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Report Round 8 & Valedictory Ceremony

Indian Tigers Annexes Over Chinese Dragon


INDIA won the prestigious 3rd India – China Chess Summit 2018, for the first time jointly organised by All Odisha Chess Association & KIIT, at International Chess Hall, KiiT University, Bhubaneswar, comfortably by beating China in the final round. The Indian team collected six lakhs rupees for their stupendous efforts and Chinese team received four lakhs rupees for their runner up spot. The title sponserer of this International match was DSYS, Govt. of Odisha also, supported by OSJA.

After a tense and grueling fight on 8th and Final Round, young Indian Grand Masters Annexed the 3rd India-China Chess 2018, with Match Points of 9 Verses 7.

Former (U-20) World Junior Champion Lu Shanglei launched Spanish attack and faced Smyslov System 3…..g6 of Aryan Chopra. After 17th move of black, the Indian Grand Master seemed to be in a better position. But the resourceful play by Lu Shanglei, with good maneuvering of his minor pieces created counter play against the Black King and won on 42nd move.

In the second Board GM Murali Karthikeyan and XU Xiangyu, there was a theoretical battle on Petroff Defence. The Indian GM was having the upper hand after 33rd move, with his centralised King. However, as soon as GM Arvind Chithambaram won his game, Murali decided not to press further since a draw was enough to win the match against China. The game was drawn on 39th move.

On the 3rd Board, young Chinese Grand Master Bai Jinshi opted for Catalan System. However, Srinath offered stiff resistance and defended accurately, and saved a costly half point. The players agreed to draw on the 42nd move.

The game of the tournament was played by young Indian GM and former Indian Junior National Champion, Arvind Chithambaram, who launched La-Keres Attack against Sicilian Scheveningen System of GM Xu Yinglun of China. Arvind played very aggressively by storming his King side pawns and had good space advantage. Arvind’s heavy pieces penetrated into his adversary camp, who scored a thumping win on 29th move.

Team India broke the winning steak of the Chinese Team by Annexing the 3rd India-China Chess Summit.

India beat China Match points 9 – 7 and Game points 15.5 – 16.5

Final Ranking

8.1 1 China 2 –2  2 India
1 W GM Lu Shanglei 2635  1:0 B GM Aryan Chopra 2541
2 B GM Xu Xiangyu 2577 1/2:1/2 W GM Karthikeyan Murali 2604
3 W GM Bai Jinshi 2566 1/2 :1/2 B GM Narayan Srinath 2565
4 B GM Xu Yinglun 2533 0:1 W GM Aravindh Cithambram VR. 2579
Rank Team Games + = MP Pts. Vict-‘B’
1 India 8 2 5 1 9   15.5 2
2 China 8 1 5 2 7   16.5 1

Player’s Performance

1. India (9 MP/ 15.5 Pts.)
No. Name IRtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts Games Rp
1 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2604 0 1 0 0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 3 8 2491
2 GM Narayanan Srinath 2565 1 0.5 0.5 0 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 4.5 8 2621
3 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2579 0.5 0.5 1 0.5 0 0.5 0.5 1 4.5 8 2621
4 GM Aryan Chopra 2541 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 0.5 1 0.5 0 3.5 8 2535
2. China ( 7 MP/16.5 Pts.)
No. Name IRtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts Games Rp
1 GM Lu Shanglei 2635 1 0 0.5 1 1 0.5 0.5 1 5.5 8 2713
2 GM Xu Xiangyu 2577 0 0.5 0 0.5 0.5 0 0.5 0.5 2.5 8 2431
3 GM Bai Jinshi 2566 0.5 0.5 0.5 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 4.5 8 2615
4 GM Xu Yinglun 2533 0.5 0.5 1 1 0 0.5 0.5 0 4 8 2572


Report Round 7

India Maintains Lead After Penultimate Round

India maintained a comfortable two match points 8 to 6.

On the first Board, young Indian Grand Master Aryan Chopra launched his pet English Attack against former World Junior Champion Lu Shanglei’s Sicilian Najdrof Defence. By 11th move, Aryan got Bishop pair and won a pawn on 17th move. Lu Shanglei cleverly exchanged Queen and other minor pieces to reach a Rook + Bishop and five pawns, against Rook + Bishop and six pawns. However, the presence of opposite colour Bishops ensured a draw on the 49th move.

On the second Board, playing the Black pieces in the exchange variation of the Kings Indian Defence, GM Murali Karthikeyan had no difficulty in equalising, after trading of Queens on the 11th move, against Xu Xiangyu. With having no possibility for advantage, both the players repeated after 17th move. As such, three fold repetition of moves resulted by 20th move and the game was drawn as per rules.

