Georgians at the DC International

The Georgia contingent at the DC International was led by FM Kazim Gulamali, who scored 5 out of 9, winning 4, drawing 2, with 3 losses. Sanjay Ghatti scored 4 points, with 3 wins, 2 draws, and 4 losses. Arthur Guo and Shanmukha Meruga each scored 3 1/2. Arthur won 2, drew 3, and lost 4, while Meruga won 1, drew 3, while losing 4. Mr. Meruga also received a full point bye in the first round. Saithanusri Avirneni arrived at his 3 points by drawing 6, while losing 3. Samhitha Dasari won 1, drew 1, and lost 5. Ingrid Guo won 1, drew 1 and lost 7. “That’s what chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one.”-Bobby Fischer (
Games taken from the CCA website (

Helfst, Matt (1951) – Gulamali, Kazim (2300)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (1), 2014.06.26
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b4 e6 4.b5 a6 5.g3 d5 6.bxa6 Rxa6 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bg2 Bg7 9.Bb2 O-O 10.O-O Re8 11.d3 c5 12.a4 Nc6 13.Re1 Bf5 14.Nbd2 d4 15.Qc2 b6 16.Qb3 Na5 17.Qb5 Qc8 18.Bc1 Nd5 19.Nc4 Bd7 20.Qb2 Nxc4 21.dxc4 d3 0-1

Gulamali, Kazim (2300) – Suarez, Isan (2588)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (2.4), 2014.06.26
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Bc4 e6 8.Qe2 h6 9.Bxf6 Nxf6 10.O-O-O Qc7 11.f4 Be7 12.e5 dxe5 13.fxe5 Nh7 14.h4 O-O 15.Bd3 Rd8 16.Nf3 Nf8 17.g4 b5 18.Ne4 Ng6 19.g5 Nxe5 20.Nxe5 Qxe5 21.Rdf1 Bb7 22.Rhg1 hxg5 23.Rxf7 Kxf7 24.Qh5+ Kg8 25.Qg6 Rxd3 0-1

Ghatti, Sanjay (2038) – Gulamali, Kazim (2300)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (3), 2014.06.27
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 c6 5.Bc4 b5 6.Bb3 b4 7.Nb1 Nf6 8.f3 Nbd7 9.a3 bxa3 10.Nxa3 O-O 11.Ne2 a5 12.Qd2 Ba6 13.Nc3 Rb8 14.O-O-O Qc7 15.h4 c5 16.h5 c4 17.Ba4 Qb7 18.Bb5 Rfc8 19.Bh6 Bh8 20.Qg5 e5 21.dxe5 Bxb5 22.Naxb5 dxe5 23.Rd6 Rc5 24.hxg6 fxg6 25.Qh4 Rxb5 26.Qh3 Nf8 27.Bxf8 Kxf8 28.Nxb5 Qxb5 29.Qe6 Qxb2+ 30.Kd2 Qb4+ 31.Ke2 Re8 32.Qh3 Qxd6 0-1

Gulamali, Kazim (2300) – Wang, Qibiao (2164)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (4), 2014.06.27
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 c4 7.Nbd2 f6 8.Be2 fxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Bc5 11.O-O Ne7 12.b4 cxb3 13.Nxb3 O-O 14.Nxc5 Qxc5 15.Qd3 Bd7 16.a4 Rf7 17.Be3 Qc7 18.f4 Rc8 19.Rfc1 Nf5 20.Bd2 Qc5+ 21.Kh1 Bc6 22.Bg4 g6 23.Rf1 a5 24.Be2 Rd7 25.Bg4 d4 26.c4 Kh8 27.Rf2 b6 28.Be1 Bb7 29.Rc2 Re8 30.Bf2 Bc6 31.Bh3 Qb4 32.Rcc1 Qb2 33.Qf1 d3 34.Bg4 d2 35.Rcb1 Qc3 36.Rxb6 Be4 37.c5 h5 38.Be2 Red8 39.Rd1 Rc7 40.Rxe6 Kh7 41.Bxh5 gxh5 42.Qe2 Qc2 43.Qxh5+ Kg8 44.Qg5+ Kh7 45.Qh5+ ½-½

