Monday, 8 January 2018

Mumbai closing ceremony rounds 8&9

Mumbai 2018

Seventeen year old Iranian GM Maghsoodloo Parham drew his last round game with Italian GM Alberto David to clinch first place. He has a very aggressive,  swashbuckling style which impressed everyone.

Alberto and GM Timor Gareyev finished second and third respectively on 7.5, followed by a whole bunch of players on 7 points. The full list can be viewed on 

Excellent articles and pictures of this event and other Indian tournaments can be viewed on the Chessbase India website.

Since there were lots of professional  journalists there I kept my amateur efforts to a minimum, but had to show you this cute video of the little kids dancing.

Vishvanathan Anand, the newly crowned World rapid champion was a special guest, just arriving back in India that day. He gave a simul before the ceremony and gave a short speech to cheering fans.

My own tournament ended as unspectacular as it started with two draws, one from a losing position, the other a winning one.

Round 8.

Since I was playing a sweetly smiling 13 year old girl I thought I'd confuse her with an offset opening, the Nimzowitch defence. Her play, however, was anything but sweet as she proceeded to rip my position to shreds. I only just escaped into a pawn down room ending, which, after twists and turns, I managed to draw by triple repetition, due to her time trouble.


Round 9

Another junior, this time an incessant sniffler. I finally managed to play decently for most of the game, but after reaching an easily winning, exchange up ending, I hesitated, and instead of just putting a rook on a1 and pushing my past a pawn, I overcomplicated the process, in the end blundering a rook to a knight fork. Luckily enough, I was so much ahead, that it was still drawn.

Not my finest result, but...swings and roundabouts.

At least the Masala dosa was waiting for me, and a new discovery. Avocado milkshakes! 😉

So my flight back home, via KL, leaves tonight. I have 12 hours to stuff myself with fine Malaysian cuisine before hitting Aussie beaches. 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Problem Solved! ChessBomb to the rescue. Mumbai Round 5,6,7.

I have been too lazy to input my games in the last few rounds. It started in round 5 when my opponent played until Mate. Also, the demonstration a few days ago delayed the round by a few hours and we got back very late...and to be honest I wasn't enthusiastic enough about demonstrating them to you.

Today I was motivated to at least find out how I only drew a position I felt was overwhelming. While looking for a computer evaluation without too much effort, on ChessBomb, I saw an "embed" button. Could this mean what I think it means? Oh, yes, yes it does. A simple copy&paste method of showing the games with little effort on both your part and mine 😀

The last few days I have been minimising the discomfort of getting to the tournament hall and back. and have taken UBER's or Rickshaws. This required taking a backpack and my tablet with me so I am able to bring you a few pictures of the tournament hall.

Oh yeh, there is also a great restaurant near the playing venue called Kailash Sarovar. I cannot remember anything better than the Pista (Pistachio) Milkshake I had there. The Palak Paneer and Garlic Naan were first class as well.

Back to the venue.

It is a nice hall, and all or most of the games are broadcast live. If there were just six inches more room between the boards, at least enough to fit the scoresheets...

There is ample space for parents outside the playing hall. Food, drinks, and chess stuff is for sale at very reasonable prices.

Parents are allowed in before the round starts but are then asked to leave. Good move India!

Now to the last few games.

Round 5

I played a talented young girl who had some good results. Am also not sure where she went wrong. By the time we got to the ending her position was difficult. I have noticed that a few of the Indian youngsters play until Mate. Maybe there is a coach around that advocates that.

Round 6

Quite a smooth game but I was perplexed by my opponent allowing the knight fork instead of just playing Rc1. Yes, not pretty but worse than giving an exchange for...what exactly?

Round 7

This, today's game,  was particularly annoying. 14.Nb5 gives white an excellent position but I started looking for the instant knockout blow instead of just building pressure. The little brat kept playing with his chocolate cookie packet, clicking his pen, etc, and most annoyingly, finding only moves not to lose immediately. 