On the third board it seems Chinese Grand Master Bai Jinshi refuses to play any thing other than Petroff Defence against 1. e4. Chinese Grand Master Bai Jinshi adopted Petroff Defence against Indian GM Srinath Narayanan. After few exchange of minor pieces, the Queens were exchanged on 24th move. Both the compatriots settled for a draw on the 32nd move.

On the fourth Board former Indian National Junior Champion Grand Master Arvind played Black against Grand Master Xu Yinglun and confronted Ragozin system (Queen’s Gambit Declined : exchange variation). Playing actively and ambitiously, Arvind did not mind having an isolated Queen pawn, in return for a better center control. After forced trading of Queens on the 18th move, it was clear, that the game was heading for a draw, through both tried to test each other till 40th move, and a peace treaty was signed.

Results of Seventh Round

India 2 –  2 China

7.1 2 India 2 – 2  1 China
1 W GM Aryan Chopra 2541  1/2:1/2 B GM Lu Shanglei 2635
2 B GM Karthikeyan Murali 2565 1/2:1/2 W GM Xu Xiangyu 2577
3 W GM Narayan Srinath 2565  1/2:1/2 B GM Bai Jinshi 2566
4 B GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2579  1/2:1/2 W GM Xu Yinglun 2533

Report Round 6

Indian Tigers Cruises into Lead


Indian Grand Masters won a crucial match in the 6th round today and narrowed the lead against Chinese counter part, with the math point of 7 to 5

On Board one, in a unusual Reti opening game Arvind Chithambaram got little better position from opening. However, on 25th move made an error by moving his Rook to d3, which allowed Lu Shanglei excellent counter play by pushing his pawn to f5, Arvind, said later. On 25th move if he had played his Queen to g4 he would have retained initiative. Both the Grand Master agreed to split point after 36th moves.

On the second Board young Aryan Chopra easily prevailed over Xu Xiangu. The Chinese Grand Master opted for the Larsen system, against Kings Indian Defence of Aryan, Xiangyu blundered on 14th move and dropped two pawns in succession. The Indian GM made no mistake in pressing the advantage home in 33 moves.

On the the third Board Murali Karthikeyan confronted the Solid Petroff Defence of Bai Jinshi, who easily equalised in the opening. However, Murali tried to go for win at any cost, by storming his King side pawns. Bai Jinshi defended very well, and after 33rd move, it appeared the Chinese GM was winning with an extra pawn. However, Murali exchanged queens at right time and at right place, to reach an ending with Rook and three pawns verses Rook & 4 pawns on same side. The game was drawn on the 55th move.

The game between Xu Yinglun and Srinath Narayan was a semi-slav game by transposition, where, home work of the Indian gave him a strong initiative. However, on 28th move, instead of the strong move Knight to f5, he erroneously played Knight to f3 check. Which was a mistake. Later Srinath said that, he missed Rook c8 check on the 30th move which led to a forced draw after 36th move.

Results of Sixth Round

India 2.5 –  1.5 China

6.1 2 India 2.5 -1.5  1 China
1 W GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2579 1/2:1/2 B GM Lu Shanglei 2635
2 B GM Aryan Chopra 2541 1 :0 W GM Xu Xiangyu 2577
3 W GM Karthikeyan Murali 2604  1/2:1/2 B GM Bai Jinshi 2566
4 B GM Narayan Srinath 2565 1/2:1/2 W GM Xu Yinglun 2533


Report Round 5

India Fights Back to Wall in Round 5


On the top Board Former (U-20) World Champion GM Lu Shanglei adopted the solid two Knigts system against Caro-Kann Defence of Indian GM Aravind Chithambaram Vr. After the 15th move both the players had equal chances. However, the Indian GM weaked his e6 square and a2-g8 diagonal, by pushing his pawn f7 to f5.  After trading pieces with regular interval, Arvind had Queen and Knight and six pawns against Queen, Bishop and six pawns of Lu Shanglei with skillful play he broke through and forced to exchange Queens with two extra pawns, where upon, Arvind resigned on 46th move.

The match between Aryan Chopra Vs Xu Xiangyu was a Sicilian Najdrof, English attack variation, where the home work of the Chinese of GM gave him little better game. Nevertheless, Aryan played coolly and after exchange of Queens, centralised his King. With a timely pawn break, Aryan forced a drawn Rook and pawn ending to share a valuable half points.

Grand Master Murali Karthikeyan put his faith on Nimzo-Indian Defence against Bai Jinshi’s classical system. After early exchange of Queens Bai Jinshi appeared to have upper hand. However, Murali played logically and solidly to equalise. After a long fought battle of five hours both the compatriots had one minor piece each without any pawn and drew their game.

