Seven share lead; Meghna stuns Kunte

Meghana C.H

Report by I.A Gopakumaran Sudhakaran

Top three boards in the third round ended without decisive results paved the way for fifth seed Grandmaster Vishnu Prasanna and sixth seed Debashis Das along with five others to share the lead with a perfect score in the Commonwealth Chess Championship which is progress at Leela Ambience Convention Hotel.

GM Debasis Das

Playing with black pieces in Ruy Lopez game, Deep Sengupta settled with half point against former national champion International Master G Akash while Grandmaster Deepen Chakkravarthy and national champion Grandmaster Lalith Babu were forced to split the point against Sammed Shete and International Master Ratnakaran respectively. Debashis Das maintained his clean sheet after beating Koustav Chatterjee while Vishnu Prasanna outwitted Niranjan Navalgund.

GM Rohit Lalith Babu

In a major upset of the day, Meghna CH stunned former national champion Abhijit Kunte. Playing white side of Kann variation of Sicilian defence game, Meghna used her minor pieces to good effect in the middle game to register a memorable win in 38 moves.

In other important encounters, newly crowned national under-13 champion Aaryan Varshney held Grandmaster Swapnil Dhopade. Sambit Panda and Arpita Mukherjee made their second consecutive draw against Grandmasters as they held Thejkumar and Sundarajan Kidambi.

Pairings/Results

Round 3 on 2018/06/28 at 15:00 hrs

Bo. No. Name Typ Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Typ Rtg No.
1 20 IM Akash G 2391 2 ½ – ½ 2 GM Sengupta Deep 2565 1
2 22 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2375 2 ½ – ½ 2 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2531 3
3 4 GM Lalith Babu M R 2529 2 ½ – ½ 2 IM Rathnakaran K. 2386 21
4 35 Navalgund Niranjan 2282 2 0 – 1 2 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2525 5
5 6 GM Debashis Das 2522 2 1 – 0 2 Koustav Chatterjee 2365 23
6 41 Aaryan Varshney 2210 2 ½ – ½ 2 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2495 7
7 10 IM Karthik Venkataraman 2475 2 1 – 0 2 IM Kobese Watu 2349 26
8 12 IM Karthikeyan P. 2456 2 ½ – ½ 2 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2285 32
9 43 Moksh Amit Doshi 2203 2 ½ – ½ 2 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2441 13
10 14 IM Nitin S. 2441 2 1 – 0 2 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv 2270 36
11 16 GM Laxman R.R. 2438 2 1 – 0 2 FM Thilakarathne G M H 2188 45
12 18 GM Thipsay Praveen M 2405 2 1 – 0 2 WFM Lakshmi C 1954 80
13 79 WFM Meghna C H 1955 2 1 – 0 GM Kunte Abhijit 2494 9
14 2 GM Vaibhav Suri 2556 1 – 0 Nayak Rajesh 2195 44
15 8 GM Thejkumar M. S. 2495 ½ – ½ Panda Sambit 2187 46
16 55 Mahitosh Dey 2115 0 – 1 IM Visakh N R 2467 11
17 57 Mohite Ranveer 2089 0 – 1 GM Bakre Tejas 2439 15
18 60 WFM Arpita Mukherjee 2076 ½ – ½ GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2425 17
19 24 Sankalp Gupta 2365 1 – 0 WFM Divya Deshmukh 2139 52
20 27 IM Siva Mahadevan 2346 0 – 1 AGM Jubin Jimmy 2113 56