Calcutta: Grandmaster Nigel Short, the top seed in the 19th International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament, being held at Gorky Sadan, was held by GM Sundararajan Kidambi from India in the first round, on Tuesday.
In a Caro Kann game, Englishman Short, who had played the World Championship final against Garry Kasparov in 1993, broke open the castled king side of Kidambi on 19th move.
After nine moves, Short exchanged the queens, leaving the more disadvantageous pawn islands to Kidambi.
Short managed to get two pawns, leading to a rook versus rook and two isolated pawns ending. Though Short managed to cut his opponent’s king approaching his marching pawn, Kidambi defended accurately to earn half-a-point from the game.
Local boy IM Dipatayan Ghosh began the meet on a winning note, defeating FM Aminul Islam from Bangladesh.
GM Neelotpal Das and national women’s champion Mary Ann Gomes, who are also from the state, too recorded resounding victories over their respective opponents on the opening day.
Like Short, the second-seeded Sergey Fedorchuk of Ukraine was held by courageous Maharashtra youngster Kathmale Sameer in a 63-move game.
Fedorchuk gave up his knight, with an aim to promote his pawn to a new piece, but Kathmale gave back the knight to force a draw.
Third seeded Russian GM Konstantin Landa, however, fared better as he outplayed Rathnakaran. Rathnakaran of Railways lost a bishop very quickly, allowing Konstantin to exchange pieces at will.
Though Rathnakaran had four connected pawns in the end game, Landa’s outside passer pawn on b-file, supported by the extra knight fetched a point to Landa.
Former under-16 world champion GM B. Adhiban defeated Akshat Kamparia in just 25 moves.