Aleksandrov remains ahead, Pranesh near his Grandmaster norm

Grandmaster Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus maintained his slender half-point lead after settling for a quick draw with compatriot Alexei Fedorov in the eighth round of 18th Delhi International Grandmasters chess tournament here at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
It was a non-event at the top of the tables as Aleksandrov just repeated moves very early and the draw was signed within a few minutes of the start of the game.
FM Pranesh vs. GM Adam Tukhaev. [Photo: Niklesh Jain/ ChessBase India]
The day belonged to teenager M Pranesh who scored another upset victory over Grandmaster Adam Tukhaev of Ukraine. Playing what was a slightly suspicious opening, Pranesh went for a dubious sacrifice which should not have worked with correct play but Tukhaev erred heavily and went down.
Pranesh shares the second spot on 6.5 points and is almost assured of his Grandmaster norm in all likelihood. The teen has already confirmed his International Master norm from the tournament.
Pranesh shares the second spot with six others. They are Fedorov, GM Abhijeet Gupta, GM Diptayan Ghosh, Jose Eduardo Martinez of Peru, Kirill Stupak of Belarus and Nodirbek Yakubboev of Uzbekistan.
GM Abhijeet Gupta vs IM Himal Gusain. [Photo: Niklesh Jain]
Among the Indians Abhijeet Gupta scored a fine victory over compatriot Himal Gusain who will now have to work hard to score his GM norm. It was an interesting battle wherein Abhijeet sacrificed a pawn for decent counter play and then cashed in during the mutual time trouble in the end.
GM Diptayan Ghosh. [Photo: Niklesh Jain]
Diptayan Ghosh defeated N Lokesh and will now clash with Abhijeet in the next round. With just two rounds to come in the 39 lakh prize money tournament the battle is likely to heat up. Pranesh is up against Yakubboev and is again likely to go all out given his track record here.
Important Results (Round-8) :-
Title Name Country Rating Point Result Point Title Name Country Rating
GM Aleksandrov Aleksej Belarus 2592 7 drew with GM Fedorov Alexei Belarus 2562
GM Gupta Abhijeet India 2603 beat 6 IM Gusain Himal India 2401
GM Vishnu Prasanna. V India 2474 lost to GM Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo Peru 2606
GM Yakubboev Nodirbek Uzbekistan 2597 beat IM Kaczur Florian Hungary 2485
GM Rozum Ivan Russia 2573 6 drew with 6 IM Neelash Saha India 2356
Lokesh N. India 2264 lost to GM Ghosh Diptayan India 2550
GM Tukhaev Adam Ukraine 2548 lost to FM Pranesh M India 2317
GM Stupak Kirill Belarus 2506 beat GM Karthik Venkataraman India 2479
GM Lugovskoy Maxim Russia 2453 lost to 6 GM Ponkratov Pavel Russia 2622
GM Amonatov Farrukh Tajikistan 2631 drew with GM Hesham Abdelrahman Egypt 2429
GM Karthikeyan Murali India 2606 6 beat 5 GM Dzhumaev Marat Uzbekistan 2422
IM Khusenkhojaev Muhammad Tajikistan 2420 5 lost to 6 GM Pantsulaia Levan Georgia 2598
GM Karthikeyan P. India 2416 5 lost to 6 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil Georgia 2578
FM Audi Ameya India 2359 6 beat 5 GM Bogdanovich Stanislav Ukraine 2562
GM David Alberto Italy 2562 6 beat 5 Sammed Jaykumar Shete India 2398
IM Rathnakaran K. India 2329 6 beat 5 IM Gholami Aryan Iran 2541
GM Debashis Das India 2523 6 beat 5 IM Muthaiah Al India 2367
GM Visakh N R India 2518 6 beat 5 IM Abdisalimov Abdimalik Uzbekistan 2381
FM Srihari L R India 2302 6 beat 5 GM Yudin Sergei Russia 2508
FM Rohith Krishna S India 2289 5 lost to 6 GM Harsha Bharathakoti India 2502

Himanshu Moudgil wins 18th Delhi International Open ‘Category B’

Himanshu Moudgil of Delhi won the title to pocket cash prize of 3 lakh. It was a four way tie for the pole position with 9 point eachand after the tie was resolved 11-year-old Md Imran of AP, Chandan Mandal of Delhi and Aansh Gupta, also of Delhi finished second to fourth and won cash prize of 2.5, 2 & 1.5 lakh respectively.
Category B Top 3: Second Runner up Chandan Mandal, First Runner up Md Imran and Winner Himanshu Moudgil.
A total of 747 players participated from seven countries – Bangladesh, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan in this four-day ten-round Swiss League event.

Final Standings in Category ‘B’

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3
1 91 Himanshu Moudgil IND 1731 Del 9,0 0,0 66,5 71,0
2 54 Md Imran IND 1782 AP 9,0 0,0 62,0 67,0
3 31 Chandan Mandal IND 1814 Del 9,0 0,0 60,5 64,5
4 22 Aansh Gupta IND 1828 Del 9,0 0,0 59,0 63,0
5 280 Sailesh R IND 1542 TN 8,5 0,0 64,5 68,0
6 45 Phatak Aanjaneya IND 1791 Mah 8,5 0,0 57,0 61,5
7 319 Prithwi Sinha IND 1502 Wes 8,0 0,0 64,0 68,5
8 12 Devesh Mukherjee IND 1859 Raj 8,0 0,0 63,5 69,5
9 3 Ayan Pal IND 1885 Wes 8,0 0,0 63,0 68,0
10 71 Nayak Sanjeeban IND 1755 Ori 8,0 0,0 63,0 67,5
11 37 Chudasama Ankit IND 1805 Guj 8,0 0,0 63,0 67,5
12 171 Roshan S IND 1652 TN 8,0 0,0 63,0 67,0
13 9 Sai Kiran Y IND 1868 AP 8,0 0,0 62,5 67,0
14 36 Rahul Kumar IND 1809 Bih 8,0 0,0 62,5 66,5
15 27 Anup Shankar R IND 1821 TN 8,0 0,0 59,5 65,0
16 169 Adithya Ramesh IND 1654 TN 8,0 0,0 59,0 63,0
17 88 Saurav Agarwal IND 1737 Del 8,0 0,0 58,5 63,0
18 103 Dhanvij Ansh IND 1725 Mah 8,0 0,0 57,0 62,0
19 79 Ranjith R.K. IND 1746 TN 8,0 0,0 56,0 60,0
20 28 Baig Akram IND 1819 Del 8,0 0,0 55,5 58,5