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    Praggna at Xtracon 2019

    July 25, 2019

    The Xtracon Chess Open 2019 is part of the Copenhagen Chess Festival. It is taking place in Elsinore, Denmark from July 20 to 28. It is a 10-round Swiss with 0- minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes plus accumulated time for the rest of the game with a 30 second increment from move one.

    There are 367 players, with the top ten rated:

    1. Grandelius 2691
    2. Korobov 2687
    3. Sargissian 2681
    4. Sevian 2667
    5. Hammer 2637
    6. Moiseenko 2628
    7. Lysyj 2623
    8. Tari 2620
    9. Svane 2625
    10. Karthikeyan 2613

    A bit down the list are Jan Timman (2549) and R. Praggnanandhaa (2540).

    The interesting news is that after seven rounds, Praggna has 6.5/7 and leads the tournament. That gives him a rating performance of 2788.

    His games:

    Round 1, July 20
    Praggnanandhaa, R. (2540) – Kittilsen, Sigurd (1894)
    A00 Benko/Trident Opening

    1.g3 c5 2.Bg2 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.c3 e5 5.e4 Nc6 6.O-O Nge7 7.d3 O-O 8.a3 a5 9.a4 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nbd2 Rb8 12.Re1 Nb6 13.Ne4 c4 14.dxc4 Nxc4 15.Qe2 Nb6 16.Be3 Qc7 17.Qb5 Nd7 18.Rad1 b6 19.Qc4 Ra8 20.Rd6 Ndb8 21.Nf6+ Kh8 22.Red1 Be6 23.Qh4 h5 24.g4 1-0

    Round 2, July 21
    Madsen, Michael (2133) – Praggna (2540)
    A58 Benko Gambit Accepted

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.a7 Rxa7 7.Nc3 Bg7 8.Nf3 O-O 9.e4 Qa5 10.Bd2 Qb6 11.Be2 d6 12.O-O Nbd7 13.Nb5 Nxe4 14.Nxa7 Qxa7 15.Qc2 Nef6 16.Bc3 Nxd5 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Qd2 Bb7 19.Rfe1 N7f6 20.Bd3 e5 21.Ng5 Nf4 22.Bf1 h6 23.Qxd6 hxg5 24.Qxe5 Ne6 25.Bc4 Nd4 26.Qc7 Nf5 27.Rad1 Qa8 28.f3 Ba6 29.Bxa6 Qxa6 30.Qxc5 Rc8 31.Qf2 Qxa2 32.Ra1 Qb3 33.Ra3 Qb4 34.Rd1 g4 35.Qe1 Qxb2 0-1

    Round 3, July 21
    Praggna (2540) – Buchal, Stephan (2260)
    B07 Pirc Defence

    1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 c6 5.Qd2 Nbd7 6.Nf3 Bg7 7.h3 O-O 8.Bd3 e5 9.O-O Qc7 10.a4 Re8 11.Rfe1 b6 12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Be2 Bb7 14.Rad1 Rad8 15.Bg5 Qe7 16.Nh2 Qe6 17.f4 Nc4 18.Bxc4 Qxc4 19.e5 Qc5+ 20.Qf2 Qxf2+ 21.Kxf2 dxe5 22.Rxd8 Rxd8 23.fxe5 1-0

    Round 4, July 22
    Malmstig, Erik (2357) – Praggna (2540)
    A50 Kevitz-Trajkovich Defence

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7 5.e4 Ng6 6.a3 Bc5 7.h4 h5 8.Bg5 a5 9.Qd2 d6 10.Bd3 c6 11.Nf3 Qc7 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.g3 Ne7 14.Na4 Ba7 15.Rc1 Bd7 16.Nh2 Rc8 17.Rc2 Rg8 18.Nc3 Qb6 19.Nf1 cxd5 20.cxd5 f5 21.Ne3 f4 22.gxf4 Ng6 23.Rg1 Ke7 24.Rxg6 Rxg6 25.Ne2 exf4 26.Nxf4 Rg1+ 27.Bf1 Rxc2 28.Qxc2 a4 29.Ne2 Qa5+ 30.Kd1 Rg8 31.Nc3 Bd4 32.e5 Bxe5 33.Qe2 Kf8 34.Nc4 Qc7 35.Nxe5 dxe5 36.Qxh5 Bg4+ 0-1