Gorovets, Andrey (2446) – Gulamali, Kazim (2300)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (5), 2014.06.28
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Nd5 Bc5 6.d3 h6 7.Bg2 O-O 8.e3 d6 9.O-O a6 10.a3 Ba7 11.Nc3 Be6 12.b4 Qd7 13.Bb2 Rfe8 14.Re1 Rad8 15.Qc2 Ne7 16.Rad1 Bg4 17.Ne2 Ng6 18.d4 Bf5 19.Qb3 e4 20.Ne5 Qe7 21.Nxg6 fxg6 22.d5 Rf8 23.h3 h5 24.Qc2 Rde8 25.Nf4 Nh7 26.Bd4 Bxd4 27.Rxd4 Nf6 28.h4 Ng4 29.Nh3 c5 30.dxc6 bxc6 31.Red1 Nxe3 32.fxe3 Bxh3 33.Bxh3 Rf3 34.Bg2 Rxg3 35.Qf2 Qxh4 36.Rf1 Re5 37.Qf8+ Kh7 38.Rd2 Rxe3 39.Qxd6 Rg5 40.Qf4 Qg3 41.Qxg3 Rgxg3 42.Kh2 Rg4 43.Ra2 g5 44.a4 Rb3 45.b5 cxb5 46.cxb5 a5 1-0

Gulamali, Kazim (2300) – Malhotra, Akshay (2001)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (6), 2014.06.28
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.g4 Be6 10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.O-O-O Ne5 12.Be2 Rc8 13.h4 Qa5 14.Kb1 Nc4 15.Bxc4 Rxc4 16.Ne2 Qxd2 17.Bxd2 Nd7 18.b3 Rcc8 19.Rh3 Ne5 20.Ng1 Rf7 21.g5 Rcf8 22.Rf1 a6 23.Kc1 ½-½

Zheng, Andrew (2031) – Gulamali, Kazim (2300)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (7), 2014.06.29
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 d5 7.O-O Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Qc7 11.Qc2 e5 12.d5 Na5 13.Ba2 c4 14.e4 Bg4 15.Ne1 Nd7 16.f3 Bh5 17.g4 Bg6 18.Be3 b5 19.Ng2 Nc5 20.Kh1 Nab7 21.Nh4 Nd3 22.Nf5 f6 23.Qd1 Kh8 24.Bb1 Nbc5 25.Bc2 Be8 26.Qd2 Bd7 27.Bxc5 Nxc5 28.Rg1 g6 29.Ne3 Nb7 30.a4 a6 31.axb5 axb5 32.Rxa8 Rxa8 33.g5 Qd6 34.Ng4 Bxg4 35.fxg4 Rf8 36.Kg2 fxg5 37.Qxg5 Kg7 38.Rb1 h6 39.Qe3 Qd7 40.Qg3 Rf4 41.h3 Nd6 42.Qe3 Qe7 43.Ra1 Rf7 44.Bd1 Qb7 45.Rb1 Qa7 46.Qxa7 Rxa7 47.Bf3 Ra2+ 48.Kf1 Rc2 0-1

