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
|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|
|1. India (9 MP/ 15.5 Pts.)|
|3||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2579||0.5||0.5||1||0.5||0||0.5||0.5||1||4.5||8||2621|
|2. China ( 7 MP/16.5 Pts.)|