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Riots in Mumbai & round 4

Riots in Mumbai

Some games were delayed and others couldn't take place at all because traffic and public transport were not functional in some areas of the city. Yesterday was the 200th anniversary of the
One group of people celebrate this battle while another group oppose it. The history is quite interesting. Apparently, there is a call for some shops to be closed today but our area seems
quiet so far.

I have done little exploring so far except late morning walks around the neighbourhood. Here are a few more impressions for you.

These cows seem to be regulars outside a restaurant around the corner. The weird thing, about Cows, Pigs and Goats, is that they wander around unescorted. They all seem to know where they are going and nobody bothers them. Traffic just moves around. Looks Bizarre.

There are all kinds of different dwellings n close proximity. Luxury apartments, to tents. These semi-detached dwellings caught my eye because they were the most colourful.

Just off the main road one finds quiet tree-lined avenues

The Maternity hospital could use a paint job. 

Round 4

Until now I have been doing ok with black but chose a suspect line of the Alekhine's defence, departing from my resolution to play classical chess in the hope of a quick game against a lower rated player so I don't have to sit on those kindergarten chairs for too long. Well, that part worked ok. it was a short game but now the result hoped for. My play was uninspired and rushed. 15....Na6 meets the demands of the position much better than Nd7 and then I tried to open the position with no space and uncoordinated pieces. My fidgety junior opponent took advantage with natural moves.

Five long rounds to go...   

[Event "Mumbai International GM Open"]
[Site "Mumbai"]
[Date "2018.01.02"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Sarvesh, Kumar"]
[Black "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1877"]
[BlackElo "2370"]
[ECO "B04o"]
[EventDate "2017.12.30"]

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 Bg7 7.Ng5 d5 8.a4
h6 9.a5 Nc4 10.Nf3 b5 11.Nc3 c6 12.Bxc4 bxc4 13.O-O Bg4 14.b3 cxb3
15.cxb3 Nd7 16.b4 O-O 17.h3 Bxf3 18.Qxf3 e6 19.Ba3 Qh4 20.Qd3 Kh7 21.
f4 f6 22.b5 Rfc8 23.Be7 Re8 24.Bd6 Rec8 25.Rab1 c5 26.b6 axb6 27.axb6
cxd4 28.b7 dxc3 29.bxa8=Q Rxa8 30.Rb7 Nf8 31.exf6 1-0

update!! A report just came in that some shops are closing in our area. If you don't hear from me again, its been fun :=)

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year from Mumbai, rounds 1&2&3.


I was having a little whine about morning rounds in Bhopal as we were leaving for the airport, for our flight to Mumbai, and Suat Atilik said to me "stop complaining, everything here was wonderful, in a few days you will miss it. Bhopal Bhopal" I laughed it off as just another one of his crazy statements. (a disturbing number of which turn out to be correct)

Within 48 hours I had to swallow my laughter as he turned out to be correct. This tournament is much stronger, has only one game per day and all the games start in the afternoon. Also, the hotel is more modern, shower instead of a bucket. The flipside is that the venue requires transport, in an old bus, through the traffic in Mumbai. While this is regular, the return journey requires waiting around until enough players have finished to fill it. This chews up several hours every day.

The worst is the venue. After the spacious, airy, hall in Bhopal, we are playing in the 3rd basement level of a prestigious, basically a converted carpark. The air is stuffy and anyone with a mild case of claustrophobia can suffer some anxiety. Am such a person.

The worst part is the seating arrangements. The boards are so close together that the scoresheets don't fit between the boards so the inventive ones fold them in half and others have them on their lap. The chairs are tiny and there is little room under the low table to put one's legs. This somehow escaped someones attention of an otherwise well-organised event, but since all the wiring for the DGT boards is in place, it is impossible to do anything now. 

For next year a much larger venue has been booked, hopefully above ground. Nothing to do now but try to survive another six rounds without any more disasters like in round 1. 

Ville Parle

Is the name of the suburb, next to the airport, where our hotel, the Hotel Avion is located. The picture below is the only example of two L spelling I could find. The other spelling has been a constant source of amusement for me. Sorry Jackie, Hughston, but small things amuse small minds :-)

The local railway station. 

