Former champions in red-hot form at Dubai Open Chess Tournament

1999 victor Vladimir Akopian and also 2011 champ Abhijeet Gupta blog post fastest victories in the 2nd round

Previous globe champion finalist Vladimir Akopian and also previous globe junior champ Abhijeet Gupta racked up the fastest victories in the 2nd round of the Dubai Open Chess Competition as both goal to come to be the initial gamer to win two times in Dubai given that English grandmaster Gawain Jones won back-to-back titles n 2016-17.

Akopian, the event’s inaugural champ in 1999, was amongst those matched versus a fellow grandmaster and also he squandered no time at all in racking up the round’s initial factor, defeating GM Rajaram Laxman of India in 26 relocations.

Gupta, that ruled below in 2011, did the same quickly, beating Iranian teen skill, Fide Master (FM) Arad Nazari, in a Ruy Lopez video game.

” It would certainly behave to win it once again after ten years,” Gupta informs Khaleej Times, yet explaining that returning right into kind is his primary objective. “I simply intend to play great chess due to the fact that I have not been playing that well of late. I simply really feel that if you play great chess, good ideas will certainly take place.”

Gupta, possessing the black items, went with a very early queen sortie versus Nazari’s Exchange variant of the Ruy Lopez, and after that followed it up by castling queenside and also letting loose a hostile pawn press to g5 for a full-blown kingside strike.

The setting continued to be double-edged till the Iranian made a decision to trade diocesans, a relocation Gupta criticised, exposing that white’s ideal opportunity to maintain the video game dynamically well balanced was to release a straight attack versus black’s king.

The video game continued to a huge liquidation of items and also an endgame where Gupta’s 2 queenside passed pawns showed crucial.

Faced by Rajaram Laxman’s unsafe Torre Assault, Akopian came well-prepared versus the Indian grandmaster’s animal line, reacting by fianchettoing his kingside diocesan and also putting his queen to the e8-square, staying clear of the unsafe pin that is the hallmark of the Torre Assault.

Laxman began to shed the string a loads relocates right into the video game when he surrendered the diocesan set, and after that inexplicably enabled the previous Fide knockout globe chess champion finalist to win an item in the kingside on the 17th action.

Akopian’s benefit raised to a complete rook when Laxman determined to call it a video game on the 26th action.

While lots of acquainted names, consisting of top-seed GM Alexandr Predke of Russia, GM Arjun Erigaisi and also GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa of India, likewise won and also signed up with Gupta and also Akopian in the lead with 2 factors, the round likewise saw its initial leading 10 gamer going down with a loss.

GM Sandro Mareco, seeded 5th in the event, was beat by one more gifted Iranian teen, FM Seyed Kian Poormosavi, that responded to the Argentinian grandmaster’s Sicilian Support with a seldom-played variant where white presses a pawn to the b3-square and also fianchettoes his diocesan in the queenside.

The video game continued to be well balanced however, till Mareco decreased a rep of relocations, which would certainly have led to a draw, and also rather enabled an exchange of queens.

The resulting endgame was easily far better for the Iranian, that slowly raised his benefit secured on his effective set of diocesans and also strong hold on the open d-file.

In a small distress, third-seed GM Amin Tabatabaei of Iran was held to a draw by Uzbekistan teen FM Mukhiddin Madaminov, while Olympiad silver medallist GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, the nine seed, chosen a draw with IM Julien Track of France.

The 3rd round will certainly begin at 5pm on Monday at the Dubai Chess and also Society Club.

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