    Round 5, July 23
    Praggna (2540) – Tari, Aryan (2620)
    A05 Reti Opening

    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.O-O e5 5.d3 d5 6.e4 d4 7.a4 Be7 8.Na3 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.Qe1 Nd7 11.Nh2 a6 12.f4 f6 13.Bd2 b6 14.f5 Rb8 15.g4 Bf7 16.Qg3 b5 17.axb5 axb5 18.b3 c4 19.bxc4 bxc4 20.Nxc4 Bxc4 21.dxc4 Bb4 22.Bc1 Bc3 23.Ra6 Qc8 24.Ra3 Bb2 25.g5 O-O 26.Ra2 Bxc1 27.Rxc1 fxg5 28.Qxg5 Nb4 29.Ra7 d3 30.Ng4 Qc5+ 31.Qe3 Nxc2 32.Qxc5 Nxc5 33.f6 gxf6 34.Nh6+ Kh8 35.Nf7+ Rxf7 36.Rxf7 Rg8 37.Kh2 d2 38.Rb1 Ne1 39.Bh1 Rd8 40.Rc7 Ne6 41.Re7 Nc5 42.Rc7 Na6 43.Ra7 Nb4 44.Rb7 Nbd3 45.Ra1 Nc5 46.Rbb1 Ncd3 47.Rb7 Nf4 48.Rd1 Nc2 49.Rb3 Ne6 50.c5 Ncd4 51.Rc3 Rc8 52.Rxd2 Rxc5 53.Rxc5 Nxc5 54.Kg3 Kg7 55.Ra2 Kg6 56.Bf3 Nce6 57.h4 Nxf3 58.Kxf3 Nd4+ 59.Kg3 h5 60.Ra6 Ne2+ 61.Kf2 Nf4 62.Kf3 Kg7 1/2-1/2

    Final position


    Isn’t this winning for White?

    Round 6, July 24
    Korobov, Anton (2687) – Praggna (2540)
    E54 Nimzo-Indian, Gligoric System, main line

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.O-O dxc4 8.Bxc4 cxd4 9.exd4 b6 10.Bg5 Bb7 11.Re1 Nbd7 12.Rc1 Rc8 13.Bd3 h6 14.Bh4 Be7 15.Bc2 Nh5 16.Qd3 Ndf6 17.Bxf6 Nxf6 18.Ne5 Qd6 19.a3 Rfd8 20.Rcd1 Qc7 21.Re3 Bd6 22.f4 a6 23.Bb1 b5 24.h3 Ba8 25.f5 Bxe5 26.Rxe5 Qxe5 27.dxe5 Rxd3 28.Rxd3 Nd5 29.Kf2 Kf8 30.fxe6 fxe6 31.Rf3+ Ke7 32.Bg6 Nxc3 33.Rf7+ Kd8 34.bxc3 Bd5 35.Rf8+ Kd7 36.Rxc8 Kxc8 37.g3 Kc7 38.Ke3 Kb6 39.Kd4 Bg2 40.h4 Bd5 41.g4 Bf3 42.g5 hxg5 43.hxg5 Bd5 44.Bc2 Ba2 45.a4 a5 46.axb5 Kxb5 47.Bg6 a4 48.Bd3+ Ka5 49.Ke3 a3 50.Kd2 Bb3 51.Kc1 Kb6 0-1

    Round 7, July 25
    Praggna (2540) – Vocaturo, Daniele (2612)
    B36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Maroczy bind