On many street corners, various people are honoured. Often not translated into English unfortunately.

Tuk-tuks crossing in random directions. Traffic lights and zebra crossings are largely decorational in most of India.

A view from the rail overpass. Fruit here is widely available but with Australian prices. 

Round 1. 

I really lost it before this game even started when I saw the seating conditions. Things got worse when the first leg cramps arrived and I had to basically play standing up. Still nothing serious until move 14. My plan was to go back to f3 (14.Nf3) and force through d4&e5. Suddenly I thought, why not just take the pawn back first. Two moves later white is probably just lost. 

[Event "Mumbai International GM Open"]
[Site "Mumbai"]
[Date "2017.12.30"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Black "Balkishan, A"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2370"]
[BlackElo "2043"]
[ECO "A16"]
[EventDate "2017.12.30"]

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 b6 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.O-O O-O 7.Bc2 Re8 8.
a3 Nd4 9.b4 Bf8 10.d3 a5 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Ne2 axb4 13.Nxd4 bxa3 14.Nb5
c6 15.Nxa3 d5 16.exd5 Bd6 17.d4 cxd5 18.cxd5 Qe7 19.Qf3 Bg4 20.Qb3
Be2 21.Re1 Ng4 22.g3 Qf6 23.Be3 Rxe3 24.Qxe3 Nxe3 25.Rxe2 Nxc2 0-1

Round 2

I had two choices, try to calm down or spit the dummy and go home. Any other tournament, where the hosts had not previously displayed such hospitality, and I would have left before the first round had even started. Here, where chessplayers are treated so well, I decided on the former option. 

One old friend (who I shall not name publicly, came to the rescue with some good Indian Whisky. I was able to win my first game since round 6 in Bhopal. I cannot be too proud of this achievement though as my opponent was very cooperative. 

[Event "Mumbai International GM Open"]
[Site "Mumbai"]
[Date "2017.12.31"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Nikhil, Magizhnan"]
[Black "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2017"]
[BlackElo "2370"]
[ECO "A01"]
[EventDate "2018.01.30"]

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.c4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.e4 d6 7.d3 O-O 8.Nge2
a5 9.h3 Nd7 10.Nd5 Nc5 11.Qd2 f5 12.f3 Be6 13.Ba3 Rf7 14.Bxc5 dxc5
15.O-O-O Nd4 16.Ndc3 c6 17.Nxd4 cxd4 18.Nb1 b5 19.c5 b4 20.Kb2 a4 21.
Qxb4 axb3 22.a3 Rfa7 23.g4 Ra4 24.Qd2 f4 25.h4 Qe7 26.Ka1 Qxc5 27.Qb2
Rxa3+ 28.Nxa3 Rxa3+ 29.Kb1 Ra2 30.Rh2 Rxb2+ 31.Rxb2 Bf8 32.Rc1 Qb5
33.Rh2 Bb4 34.h5 Bc3 35.hxg6 hxg6 36.Rh6 Qa4 0-1

Round 3

I am not exactly sure what is happening with my white play. The natural 10.h3 just gives white a nice advantage. Instead, after 14.d5 white is just lost. 15...c6 and all my queenside will just fall apart. I cannot even see a way to confuse the issue. Instead, my opponent tried to mate me and didn't quite succeed. Maybe 1.a3?

