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After a loss to Adhiban yesterday, Nihal was paired against Konstantin Kavutskiy of U.S.A in the fifth round of Chess.com Isle of Man, Douglas. [caption id="attachment_750" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Kostya at the 2016 Autumn Invitational U.S.A, Photo by Aman Hambleton[/caption] According to his bio, IM Kostya Kavutskiy is a professional chess player, author,
Photos by Maria Emelianova Nihal faced GM Adhiban Baskaran in the fourth round. Both were reasonably well placed in the tournament with 2.0/4 and Adhiban was determined to propel himself in the standings. Nihal chose English symmetrical opening against his Indian counterpart.  After 7. e4,  Adhiban maneuvered his f6 Knight to
Photo and Video by Maria Emelianova Nihal went into round three with a respectable 1.5/2 and was up against the legendary Israeli Grandmaster Emil Sutovsky. Emil is one of the most creative chess players alive and is also the President of the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP). He is also
Photo & Video by Maria Emelianova The Isle of Man Masters 2017 teed off with some interesting moments as the first round pairings were completely random. While this saw some lopsided clashes, there were some interesting battles as well--Vladimir Kramnik lost to Fabiano Caruana, for example. Nihal had the black
Chess.com Isle of Man is very special for Nihal as for the first time in life he is playing among his favorites, GM Viswanathan Anand, GM Vladimir Kramnik and World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Thanks to the support and love from Chess.com Isle of Man organizers, Nihal has the opportunity to play