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Be2 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg7 9.Be3 O-O 10.Qd2 a5 11.f3 a4 12.Kf2 Qa5 13.Rac1 Be6 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.Qxa5 Rxa5 16.cxd5 Nd7 17.Rc7 Nc5 18.Rb1 Bf6 19.b4 axb3 20.axb3 Ra2 21.b4 Na4 22.Rbc1 Rb2 23.Bh6 Bg7 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Rxe7 Rxb4 26.Rcc7 g5 27.e5 dxe5 28.d6 Rd4 29.Bc4 Rxd6 30.Bxf7 Kf6 31.Bh5 Rc6 32.Rxb7 Nc5 33.Rf7+ Rxf7 34.Rxf7+ Ke6 35.Rxh7 Nd3+ 36.Ke3 Rc3 37.Rh6+ Ke7 38.Ke4 Nf4 39.g3 Nxh5 40.Rxh5 Kf6 41.Rh6+ Kf7 42.Rd6 Rc2 43.Kxe5 Rxh2 44.Kf5 Rh3 45.Kg4 1-0

    Final position


    I am impressed by his play.

    Round Eight Pairing

    Andersen, Mads (2605) – Praggnanandhaa (2540)

  • #2
    How would you go about winning that for White?


    • #3
      Praggna at Xtracon 2019

      July 25, 2019

      Hmmm, perhaps it is one of them there fortresses…


      • #4
        Praggna at Xtracon 2019

        July 26, 2019

        Round Eight

        Just a draw for Praggna today. This allowed Aryan Tari and Gabriel Sargissian to catch up. All have 7/8.

        There is another prodigy story to tell.

        Bharath Subramaniyam, born in 2007, is also playing at Xtracon. When he was eight he gave this interview:

        “I am being coached by GM R.B. Ramesh and WGM Aarthie Ramesh. We have regular classes, where I attend them with players who are much higher rated than me. For example, GM Arvind Chitthambaram is also present at those lectures, and being in the same class as him gives me opportunities to understand how higher rated players think. Other than that there are camps conducted by Ramesh Sir before major events. I owe a lot to him for the increase in my calculations and speed. I keep working on the middle game combinations regularly. Before the round I make it a point to solve tactics to get my mind sharp. Also I work for 3-4 hours during events to prepare openings against a particular opponent by looking at his style of play. On regular school days I work on chess for three hours.”

        A selection of games:

        Round 8, July 26
        Andersen, Mads – Praggnanandhaa, R.
        E05 Catalan, open, Classical line

        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O dxc4 7.Qc2 c6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qd3 Nbd7 10.Rd1 Bb7 11.Be3 a6 12.Nbd2 c5 13.dxc5 Bxc5 14.Rac1 Bxe3 15.Qxe3 Rc8 16.Nb3 Bd5 17.Ne1 Rxc1 18.Rxc1 Qa8 19.Qd4 Bxg2 20.Nxg2 Rc8 21.Rxc8+ Qxc8 22.Ne3 Qc7 23.f3 Kf8 24.Kf2 1/2-1/2

        Round 1, July 20
        Ashwin, Hariharan (1881) – Bharath Subramaniyam (2405)
        B23 Sicilian, Closed

        1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.O-O Be7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nf6 9.f5 O-O 10.Be3 Ne5 11.Be2 a6 12.a4 Rc8 13.Kh1 b6 14.Bxa6 Rxc3 15.bxc3 Nxe4 16.Qe1 Bh4 17.Qe2 Nxc3 18.Qd2 Ne4 19.Qb4 Ng4 20.Nxe6 Qa8 21.Nc7 Qc6 22.Bb5 Qb7 23.Ba6 Qxc7 24.Qxe4 h5 25.Bd4 Bg5 26.Bb5 d5 27.Be5 Nxe5 28.Qxd5 Ng4 29.g3 Bxb5 30.axb5 Ne3 31.Qe4 Nxf1 32.Rxf1 Qd7 33.c4 Re8 34.Qf3 Qd4 35.Qxh5 Qxc4 36.Qf3 Qxb5 37.h4 Bf6 38.Rg1 Qe2 39.Qxe2 Rxe2 0-1

        Round 2, July 21
        Bharath Subraaniyam (2405) – Tolhyizen, Ludo (2090)
        C11 French, Burn variation