[Event "Mumbai International GM Open"]
[Site "Mumbai"]
[Date "2018.01.01"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Black "Sudarshan, Bhat"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C47c"]
[EventDate "2017.12.30"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Be2 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.O-O Be7 7.Bb5 Nxc3
8.bxc3 Qd6 9.Re1 Bg4 10.a4 Qf6 11.d4 O-O 12.Bxc6 Qxc6 13.Qd3 f6 14.d5
Qd7 15.c4 Bc5 16.Ba3 Bxa3 17.Qxa3 Qf5 18.Nh4 Qh5 19.Qg3 g5 20.h3 Bd7
21.Nf3 Rf7 22.Nd2 Rg7 23.a5 Rf8 24.c5 Qf7 25.Qb3 b6 26.axb6 axb6 27.
cxb6 cxb6 28.Ra7 Qh5 29.Nf1 g4 30.Ng3 Qg5 31.hxg4 Qxg4 32.Qxb6 h5 33.
Re4 Qd1+ 34.Kh2 Qxd5 35.Rh4 Qd2 36.Qb3+ Kh7 37.Nxh5 Qg5 38.g3 1-0

Another day another game. The only place with room is board 1 on the stage but that is still many wins away... 

Friday, 29 December 2017

Bhopal prizegiving ceremony, rounds 9 & 10

Nguyen Duc Hoa claims first prize in the inaugural Bhopal GM Open. I was just checking the rest of the tournament for the first time as I had not been aware of his presence until the ceremony. He defeated second seed Ivan Rozum in the final round.  

Comparing their respective scorecards is quite amusing, although perhaps not for Ivan. Congrats to the winner though, you can only beat those with whom you are paired. He finished half a point ahead of the field on 8.5/10

Second place went to Malaysia's Yeoh Li Tian, who played a relatively strong field and went through unscathed. Countback helped him to the top of the heap of payers on 8.

Tran Tuan Minh was the player who stopped Timur Gareyev's locomotive and took third.

GM Suat Atalik, a seasoned professional, made a few quick draws in the middle of the event to conserve his energy and win the last round to secure fourth place. Shailesh Dravid 5th, and Adam Tukhaev 6th, rounded off the players on 8. 

Some of the foreign titled players fared less well in the latter half of the tournament. Timur Gareyev, who cruised to 5/5, gave an 11 board blindfold exhibition, then scored half a point from his next  3 games. Alberto David, pictured below enjoying local cuisine with Inna Iasman, lost three on the trot before scraping a win in the final round to finish 34th.

I will try to forget this tournament after doing even worse than Alberto, only making two draws from the last four rounds, finishing out of the very long prize pool. My last round opponent was winning when he offered me a draw, obviously in deference to my (undeserved) title and rating.

It seems that conserving energy is very important in these events with double rounds and morning rounds. Being young may help as well. Maybe not playing in them would be a wise choice.

Mumbai, where I am now, has one round a day, all in the afternoon, and only nine rounds. I have 11.8 rating points to recover and this time there are only 15 prizes instead of the 50 in Bhopal. 

Here are the horrid last two games. I again failed to use the ChessBase replayer. It's much more complicated than the one I used to use at You have to remove text, paste, take lines of code, put them somewhere.....arrgghhhhh. After many attempts, I gave up.

[Event "Bhopal GM Open"]
[Site "Bhopal"]
[Date "2017.12.27"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Black "Patik, Praktik"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2370"]
[BlackElo "2199"]
[ECO "B40k"]
[EventDate "2017.12.21"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Bg5 Qa5+ 5.c3 Nc6 6.b4 Qc7 7.b5 h6 8.Bd2
Ne5 9.cxd4 Nc4 10.Qc2 d5 11.Ne5 Bd7 12.Nxc4 Rc8 13.Nc3 dxc4 14.Be2
Nf6 15.O-O Be7 16.a4 O-O 17.f4 Rfd8 18.Bf3 Be8 19.Be3 Bb4 20.g4 a6
21.g5 hxg5 22.fxg5 Nh7 23.e5 Bxc3 24.Qxc3 axb5 25.axb5 Bxb5 26.g6
fxg6 27.Bg4 Qe7 28.Bc1 Bc6 29.Ba3 Qg5 30.Qg3 Bd5 31.h4 Qd2 32.Rad1
Qc2 33.Bh3 Qb3 34.Qxb3 cxb3 35.Rf2 Rc2 36.Bf1 Ra8 37.Bd6 Be4 38.Bg2
Rxf2 39.Bxe4 Rf4 40.Bxb7 Ra7 41.Bc8 b2 42.Bxe6+ Kh8 0-1

