Indian National Premier Chess Championship 2015, Round-9 Highlights

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In this article, you can watch the highlights of the ninth round of Indian National Premier Chess Championship, annotated by our guest coach, IM Valeri Lilov.
IM Valeri LilovIn this lesson, Lilov has selected three interesting games of the round:


  • Karthikeyan. P vs Vidit Santosh Gujrathi
  • Swapnil S. Dhopade vs Arghyadip Das
  • Shyaam Nikhil vs Karthikeyan Murali


In this lesson, Lilov will explain to you why it is so important to get good activity (of pieces) with an example. He will also explain to you what will happen if there is no development of your pieces.


If you watched the previous rounds highlights, you will have learnt about the consequences of playing backward moves. Even in the ninth round, a backward move was played in one of the games.


It was the game between Karthikeyan and Vidit, and the below position happened.
Indian National Premier Chess Championship Round-9

White to play

Black just played Bc8 (a backward move) in an effort to ‘relocate’ the bishop. But, this does not seem to be the right move, as you would have learnt from the highlights of the previous rounds.


So, how can White punish the move of Bc8? After calculating all possible variations, you can watch the video below:

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