        1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 gxf6 7.Nf3 a6 8.Qd2 b5 9.O-O-O Bb7 10.Qe3 Nd7 11.Bd3 Qc8 12.Qh6 f5 13.Neg5 c5 14.Qg7 Rf8 15.dxc5 Bf6 16.Qh6 Bxg5+ 17.Qxg5 Qxc5 18.Rhe1 Be4 19.Bxe4 fxe4 20.Rxe4 Qxg5+ 21.Nxg5 Rg8 22.h4 h6 23.Nxf7 Rxg2 24.Nxh6 Ke7 25.Nf5+ Kf6 26.Ne3 Rg7 27.Rf4+ Ke7 28.Re1 Kd6 29.Rd4+ Kc7 30.Re4 Rf8 31.Rxe6 Rxf2 32.Rxa6 1-0

        Round 3, July 21
        Schmidt, Kristen (2225) – Bharath Subramaniyam (2405)
        C41 Philidor, Exchange variation

        1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bc4 O-O 7.O-O c6 8.a4 Re8 9.Re1 Bf8 10.Bg5 Nbd7 11.f3 Qb6 12.Qd2 a5 13.Kh1 h6 14.Bh4 Ne5 15.Bf1 Be7 16.Bf2 Qc7 17.Rad1 Bd7 18.h3 Bf8 19.Bg1 Rad8 20.f4 Ng6 21.Qf2 Qb6 22.Qf3 Qc7 23.Bh2 h5 24.Bc4 h4 25.Re2 Bc8 26.Bb3 Re7 27.Qf2 Ree8 28.Nf3 Be7 29.f5 Ne5 30.Nxh4 d5 31.exd5 Bd6 32.Nf3 Nxf3 33.Rxe8+ Nxe8 34.Bxd6 Nxd6 35.Qxf3 Nxf5 36.dxc6 Rxd1+ 37.Qxd1 bxc6 38.Ne4 Qe7 39.Nf2 Bb7 40.Kg1 c5 41.Ng4 Qe4 42.Qf1 Nd6 43.c3 Bc6 44.Qf2 Qb1+ 45.Kh2 c4 46.Bc2 Qc1 47.Ne3 g6 48.Qf4 Ne8 49.Be4 Bxe4 50.Qxe4 Nd6 51.Qe5 Qd2 52.Qd4 Qe2 53.Ng4 Nf5 54.Qd8+ Kh7 55.Qf6 Qe8 56.Qxf5 Qb8+ 57.Qe5 Qxb2 58.Qf6 Qb8+ 59.Ne5 Kh6 60.Qf4+ 1-0

        Round 4, July 22
        Bharath Subramaniyam (2405) – Thuesen, Mogens (2111)
        C70 Ruy Lopez, Cozio Defence deferred

        1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nge7 5.c3 g6 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4 b5 8.Bb3 Bg7 9.O-O O-O 10.Nc3 d6 11.d5 Na5 12.Be3 Bg4 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 b4 15.Na4 Nxb3 16.axb3 f5 17.Rac1 f4 18.Bd2 a5 19.Qg4 h5 20.Qf3 Be5 21.Rc4 Rf7 22.Rfc1 Ra7 23.h4 Kh7 24.Qh3 Ng8 25.f3 Nf6 26.Be1 Ne8 27.Bf2 Ra8 28.R1c2 Qf6 29.Kf1 Rg7 30.Ke1 Qe7 31.Kd1 Qd7 32.Qxd7 Rxd7 33.Ke2 Rg7 34.Kd3 g5 35.hxg5 Rxg5 36.Bh4 Rg6 37.Rc6 Kg7 38.Kc4 Bf6 39.Bxf6+ Kxf6 40.Nc5 Rg3 41.Ne6 h4 42.Nxf4 Ke5 43.Nd3+ Kf6 44.f4 a4 45.Nxb4 axb3 46.Re2 Ra1 47.Nd3 Rd1 48.Ne1 Rg4 49.f5 Rg3 50.Kb4 h3 51.gxh3 Rd4+ 52.Rc4 Ke5 53.Rxd4 Kxd4 54.Rd2+ Ke5 55.Rd3 Rxd3 56.Nxd3+ Kxe4 57.Kc4 Nf6 58.Nb4 Kxf5 59.Na6 Ne8 60.Kxb3 Kg5 61.Kc4 Kh4 62.Kb5 Kxh3 63.Kc6 1-0

