From November 20 to 26, Runavik open, a-seven-day Swiss-league took place in the Faroe Islands. The temperature was around -3°C to 1°C with frequent snowfall. Nihal, fresh from Northern Lights Open was accustomed to the weather and timings. Which meant better games and better performance was waiting ahead.
On the way to the tournament hall, he met his good friend and mentor—GM Srinath Narayanan. They played Blitz games, following a hearty lunch consisting of skerpikjøt, potatoes, and fresh vegetables.
The tournament had a strong line-up. India’s GM Deep Sengupta was the highest rated player (2587). Nihal started off as the 11th seeded player.
The game which went on to become wildly popular is the fifth round game. When asked about this 13 move miniature, Nihal said, “It was quite good. He did not have the proper idea in this setup, I think After Ndf3, I am just winning!”
Apart from putting up a good fight, a few players (girls) showered him with flying kisses (!). The elders accompanying him were jealous and wanted to be young again.
Nihal will next play in the prestigious London Chess Classic to be held from December 2nd to 9th 2017 in the United Kingdom.