IM Abhimanyu Mishra of the United States became the youngest International Master in history. Now the young boy has become the youngest International Grandmaster in history after taking first place in the Vezerkepzo GM Mix tournament in Budapest, Hungary. Abhimanyu defeated the GM Leon Luke Mendonca, rated 2549 in the penultimate round of the tournament to score his seventh point and according to the pairings for the last round at Chess-Results.com (https://chess-results.com/tnr565933.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=10&turdet=YES&flag=30) is not paired for the last round tomorrow, 7/1/21. Neither is Basak Souhardo, an untitled player from India rated 2382 going into the tournament, who will finish with 6 1/2 points. He can only be caught by Candidate Master Shahil Dey, rated 2434, also of India. CM Dey has 5 1/2 points and will be in charge of the white army against the player who lost to Abhimanyu Mishra today, GM Leon Luke Mendonca (2549), who has 5 points, and who is also from India.
What follows is how Mishra accomplished his mission:
In the opening round after white played his 28th move black looked to have the better position what with two bishops versus two knights and a dangerously advanced passed pawn thrust into the enemy position. Unfortunately, the FM played an extremely weak move completely giving the advantage to Mishra.
IM Abhimanyu Mishra (2485) vs FM Agoston Juhasz (2362)
Vezerkepzo GM Mix 2021 round 01
- d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 a6 8. Be2 b5 9. Qb3 c5 10. dxc5 Bb7 11. e5 Nfd7 12. Be3 e6 13. O-O Qc7 14. Rad1 Nxc5 15. Qa3 Ncd7 16. Qe7 Rc8 17. Ne4 Qd8 18. Qxd8+ Rxd8 19. Bg5 Rf8 20. Nd6 Bd5 21. Be7 Nc6 22. Bxf8 Nxf8 23. Ng5 Nxe5 24. f4 Nc4 25. Bxc4 bxc4 26. Ngxf7 Bxb2 27. Ne5 c3 28. Ndc4 Rb8 29. Rf2 Be4 30. Nd3 Bxd3 31. Rxd3 Rc8 32. Ne3 Rc5 33. Rc2 e5 34. Rd5 Ne6 35. Rxc5 Nxc5 36. Nd1 Nd3 37. Nxc3 exf4 38. Rd2 Bxc3 39. Rxd3 Bb4 40. Kf1 g5 41. Rd7 a5 42. Ke2 g4 43. Rd4 f3+ 44. gxf3 gxf3+ 45. Kxf3 1-0
In round two Mishra asserted his dominance before the opening was over and pounded his oppenent into submission:
GM Zlatko Ilincic (2383)
vs IM Abhimanyu Mishra (2485)
Vezerkepzo GM Mix 2021 round 02
- d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bd3 dxc4 6. Bxc4 Nbd7 7. O-O Bd6 8. a4 O-O 9. Nbd2 b6 10. Bd3 c5 11. Nc4 Be7 12. e4 Ba6 13. e5 Nd5 14. Ne3 Bxd3 15. Qxd3 Nf4 16. Qe4 Ne2+ 17. Kh1 Nxd4 18. Nxd4 cxd4 19. Qxd4 Nc5 20. Qc4 Rc8 21. Rd1 Qc7 22. f4 Rfd8 23. Rd2 Nd3 24. Qxd3 Rxd3 25. Rxd3 Rd8 26. Rxd8+ Qxd8 27. Kg1 Qd3 28. Kf2 a5 29. Kf3 Bc5 30. h4 h5 31. g3 Kh7 32. Kf2 Kg6 33. Kf3 f6 34. exf6 gxf6 35. b4 axb4 36. a5 Bd4 37. Ra4 Bxe3 0-1
The third round saw the untitled player produce a solid game and a draw was agreed.