        Round 5, July 23
        Vesterli, Michael (2221) – Bharath Subramaniyam (2405)
        A61 Benoni Defence

        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bf4 a6 8.a4 Bg7 9.h3 O-O 10.e3 Qe7 11.Be2 Nbd7 12.O-O Ne8 13.Nd2 Ne5 14.Bh2 Nc7 15.Re1 Rb8 16.f4 Nd7 17.Bf3 b5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Nb3 b4 20.Na4 Ra8 21.e4 g5 22.e5 gxf4 23.exd6 Qxd6 24.Nd2 Bb7 25.Ne4 Qa6 26.Bxf4 Nxd5 27.Nd6 Nxf4 28.Nxb7 Bd4+ 29.Kh1 Nd3 30.Rf1 Nxb2 31.Nbxc5 Nxd1 32.Nxa6 Bxa1 33.Bxa8 Rxa8 34.Rxd1 Rxa6 35.Rxa1 Nc5 0-1

        Round 6, July 24
        Bharath Subramaniyam (2405) – Jogstad, Martin (2259)
        B47 Sicilian, Taimanov

        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.g3 a6 7.Bg2 Nf6 8.O-O Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Bc5 10.Bf4 d6 11.Qd2 e5 12.Bg5 Be6 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.Qxd5 Qc6 16.Qd2 Ke7 17.Rad1 b5 18.c3 a5 19.Kh1 b4 20.Qh6 bxc3 21.bxc3 Rhg8 22.f4 Rg6 23.Qh4 Ba3 24.Rd5 Qxc3 25.fxe5 dxe5 26.Qxh7 Qc8 27.Rxe5+ fxe5 28.Qxf7+ Kd6 29.Qxg6+ Kc5 30.Qg5 Bb2 31.Qd2 Qb7 32.Rd1 Bd4 33.Rc1+ Kd6 34.Qh6+ 1-0

        Round 7, July 25
        Svane, Rasmus (2615) – Bharath Subramaniyam (2405)
        A72 Benoni, Classical

        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.e4 Bg7 8.Be2 O-O 9.Be3 Bg4 10.Nd2 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 Nbd7 12.O-O a6 13.a4 Qe7 14.Bg5 Rfe8 15.f4 Rab8 16.Rae1 Qf8 17.Qf3 b5 18.Qh3 b4 19.Nd1 Rb7 20.b3 h6 21.Bh4 c4 22.bxc4 Nc5 23.e5 Nh7 24.f5 g5 25.f6 gxh4 26.Ne3 Bh8 27.Qxh4 Rxe5 28.Ng4 Rxe1 29.Rxe1 h5 30.Nf3 Nd7 31.Qg3 hxg4 32.Qxg4+ Bg7 33.Re8 Nhxf6 34.Rxf8+ Kxf8 35.Qf4 Ne5 36.Nxe5 dxe5 37.Qxe5 b3 38.Qd6+ Kg8 39.Qxa6 Rb8 40.Qd6 Nd7 0-1

        Round 8, July 26
        Tari, Aryan (2620) – Bharath Subramaniyam (2405)
        B41 Sicilian, Kan, Maroczy bind

        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Qc7 7.Be2 Bb4 8.Nc2 Be7 9.Be3 d6 10.g4 h6 11.f3 Nc6 12.Qd2 Bd7 13.b3 Rc8 14.Na4 Ne5 15.Nb6 Rd8 16.O-O-O Bc6 17.Qc3 Ned7 18.Nxd7 Bxd7 19.h4 b5 20.Rdg1 d5 21.e5 b4 22.Qd4 Nh7 23.cxd5 Rc8 24.Bd3 exd5 25.f4 Qa5 26.Kb1 Bb5 27.g5 Bxd3 28.Qxd3 Rc3 29.Qd2 Kd7 30.Bd4 Rc7 31.gxh6 Rhc8 32.Ne3 gxh6 33.f5 Nf8 34.Bb2 Kc6 35.Rg7 Bd8 36.Nxd5 Rd7 37.Nxb4+ Kb6 38.Bd4+ Kb7 39.Qg2+ Kb8 40.Nc6+ Rxc6 41.Qxc6 Qd2 42.Bb2 Qd3+ 43.Qc2 Qf3 44.Re1 Ba5 45.Rg8 Rd8 46.Rc1 Kb7 47.Ba3 1-0

        Position after Black’s 21….b4


        Bharath, after eight rounds, has 6/8.