[Event "Bhopal GM Open"]
[Site "Bhopal"]
[Date "2017.12.28"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Panda, Sambit"]
[Black "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2005"]
[BlackElo "2370"]
[ECO "E11k"]
[EventDate "2017.12.21"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 c5 5.Bxb4 cxb4 6.g3 O-O 7.Bg2 d6 8.
O-O a5 9.a3 Na6 10.Nbd2 Qc7 11.Qb3 e5 12.axb4 Nxb4 13.Rfc1 Re8 14.
dxe5 dxe5 15.Ng5 Bg4 16.Qe3 Bd7 17.Nde4 Ng4 18.Qc5 Bc6 19.h3 ( 19.Nd6
b6 20.Nxe8 Rxe8 21.Bxc6 bxc5 22.Bxe8 Qe7 23.Bxf7+ Kf8 24.h4 h6 25.
Rxa5 hxg5 26.Bh5 Qd7 ) 19...Nh6 20.Qd6 Qe7 21.Qxe7 Rxe7 22.Nd6 f6 23.
Nge4 f5 24.Nd2 Rd7 ( 24...e4 25.c5 ) 25.c5 Bxg2 26.Kxg2 Rc7 27.Nb3

Mumbai report coming up next!

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Bizarre days in Bhopal Rounds 7&8

Indian Kareoke Christmas

Oh, Tannenbaum, oh Tannenbaum, wie gruen sind deine blaetter...etc
This German Christmas song was my contribution to the Christmas Kareoky at the Hotel Kanta Shrawan Palace, where we are both staying and playing. Timur Gareyev sang a sang in Russian and David Bennett, also from the USA sang a Hanuka song. Our contributions were mercifully short. 

The Indians were represented by a professional singer, a Bank Director (sponsor), a former tabletennis champion, who promised me a game, and the wife of the tournament organiser, Mr Kapil Saxena. The Lady of the lakes, as well as all the other Indians put us to shame with their voices.

Ambulance Deathrace

If that sounds surreal then todays Incident was downright bizarre. I have had a cold for several days now and welcomed the offer to consult a doctor. I also informed him that for several weeks I have had a blocked ear. Although I mentioned that it was definitly not serious, a consultation with an E.N.T specialist was arranged. I amused myself by playing blitz with some local kids, two of whom belonged to the good doctor who had arranged my appointment.

Imagine my surprise when an ambuance arrived (converted mini-van)! Three of the organisers joined the two paramedics and driver and all seven of us sped off to the hospital with siren blazing at death defying speed through the crowded and chaotic streets of Bhopal. The only explanation I can think of is that the driver had seen my game from today and must have thought that anyone that plays so badly can only have minutes to live! 

To my amazement we arrived without without death or even severe injury to anyone. Just some dizzyness and nausea from all the speedbumps which were totally ignored. I was then ushered into a consultation room to see a doctor, with my entourage in attendance. I was then examined by a doctor who reminded me of the female incarnation of the Bhudda from the tv show Monkey. After a thorough examination she diagnosed me with a middle ear infection, prescribed me three different types of medication, and we took our leave.

We were promised a more sedate return home, and although our new driver promised, after a few hundred metres, when we encountered traffic, he also was unable to restrain himself, turned on the siren and off we went.....

Next time I have a minor ailment in India, I think I'll just suffer in silence. 

Round 7 

I am again able to present games to you in replayer form thanks to instruction from Sagar Shah, journalist for Chessbase India. I will try to reenter the games lost from my previous replayer if I can find them..and when I get around to it.

This game was particularily annoying as it featured some of my perpetual weaknesses. 20...Kh7 is obviously played with the intention of continuing with f5. My first thought was to stop it with 21.Qa2, retaining a slight advantage and a pleasant position. Instead I gambled, miscalculated and with 25.Bd5 blundered into a mate. I had only calculated 25.... Qg5, forgetting that c2 is no longer covered.