Gulamali, Kazim (2300) – Dixon, Dakota (2055)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (8), 2014.06.29
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 d3 4.c4 Nc6 5.Bxd3 g6 6.Nf3 Bg7 7.O-O d6 8.h3 Nf6 9.Nc3 O-O 10.Qe2 Bd7 11.Be3 Ne8 12.Rfd1 b6 13.Rac1 Nc7 14.Nd5 Rc8 15.a3 Ne6 16.Bb1 f5 17.exf5 gxf5 18.Ng5 Ne5 19.Nxe6 Bxe6 20.f4 Bxd5 21.cxd5 Ng6 22.Ba2 Qd7 23.Rc6 Kh8 24.Rdc1 Rxc6 25.dxc6 Qc7 26.Qa6 Rb8 27.Bd5 Nf8 28.Qb7 Rc8 29.b4 e6 30.Bf3 Qxb7 31.cxb7 Rxc1+ 32.Bxc1 Bd4+ 33.Kf1 Nd7 34.Ke2 Kg7 35.Kd3 Bg1 36.Bb2+ Kf7 37.g4 fxg4 38.hxg4 h6 39.g5 hxg5 40.Bh5+ Ke7 41.fxg5 e5 42.Ke4 b5 43.Bg4 Nb8 44.Kd5 Bb6 45.Bf5 Be3 46.g6 Bh6 47.Bc3 Bf8 48.Be1 Kf6 49.Be4 Ke7 50.Bf2 Kd7 51.Bxa7 Kc7 52.Bxb8+ Kxb8 53.Ke6 Kc7 54.Kf7 Bh6 55.g7 Bxg7 56.Kxg7 Kb8 57.Kf7 Kc7 58.Ke7 d5 59.Bxd5 e4 60.Bxe4 Kb8 61.Kd6 Ka7 62.Kc5 Ka6 1-0

Kazim’s opponent, GM Suarez won the tournament by 1/2 point, scoring 7 1/2.

Batista, Lazaro Reynaldo Ortiz GM (2694) – Gulamali, Kazim (2300)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (9), 2014.06.30
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 h6 7.h3 a6 8.Bg2 Qc7 9.Qe2 Nc6 10.Be3 g5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.e5 dxe5 13.Qc4 Bb7 14.O-O-O Rc8 15.h4 Rg8 16.hxg5 hxg5 17.Ne4 Nxe4 18.Qxe4 Be7 19.Qh7 Kf8 20.Qe4 Rb8 21.Ba7 Rc8 22.Rh7 Ba8 23.Qf3 Rg7 24.Qh3 Rxh7 25.Qxh7 Bb4 1-0

Cheng, Bindi (2410) – Ghatti, Sanjay (2038)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (6), 2014.06.28
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.O-O Be7 5.d4 O-O 6.c4 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Ra7 11.a3 Be4 12.Qc1 Qc8 13.Be3 Nd5 14.Nc3 Nxc3 15.Qxc3 Bd5 16.Ne5 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 Rb7 18.Rfc1 Nd7 19.Nc6 Bd6 20.Bf4 Nb6 21.Qf3 Qa8 22.Na5 Rbb8 23.Qxa8 Rxa8 24.Bxd6 cxd6 25.Rc6 Nc8 26.Rac1 d5 27.b3 g6 28.R1c5 Ne7 29.Rc7 Nf5 30.e3 Nd6 31.Nc6 Kg7 32.Ne5 Ne4 33.Rc2 Nd6 34.R2c6 Rfd8 35.Rb6 a5 36.Rcc6 Nc8 37.Ra6 Ne7 38.Rcb6 a4 39.Rxa8 Rxa8 40.b4 Rc8 41.Rb7 Nf5 42.Nxf7 Kg8 43.g4 Rc3 44.gxf5 Rxa3 45.Nh6+ Kf8 46.f6 1-0

Nguyen, Tan (1870) – Ghatti, Sanjay (2038)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (8), 2014.06.29
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b6 8.O-O Bb7 9.b3 c5 10.Bb2 Nc6 11.Qe2 cxd4 12.exd4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Qxd4 14.Nd5 Qc5 15.b4 Qd6 16.Be5 Qd7 17.Bxf6 Bxd5 18.Bxd5 Bxf6 19.Bxa8 Bxa1 20.Rd1 Qe7 21.Bc6 Bf6 22.b5 Rd8 23.g3 g6 24.Kg2 Rd4 25.Rxd4 Bxd4 26.Qf3 Kg7 27.h3 e5 28.Qd5 Kf8 29.h4 h5 30.Kg1 Qa3 31.Kg2 Qb2 32.Qf3 f5 33.Bd7 Qxa2 34.Bc6 Qb2 35.Kf1 Kg7 36.Kg2 e4 37.Qf4 e3 38.Qc7+ Kh6 39.Qf4+ Kh7 40.Qc7+ Bg7 41.Qf4 e2 42.Qe3 Qe5 0-1

