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Tripura Open 2019 Day 2+3: Major upsets on top boards

by Nongsha Angom - 29/03/2019

Tripura Open 2019 Day 2 and 3 saw some exciting games with a lot of ups and downs. While it started as calm as a millpond, slowly we witnessed some unexpected results on many of the top boards. Players of the 1500 rating club showed some strong nerves to create major upsets on the top boards. Top seed GM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury was held by local player Kamal Kalai rated 1542, IM Neeraj Kumar Mishra went down against another local player Umashankar Dutta rated 1541 and IM Suvrajit Saha lost his game against Rahul Yadav rated 1526. This pictorial report covers the Day 2 and 3 of the Tripura Open with annotated games of the most decisive and major upsets.

Local players shine on day 2 and 3 of Tripura Open 

Lots of sparks were seen on the 2nd day and 3rd day of the Tripura Open, especially on the top boards. It is always interesting when a lower rated produces a fine game to upset a titled player and that's what exactly happened here. It was not just one but three top boards that witnessed unpleasant results for the top seeds.

White just played 29.Bf5 and sealed the game.

This beautiful final position was reached in the 2nd board game of local player Umashankar Dutta vs IM Neeraj Mishra. Rated only 1541 Umashankar Dutta played the best game of his life till date. Playing on home soil and having his wife and son at the tournament hall seemed to have brought out Umashankar's best chess.


Umashankar Dutta vs IM N K Mishra annotated by Ravi Kant Tiwari:

The man who played the game of the day, Umashankar Dutta.

On the third board, everything was going good for the 3rd seed IM Suvrajit Saha. With some accurate play, he was completely crushing his opponent. Just when everything looked okay he blundered with 31.exd5 in the below position and went from +3 to -3 (stockfish evaluation). Rahul Yadav who is rated around 1526 realized that things were going his way and finished off his opponent.

Suvrajit Saha vs Rahul Yadav

White is an exchange up and has a decisive advantage but he made a blunder on his very next move with 31.exd5 and lost the game.

IM Suvrajit Saha vs Rahul Yadav annotated by Ravi Kant Tiwari:

Fortune favours the brave: Rahul Yadav.

Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury vs Ramesh Kalai

How do you assess this position? Who is better according to you?

The above position is from the top board where GM Saptarshi Roy Choudhury was paired against a local player Ramesh Kalai rated 1542. Ramesh was playing a competitive event after quite a long time. He played brilliantly and later accepted that it was one of his best games till date. He was happy to draw his game against a GM. The final position where he accepted a draw, was however winning for him.


GM Saptarshi Roy Choudhury vs Ramesh Kalai annotated by Ravi Kant Tiwari:

Tripura has really some great talents and organizing more rated events will unmasked them. Ramesh Kalai (above) the man who drew against the top seed Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury

Kids go where there is excitement and stay where there is love and chess is both love and excitement. | Photo: Prasenjit Dutta

"If it is important to you then you will find a way or else you will find an excuse" - Mark Anthony

5th seed IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam is unbeatable so far in the event.

WIM Chandreyee Hajra is looking for a podium finish. She has lost 1 game so far

Excitement is all over as we are just a day away from this event to conclude.

At the end of the 5th round, there were three players who were jointly leading the tourney and all of them hail from West Bengal.

Rank after Round 5

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Rp
16Anustoop Biswas21615,00,014,516,516,5051864
28Nath Rupankar20225,00,014,515,515,5051949
37Arpan Das21475,00,014,016,016,0052346
410Suvradeepta Das19974,50,015,017,014,7541896
55IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam21764,50,014,516,013,7541847
61GMRoy Chowdhury Saptarshi22964,50,013,516,014,5041736
716Das Monaj17684,00,015,516,511,5041564
84Singh S. Vikramjit22104,00,015,018,014,0031780
912Nepal Prakash19614,00,015,018,013,0041675
1024Arijit GhoshU1615594,00,015,017,012,0041461
1138Bapu Debbarma14314,00,014,516,512,0041781
1222Sathyanarayanan S.16044,00,014,016,011,5041536
27Dutta Umashankar15414,00,014,016,011,5041782
1417Iftikar Alom MazumdarU2017484,00,014,016,011,0041611
25Sawyan Baran De15564,00,014,016,011,0041664
16160Kinkar Roy04,00,013,516,512,5041850
1730Rahul Yadav15264,00,013,515,511,5041716
42Tanisha A R SomU14w14174,00,013,515,511,5041639
1919Soumyajit Das (Jr)U1616284,00,013,515,011,2531845
202IMMishra Neeraj-Kumar22644,00,013,514,510,5041575

Complete Standings


Note: Although this report is until round 5, at the time of publication of this article seven rounds have been completed. These are the standings:

Ranking after round 7

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Rp
18Nath Rupankar20226,50,029,031,028,0062056
27Arpan Das21476,00,031,033,527,0061923
310Suvradeepta Das19976,00,031,033,027,0051894
46Anustoop Biswas21616,00,030,534,528,5061896
55IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam21766,00,030,533,527,2551890
64Singh S. Vikramjit22106,00,029,033,027,5051850
79Singh Bhogen R K20106,00,028,531,025,7551782
81GMRoy Chowdhury Saptarshi22966,00,027,530,526,0051832
913WIMChandreyee Hajraw19276,00,027,030,025,0061567
1012Nepal Prakash19615,50,029,032,023,7551703
1121Alekhya MukhopadhyayU1216095,50,028,030,021,5051627
122IMMishra Neeraj-Kumar22645,50,028,029,022,2551633
133IMSuvrajit Saha22215,50,027,531,524,0051605
1411Singh Soram Rahul19645,50,023,524,017,0051397
1519Soumyajit Das (Jr)U1616285,00,031,032,520,7541816
16160Kinkar Roy05,00,030,534,523,5051785
1730Rahul Yadav15265,00,030,033,021,5051707
1817Iftikar Alom Mazumdar17485,00,030,033,020,5051621
1938Bapu Debbarma14315,00,029,032,021,0051755
2016Das Monaj17685,00,029,031,020,0051584


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