Nitin beats Vishnu Prasanna to snatch lead

New Delhi (29 Jun 18):- International Master S Nitin continued his fine form and put it across Grandmaster Vishnu Prasanna to snatch the sole lead on four points after the end of fourth round matches of Commonwealth Chess Championship here at the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel on Friday.

Playing with black pieces in a Sicilian defence game, Nitin exerted pressure on queen side of his grandmaster rival with his dark square bishop to secure advantage in the middle game to garner full point after 42 moves on top board while all other overnight leaders signed the peace treaty to occupy the joint second spot with a drift of half point from the leader.

Debashis Das drew with compatriot RR Laxman while Meghna CH produced another outstanding performance to hold IM Karthik Venkataraman, who recently won the Odisha Open. Veteran Grandmaster Praveen Thipsay and top seed Deep Sengupta shook hand after 43 moves signalling a drawn result.

In the upsets of the day, national sub-junior champion Sankalp Gupta defeated Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy while seasoned campaigner GB Joshi stunned Grandmaster Thej Kumar. Continuing her impressive run in the event, West Bengal teenager Arpita Mukherjee held International Master Tania Sachdev.

Pairings/Results

Round 4 on 2018/06/29 at 15:00 hrs

Bo. No. Name Typ Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Typ Rtg No.
1 5 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2525 3 0 – 1 3 IM Nitin S. 2441 14
2 16 GM Laxman R.R. 2438 3 ½ – ½ 3 GM Debashis Das 2522 6
3 79 WFM Meghna C H 1955 3 ½ – ½ 3 IM Karthik Venkataraman 2475 10
4 1 GM Sengupta Deep 2565 ½ – ½ 3 GM Thipsay Praveen M 2405 18
5 28 CM Kushagra Mohan 2307 0 – 1 GM Vaibhav Suri 2556 2
6 3 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2531 0 – 1 Sankalp Gupta 2365 24
7 30 Wagh Suyog 2289 ½ – ½ GM Lalith Babu M R 2529 4
8 7 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2495 ½ – ½ Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2375 22
9 11 IM Visakh N R 2467 1 – 0 IM Sharma Dinesh K. 2283 33
10 38 Dixit Nikhil 2252 ½ – ½ IM Karthikeyan P. 2456 12
11 13 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2441 1 – 0 Aaryan Varshney 2210 41
12 15 GM Bakre Tejas 2439 1 – 0 Moksh Amit Doshi 2203 43
13 32 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2285 0 – 1 IM Akash G 2391 20
14 21 IM Rathnakaran K. 2386 1 – 0 Arun Rathi 1973 74
15 56 AGM Jubin Jimmy 2113 0 – 1 2 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2425 17
16 59 Joshi Govind Ballabh 2078 2 1 – 0 2 GM Thejkumar M. S. 2495 8
17 19 IM Tania Sachdev 2393 2 ½ – ½ 2 WFM Arpita Mukherjee 2076 60
18 23 Koustav Chatterjee 2365 2 0 – 1 2 Bala Kannamma P 2063 62
19 26 IM Kobese Watu 2349 2 1 – 0 2 FM Venkata Krishna Karthik K 2020 68
20 61 Sreeshwan Maralakshikari 2064 2 1 – 0 2 FM Klaasen Calvin John 2301 29