The 2nd DCA Open: Matta Vinay Kumar in sole lead

New Delhi (14 Oct 17) :- Andhra Bank’s Matta Vinay Kumar defeated International Master Himal Gusain of Chandigarh in the seventh round to take sole with 6.5 in the ongoing 2nd DCA Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament at Navakaar Banquets, Hotel Caspia here on Saturday.

A pack of thirteen players including Grandmaster RR Laxman and second seed International Master Arghyadip Das are closely following the leader with a drift of half-point.

Playing white side of Taimanov variation of Sicilian defence, Vinay Kumar had shown tactical end game skills with his queen against Rook and Bishop to overcome his top seed rival in 57 moves. In other important seventh round battles, second seed Arghyadip Das of Railways signed the peace treaty with team mate Rahul Sangma while Abhishek Kelkar and Grandmaster RR Laxman settled for half point against Shailesh Dravid and Aronyak Ghosh respectively.

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In a surprising result of the day, Y Saranya of Tamilnadu held Grandmaster GM MR Venkatesh to a creditable draw.

The penultimate round is in progress at the time of report.

Pairings/Results

Round 8 on 2017/10/14 at 1530 hrs

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 2 IM Das Arghyadip 2434 6 1 – 0 FM Matta Vinay Kumar 2288 12
2 15 CM Aronyak Ghosh 2185 6 ½ – ½ 6 IM Abhishek Kelkar 2403 4
3 5 Saravana Krishnan P. 2396 6 0 – 1 6 IM Sangma Rahul 2311 10
4 28 Barath Kalyan M 2002 6 0 – 1 6 GM Laxman R.R. 2392 6
5 7 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M 2353 6 ½ – ½ 6 Deepak Katiyar 2106 20
6 11 Shailesh Dravid 2292 6 ½ – ½ 6 IM Hemant Sharma (del) 2342 8
7 9 IM Rathnakaran K. 2326 6 1 – 0 6 Gajendra Singh 1971 36
8 1 IM Gusain Himal 2454 1 – 0 Saranya Y 1939 49
9 3 GM Venkatesh M.R. 2418 1 – 0 Ashutosh Kumar 1869 74
10 43 Arka Sengupta 1954 ½ – ½ Joshi Govind Ballabh 2163 16
11 47 Joy Lazar M.A. 1946 ½ – ½ FM Ramakrishna J. 2126 18
12 27 Deepthamsh Reddy. M 2019 0 – 1 Mushini Ajay 1690 138
13 53 Ganguly Ritabroto 1930 ½ – ½ Ghosh Samriddhaa 1984 32
14 37 Arun Rathi 1970 0 – 1 Subramanian R M 1851 80
15 55 Alok Sinha 1924 1 – 0 Raghav Srivathsav V 1967 38

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