Back in the Day

In preparation for my upcoming Montreal tournament (the Montreal International), I was looking at some of the games of my prospective opponents. Part of the field includes two of my old competitors in World Youth competition – Etienne Bacrot (of France) and Arkadij Naiditsch (of Germany).

I played Naiditsch twice, the first game being in 1994 at the Under-10 World Youth Championship in Szeged, Hungary. Since wordpress.com doesn’t allow for the insertion of chess games, here’s a link to the full game: Bhat – Naiditsch, U10 WCh 1994.

Here’s the position after 21…Qxa2:

Bhat - Naiditsch

I finished him off with 22.Bxc6 dxc6 23.Qh4! (threatening Qf6 and Qf7+, with mate to follow). He resigned in a couple more moves.

Two years later, at the Under-12 World Youth Championships in Menorca, Spain, I got the black pieces against him. Here’s a link to that game: Naiditsch – Bhat, U12 WCh 1996.

Here’s the position after 33…Ra8:

Naiditsch - Bhat

While 34.Bb2 would lose to 34…Ra2, 34.Na5 would hold the balance. Black would capture on b4 and material equality would be restored. A sample line is 34.Na5 Nxb4 35.Rb1! Rxa5 36.Bxb4 Bxb4 with equality. However, Naiditsch blundered with 34.Ra1, when 34…Ne3+ 35.Kf3 Nc2 picked a piece.

The first game was decent from my end, but the second can’t really be called an epic struggle. Luckily, I played some better chess in the rest of that tournament in 1996 and went on to win the bronze medal.

In 1995, at the Under-12 World Youth Championships in Sao Lorenzo, Brazil, I got the black pieces against Bacrot. I was demolished in short order, in what might be one of the more embarrassing games of my chess career. Here’s the link to that game: Bacrot – Bhat, U12 WCh 1995.

Here’s the key position after 16.Nxd5:

Bacrot - Bhat

Do you see what’s wrong with 16…Nxd5? Well, at the time of the game, I guess I didn’t, as I played it and promptly lost to 17.Qh7#! Don’t try that at home kids! Mate in one … on h7. As some chessplayers have told me, that is one of the most basic mating patterns in chess. And I missed it. Oh well. Bacrot ran away with the tournament as the top seed (he was already 2400 FIDE at the time), while I went on to tie for 2nd place.

Bacrot is now about 2730 FIDE, and he’s the top seed in Montreal. Let’s hope I can avoid a similar fate my second time around (and that my record against Naiditsch stays perfect!).

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6 responses to “Back in the Day

  1. Hey, Kramnik got mated in 1 on h7 – you’re in good company.

    Speaking of your U-10 years, I believe that’s when I racked up my only plus score against a (now) GM, 2-0. Not to brag, or anything.

  2. Nice game against Tiviakov!

  3. When i went through the games yesterday, i was shocked by Tiviakov loss against a relative “low” rated player, but i was even more shocked by the way Bhat Vinay outplayed Tiviakov throughout the whole game, i was like “this guy drew against Bacrot and outplayed Tiviakov, he must have had a pocket fritz hidden somewhere”…
    And then looking more information about this player, i realized that he was completely underrated and his rating reflects more the fact he is not currently a professional chess player than his actual strength…
    The moral of the story is Rating is relative even if everybody swears by the rating and is obsessed with it, it can be tricky since it provides incomplete information about one’s chess skills…

  4. GM Bhat is contemporary of nakamura, had he not prioritize education his in the league of nakamura now, im expecting GM bhat to be above 2600 in two year time, then will advance some more in ranking after!

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