Game of the Round was played by GM Srinath Narayan, who brilliantly accounted for Chinese GM Xu Yinglun in a Sicilian game, full of fire works. Srinath started pawn storm on the King side, met a thematic and timely pawn advance on d5. However, Srinath was in a very aggressive mood and chanelised his heavy pieces against monarch of Xu Yinglun who cracked under pressure. The brilliant pawn thrust of f5 , demolished the resistance of the Chinese GM, who resigned on 36th move.

Results of Fifth Round

China 2 – 2 India

1 China 2 –2  2 India
1 W GM Lu Shanglei 2635 beat B GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2579
2 B GM Xu Xiangyu 2577 drew with W GM Aryan Chopra 2541
3 W GM Bai Jinshi 2566  drew with B GM Karthikeyan Murali 2604
4 B GM Xu Yinglun 2533  lost to W GM Narayan  Srinath 2565


Report Round 4

Chinese Dragon Bounces Back


On top Board GM Shanglei launched Spanish attack and faced solid Zaitsev variation. Srinath tried to open up the center early and even offered a piece sacrifice which was declined by Shanglei. Srinath tried to press further with a pawn sacrifice, but the Chinese counter part systematically liquidated pieces one after another and won easily on 49th move.

On second board Xiangyu surprisingly opted for Scilian Lowenthal variation which has very poor reputation. Nevertheless, Arvind could not take Opening advantage. Eventually, the game drifted to a minor piece ending, where Arvind had double Bishop advantage. The Chinese GM defended accurately and drew on 83rd move.

On third Board, in the game between two young Grand Masters Bai Jinshi and Aryan Chopra, the later choose to exchange Queen early and drifted it to a passive position. Bai Jinshi maintained his Small initiative, and manged to place both his Rooks on the 7th rank. To avoid mating attack, Aryan had to concede material and gave up on 36th move.

On 4th Board Murali Karthikeyan chose to play Reti Opening and faced solid London system of GM Xu Yinglun. After a had fold battle, both the compatriots reached a Knight & pawn end game. Neither side had any chance. But the Indian GM Murali stretched too hard for a win and got punished. Xu Yinglun won on 63rd move.

Results of Fourth Round

4.1 1 China 3.5-.5  2 India
1 W GM Lu Shanglei 2635 beat B GM Narayan Srinath 2565
2 B GM Xu Xiangyu 2577  drew with W GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2579
3 W GM Bai Jinshi 2566 beat B GM Aryan Chopra 2541
4 B GM Xu Yinglun 2533  beat W GM Karthikeyan Murali 2604


Report Round 3

India maintains Slender Lead

On Top Board Indian GM Srinath Narayan displayed his subtle Opening preparation against French Defence, Rubinstein variation. However, his Chinese counter part defended stubbornly and both the players agreed to draw on 30th move with a Rook, Bishop and six pawns each.

On second Board Chinese GM Xu Xiangyu preferred to avoid the well trodden path in the Spanish (Berlin) Defence game, where Indian GM offered a pawn sacrifice to play a double edged game with skillful play, Arvind won a pawn. After reaching a Rook and Pawn endgame, Arvind played a precisely and won with accurate play.

On third Board Bai Jinshi opted for the Petroff Defence which was met sharply by Aryan Chopra with Kings castled on opposite wing. Aryan started a pawn storm which was countered well by Bai Jinshi. After the Queens and all the minor pieces were exchanged in regular interval, the Chinese Grand Master was a pawn ahead in a double Rook end game. Finally, the game was drawn after marathon 72 moves.

On fourth Board former Indian Champion Murali followed the game of previous round between Xu Yinglun and Aryan Chopra for nine moves in a Kings Indian Classical game. However, on 9th move the Indian GM varied & played very aggressively. In the middle game, Xu Yinglun turned the table with a stunning exchange sacrifice on 18th move. After a grueling battle with Rook and opposite color Bishop ending, the Indian GM towel on 58th move and soon after resigned.

Results of Third Round

3.1 2 India  2–2  1 China
1 W GM Narayanan Srinath 2565 drew with B GM Lu Shanglei 2635
2 B GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2579 beat W GM Xu Xiangyu 2577
3 W GM Aryan Chopra 2541  drew with B GM Bai Jinshi 2566
4 B GM Karthikeyan Murali 2604 lost to W GM Xu Yinglun 2533


Report Round 2

Indian Tiger Tames Chinese Dragon


Top board started with Sicilian Najdrof & transposed in to sort of Yugoslov attack of Dragon variation. After 33 moves, Murali had the upper hand with Queen and one Rook on each side. White’s safer King and space advantage put Black in trouble. Eventually, the Indian lad from Chennai, displayed superb end game technique and pressed this advantage home on 48th Move.