        • #5
          Praggna at Xtracon 2019

          July 27, 2019

          Round Nine

          Round 9, July 27
          Praggna, R. (2405) – Karthikeyan, Murali (2613)
          A49 King’s Indian, Fianchetto

          1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.O-O O-O 5.d4 d6 6.Re1 c5 7.dxc5 dxc5 8.c3 Qb6 9.Qa4 Nc6 10.Na3 a6 11.Nc4 Qb5 12.Qxb5 axb5 13.Nb6 Ra6 14.Nxc8 Rxc8 15.a3 b4 16.cxb4 cxb4 17.Rb1 Ne4 18.Ng5 Nd6 19.axb4 Rb6 20.b3 Bc3 21.Rd1 Nd4 22.Kf1 Ra8 23.Rd3 Ra1 24.Rxa1 Bxa1 25.Bd2 Nc2 26.Ne4 Be5 27.Rd5 Bb2 28.Nxd6 exd6 29.Bf4 Be5 30.Bxe5 dxe5 31.Rxe5 Nxb4 32.Re7 Nc6 33.Rd7 Kf8 34.Bd5 Ne7 35.Bc4 Ke8 36.Rc7 f6 37.Rc5 Kd7 38.Ra5 Nc6 39.Rb5 Kc7 40.Rc5 Kd6 41.Rd5+ Ke7 42.f4 Nb4 43.Rc5 Nc6 44.e4 Rb4 45.Kf2 Nd4 46.Rc7+ Kd6 47.Rxh7 Nxb3 48.Bxb3 Rxb3 49.Rh6 b5 50.Rxg6 Kc7 51.Rxf6 b4 52.e5 Rb2+ 53.Kf3 Rb3+ 54.Kg4 Rd3 55.Ra6 Ra3 56.Rd6 b3 57.Rd1 b2 58.Rb1 1-0

          Final position with four white passers


          Round 9, July 27
          Bharath Subramaniyam (2405) – Hansen, Sune (2575)
          C77 Ruy Lopez, Worrall (Alapin) Attack

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 O-O 8.d3 Re8 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bh4 Be7 11.Nbd2 d6 12.Nf1 Na5 13.Bc2 c5 14.Ne3 Nc6 15.h3 Nh7 16.Bg3 Be6 17.O-O Rb8 18.Rfd1 Bf6 19.Bb3 g6 20.Nh2 h5 21.Nf3 h4 22.Bh2 Bg7 23.Bd5 Bxd5 24.Nxd5 Rb7 25.a4 b4 26.d4 bxc3 27.bxc3 exd4 28.Qxa6 Qd7 29.Rac1 Rxe4 30.cxd4 Nxd4 31.Nxd4 Bxd4 32.Bxd6 Re6 33.Qa8+ Re8 34.Qa6 Re6 35.Qa8+ Re8 36.Qa6 Re6 37.Qa8+ Re8 38.Qa6 Re6 39.Qa8+ Re8 40.Qa6 Re6 41.Qa8+ Re8 42.Qa6 Re6 1/2-1/2

          Standings after Round Nine

          1 Praggna 8
          2-5 Tari, Sargissian, Sevian, Rasmussen 7.5
          6-14 Kryakvin, Postny, Grandelius, Korobov, Kollars, Hammer, Christiansen, Svane, Moiseenko 7
          15-36 Bharath etc 6.5

          In the final round, Sam Sevian meets Praggna and Igor Lysyj meets Bharath


          • #6
            Praggna at Xtracon 2019

            July 28, 2019

            Round Ten

            Round 10, July 28
            Sevian, Samuel – Praggna, R.
            B15 Caro-Kann, Tartakower variation

