The leaders of the tournament simply arent ready even let go off anything! They are winning round after round! Lalith Babu and Sasikiran lead the tournament with 5.5/6 and Adhiban follows them closely on the second spot with 5/6. Round 6 was a Caro Kann day. As many as 3 games out of 7 witnessed this solid opening and guess what! Black scored 2.5/3!! So lets see how the games were in the round 6.
ASHWIN vs SASIKIRAN 0-1
DEBASHIS vs SHYAM 0.5-0.5
STANY vs ADHIBAN 0-1
It was an interesting Sicilian battle in which Stany tried to mate black with his attack. However Adhiban is an experienced Sicilian player and he fended off the attack quite well. Once the attack was repelled and queen's were exchanged. Its quite a famous saying, that Sicilian endgames usually favour black. Black seemed very comfortable in the endgame but uncharacteristically, Adhiban made a few errors. That meant Stany had the advantage. But to beat a good player you must not only beat him in the opening but also in the middlegame and also in the endgame. Stany wasnt able to make the best moves and Adhiban took over! From that moment, Adhiban played carefully and secured a win! This means after the first two draws he has scored 4 wins on a trot. He will go with a very happy feeling into the rest day!
NEGI vs THEJKUMAR 0.5-0.5
AKASH vs LALITH 0-1
AKSHAT vs DEEPAN 0-1
VISHNU vs RATNAKARAN 1-0
THE OFFICIAL DINNER!!
What's the point of having an official dinner in a tournament? Well in a way its the organisers way of telling the players that we care about you and we want to give you a great time in the tournament. The other benefit is that the player's come out of the competitive environment and mingle with each other due to which better camaraderie develops between them.
The Organisers arranged for an official dinner on the 22nd of December after the 6th Round at the President's hotel which is one of the best Hotel's in Jalgaon.
This hotel was also the place at which the National Women Premier was held in 2012. It was an open roof restaurant and the players felt a refreshing change from the monotonous routine.
Akshat and Prof.Ananthraman drinking soft drinks in Hard drinks style!! :)
The two Gems of Karnataka. Thejkumar and Stany.
The trio of GMs: Debashis Das, Vishnu Prasanna and Deepan Chakravarthy!
With his witty remarks he is able to bring a laughter on anybody's face: GM Abhijit Kunte with Deepan and Lalith Babu!
Rathnakaran had a great time and seems like he is now mentally prepared for the 2nd half of the tournament.
Sasi who is usually very serious and tensed during a game, was visibly relaxed and at ease at the dinner. He was truly the life of the party!! He was bombarded with a lot of questions but he answered them with a smile on his face!! :)
The people accompanying the players also received a well earned break from the tense and rigorous schedule!
All the GMs in one frame: From left Debashis, Sasi, Negi, Lalith, Farrukh Sheikh(organiser),Deepan,Abhijit,Adhiban and Vishnu.
All the IMs: from left Akash, Ashwin, Stany, Farrukh Sheikh(Org) ,Akshat, Thej,Shyam and Ratna!!
The team of Arbiters and Organisers who have been doing there job so meticulously.
Well it was also a good break for me! But of course I enjoy my job so much that even on the rest day I am writing this report to you!! :)