On the 2nd board Srinath choose to play Queens Gambit accepted and after several exchange of pieces, Xiangyu maintained some end game advantage and one extra pawn after 36th move. Nevertheless, GM Srinath, cleverly steered the game to a draw Rook and pawn ending, where the point was split on the 50th move.

On the third board in an English Opening game both the compatriots went for early trading of Queens on 7th move and the Indian Grand Master had trifle advantage of space and more active minor pieces. However after marathon battle the game was drawn on 59th move.

On the fourth board GM Xu Yinglun launched the Petrosian system against Mar Del Plata variation of Kings Indian Defence and had the upper hand in opening stage, by snatching the open ‘B’ file. Eventually the exchange of light square Bishop increased the advantage of White. However the Indian Grand Master, defended back to the wall and drew on 36th move.

Results of Second Round

2.1 2 India 2.5–1.5 1 China
1 W GM Karthikeyan Murali 2604 beat B GM Lu Shanglei 2635
2 B GM Narayan Srinath 2565 drew with W GM Xu Xiangyu 2577
3 W GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2579 drew with B GM Bai Jinshi 2566
4 B GM Aryan Chopra 2541 drew with W GM Xu Yinglun 2533


Report Round 1

The Summit started with the dead-lock in the Inaugural Round of the 3rd India – China chess Summit 2018, organised by All Odisha Chess Association & KIIT, on behalf of All India Chess Federation at International Chess Hall, KiiT University, Bhubaneswar.

All the four board witnessed extremely tense battle and ended with 2 – 2 draw with fluctuation of fortunes.

On the Top board in the Sicilian Classical system, white went for English attack set up and reached a Rook + 2 pawns verses two minor pieces, white created a strong passed pawn on A file & won in a King and pawn endgame.

On the 2nd Board in a Petroff Defence game, Srinath got very active position in middle game. When the Queen and Rook of his opponent were passively placed. Moreover, the color complex helped the former to launch a strong initiative and win smoothly.

On the 3rd Board Arvind opted for Nimzo-Indian Defence and faced the Leningrad system. After several exchange of pieces, both the compatriots signed peace after 31 moves.

On the 4th Board Aryan launched English attack against Scilian Scheveningen variation of Yinglun and with skillful play reached pawn up end game with Rook & Bishop against Rook & Knight which fizzed to a theoretical draw in a wrong colour Bishop + Rook pawn end game.

Results of First Round

1.1 1 China 2–2 2 India
1 W GM Lu Shanglei 2635 beat B GM Karthikeyan Murali 2604
2 B GM Xu Xiangyu 2577 lost to W GM Narayanan Srinath 2565
3 W GM Bai Jinshi 2566 drew with B GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2579
4 B GM Xu Yinglun 2533  drew with W GM Aryan Chopra 2541


Inaugural Ceremony

The 3rd China India Chess Summit – 2018 was inaugurated at the International Chess Hall, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar on 16  October, 2018 at 04:00 P.M.

The 2 team (8-player) event has a prize fund of Rs. 10 Lakhs . 60% for Winner and 40% for the Runner up.

The following dignitaries were  present at the Opening Ceremony. Chief Guest  Sj. Sanatan Pani, Secretary, Odisha Sports Journalists Association, Dr Gaganendu Dash, Director Sport, KIIT & KISS; IM Sekhar Chandra Sahu, President, All Odisha Chess Association; Sj. Ranjan Mohanty,  Vice President,  AOCA & Sj. Krushna Kumar Sarma, Secy. AOCA

Soon after the Inaugural, technical meeting held and all the rules & regulations briefed by the Chief Arbiter Suresh Chandra Sahoo, IA


The Summit will be played under Scheveningen system, with India and China fielding four players in their teams. Each member of one team will play against same member of the other team in two successive rounds.Two members of a team will play with White pieces in each round.

Rate of Play will be 90 minutes for the 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for all remaining moves with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

The following tie-break will be  followed : a)  Match points (2,1,0)  b) Game point  c) Greater number of victories with black as tie break.  If still tie persist team will nominate one player to play an Armageddon game to decide the winner.

The 1st Round will be started at 15:30 hrs on 17 Oct 2018.

Pairing & Results will be  available at

Live Game will be available at

Teams of INDIA – CHINA

Chinese Team


GM Lu Shanglei


GM Xu Xiangyu


GM Bai Jinshi


GM Xu Yinglun

India Team

Karthikeyan Murali

GM Karthikeyan Murali

Narayanan Srinath

GM Narayanan Srinath

Aravindh Chithambaram Vr

GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.

Aryan Chopra

GM Aryan Chopra
































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