            1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6 6.c3 Bd6 7.Bd3 O-O 8.Qc2 Re8+ 9.Ne2 h5 10.Be3 Nd7 11.Ng3 Bf4 12.O-O Bxe3 13.fxe3 Rxe3 14.Nxh5 Nf8 15.Qd2 Qe7 16.Rae1 Re6 17.Qf2 Qd6 18.Rxe6 Qxe6 19.h3 Qd6 20.Qh4 f5 21.Bxf5 Bxf5 22.Rxf5 Qe6 23.Qg5 Ng6 24.a3 Qb3 25.Rf2 Re8 26.Kh2 Qe6 27.Qg3 Qd5 28.Nf4 Nxf4 29.Qxf4 Qd7 30.Rf3 Re2 31.Rf2 Rxf2 32.Qxf2 b5 33.Qc2 Qd6+ 34.Kg1 Qe6 35.Kf2 a5 36.a4 bxa4 37.Qxa4 Qf5+ 38.Kg1 Qb1+ 39.Kh2 Qxb2 40.Qxa5 Qb8+ 41.Qe5 Qc8 42.Qd6 Qe8 43.c4 f6 44.d5 cxd5 45.Qxd5+ Kf8 46.Qd6+ Kf7 47.c5 Qe6 48.Qc7+ Ke8 49.c6 Qe7 50.Qb8+ Kf7 51.Qb3+ Qe6 52.Qb7+ Ke8 53.Qb8+ Kf7 54.Qa7+ Qe7 55.Qb7 Ke8 56.Qb8+ Kf7 57.Qf4 Qc5 58.Qc7+ Qe7 59.Qg3 Qc5 60.Qb3+ Kf8 61.Qe6 Qe7 62.Qd5 Qc7+ 63.g3 Ke7 64.h4 Qd6 65.Qe4+ Kd8 66.Qh7 Qxc6 67.Qg8+ Qe8 68.Qxg7 Qe2+ 69.Kh3 Qf1+ 70.Kg4 Qe2+ 71.Kh3 Qf1+ 72.Kg4 Qe2+ 73.Kh3 1/2-1/2

            Final position


            Round 10, July 28
            Lysyj, Igor (2623) – Bharath Subramaniyam, H. (2405)
            A61 Benoni Defence

            1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bf4 a6 8.a4 Qe7 9.h3 Nbd7 10.Nd2 Ne5 11.e3 Bg7 12.Be2 O-O 13.O-O Rb8 14.a5 Ne8 15.Qb3 Nc7 16.Bh2 Bd7 17.Rae1 f5 18.f4 Nf7 19.e4 Na8 20.exf5 Qe3+ 21.Kh1 Qxd2 22.fxg6 hxg6 23.Rd1 Qe3 24.Bd3 Bf5 25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.Qc2 Rbe8 27.Qxf5 Ne5 28.Qb1 Nc4 29.Rfe1 Qf2 30.Ne4 Qxb2 31.Qd3 Qd4 32.Qb1 Na3 33.Qc1 Qc4 34.Nxd6 Qxc1 35.Rxc1 Rxe1+ 36.Rxe1 c4 37.Nxb7 Rb8 38.Nc5 c3 39.d6 c2 40.d7 Bf6 41.Nd3 Kf7 42.f5 Rd8 43.Nc5 Bd4 44.Bg1 Bxc5 45.Bxc5 Rxd7 46.Bxa3 Rd1 47.Rg1 Nc7 48.Kh2 Nb5 49.Bc1 Nd4 50.Rh1 Nxf5 51.Ba3 Ng3 52.Rg1 Ke6 53.h4 Kf5 0-1

            Final position


            Final Standings

            1 Praggnanandhaa 8.5
            2-6 Tari, Sargissian, Postny, Sevian, Rasussen 8
            7-22 Kryakvin, Svane, Korobov, Grandelius, Hammer, Vocaturo, Andersen, Kollars, Subramaniyam, Vaishali, Karthikeyan, Holm, Moiseenko, Hauge, Maze and Sawatzki 7.5

            368 players with an average rating of 1961.

            Praggna’s rating performance was 2741 and Bharath’s was 2515