My one hell of a famous game!
This goes like a movie script so take a deep breath and read on.
The final round of the All India Varsity chess championship(2002).
This was a team event of four players on each team.
We were drawn to play the top seed of the event in the final round and needed two points to finish,
well only second coz to win the event we needed to blank them 4-0.
Finishing second was something big as the best our university could manage for all these years was 21st.
So what the fuss just offer them draw which I guess they would accept gladly after a rather long tourney.
The problem was that two of the players were vying for a board prize which they would get if they only win.
Some introduction to the players in our team.
Board no1: (unrated)
Myself, A stupid chess addict who hardly played any tourneys, though I used to play pretty regularly on my comp and work with my coach Dr. Fritz(don’t be mistakened it’s the famous chess software)
Board no 2: (rating-2220)
Another idiot who quit playin chess after getting two IM norms.
Board no 3: (rating-2056)
A regular chess player with some great tactical knowledge.
Board no 4: (unrated)
Good solid player.
Now our opponents:
Board no 1: (IM rating-2409)
Board no 2: (IM rating-2408)
Baord no 3: (rating-2313)
Board no 4: (rating-2256)
Is any more introduction needed!
Board no 1 & 3 were playing for a win.
The match started Board 2 & 4 were the first to finish both were drawn.
So we need a point more.
So after half an hour suddenly my pal board no 3 miscalculates and blunders a piece and within another 10 minutes the game is over.
We still need a point and I’m playin this IM who once had drawn Vishy and curses I’m playin Black.
In another 10 minutes I won !
To be honest my preparation in the najdorf line he played was simply as deep as the mariana trench.
It was a 2hours each game and I had used up just 10 minutes!
So I had become a hero!
There were more surprises awaiting in the post mortem analysis, he said the move fe6 was new which had made him uncomfortable.
I rushed back to consult my coach’s assistant ,any guesses he is known as chessbase.
Well the move was a novelty after which he showed it was a great position for black.
Wow now that’s something a novelty played over the board that worked.
I had played many games playing fe6 with fritz and it was never played before by any grand master!
So the long tourney was over,yes I had many bad memories there as I was the only fresher in the team I had a very hard time with my stupid seniors bullying me and to add insult to injury I had beaten all of them badly in the playoff for deciding the board order.It was a tiring tourney as I played the top board playing very good players.I had also drawn against the then asian junior bronze medalist.
We had big celebrations that evening as it was a double treat as our girls had finished third in the girls section. It was one hell of a party.
Now I was the man of the moment back in college when the news spread I was a hero.
Everyone were asking questions about chess but one question which I felt very uncomfortable was when they asked me if I had beaten any GM’s.
How is an urated player expected to play a GM. I got my rating after that tourney though.
This was then but now I have a better way of tackling that question. I have’nt played a GM yet but till now I have played with 7 IM’s winning four and drawing three.
So I say “I have’nt played a GM yet but I have never lost to an IM yet!”
Here is that game I have analysed myself no variations but a lot of strategy !
White - MR(IM) (2409) Black - Myself[B99]
All India Inter Varsity (9), 18.11.2002
So what’s so famous about this game the other IM in the team was so impressed by my analysis in the post mortem ,when I next saw him he came up to me and said he had shown my game to GM Levon Aronian and he was impressed too. Now wait a minute , why did u show him my game and how do you know him?
He said , We are good friends as they compete often in the junior circuits. I should have known as this guy was always winning the national junior title here.
Well he said he just wanted to know about the strength of Indian players so he showed the game where an unrated beat an IM.
What a dick I thought ,is it that a chess player has to have some stupid title to know how good he is? What about the players who enjoy the game at clubs, bars ,under the trees or even space remember what the Russians did.
That’s all right but who is this GM Levon Aronian , I went back and tried to find out about him , I got this piece of information he was from Armenia now a resident of Germany. Wow now that’s cool my game went to the far
corners of Armenia!
Look how times change take up the name Levon Aronian now and they say the next world champ for sure!
Nothing has changed my side though I still play only two, or three tourneys a year coz of my studies but still enjoy the game with my fritzy .
Here is something I believe will make you a better chess player,
Remember the movie A beautiful mind where John Nash says “classes will dull your mind”
Here’s my quote “Opening books will blunt your mind” not a good one, sorry that was the best I could come up with!
Play and learn from your mistakes and you can only do that if you enjoy playing!
It would be wonderful to look into your views about the game.