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


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