Just past the half-way mark in the European Youth Championships in Antalya, and Kavin is already up 60 FIDE points, having beaten beaten two 2250s in the past three rounds.
After an initial couple of wins against a 1600 and 1050, round 3 saw him up on board 7 against the 2280-rated seventh seed. But he won that, and after a minor setback against a 2370-rated FM in round 4, he was victorious in round 5 against a 2250-rated FM from Azerbaijan in a game which had a nice finish. It’s really obvious, but still a fun move – white to play and win here?
It is of course 1.0-0-0+, picking up the rook and forcing immediate resignation. So his FIDE is now up to 2140, while his ICU – with new 16 k-factor of course – hits 2155, number 2 in the club. He has another 2250 tomorrow, so he may well end the week still closer to 2200. That game is live on chess24.com from midday Irish time.
He’s not the only Benildus player involved – Leon is on 1½ but up 25 points given the strength of his opposition. Lara won her first two games to reach the top board for round three, but has since lost her last three games. And younger sister Lorena got off the mark too with a nice discovered mate in round 2, giving her her only point to date.