Quest to GM Complete: Akshat Earns Final Norm in Saint Louis

akshat-chandra-copy Akshat Chandra, Photo STL Chess Club
Congrats to 17-year-old Akshat Chandra of Quest to GM, who recently earned his final GM norm at the Autumn Invitational at the Saint Louis Chess Club (Nov 17-22). He finished the event with 6.5/9, joint first with GM Priyadharshan Kannappan. Chandra wrote an in-depth piece on his blog, now re-named "akshatchandra.com" with annotated games on his victory. His victims in the 10-player round robin included GM Ben Finegold, IM Aman Hambleton and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.
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[Event "CCSCSL Autumn Invitational"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.11.18"]
[White "Chandra, Akshat"]
[Black "Finegold, Ben"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A56"]
[WhiteElo "2509"]
[BlackElo "2493"]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[WhiteClock "0:10:13"]
[BlackClock "0:08:20"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 g6 6. e4 d6 7. f3 Bg7 8. Be3
O-O 9. Be2 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Nd7 11. Bxg7 Kxg7 12. Qd2 a5 13. O-O Nc5 14. b3 Be6
15. Kh1 f6 16. Rab1 Rc8 17. Nd5 Bxd5 18. exd5 e5 19. dxe6 Re8 20. f4 Rxe6 21.
Bf3 Qb6 22. Bg4 f5 23. Qd4+ Kh6 24. Bf3 Rce8 25. Bd5 Re3 26. g4 fxg4 27. f5 Nd7
28. Qxg4 Nf6 29. Qh4+ Nh5 30. f6 Rf8 31. Rf5 Re1+ 32. Rxe1 gxf5 33. Bf3 1-0[/pgn]
Chandra is also active on twitter and wrote after his victory. He also contributed a piece for the Saint Louis Public Radio on his feat.
_dsc1864 Akshat Chandra, now a Saint Louis resident, here facing US Champ Fabiano Caruana. Photo Saint Louis Chess Club at the 2016 US Championships.
Find more games and details on the event at uschesschamps.com. 

Comments

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

A very instructive game on how to play against this type of structure. 31.Rf5! was a nice finishing touch. Congratulations GM-elect Chandra!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

31. Rf5!! What an amazing shot!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

[…] Find out more about the Autumn Invitational here, including the GM section, in which Akshat Chandra earned his final GM norm. […]

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