SYNA Open 2016: It's a team effort!
The tournament with rupees five lakh prize fund, SYNA Open 2016, has already begun in Katni, Madhya Pradesh. After three rounds we have seventeen players with a perfect score of 3.0/3. It will be an intense fight for the top spots as strong players like Swapnil Dhopade, N.Srinath, Himal Gusain, Himanshu Sharma are giving it their all. Thoroughly inspiring is to see the entire staff of the SYNA international school completely dedicated in organizing a top notch event. A pictorial report from Katni.
The much awaited SYNA Open 2016 kicked off on the 24th of April in the SYNA International school, Katni, Madhya Pradesh. It is a nine-round Swiss tournament that has attracted 170 players from all the corners of India. The event will last for six days and the last round will be played on 29th of April. The first prize of the tournament is a hefty Rs. 1,00,000 and this has attracted one grandmaster and six International Masters to participate in the tournament. GM Swapnil Dhopade is the top seed with a rating of 2499.
If it is a good tournament, you can be sure that IM Himanshu Sharma (right) will be there fighting for the top prizes! His love and passion for playing chess is unparalleled. His room mates often tell the tale of how he was awake until 3 a.m. in the night analyzing a chess position! In the picture above you can see Himanshu fighting it out against the 80-year-old Nasir Ali Syed of Uttar Pradesh. Did you know Nasir Ali is a former National Champion! He won the National title in 1967 in Pune ahead of Manuel Aaron. He has drawn against strong players like Mark Taimanov and is surely one of the legends of Indian chess.
Here's his game against Mark Taimanov from 1982, New Delhi:
[Site "New Delhi"]
[White "Taimanov, Mark E"]
[Black "Nasir Ali, Syed"]
exd5 9. Bd3 Nbd7 10. O-O h6 11. Bf4 c5 12. h3 Ne4 13. dxc5 Nxc3 14. Rxc3 bxc5
15. Bf5 Nb6 16. Ne5 Bd6 17. Qh5 Bxe5 18. Bxe5 Nc4 19. Bg3 Qf6 20. Bc2 Qc6 21.
e4 f5 22. exd5 Qxd5 23. f3 Nxb2 24. Bf2 c4 25. Rb1 Qd2 26. Be1 Qd4+ 27. Kh2 Bd5
28. Rxb2 Qe5+ 29. f4 Qxe1 30. Rg3 Qe6 31. Rb5 Rf6 32. Qd1 Bc6 33. Re5 Qd7 34.
Qe2 Qd4 35. Re7 g6 36. Qe5 Qd6 37. Rc7 Kh8 38. Qc3 Raf8 39. Rxa7 Qxf4 40. Qe3
Qxe3 41. Rxe3 Bd5 42. Re5 Bg8 43. a4 Rd6 44. Re2 Rb8 45. a5 Rb2 46. Rc7 Ra2 47.
h4 h5 48. Re8 Rxc2 49. Rcc8 Rdd2 50. Rxg8+ Kh7 51. Kg3 Rxg2+ 52. Kf4 Ra2
Round 4 on 2016/04/26 at 0930
|1||1||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||2499||3||3||IM||Deshmukh Anup||2213||11|
|2||2||IM||Narayanan Srinath||2469||3||3||Arpan Das||2161||17|
|3||19||Dahale Atul||2112||3||3||Gusain Himal||2429||3|
|4||4||IM||Himanshu Sharma||2384||3||3||Wagh Suyog||2081||21|
|6||8||IM||Murali Krishnan B T||2255||3||3||Joshi Govind Ballabh||2073||23|
|7||24||Saurabh Anand||2065||3||3||Abhishek Das||2241||10|
|8||12||Kumar Gaurav||2212||2½||3||Sayan Banik||1841||47|
|9||26||Joshi Manish||2041||2½||2½||IM||Sharma Dinesh K.||2351||5|
You can check the entire pairing list of round four over here.
We can already see some mouth watering clashes as on the top board the coach (Anup Deshmukh) takes on his student (Swapnil Dhopade).
Inspiring a school!
One of the difficulties in organizing a tournament is to find good hands to help you with the administration. There are hundreds of tasks to be completed: accommodation has to be taken care of, food has to be provided, the playing hall has to be in good condition, all the needs of the players have to be taken care of and so on. It is obvious that you need a good team of hardworking and dedicated inviduals to achieve a high level of organization. This is not at all a problem at the SYNA Open as the entire school has joined in the task of making this tournament a grand success! When teachers become the organizers!