Round 8

Todays game was even more painful evn though I drew. 19.Nd2 allowed black complete control and Black entered the ending exchange and pawn ahead. I got careless and thought I must be winning the pawn ending with the spare tempo, without calculating. Stupid, stupid , stupid! 

[Event "Bhopal GM Open"] [Site "Bhopal"] [Date "2017.12.25"] [Round "7"] [White "Wohl, Aleksandar"] [Black "Sangma, R"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2370"] [BlackElo "2311"] [ECO "C77c"] [EventDate "2017.12.21"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.Nc3 d6 8.a4 Rb8 9.axb5 axb5 10.Nd5 Bg4 11.c3 h6 12.Be3 Bxe3 13.fxe3 Nxd5 14.Bxd5 Ne7 15.Bb3 Ng6 16.O-O O-O 17.Qe1 Qd7 18.Ra7 Ra8 19.Qa1 Rxa7 20.Qxa7 Kh7 21.d4 f5 22.exf5 Qxf5 23.dxe5 Bxf3 24.gxf3 Nh4 25.Bd5 Qg6+ 0-1 [Event "Bhopal GM Open"] [Site "Bhopal"] [Date "2017.12.26"] [Round "8"] [White "Saurabh, Anand"] [Black "Wohl, Aleksandar"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2241"] [BlackElo "2370"] [ECO "C45c"] [EventDate "2017.12.21"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4+ 5.c3 Be7 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 Nf6 8.O-O d5 9.Nd2 O-O 10.h3 Nd7 11.Nf3 Nc5 12.Qc2 Nxd3 13.Qxd3 a5 14.Re1 Ba6 15.Qc2 Re8 16.Bf4 Bd6 17.e5 Bf8 18.Rad1 Qc8 19.Nd2 Re6 20. Bg3 Rg6 21.Kh2 c5 22.c4 d4 23.f4 Qd7 24.Qd3 Bb7 25.Rf1 f5 26.a4 Be7 27.Rg1 Rf8 28.b3 Rb6 29.Rde1 h6 30.Rgf1 Qe8 31.Re2 Qh5 32.Ree1 Rg6 33.Qe2 Qxe2 34.Rxe2 Re6 35.h4 Bc6 36.Rc1 Kh7 37.Kg1 Rg6 38.Kf2 Rg4 39.Nf3 g5 40.hxg5 hxg5 41.Rh1+ Kg7 42.fxg5 Bxg5 43.Nxg5 Rxg5 44.Rg1 Rg4 45.e6 f4 46.Bh2 Rh8 47.e7 Kf7 48.e8=Q+ Bxe8 49.Kf3 Rhh4 50.Rxe8 Kxe8 51.Re1+ Kd7 52.Rd1 Rxh2 53.Kxg4 Rxg2+ 54.Kxf4 Re2 55.Rd3 Rc2 56. Ke4 Rc3 57.Rxc3 dxc3 58.Kd3 Ke6 59.Kxc3 Ke5 60.Kd3 Kf4 61.Kd2 Ke4 62. Ke2 Kf4 63.Kd2 Kf3 64.Kd3 Kf4 65.Kd2 1/2-1/2

Anyway tomorrow is another day. It cant get any weirder...or can it?

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Second double round day in Bhopal. rounds 5&6

Before we turn to the chess, let me show you some more pictures of the lake we went to yesterday. I, and everyone else, am having big internet issues, as the wi-fi in the Hotel is intermittant at best and even when it is half working, is very slow. I also have a local sim, which is supposed to provide me with a Gig a day but seems to run out very quick. No, I am not watching any videos or doing anything else that is data intensive. 

I have disabled dropbox so the remaining suspect is this annoying Windows onedrive, which I have so far not been able to delete from my computer. Tomorrow is a single round day so I'll see if it is possible. Meanwhile, here are a couple of snaps I was unable to upload yesterday. My attempt now is to simply turn off mobile data while writing. Lets see if that works.

This lake is very busy, with lots of boats and people. Unfortunatly not one of the cities many lakes is clean enough for swimming. 

