My Performance at 1st CCC All India Online Blitz Chess Championship

My Performance at 1st CCC All India Online Blitz Chess Championship

IM vinniethepooh

The 1st Chanakya Chess Club Online Blitz Chess Championship was played on on 7/10/2018. It was an All India tournament where a number of strong players participated. It had a time control of 3+2 blitz. India was the Social Media Partner for this tournament.

I am looking forward to more of such tournaments! It was a grand success. Know more here:

Two GMs participated in this event: RR Laxman (@INDIAN-ELEPHANT) , Diptayan Ghosh (@Wizard456) along with a number of IMs and other strong players.

Starting off, I was somewhere around the 10th seed with my blitz rating of 2408.

You can view the final standings and games of this event here:

                                                                          Round 1

       The game started with a Benoni defence, where my opponent blundered a few moves into the              opening, giving up his bishop. In the end, a nice little trap got me a rook.

Round 2

A Sicillian Najdorf occured, where White chose 6.Be2 to which I replied 6...e5. On move 11 I got a typical tactic which netted me a pawn. Later on White blundered the exchange to give me the full point.

Round 3
My opponent played the Czech Benoni, which requires some positional understanding. I was trying to break through on the queenside, while he should have done the same on the kingside, but he simply never got going.
Courtesy a few mistakes by him, my rook penetrated to the 7th rank. I later won a pawn and later just had to make sure I am not going wrong.
Round 4
I was paired with IM Mohammed Nubairshah (@nubair1198). He managed to trick me into the opening and I got a worse ending where I was slowly outplayed. Nubair played almost all best moves and took home the full point.
Round 5
My opponent began with 1.c4 to which I replied 1...e5. White played 7.e4, weakening the d3 pawn which I later won. He later blundered and I won a piece.
Round 6
At this point, I was at 4/5 and I was paired with the notorious @Khilin , who was being said to cheat by a few players. What happened in the game was surprising, as at move 7 I suddenly won. I came to know that has banned him.
Round 7
At 5/6, I was very close to the leaders. I was playing with Ajay Karthikeyan (@ajaykart). The game followed typical Benko lines where Black regained his pawn and a rook ending came on the board.
It was slightly risky for me, but I managed to hold and get the draw. A fairly balanced game!
Round 8
The game began with Alapin Sicillian where I ventured the interesting 2...Qa5!? I later managed to get the bishop pair and that, coupled with his really bad pawn structure gave me the win.
After 8 rounds the standings looked like this:
                 #1: GM @INDIAN-ELEPHANT 7.5/8
    #2: GM @Wizard456 6.5/8
    #3: IM @champ2005 6.5/8
#4: @vinniethepooh 6.5/8
followed by a bunch of players on 6/8, including @nubair1198 , whom I had previously lost to.
Round 9
It was really a case of Fire on the Board when I was matched with the top seed. Tactics flew everywhere, and that was a match I am going to remember! I won't say anything else. You can have a look at my detailed annotations for this game.
Now, with 7.5/9, I was at sole second position, behind @INDIAN-ELEPHANT who was on 8/9 and ahead of a bunch of players on 7/9.
Round 10
I was paired with the leader, @INDIAN-ELEPHANT. When the game started, he offered me a draw in 2 moves. That was sensible- after all he needed just a draw to win 1st prize.
What would I do in such a situation? My Buccholes were rather bad, but I decided to agree to the draw. Such decisions can never be said to be good or bad- it is only what you decide at that moment of time. So, I finished with 8/10.
I was watching carefully as the games of the guys on 7/9 progressed. @nubair1198 won his game and moved to 8/10. The other games were drawn.
So that meant, @INDIAN-ELEPHANT was first and either of me or @nubair1198 were second. But my Sonneborn Berger tiebreaks were worse than nubair's, so I finished third.

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