending for Black.
In an event dominated by strategic chess on the top boards so far, Nigel Short decided to hunt down Vietnamese Grandmaster Tran Tuan’s king in the middlegame. In a straight-forward attack on the black king, Short conducted the game with favourite dynamism to finally win the game in 48 moves when he had captured three pawns more than his opponent.
Grandmaster Surya Sekhar Ganguly visited the tournament hall to witness the 6th round games.