Five players score 7/8

The event of the Tata Steel Chess Festival is generally a tournament that everyone has been waiting for. Despite the strong field and generous prize fund, players know that winners have something special going for them. For the last several years, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to take the first steps in the main event. Few winners are able to do so. This time, however, as it was Tata Steel Chess India’s biggest event, the three festival champions were summoned to receive their prizes once again at the closing ceremony of the main event. Getting the first prize ahead of Vishy Anand and the world’s best players participating this year is certainly a big boost for the winners.

Champion – IM Neelash Saha 7/8 | Photo: Lennart Ootes

IM Neelash Saha is the winner of Tata Steel Chess Festival 2022 All India Rapid Rating Open | Video: ChessBase India

IM Neelash Saha received his prize from GM Dibyendu Barua during the first prize distribution, immediately after the | event Photo: Sumit Roy

Neelash went 7/8 unbeaten and earned 10.6 points Elo rating

Runner-up – Subhayan Kundu 7/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

Second Runner-up – IM Aronyak Ghosh 7/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

Top Three Finishers (Left to Right) – 2nd Subhayan Kundu, 1st IM Neelash Saha and 3rd IM Aronyak Ghosh, with Chief Arbitrator – IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo | Photo: Sumit Roy

4th Kaustuv Kundu 7/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

Swapan 5th Partner 7/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

Even at the age of 62, Swapan Mitra put in an excellent performance scoring 7/8 without drawing a single draw. His love for chess is evident when he plays on the chessboard.

6th IM Utsab Chatterjee 6.5/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

7th FM R Aswath 6/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

8th WIM Arpita Mukherjee 6/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

9 Anustoop Biswas 6/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

I secured tenth position. 16 players from seventh to 22nd score 6/8 each. My tie-break turned out to be good enough to make up my best top-ten finish in an open fast ranking tournament recently. I of course took part in the tournament, took photos and captured the interesting moments which you can see in the video gallery of this report.

Shahid – Bishal, Chapter 4

position after 1…a3

Before the tournament, I read GM Avetik Grigoryan’s blog on lichess – It’s never too late to retire in chess. It was originally published on his website, ChessMood. After releasing the exchange, I was properly compensated. However, I dropped a strong d-pawn and ended up having an isolated escaped pawn on e4 instead of a connected one. I thought about resigning many times because it would save time for me to have some other interesting moments since I couldn’t make them myself. It turned out that my game and one of my neighbor’s games in the same round was one of the most exciting. Unfortunately, both of them escaped from the camera. The article about ‘It’s never too late to resign’ was in my mind. So I was like, okay let’s play a few more moves, I’ll resign when there’s no semblance of anything left in that position. When my opponent plays a3, suddenly prospects b4, Rb1, Rxb7+ seem attractive. Of course, I knew that I would still lose but it couldn’t hurt to try. After all, I play tournaments to use the inspiration I get from the World Class players who are playing. Earlier in the day – Mamedyarov won an instant classic, Once showing his beautiful endgame technique against Nakamura, Anna Muzychuk played with his usual daring style, even though he had yet to score full points. If I can’t play creatively like my favorites like Tal, Dubov, Duda, Ivanchuk, Rapport and Anna Muzychuk then what’s the point of playing tournaments?

I continue 2.b4 Qxb4 3.Rb1 Qc5 4.Rxb7+ Kh6 this immediately gave me some ideas of future Bg8, Rh7# mating. I feel that realizing it is so impossible. Little did I know that the idea would become my saving grace. 5.Bc4 Qf2 6.Nd1 Qf1+ 7.Qxf1 Rxf1 8.Kg2 I can’t take a rook on f1 because a2 will quickly solve everything for me. 8…Rxd1 9.Bg8 the last trick I have. I’m thinking he’ll go 9…Be7 10.Rxe7 g5 and there really isn’t much left to fight. She goes 9…Be3 10.h4 g5 and up to my last seconds somehow I managed to play 11.Rxh7+ and hit the clock, preventing lost on time. Three pieces down, my opponent was kind enough to understand my desperate attempt to save the game. 11…Kg6 12.h5+ Kf6 13.Rf7+ Ke5 14.Rf5+ Kxe4 15.Rxa5 and it’s still a draw. Bishal Basak (1659) who is a nice guy, was devastated because I made a crazy save from a completely lost position and my confidence level was quite high compared to a few seconds ago. I then won the game by having g and h-passing pawns in the opposite color bishop endgame. Yes, I deliberately swapped rooks because the resulting endgame win for me which I carefully calculated with ease.