Basak Souhardo (2382) vs IM Abhimanyu Mishra (2485)
Vezerkepzo GM Mix 2021 round 03
- e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. dxc5 Nf6 6. Ngf3 Qxc5 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. O-O Be7 9. a4 O-O 10. a5 Qc7 11. Nb3 Nc5 12. Nxc5 Bxc5 13. Bg5 Bd7 14. Qe2 Nd5 15. Ne5 Bd6 16. Nxd7 Qxd7 17. Be4 Qc7 18. g3 h6 19. Bd2 Rac8 20. Ra4 Nf6 21. Bc3 Nxe4 22. Rxe4 Rfd8 23. Rg4 e5 24. Rd1 f6 25. Rd5 Bf8 26. Rxd8 Rxd8 27. Qc4+ Qf7 28. Qxf7+ Kxf7 29. Rc4 Bd6 30. Kf1 Ke6 31. Ke2 h5 32. Bb4 g5 ½-½
In the fourth round Mishra played an unusual move in the D11 Queen’s Gambit Declined Slav, 3.Nf3 variation when he played 4 Qb3. Although the ChessBaseDataBase shows 4 Nc3; e3;Qc2; and 4 cxd5 as having been played more frequently, it also shows the move scoring higher, at 60%, than any other move, and against higher rated ELO opposition of 2489. I believe something was mentioned about this move in an earlier post on this blog (https://xpertchesslessons.wordpress.com/2021/06/17/american-phenom-abhimanyu-mishra-searching-for-a-record/). Mishra simply outplayed Candidate Master Shahil.
IM Abhimanyu Mishra (2485) vs CM Dey Shahil (2434)
Vezerkepzo GM Mix 2021 round 04
- d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qb3 dxc4 5. Qxc4 Bf5 6. g3 e6 7. Bg2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Nbd2 Nbd7 10. Qb3 Qb6 11. Nc4 Qa6 12. Bf4 Nd5 13. Bd6 Be4 14. Bxe7 Nxe7 15. Nd6 Bd5 16. Qc2 Nc8 17. Ng5 Nf6 18. Nde4 Nxe4 19. Bxe4 Bxe4 20. Qxe4 g6 21. e3 h6 22. Nf3 Qb5 23. Ne5 Ne7 24. Qf4 Nf5 25. a4 Qa5 26. g4 g5 27. Qf3 Nh4 28. Qf6 Qd5 29. f3 Kh7 30. Nxf7 Ng6 31. e4 Qb3 32. f4 Qe3+ 33. Rf2 gxf4 34. Ra3 Qe1+ 35. Rf1 Qh4 36. Qxh4 Nxh4 37. Rxf4 Kg7 38. g5 hxg5 39. Nxg5 Rxf4 40. Nxe6+ Kf6 41. Nxf4 Kg5 42. Ne2 Re8 43. Rg3+ Kf6 44. Rg4 Nf3+ 45. Kf2 Nd2 46. e5+ Ke6 47. Ke3 Nc4+ 48. Ke4 Nd2+ 49. Kd3 Nf3 50. Rg7 c5 51. Nf4+ Kf5 52. Rf7+ Kg4 53. Nd5 1-0
In round five Mishra faced a young girl from Hungary, born in 2007. Zsoka has a “WFM” title. I have no idea what is the difference between a “WFM” and a “FM” or if there is a difference. There must be a difference or else the women would be up in arms about the “W” being attached before the “FM.” Then if there is a difference, why are the women not up in arms about being considered inferior to male players? Just asking…
Mishra was now tied for first/second with the untitled Basak Souhardo, both with 3 1/2 points.
After twenty six moves Mishra, playing black, had some advantage, because of his advanced passed pawn. Still, the position might have been defended, especially if the young girl had not failed to protect the b-pawn with her 27th move. From there the ground came up fast after letting go of the rope…
WFM Zsoka Gaal (2233)
vs IM Abhimanyu Mishra (2485)
Vezerkepzo GM Mix 2021 round 05
- Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. O-O O-O 5. d4 d5 6. c4 c6 7. Qb3 dxc4 8. Qxc4 Bf5 9. Nc3 Nbd7 10. Bf4 Qb6 11. Qb3 Qxb3 12. axb3 Be6 13. b4 a6 14. Na4 Nd5 15. Bd2 Bg4 16. e3 e5 17. dxe5 Nxe5 18. Nxe5 Bxe5 19. Bxd5 cxd5 20. Bc3 Bxc3 21. bxc3 Bf3 22. Nc5 Rfc8 23. Nxb7 d4 24. Nc5 dxc3 25. Nb3 Rab8 26. Nd4 Be4 27. Rfc1 Rxb4 28. Rxa6 Rb1 29. Ra1 c2 30. Ne2 Rxa1 31. Rxa1 Bf3 32. Nc1 Rd8 0-1
After the win, Mishra was now crusing, a full point ahead of the field.