The train is some sort of attraction that one buys tickets for but I didn't find out what. Maybe a restaurant? Anyway, lets get to the chess.

Round 5

GM Timur Gareyev, who also writes a blog, holds the world record for simultaneous blind games, at 48 played, winning 35, drawing 7 and losing only 6. His opponents strength averaged about 1700 with some as high as 2200. Truly an impressive feat.

I didn't get much time to prepare because of the excursion but since Timur plays everything it wouldn't have made much sense anyway. I played a line of the Ponziani, which has served me well but burned half an hour calculating 8.Ne5, desperately trying to make it work. It doesn't give white anything in this particular position. I missed my chance for a small edge with 14.d4. Flank attacks should be met with a strike in the centre. A few more passive moves and his pieces slithered into my kingside. Oh well, 2600's at 10am are never pushovers.

[Event "Bhopal GM Open"]
[Site "Bhopal"]
[Date "2017.12.24"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Black "Gareyev, Timur"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2370"]
[BlackElo "2606"]
[ECO "C44k"]
[EventDate "2017.12.21"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Nbd2 a5 6.Be2 Bc5 7.O-O O-O 8.
Qc2 Re8 9.Nb3 Be7 10.a4 h6 11.Re1 Be6 12.Bf1 Bf8 13.h3 Nh5 14.Be3 Qf6
15.exd5 Bxd5 16.Nbd2 Nf4 17.Kh2 Qf5 18.Ng1 Rad8 19.Ne4 Ne6 20.g4 Qh7
21.Bg2 Ne7 22.Ne2 Ng6 23.Rg1 Be7 24.Rad1 Nh4 25.Bh1 Bg5 26.N2g3 Qg6
27.b3 Bf4 28.Bxf4 exf4 29.Ne2 f3 30.N2g3 Nf4 31.c4 Be6 32.Nh5 Ne2 33.
Rge1 f5 34.Neg3 fxg4 35.hxg4 Bxg4 0-1

Round 6

A quick lunch and half an hour rest and it was back to the board for me. I am staying true to the principle of setting a good example to my students by playing classical openings. My opponent played the opening swiftly and I was worried I may run into a theoretical trap but when Arjun stopped blitzing after 11...Bb6, it was clear who knew the position better. I had in fact just recently analysed this with one of my Padawans as far as 13...Bd5, with the conclusion that the line is unplayable for white.

The conclusion was correct but as usual, I got a bit carried away and missed a refutation to my piece sac. luckily so did my desperately short on time opponent. 24.Ra4 instead of Re2, protecting the f pawn would have made my eyes water.

[Event "Bhopal GM Open"]
[Site "Bhopal"]
[Date "2017.12.24"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Tiwari, Arjun"]
[Black "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2205"]
[BlackElo "2370"]
[ECO "C55x"]
[EventDate "2017.12.21"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.O-O Bc5 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4
8.Re1+ Be6 9.Ng5 Qd5 10.Nc3 Qf5 11.Nce4 Bb6 12.Nxf7 O-O 13.Nfg5 Bd5
14.b3 cxb3 15.axb3 h6 16.g4 Qg6 17.c4 hxg5 18.cxd5 Ne5 19.Bxg5 Rae8
20.h3 gxf6 21.Bf4 f5 22.Ng3 fxg4 23.Bxe5 d3 24.Ra2 gxh3 25.Qh5 Qxh5
26.Nxh5 Rf5 27.Kh2 Rexe5 28.Rxe5 Rxe5 29.Nf4 Rf5 30.Nxd3 Rxd5 31.Nc1
Rh5 32.Re2 Bc5 33.Nd3 Bd6+ 34.f4 Kf7 35.Re3 Kf6 36.Rxh3 Rxh3+ 37.Kxh3
Kf5 38.Kg3 Ke4 39.Nf2+ Kd4 40.Kf3 a5 41.f5 b5 42.Ne4 Bb4 0-1

Is it too late at my age to learn restraint? I have managed in other spheres of life but in chess this virtue still eludes me. :-)