Delhi Dynamite starts with a draw against Mumbai Movers
Aradhya Garg was Dynamite’s unlikely hero as the team clung on for a half-point in an impressive 8-8 draw at PRO Chess League on Thursday.
Each match is a set of four all-play-all rounds. The first round was drawn while Mumbai took the lead by winning the second round. Delhi came back into contention by winning the third round.
The match drawn after three rounds, all three results were possible going into round four. The pressure was high and untitled Aradhya Garg faced higher rated IM Harshit Raja on board four. Both the players were winning the game at different points. The nerve wrecking game left worldwide spectators and chess.com commentators to root for “the underdog”.
In the end, the game was a draw and the match was a thrilling 8-8 draw.
Team celebrating after hard fought games.
Dynamite’s star player GM Abhijeet Gupta showcased outstanding form, scoring 3.5 out of 4 rounds. Abhijeet made a great start to the Dynamite’s campaign.
Abhijeet commented, “It was pretty tense. In the end, Aradhya’s game was a nerve breaking draw for us. Credit goes to Mumbai for drawing against us.”
Speaking about his own regal performance, he said, “Personally, some of my games were pretty clean. The game I drew against GM Abhijit Kunte was very complicated. In the end, maybe he could have played for a win as well. Other than that, I think my games were pretty good.”
The grandmaster admitted that some decisions in the fourth round were too costly. He said, “After seeing games of other boards, I took some unnecessary risks in a pretty decent position against Abhimayu Puranik. The risky play cost me the game and eventually I lost. Nevertheless, it was a fun experience to play for Delhi.”
Live Commentators of the Eastern Divison GM Simon Williams and IM Anna Rudolf cheered for the “underdog”.
But after falling behind early and mounting a comeback, it can be safely said that Delhi snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat. Cheer for Delhi Dynamite as the team takes on Oslo Trolls on January 25 in this second edition of the Pro Chess League.