This was a strange game and I do not know what to write about it other than that there were some strange moves made after both players castled. I was watching this game in “real time” and assumed there had been some malfunction after seeing white’s thirteenth move made on screen. Then I recalled something written by Grant Oen of the Charlotte Chess Club and Scholastic Center in an email response to a post (https://xpertchesslessons.wordpress.com/2021/06/03/reply-to-grant-oen/):
“Regarding the Vincent Tsay game, the DGT broadcast occasionally catches moves that players analyze after the game is finished if the broadcast is not stopped at the right time. This is tough when the players make moves after the game before “setting the kings.”
ChessBomb did not pick up the correction because that site is outdated and no longer fully functional after being purchased and rebranded to Chess.com/events. Almost no one still uses ChessBomb.”
I thought maybe GM Nagy had possibly offered a draw and young Mr. Mishra had moved his king to the middle of the board, but just to be sure I went to Chess24 and, lo & behold, it, too, showed 13 Qb3 having been played. 13 Qb3 is shown in dark red at ChessBomb, meaning it is a blunder. Numerically speaking, white went from being +0.77 to – 0.59. I can understand the boy offering the draw, but why did GM Nagy accept the proffered draw? The time has come to eradicate all draw offers.
IM Abhimanyu Mishra (2485) vs GM Gabor Nagy (2529)
Vezerkepzo GM Mix 2021 round 06
- d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. Bf4 dxc4 6. e3 Nd5 7. Bxc4 Nxf4 8. exf4 Bd6 9. Ne5 O-O 10. O-O a6 11. Qf3 Rb8 12. a4 c5 13. Qd3 ½-½
After that game Mishra must have been
After the short draw Mishra was still 1/2 point ahead of Basak Souhardo. The seventh round game was the most interesting of the event, as it was a back and forth battle until Mishra blundered with his fortieth “Big Red” move, and as these things go, he continued to light up the board while going down in flames…
IM Abhimanyu Mishra (2485) vs GM Milan Pacher (2406)
Vezerkepzo GM Mix 2021 round 07
- d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. Bf4 dxc4 6. e3 a6 7. a4 Bd6 8. Bxd6 cxd6 9. Bxc4 O-O 10. O-O b6 11. d5 e5 12. Nd2 Ne8 13. Rc1 f5 14. f4 g5 15. g3 Ng7 16. Kh1 Kh8 17. Nf3 g4 18. Ne1 exf4 19. exf4 Bb7 20. Nc2 Rc8 21. b3 Rc5 22. Qd3 Qf6 23. Rfe1 Rfc8 24. Ne3 h5 25. Rc2 R5c7 26. Rec1 Nc5 27. Qd2 Re7 28. b4 Nce6 29. Ne2 Rce8 30. Ng2 Nc7 31. Nc3 a5 32. b5 h4 33. gxh4 Nh5 34. Rd1 g3 35. Qd4 gxh2 36. Kxh2 Rg7 37. Qxf6 Nxf6 38. Rd3 Reg8 39. Re2 Ne6 40. Rxe6 Rxg2+ 41. Kh3 Rg1 42. Re2 Nh5 43. Kh2 Nxf4 44. Rf3 R1g4 45. Rxf4 Rxf4 46. Re3 Rxc4 47. Kh3 f4 48. Rf3 Bc8+ 49. Kh2 Rg3 50. Rxf4 Rh3+ 0-1
