Apr 172019

GM Hrant Melkumyan first played in the Doeberl in 2014, and has gone close to winning it on a couple of occasions. This year he is the top seed and rating favourite to win the tournament. But as past years have shown, it isn’t an easy tournament to win, as one misstep can prove fatal.
In 2016 Melkumyan was close to winning, but it turned out to be IM James Morris’s year. However he did have the satisfaction in beating fellow GM (and regular Doeberl visitor) SS Ganguly.

Melkumyan,Hrant (2653) – Ganguly,Surya Shekhar (2646) [E21]
Doeberl Cup 54th Canberra (5), 26.03.2016 new PgnViewer( { boardName: “game971”, movesFormat: “default”, pgnString:’1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.Bd2 Bb7 6.g3 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 Ne4 8.Rc1 d6 9.Bg2 Nd7 10.O-O Nxc3 11.Rxc3 Be4 12.Bh3 Qe7 13.d5 O-O 14.Re3 Bxf3 15.dxe6 Nc5 16.exf7+ Qxf7 17.exf3 Rae8 18.b4 Nd7 19.Bxd7 Rxe3 20.fxe3 Qxd7 21.e4 Kh8 22.c5 bxc5 23.bxc5 Qc6 24.cxd6 Qc5+ 25.Kg2 cxd6 26.Rf2 Rb8 27.Rc2 Qb4 28.Rd2 Qa5 29.Qc2 Qb4 30.Qd3 h6 31.a3 Qc5 32.Qxd6 Qxd6 33.Rxd6 Rb2+ 34.Kh3 Rb3 35.f4 Rxa3 36.Kg4 a5 37.Ra6 a4 38.h4 Kh7 39.h5 Ra1 40.Kf5 a3 41.g4 Ra2 42.e5 Ra1 43.e6 1-0′, pauseBetweenMoves: 500, pieceSize: 29 } );

From Doeberl Cup’s past
Source: Chessexpress