Commonwealth Championships begin; Virender Negi defeats Tania Sachdev in round 1

New Delhi (26 Jun 18):- Seasoned Delhi player Virender Singh Negi caused a major upset defeating International Master Tania Sachdev in the first round of the Commonwealth Chess Championship at the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel.

Playing white side of Neo-Catalan game, Negi was in a much worse position against her fancied opponent in the middle game and grabbed his chance as Tania overlooked bank rank mate under time pressure to lose a piece in a tactical skirmish. The game lasted 47 moves.

VS Negi

Grandmaster Tejas Bakre survived some anxious moments before he was held to a draw by Aron Klevansky of South Africa in 32 moves.

At the top of the tables, top seed Grandmaster Deep Sengupta defeated Hoolan Naipal of Mauritius while second seed Vaibhav Suri beat Kerala youngster Vinay Thomas Abraham without much struggle.

Third seed Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy accounted for Divya Lakshmi R while National Champion Lalith Babu had it easy against Joy Shah.

Aron Klevanksy

The Rs. 10 Lakh prize money championship was earlier inaugurated by Commonwealth President and AICF Secretary Mr. Bharat Singh Chauhan in a glittering ceremony.

The Championships have been split in 15 different categories. Apart from the open, there are under-8, 10,12,14,16,18 and 20 categories for boys and girls separately.

Pairings/Results

Round 1 on 2018/06/26 at 15:00 hrs

Bo. No. Name Typ Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Typ Rtg No.
1 83 CM Naipal Hoolan 1941 0 0 – 1 0 GM Sengupta Deep 2565 1
2 2 GM Vaibhav Suri 2556 0 1 – 0 0 AGM Vinay Thomas Abraham 1938 84
3 85 Divya Lakshmi R 1934 0 0 – 1 0 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2531 3
4 4 GM Lalith Babu M R 2529 0 1 – 0 0 Joy Pankaj Shah 1929 86
5 87 Trivedi Karan R 1924 0 0 – 1 0 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2525 5
6 6 GM Debashis Das 2522 0 1 – 0 0 FM Gluckman Paul 1922 88
7 89 Samal Ansuman 1922 0 0 – 1 0 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2495 7
8 8 GM Thejkumar M. S. 2495 0 1 – 0 0 WIM Hamid Rani S60 1918 90
9 91 Saranya Y 1908 0 0 – 1 0 GM Kunte Abhijit 2494 9
10 10 IM Karthik Venkataraman 2475 0 1 – 0 0 Bhagyashree Patil 1906 92
11 93 AFM Choubey Saurabh 1899 0 0 – 1 0 IM Visakh N R 2467 11
12 12 IM Karthikeyan P. 2456 0 1 – 0 0 Sanskriti Goyal 1898 94
13 95 Huidrom Bhupendranath 1893 0 0 – 1 0 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2441 13
14 14 IM Nitin S. 2441 0 1 – 0 0 Sudarshan Malga 1892 96
15 97 CM Klevansky Aron 1889 0 ½ – ½ 0 GM Bakre Tejas 2439 15
16 16 GM Laxman R.R. 2438 0 1 – 0 0 AIM Arora Manoj 1887 98
17 99 Roy Pallabi 1875 0 0 – 1 0 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2425 17
18 18 GM Thipsay Praveen M 2405 0 1 – 0 0 Toshali V 1875 100
19 101 Negi Virender Singh 1868 0 1 – 0 0 IM Tania Sachdev 2393 19
20 20 IM Akash G 2391 0 1 – 0 0 Sambarta Banerjee 1865 102