Reports | April 16, 2013 19:47

13th Bangkok Chess Club Open: three-way tie after four rounds

After four rounds of play, IM Roy Saptarshi and GMs Mark Paragua and Zhao Zong-Yuan are tied for first place at the 13th Bangkok Chess Club Open. Especially for Saptarshi, who defeated Nigel Short in round 3, this is an excellent start.

The beautiful Dusit Thani Hotel in Pattaya, location of the Bangkok Open

Peter Darby sent us the following report after round 3. The annotations to the games are by us.

The Thailand Open 2013 has officially started in a spectacular beachside venue: the 5-star Dusit Thani Hotel in Pattaya. This year’s tournament is the biggest ever with 314 players competing for the top prizes in two groups. Headlining the Open section are Nigel Short of England, Koneru Humpy of India and Jan Gustafsson of Germany. While the favorites carry big names the outcome is far from certain: some 68 titled players, including 24 GMs, are circling from just beyond the VIP section.

Outside the luxurious playing hall, Thailand is celebrating the Songkran Water Festival with masses of fun seekers battling the heat in the streets. Inside, however, the war is for mental dominance and cash prizes!

After the first two rounds all the top players went through with relative ease. However, the third round brought a sensational upset. IM Roy Saptarshi, sporting a 270 point Elo deficit, was able to take down top seed GM Nigel Short. A large crowd gathered around the board during the final phase of the game. Saptarshi had three passed pawns and two rooks to Short’s three minor pieces and central passers. A wild position left both players grabbing for answers which finally ended in white’s favor. Congratulations to this determined Indian up and comer for the best performance of his career.

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GM Koneru Humpy, the world’s 3rd highest rated female player, had an exciting game against Australian IM Max Illingworth. She won a pawn in her typically aggressive style, slowly rebuffed a mating attack and then struck back with her own mating net which found its prey. She enters the fourth round tomorrow with a full three points.

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The final top board of the day showed a fine example of classical pure play chess from a relatively equal position. GM Jan Gustafsson had the black pieces against IM Thejkumar of India. The game wound down to a symmetrical pawn structure with a pair of queens and the knight versus bishop. Gustafsson outplayed the Indian master with clever pawn placement, a timely queen exchange and the knight broke through. A game worthy of study and a real treat for the spectators.

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Meanwhile, the fourth round has finished already. The top boards saw a number of draws: Jan Gustafsson-Rogelio Antonio Jr, Wang Yunguo-Humpy Koneru, Oliver Barbosa-Wang Chen and Sune Berg Hansen-Ralf Akesson. Koneru's game was a spectacle:

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And so after four rounds of play, IM Roy Saptarshi, Mark Paragua and Zhao Zong-Yuan are tied for first place.

Bangkok Chess Club Open 2013 | Round 4 standings

Rk. Title Name FED Rtg RtgI Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 Rp rtg+/-
1 IM Saptarshi Roy IND 2426 2426 4 10,5 10,5 5,5 3172 18
2 GM Paragua Mark PHI 2557 2557 4 10 10 5,5 3113 9,4
3 GM Zhao Zong-Yuan AUS 2537 2537 4 9,5 9,5 5 3074 8,3
4 GM Gustafsson Jan GER 2621 2621 3,5 11 9,25 5,5 2670 3
5 GM Hansen Sune Berg DEN 2561 2561 3,5 11 9,25 5,5 2642 3,8
6 GM Koneru Humpy IND 2597 2597 3,5 10,5 8,75 5,5 2663 3,5
7 IM Wan Yunguo CHN 2494 2494 3,5 10,5 8,75 5 2651 7,5
8 GM Vajda Levente ROU 2632 2632 3,5 10 8,5 5 2566 -0,5
9 IM Wang Chen CHN 2485 2485 3,5 10 8,25 4,5 2634 7,1
10 GM Gomez John Paul PHI 2517 2517 3,5 9,5 8 5,5 2594 3,5
11 GM Akesson Ralf SWE 2462 2462 3,5 9,5 7,75 5 2622 7,4
12 GM Antonio Rogelio Jr PHI 2527 2527 3,5 9,5 7,75 4,5 2667 6,9
13 GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2491 2491 3,5 9 7,5 4,5 2553 2,6
14 GM Barbosa Oliver PHI 2563 2563 3,5 8,5 6,75 4 2656 4,2
15 GM Czebe Attila HUN 2479 2479 3 11,5 7,5 5,5 2460 0,9
16 IM Thejkumar M. S. IND 2412 2412 3 10,5 7 5 2449 3
17 FM Aguera Naredo Javier ESP 2385 2385 3 10,5 7 5 2381 1,2
18 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2697 2697 3 10,5 6,5 4,5 2463 -5,9
19   Ma Zhonghan CHN 2372 2372 3 10 6,75 5,5 2394 3,3
20 FM Juhasz Kristof HUN 2330 2330 3 10 6,75 5 2456 11,3
21 IM Bijaoui Manuel FRA 2416 2416 3 10 6 4,5 2422 1,7
22 IM Lavrov Maxim RUS 2403 2403 3 10 6 4,5 2413 1,7
23   Nouri Hamed PHI 2356 2356 3 10 6 4,5 2464 6,8
24 IM Farid Firman Syah INA 2327 2327 3 9,5 7 5 1944 4,7
25 GM Sriram Jha IND 2421 2421 3 9,5 7 4,5 2378 -1,2
26 GM Horvath Adam HUN 2509 2509 3 9,5 6,75 4,5 2399 -3,4
27 GM Venkatesh M.R. IND 2508 2508 3 9,5 6,75 4,5 2438 -1,7
28 GM Ghane Shojaat IRI 2341 2341 3 9,5 6,5 5 2278 -2,3
29   Wijaya Bima Triardi INA 0 0 3 9,5 6,5 5 2410  
30 FM Novita Anjas INA 2335 2335 3 9 6,75 4,5 2086 8,1

 

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