Bishal Basak won first prize in the 1401-1800 Rating Category | Photo: Sumit Roy

11th Shaon Chowdhury 8/6 | Photo: Sumit Roy

12th WCM Bristy Mukherjee 6/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

The 13th Niladri Sekhar Bhattacharya 8/6 | Photo: Sumit Roy

14th Praloy Sahoo 8/6 | Photo: Sumit Roy

15th Anurag Jaiswal 6/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

16th Puspal Data 8/6 | Photo: Sumit Roy

17th Agnivo Chakraborty 8/6 | Photo: Sumit Roy

18th Sumit Roy 6/8

19th Debasish Mukherjee 8/6 | Photo: Shahid Ahmad

20th Arpan Das 6/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

1st Best Woman – WIM Chandreyee Hajra 6/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

2nd Best Woman – Mrinalini Dhar 4.5/8 | Photo: Sumit Roy

The tournament hall at The National Library of India is covered with Tata Steel Chess India branding, such as the Tata Steel Chess event which took place in the Netherlands | Photo: Shahid Ahmad

For more photos, click here.

Video Gallery

Final Board doesn’t mean game is on tilt – Alakxya vs Yuvraj | Video: ChessBase India

Passed Pawns in Endgame are usually stronger than Bishops – Eshan vs Ayushi | Video: ChessBase India

Bishop becomes Furniture in Three Pawns Continuous Continuous vs Knight Endgame – Srijan vs Anantajit | Video: ChessBase India

Draw Bidding Confusion – Extra Pawns in Pawn Ending may not always result in a win – Ayudh vs Subhas | Video: ChessBase India

Bishop vs Rook Endgame with Amazing Finish – IM Utsab vs Chiranjit | Video: ChessBase India

Rook and Bishop vs Rook are hard enough to Hold in Reality – Rounaq vs Arindam | Video: ChessBase India

Some Strongholds Are Difficult to Penetrate – Anustoop vs Subhabrata | Video: ChessBase India

Two Rooks Helpless Against Queen & Two Pawns – Shreyaskar vs Adhiraj | Video: ChessBase India

Rook and Reverse Bishop Endgame with Unexpected Finish – Suvayan vs Sharanyak | Video: ChessBase India

More interesting games will be shared soon. Stay here.

Final standings

Rk. SNo Name sex gr EAT Rtg Club/City Points TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 2 I Neelasha Saha ENG 2346 WB 7 42 46 39.25 0 6
2 6 Subhayan Kundu ENG 2207 WB 7 39.5 43 37,25 0 6
3 1 I Aronyak Ghosh ENG 2421 WB 7 39 43.5 37.00 0 6
4 5 Kaustuv Kundu ENG 2208 WB 7 38.5 41.5 34.50 0 7
5 13 Swap Partners ENG 2066 WB 7 35.5 39 33.00 0 7
6 3 Utsab Chatterjee ENG 2245 WB 6,5 39.5 43.5 34.50 0 5
7 4 FM Aswath R. ENG 2240 TN 6 41.5 45.5 32,25 0 5
8 11 WIM Arpita Mukherjee w ENG 2138 WB 6 38 41.5 27.50 0 6
9 8 Anustoop Biswas ENG 2186 WB 6 37.5 41.5 29.75 0 5
10 21 AGMS Shahid Ahmad SK ENG 1823 WB 6 37.5 41 28,25 0 5
11 19 Shaon Chowdhury ENG 1893 WB 6 36.5 40.5 28.50 0 6
12 24 WCM Bristy Mukherjee w ENG 1715 WB 6 36.5 40 28.50 0 6
13 20 Bhattacharya Niladri Shekhar ENG 1827 WB 6 36.5 40 28.50 0 5
14 10 Pralo Saho ENG 2141 WB 6 35.5 39 28.50 0 6
15 18 Anurag Jaiswal ENG 1916 WB 6 35.5 39 26,25 0 5
16 53 Puspal Datta ENG 1394 WB 6 35.5 39 26.00 0 6
17 62 Chakraborty Agnivo ENG 1304 WB 6 35 37.5 26.00 0 6
18 27 North Sumatra Roy ENG 1685 WB 6 35 37 24.00 0 6
19 14 Debasish Mukherjee ENG 2013 WB 6 34 38 27.50 0 6
20 16 Arpan Das ENG 1952 WB 6 34 37.5 27.00 0 6

Complete standings




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