Nitin maintains sole lead

Report by I.A Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Overnight sole leader International Master S Nitin maintained his lead with a perfect score after defeating compatriot Visakh NR in the fifth round of the Commonwealth Chess Championship at Hotel Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, New Delhi.

Nitin was a class act on Saturday morning with his white pieces against Visakh in a Sicilian defence game. He put enormous pressure on the kingside of his rival in the middle game after queenside castling to secure the victory after 51 moves.

GM Vaibhav Suri

In other important fifth round encounters, Grandmaster Vaibhav Suri defeated Grandmaster RR Laxman while Debashis Das outwitted Meghna CH and International Master Karthik Venkataraman got better off K Ratnakaran.

Vaibhav, Debashis, Karthik along with Sankalp Gupta and G Akash are sharing the second spot with four and half points. Sankalp put it across Grandmaster Vishnu Prasanna while former national champion G Akash defeated Grandmaster Tejas Bakre.

Thilakarathne GMH

There was no dearth for surprises in the fifth round also as Fide Master Thilakarathne GMH of Sri Lanka stunned Grandmaster Swapnil Dhopade while Priyanka K outwitted Women Grandmaster Mary Ann Gomes.

Incidentally, top-seeded Grandmaster Deep Sengupta celebrated his birthday with team D.C.A during the Championship.

Pairings/Results

Round 5 on 2018/06/30 at 09:30 hrs

Bo. No. Name Typ Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Typ Rtg No.
1 14 IM Nitin S. 2441 4 1 – 0 IM Visakh N R 2467 11
2 2 GM Vaibhav Suri 2556 1 – 0 GM Laxman R.R. 2438 16
3 6 GM Debashis Das 2522 1 – 0 WFM Meghna C H 1955 79
4 10 IM Karthik Venkataraman 2475 1 – 0 IM Rathnakaran K. 2386 21
5 18 GM Thipsay Praveen M 2405 ½ – ½ IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2441 13
6 20 IM Akash G 2391 1 – 0 GM Bakre Tejas 2439 15
7 24 Sankalp Gupta 2365 1 – 0 3 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2525 5
8 38 Dixit Nikhil 2252 3 0 – 1 3 GM Sengupta Deep 2565 1
9 4 GM Lalith Babu M R 2529 3 1 – 0 3 IM Gluckman David 2207 42
10 45 FM Thilakarathne G M H 2188 3 1 – 0 3 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2495 7
11 12 IM Karthikeyan P. 2456 3 1 – 0 3 Panda Sambit 2187 46
12 17 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2425 3 1 – 0 3 WIM Pujari Rucha 2181 48
13 22 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2375 3 ½ – ½ 3 Joshi Govind Ballabh 2078 59
14 47 Bhambure Shantanu 2183 3 ½ – ½ 3 IM Kobese Watu 2349 26
15 53 Alahakoon Isuru 2133 3 0 – 1 3 Wagh Suyog 2289 30
16 35 Navalgund Niranjan 2282 3 1 – 0 3 Sreeshwan Maralakshikari 2064 61
17 62 Bala Kannamma P 2063 3 ½ – ½ 3 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv 2270 36
18 3 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2531 1 – 0 3 Joy Pankaj Shah 1929 85
19 60 WFM Arpita Mukherjee 2076 0 – 1 GM Kunte Abhijit 2494 9