Ghatti, Sanjay (2038) – Sapozhnikov, Roman (2298)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (9), 2014.06.30
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.f4 Qc7 10.Bf3 Nc6 11.Qe2 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 e5 13.fxe5 dxe5 14.Bf2 Be6 15.Rfd1 Bc5 16.Bxc5 Qxc5+ 17.Qf2 Rac8 18.Rd2 Qb4 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.c3 Qc5 21.exd5 e4 22.Qxc5 Rxc5 23.Bd1 Rxd5 24.Rxd5 Nxd5 25.Bc2 Nf6 26.Rd1 h5 27.h3 Re8 28.Kf2 h4 29.Ke3 Nh5 30.Rd7 Re6 31.Rxb7 g5 32.Bb3 Rf6 33.Kxe4 Nf4 34.Kf3 Kg7 35.Kg4 Kg6 36.Bc2+ Kh6 37.Kf3 Nxh3+ 38.Ke3 Nf2 39.Rb4 Kh5 40.Kd2 g4 41.Rd4 h3 42.gxh3 g3 43.Rd5+ Kh4 0-1

Ivanov, Mike (2137) – Guo, Arthur
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (5), 2014.06.28
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 e6 5.Nge2 g6 6.d3 Bg7 7.Be3 e5 8.O-O Nge7 9.f4 O-O 10.Qd2 Nd4 11.fxe5 dxe5 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Bg4 14.Nc3 Rc8 15.h3 Bd7 16.Ne4 Bf5 17.g4 Bxe4 18.dxe4 b6 19.a4 c4 20.Qf2 f5 21.gxf5 gxf5 22.Bxd4 fxe4 23.Qg3 exd4 24.Bxe4 Kh8 25.Rxf8+ Qxf8 26.Qh4 h6 27.Rf1 Qg8 28.Kh1 Rf8 29.Rxf8 Qxf8 30.Kg2 Qf6 31.Qg4 Qg5 32.Qxg5 hxg5 33.Kf3 d3 34.cxd3 cxd3 35.Bxd3 Bxb2 36.Kg4 Bf6 37.Kf5 Kg7 38.Ke6 Bd4 39.d6 b5 40.axb5 Bb6 41.Ke7 Bc5 42.Bc4 Bb4 43.Bf7 Bc5 44.Bh5 Bb4 45.Be2 Bc5 46.Bg4 Bb4 47.Bf3 Bc5 48.Be2 Bb4 49.b6 axb6 50.Bb5 Bc5 51.Kd7 Kf6 52.Kc7 Ke5 53.d7 Be7 54.Be2 Bf6 55.Bc4 Be7 56.d8=Q Bxd8+ 57.Kxd8 Kf4 58.Be6 b5 59.Ke7 b4 60.Kf6 b3 61.Bxb3 g4 62.h4 g3 63.Bd5 Kg4 ½-½

Lopez, Jorge (2042) – Guo, Arthur
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (8), 2014.06.29
1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 d5 5.Bb5+ Nc6 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.Nc3 a6 8.Bd3 Nge7 9.O-O Bc7 10.Re1 dxe4 11.Bxe4 Qd6 12.g3 f5 13.Bc2 O-O 14.Bb3 Ng6 15.Ng5 Rf6 16.d5 Nce7 17.Qh5 h6 18.Nxe6 Bxe6 19.Rxe6 Rxe6 20.dxe6 f4 21.Nd5 fxg3 22.Nxe7+ Nxe7 23.Qf7+ Kh8 24.hxg3 Bb6 25.Bf4 Qb4 26.Rd1 Bc5 27.Be5 Rg8 28.Qh5 Kh7 29.Bc2+ g6 30.Bf4 Nf5 31.Bxf5 gxf5 32.Qxh6# 1-0

