Category Archives: Kolkata Open 2012 IND

Trends in the Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 e6(B96)

Here is a recent game(TWIC 944) in the topical Sicilian Najdorf. The game was won by GM Sandipan,Chanda in the recent Kolkata Open in India.

Sandipan Chanda (born 13 August 1983) is a chess Grandmaster hailing from the city of Kolkata (Calcutta) in the Indian state of West Bengal. Sandipan became grandmaster in 2003. He played for India in the Chess Olympiads of 2004, 2006 and 2008.-Wikipedia Chanda_Sandipan

Sandipan was the Indian Co-Champion 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Best results

  • Leinfelder Open 2000, 2nd
  • Wiesbaden 2001, 1st
  • Dhaka and Delhi GM 2004, 3rd
  • Curacao Open 2004, 1st
  • World Open 2007, 1st-6th;
  • Hogeschool Zeeland 2008, 1st-4th
  • Kavala Open 2009, 1st-6th
  • Artic Chess (NOR) 2010, 3rd-5th
  • Gibraltar Masters 2010, 1st-9th

He also represented India in the Olympiads between 2004 and 2008 and in the 2009 World Cup.- Chessnc


Akshayraj,K (2459) – Sandipan,C (2613)
Sicilian Najdorf Delayed Poisoned Pawn[B96]
5th Kolkata Open IND (6), 08.12.2012

Position 1
White has just played the novelty 24.0-0. How do you assess the new move?

Black to Play


Position 2
White is under pressure and has just challenged the intrusive g-pawn with 29.h3. What should black do?

Black to Play


TWIC 945 Grunfeld Developments

TWIC 945 was a quiet issue for Grunfelds. I picked one interesting game from the 5th Kolkata Open(IND) The game was won by GM Abhijit Kunte. Amongst Kunte’s numerous accomplishments is winning the 2006 Canadian Open Championship.

Tournament Results
Dzhumaev,M and Sethuraman,S shared first with 8/11.

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Name Rating Points
1 Dzhumaev,M 2530 8.0/11
2 Sethuraman,S 2520 8.0/11
3 Wojtaszek,R 2734 7.5/11
4 Sengupta,D 2540 7.5/11
5 Ganguly,S 2630 7.5/11
6 Ni Hua 2660 7.5/11
7 Tiviakov,S 2663 7.5/11

The Playing Venue-4th Kolkata Open
Photo Chessdom
GM Abhijit Kunte
Photo and background from KunteChessAcademy
‘He Started playing Chess at the age of 8.
• Became India’s 4th Grandmaster in the year 2000 and second from Maharashtra.
• Four Asian (Three Team and one Individual) medals (1 Gold ,2 silver, 1 bronze).
• Two Commonwealth (individual) medals. (1 silver, 1 Bronze).
• Member of Indian Team for past 10 years.
• Represented India in last consecutive four Chess Olympiads.
• Member of Indian Team which one Gold Medal at Asian Team Chess Championship at Iran. This is India’s 1st Gold Medal.
• Winner of Canadian Open at Kitchner 2006.

Kunte,A (2511) – Gupta,Ab (2662)
Schlecter Slav 6.Bd3 [D94]
5th Kolkata Open IND (11.8), 13.12.2012

Position 1
The knight attacks Re7 and b7. How should black defend?

  • 20…Re7 (as played)
  • 20…Qc7
  • Something else

Black to Play


Position 2
Black has just played 20…Re7 to secure b7 and the rook. Now white has to make some big decisions for example what is the future for Nd6? What do you suggest for white?

White to Play