Today as I entered the dining room for breakfast, I saw a very unique scene. The two opponents sitting next to each other and laughing at a joke! I went there and sat next to them. One of them was the birthday boy Rathnakaran and with him was his opponent Thejkumar. Chess, Ratnakaran said is the only game where opponents sit next to each other for their meals not only before the game but also after it!! Yes, all the participants at the ongoing National Premier are excellent friends with each other, but on the board, they spare no chance to take down the opposite guy! Once again in round 3 the white players showed the power of making the first move with all the 4 decisive games ending in white victories.
A beautiful gesture by the organisers was when they themselves arranged a cake for the birthday boy Rathnakaran and all the partipants joined in to wish him before the game! It was a wonderful sight to behold. Players are usually tensed before the start of the game but this little celebration made the mood quite upbeat in the hall.
SASIKIRAN vs AKASH 1-0
Sasikiran with white is a fierce opponent. He has a lot of theoretical knowledge and it really is very difficult to outprepare him. But Akash who is almost 350 points rated lower than his opponent equalised out of the opening. It completely puzzled me as to what was the logic of the moves like h3 or Re1 in the opening. Maybe Sasikiran wanted to just throw the ball back in black's court and give his opponent the chance to go wrong. As we already know, Akash is not a player who can sit doing nothing. He tried for active play but thats when Sasikiran's bishops started to emanate fire! If you go through the game, one gets the feeling that the stronger player outplayed his opponent with ease. With a start of 2.5/3 Sasikiran is waiting for Lalith to go wrong so that he can take the lead!
AKSHAT vs DEBASHIS
DEEPAN vs NEGI 0.5-0.5
ADHIBAN vs VISHNU 1-0
Vishnu's opening preparation is quite phenomenal and more often than not he is always one step ahead of his opponents when it comes to knowing the theory. In his game against Adhiban he once again gained a wonderful position out of the opening, But a poor move in the middlegame meant a completely lost endgame for Vishnu. However Adhiban gave a master class in how a knight can handle two connected passed pawns. It was some excellent technique which gave Adhiban the full point. After a slow start the talented GM is now in full flow and we can expect some more wins from him!!
LALITH vs SHYAM NIKIL 1-0
ASHWIN vs STANY 0.5-0.5
THEJKUMAR vs RATHNAKARAN 1-0
In case you just noticed, All the players had a cake next to their boards in celebration for Ratnakaran's birthday!
PLAYERS AND THE WAY THEY THINK
One of my friend Atul Dahale asked me once, Why do chess players put hands on their head when they think during the game?!! Well it was truly an excellent question. While keeping the hand on the head and thinking is natural for chess players, for other spectators it can really seem unusual! :)
I think as the years progress, the players develop a specific style of sitting and posture in order to think better during the game. Here are a few players with their typical poses.
Rathnakaran: I have never seen this guy ever sit with a hunched back or with his hands on his head. He maintains a perfect posture and plays with great confidence.
Sometimes the way Deepan thinks, makes me feel his entire life depended on the next move he has to make!! :)
With smart dressing sense and a thinker's pose, many girls would go gaga over Akshat Khamparia's style!!
Once a famous player told me, if you want to know how to sit calmly and coolly on the chessboard then just look and learn from Thejkumar!
Sasikiran hardly sits on his chair after making his move. It seems it his reflex action to get up after he makes a move!
Now thats the confidence of a man who has come well prepared!!
If Negi was not a chess player, I am sure he would be a philosopher. He has got this lost look which is so common in people with great minds!
|1||14||2507||IM||Debashis Das||IM||Rathnakaran K.||2411||9|
|2||10||2420||IM||Shyam Nikil P.||IM||Thejkumar M. S.||2452||8|
|3||11||2523||GM||Vishnu Prasanna. V||GM||Lalith Babu M.R.||2569||7|
|4||12||2671||GM||Negi Parimarjan||GM||Adhiban B.||2569||6|
|5||13||2343||IM||G. Akash||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2462||5|
|6||1||2397||IM||Stany G.A.||GM||Sasikiran Krishnan||2666||4|
|7||2||2409||IM||Akshat Khamparia||IM||Ashwin Jayaram||2487||3|
As two of India's biggest talents play each other tomorrow i.e Adhiban and Negi it will be a match to watch out for! Also will Stany's excellent form keep him in good stead against the man of all seasons : Krishnan Sasikiran!! It will be an exciting round!
You can download the games from this link:
Video for Round 3.
Its a small amateurish attempt by me to make a video for the round. The quality may not be the best but I think you will have a general idea of what the tournament hall is like!!
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