Guo, Arthur – Nieto, Manuel (2057)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (9), 2014.06.30
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.O-O Bg7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 O-O 7.d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Nc3 Bg4 12.Be3 Rb8 13.Nxd5 Qxd5 14.b3 Rfd8 15.Rc1 Rb5 16.h3 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 Qxf3 18.gxf3 Bxd4 19.Bxd4 Rxd4 20.Rxe7 Ra5 21.Rxc6 Rd1+ 22.Kg2 Rg5+ 23.Kh2 Rd2 24.h4 Rxf2+ 25.Kh1 Ra5 26.Rc8+ Kg7 27.Rcc7 Raxa2 28.Rxf7+ Kg8 29.Rg7+ Kf8 30.Rgf7+ Ke8 31.Rfe7+ Kf8 32.Rf7+ ½-½

Meruga, Shanmukha – Kaufman, Lawrence GM (2329)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (2), 2014.06.26
1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.exd5 exd5 5.d4 c6 6.Bd3 Be7 7.h3 O-O 8.O-O Re8 9.Re1 Nbd7 10.Bf4 Nf8 11.Qd2 Ne6 12.Be5 Nd7 13.Bg3 Ndf8 14.Nd1 Bd6 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.c3 Bd7 17.Ne3 Nf4 18.Bc2 Qf6 19.Ng4 Nxh3+ 20.gxh3 Qxf3 21.Qg5 Bxg4 22.Qxg4 Qf6 23.h4 Re7 24.f4 h6 25.Kf2 Rae8 26.Rxe7 Qxe7 27.Kf1 Qe3 28.Rd1 h5 29.Qxh5 Qxf4+ 30.Kg2 g6 31.Qf3 Qxh4 32.Rf1 Qg5+ 33.Kh2 f5 34.Rg1 Qh6+ 35.Kg2 Re3 0-1

Nieto, Guillermo (1982) – Meruga, Shanmukha
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (4), 2014.06.27
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 d6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Bg4 8.O-O Nf6 9.d5 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Ne5 11.Qe2 Qd7 12.Bb3 O-O 13.Bg5 Kh8 14.a3 Bc5 15.Na4 Qg4 16.Qxg4 Nexg4 17.Nxc5 dxc5 18.f3 Ne5 19.Bxf6 gxf6 20.Rac1 b6 21.Rfd1 Rg8 22.Kf2 Rg6 23.g3 Rd8 24.Ba2 a5 25.Kg2 h5 26.f4 Ng4 27.Rd3 Nh6 28.b4 axb4 29.axb4 Ra8 30.Bb3 cxb4 31.Rxc7 Rgg8 32.d6 Rgc8 33.Rd4 Rd8 34.d7 1-0

Meruga, Shanmukha – Barot, Siddharth
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (9), 2014.06.30
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Bg5 e5 9.Qd3 Be7 10.Rd1 O-O 11.O-O Qb6 12.b3 Rfd8 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.Qxd5 Rac8 16.c4 a5 17.Qd3 a4 18.Qe3 Qxe3 19.fxe3 Be7 20.g4 h6 21.Ra1 Rc6 22.Rfd1 Rdc8 23.Rd5 Rb6 24.Nd2 Ra8 25.Rb1 Kh7 26.b4 Rc6 27.Ra5 Rxa5 28.bxa5 Bd8 29.a6 bxa6 30.Rc1 Rb6 31.Rb1 Kg6 32.Rxb6 Bxb6 33.Kf2 Kg5 34.Kf3 Kh4 35.Nf1 Kh3 36.Ng3 g6 37.Ne2 Ba5 38.Nc1 Bb4 39.Nd3 Ba3 40.Nf2+ Kxh2 41.Nd1 Bb4 42.Nb2 a3 43.Nd3 a5 44.Nc1 h5 45.gxh5 gxh5 46.Kf2 h4 47.Nd3 h3 48.Nc1 Bd2 49.Nd3 Bxe3+ 50.Kxe3 Kg1 51.Nf2 h2 52.Nh1 Kf1 53.Kd2 f6 ½-½

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