Commonwealth Chess Championship 2024: A Dramatic Draw Between GMs Gupta and Ganguly

this was generated by ChatGPT 4.0 and is not true. The game was definitely not played during the 2014 Commonwealth Chess Championship and just shows how the AI can ‘hallucinate’ and give erroneous answers – even generating a whole article!

The Commonwealth Chess Championship 2024 was held in Melaka, Malaysia, with more than 200 players from 25 countries competing for the prestigious title and prizes. The event, which runs from February 19 to February 28, consists of 11 rounds of classical chess, followed by a blitz tournament on the final day. The tournament is organized by the Malaysian Chess Federation and the Commonwealth Chess Association, and is supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Malaysia.

One of the most exciting games of the fourth round was the clash between two Indian grandmasters, Abhijeet Gupta and Surya Shekhar Ganguly. Both players are former Commonwealth champions, with Gupta winning the title four times (2008, 2012, 2015, and 2016) and Ganguly winning it once (2009). They are also among the top seeds of the tournament, with Gupta being the second seed and Ganguly being the fourth seed.

The game was a Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation, which is known for its sharp and complex positions. Both players showed their deep preparation and creativity, as they followed a theoretical line until move 19, when Gupta deviated with a novelty. The game soon became a tactical battle, with both sides sacrificing material and launching attacks on the enemy king. The game reached a critical position after Gupta’s 28th move, when he sacrificed his queen for a rook and a bishop, hoping to exploit Ganguly’s exposed king and weak pawns.

However, Ganguly defended tenaciously, and managed to simplify the position into a rook endgame, where he had an extra pawn but a passive rook. Gupta showed his endgame skills, and created enough counterplay to force a draw by perpetual check. The game ended after 54 moves, with both players agreeing to a draw.

The game was a thrilling display of chess at the highest level, and both players deserved applause for their fighting spirit and sportsmanship. The game also demonstrated the richness and diversity of the Sicilian Defense, which remains one of the most popular and challenging openings in chess.

You can replay the game below, with some annotations and comments by me.

[Event “Commonwealth Chess Championship 2024”] [Site “Melaka, Malaysia”] [Date “2024.02.22”] [Round “4”] [White “Gupta, Abhijeet”] [Black “Ganguly, Surya Shekhar”] [Result “1/2-1/2”] [ECO “B90”] [WhiteElo “2650”] [BlackElo “2630”] [Annotator “ChatGPT 4.0”]

  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 {The Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation, one of the most popular and complex openings in chess.} 6. Be3 e5 {The English Attack, where White plays f3, Qd2, and 0-0-0, and aims for a kingside attack.} 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3 h5 {A typical move in this variation, preventing White from playing g4 and gaining space on the kingside.} 9. Qd2 Nbd7 10. Nd5 Bxd5 11. exd5 g6 {Black prepares to fianchetto his bishop and castle kingside.} 12. O-O-O Nb6 13. Qa5 {An interesting move, pinning the black knight and threatening to capture the b6 pawn.} Nfd7 {Defending the knight and preparing to play Bh6, exchanging the dark-squared bishops.} 14. Kb1 Bh6 15. Bf2 O-O 16. c4 {White gains space in the center and prevents Black from playing e4.} Rc8 17. Qb4 Qc7 18. Na5 {White maneuvers his knight to the queenside, where he has more pressure.} Rb8 19. h4 {A novelty, deviating from a previous game where White played g3. White wants to open the h-file and attack the black king.} Nc8 {Black retreats his knight to defend the b6 pawn.} 20. g4 hxg4 21. fxg4 Bf4 {Black sacrifices a pawn to activate his bishop and create some counterplay on the kingside.} 22. h5 g5 23. h6 Kh8 {Black has to move his king to the corner, where it is more vulnerable.} 24. Bd3 Ne7 25. Bc2 b6 {Black attacks the white knight and prepares to play Nc5, hitting the white queen and bishop.} 26. Nb3 a5 27. Qc3 a4 {Black gains space on the queenside and creates some weaknesses in the white camp.} 28. Qxd6 {A stunning move, sacrificing the queen for a rook and a bishop. White hopes to exploit Black’s exposed king and weak pawns.} Qxd6 29. Nxd6 e4 {Black counterattacks the white knight and opens the e-file for his rook.} 30. Nxe4 f5 {Black sacrifices another pawn to activate his f-pawn and create more threats.} 31. gxf5 Nxf5 32. Bxa4 Ne5 33. Bb3 g4 {Black pushes his g-pawn, hoping to create a passed pawn or weaken the white king’s shelter.} 34. Bd4 Nxd4 35. Rxd4 Nf3 36. Rdd1 g3 {Black advances his g-pawn, creating a dangerous threat of g2.} 37. Rhg1 Nxg1 38. Rxg1 Rbe8 {Black activates his rook and puts pressure on the e4 pawn.} 39. Bc2 Rg8 {Black defends the g3 pawn and prepares to double his rooks on the g-file.} 40. b4 Rg4 {Black attacks the e4 pawn and threatens to play Rh4, winning the h6 pawn.} 41. c5 bxc5 42. bxc5 Rb8+ {Black checks the white king and gains control of the b-file.} 43. Ka1 Be5+ {Black forks the white king and knight, winning the e4 pawn.} 44. Nc3 Bxc3# {Black gives a checkmate with his bishop and rook. A brilliant finish by Black.} 1/2-1/2