https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-vezerkepzo-gm-mix/07-Mishra_Abhimanyu-Pacher_MilanttAfter the loss Mishra dropped to second place with 5 points, tied for second/third with GM Milan Pacher. The untitled Indian was on top with 5 1/2 points. It was crisis time in the Mishra camp. Things could have been much worse if GM Gabor Nagy had shown some cojones and fought on like a man in lieu of accepting the draw offer in round six…
- But it was Mishra’s good fortune to be paired with only an FIDE Master in the next round…FM Bence Leszko is from Hungary and his handle at Chess.com is, “Tooweak2slow.” What else do you need to know? Actually, Bence played a fine game up until having a brain cramp in an even position on move 34. Unfortunately, the cramp turned into a seizure on the next move and it was all over even thought the spasms lasted for several more agonizing moves…
FM Bence Leszko (2311)
vs IM Abhimanyu Mishra (2485)
Vezerkepzo GM Mix 2021 round 08
- Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. h4 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Qxd1+ 7. Kxd1 f6 8. h5 g5 9. e4 e5 10. Be3 Nd7 11. Nh2 Nc5 12. f3 Be6 13. Kc2 a5 14. Bxc5 Bxc5 15. Ng4 Ke7 16. b3 c6 17. Bc4 Bd7 18. a4 Rhc8 19. Rad1 Rc7 20. Nh6 Kf8 21. Ng4 Be7 22. Ne3 Rb8 23. Rd2 b5 24. Rhd1 Be8 25. Be6 Bxh5 26. Rd7 Rbb7 27. Rxc7 Rxc7 28. Rd7 Rxd7 29. Bxd7 Bc5 30. Ng4 bxa4 31. bxa4 Ke7 32. Bxc6 Bf7 33. Nh6 Bc4 34. Bd5 Bf1 35. g3 Bg2 36. Ng8+ Kd8 37. Nxf6 Bxf3 38. Nxh7 Be7 39. c4 Bh5 40. Kd3 Bg6 41. Bg8 Kc7 42. c5 Kc6 43. Kc4 Bxe4 44. Nxg5 Bxg5 45. Bf7 Kc7 46. Bd5 Bxd5+ 47. Kxd5 e4 48. Kxe4 Kc6 49. Kd4 Bf6+ 50. Kc4 Be5 0-1
Now the good ship Mishra had been righted, the leak plugged and the water bailed out and cast overboard. He was again tied for the lead with Basak Souhardo. Mishra was now paired with GM Leon Luke Mendonca, rated 2549 and tied for 3rd/5th, a point behind the two leaders with 5 points.
This was a hard fought, and well played game up to a point. Mishra was better until he made a weak 36th move, and again on move 38. After 47 moves white was a clear pawn up with the better position. What happened next you must see for yourself; I will make no comment. Certainly much will be written about last moves of the game by those who were on the scene.
GM Leon Luke Mendonca (2549)
vs IM Abhimanyu Mishra (2485)
Vezerkepzo GM Mix 2021 round 09
- d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 c5 7. dxc5 Be6 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Be2 Qa5 10. Ng5 Nd8 11. Bg3 dxc4 12. Nxe6 Nxe6 13. Qa4 Qxc5 14. Bxc4 Qb6 15. Qb3 Qxb3 16. Bxb3 Nc5 17. Ke2 Nxb3 18. axb3 Rfd8 19. Rhd1 Ne8 20. Rxd8 Rxd8 21. Rd1 Rxd1 22. Kxd1 Nf6 23. Kc2 Nd7 24. b4 f5 25. Nb5 a6 26. Nc7 Kf7 27. b5 a5 28. Nd5 Nc5 29. Bc7 a4 30. f3 Ke6 31. Nc3 Bxc3 32. Kxc3 Kd5 33. Bd8 e5 34. Be7 Nb3 35. h3 e4 36. fxe4+ fxe4 37. Kb4 Nd2 38. Bf6 h5 39. Kxa4 Kc4 40. Ka5 Nb3+ 41. Kb6 Nc5 42. Bd4 Nb3 43. Bf6 Kb4 44. Kxb7 Kxb5 45. Kc7 Kc4 46. Kd6 Kd3 47. Bg5 Nd2 48. Ke5 Nf3+ 49. gxf3 exf3 50. Bh4 g5 51. Bf2 Ke2 52. b4 Kxf2 53. b5 Kxe3 54. b6 f2 55. b7 f1=Q 0-1