Second seed and local favourite Grandmaster Vaibhav Suri along with International Master S Nitin are leading the table with six points after the end of the seventh round matches of the ongoing Commonwealth Chess championship at the Leela Ambience convention hotel on Sunday.
Playing with black pieces in Caro-Kann defence game which lasted 73 moves, Vaibhav signed the peace treaty with top seed Deep Sengupta to take his tally to six points while S Nitin set aside his sixth round debacle against Vaibhav to beat national sub junior champion Sankalp Gupta in 49 moves arrived out of French defence game.
With just two rounds to come in the Rs. 10 lakhs championship, national champion M R Lalith Babu, Sankalp Gupta, Debashis Das, P Karthikeyan and Nubairshah Shaikh share the second spot on five and half points apiece.
Lalith Babu defeated former national champion G Akash while Debashis got better off International Master K Ratnakaran. Karthikeyan defeated International Master Kobese Watu of South Africa while Nubairshah put it across state mate Sammed Shete.
In the women’s section that is part of the main event, Tania Sachdev now leads the tables with another fighting performance. The Delhi based took her tally to a very impressive 5 points following a draw with Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy.
Earlier in the sixth round, Vaibhav Suri halted the dream run of International Master S Nitin who maintained a clean slate till then. Akash got better off Grandmaster Debashis Das and Sankalp Gupta defeated higher seeded Karthik Venkataraman.
Meanwhile in the age categories were 14 Gold medals are at stake, India is dominating the proceedings for rich medal haul with just two rounds remaining in all categories.
Round 7 on 2018/07/01 at 15:00 hrs
|1||14||IM||Nitin S.||2441||5||1 – 0||5½||Sankalp Gupta||2365||24|
|2||1||GM||Sengupta Deep||2565||4½||½ – ½||5½||GM||Vaibhav Suri||2556||2|
|3||4||GM||Lalith Babu M R||2529||4½||1 – 0||5½||IM||Akash G||2391||20|
|4||3||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2531||4½||½ – ½||4½||IM||Tania Sachdev||2393||19|
|5||6||GM||Debashis Das||2522||4½||1 – 0||4½||IM||Rathnakaran K.||2386||21|
|6||18||GM||Thipsay Praveen M||2405||4½||½ – ½||4½||GM||Kunte Abhijit||2494||9|
|7||10||IM||Karthik Venkataraman||2475||4½||½ – ½||4½||Wagh Suyog||2289||30|
|8||12||IM||Karthikeyan P.||2456||4½||1 – 0||4½||IM||Kobese Watu||2349||26|
|9||22||Sammed Jaykumar Shete||2375||4½||0 – 1||4½||IM||Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||2441||13|
|10||35||Navalgund Niranjan||2282||4½||½ – ½||4½||GM||Sundararajan Kidambi||2425||17|
|11||7||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||2495||4||1 – 0||4½||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||2270||36|
|12||43||Moksh Amit Doshi||2203||4||0 – 1||4||GM||Vishnu Prasanna. V||2525||5|
|13||45||FM||Thilakarathne G M H||2188||4||0 – 1||4||IM||Visakh N R||2467||11|
|14||48||WIM||Pujari Rucha||2181||4||½ – ½||4||GM||Bakre Tejas||2439||15|
|15||16||GM||Laxman R.R.||2438||4||½ – ½||4||AGM||Jubin Jimmy||2113||56|
|16||47||Bhambure Shantanu||2183||4||0 – 1||4||Koustav Chatterjee||2365||23|
|17||27||IM||Siva Mahadevan||2346||4||1 – 0||4||Baivab Mishra||2156||50|
|18||55||Mahitosh Dey||2115||4||0 – 1||4||CM||Kushagra Mohan||2307||28|
|19||37||IM||Mohota Nisha||2265||4||½ – ½||4||Joshi Govind Ballabh||2078||59|
|20||39||WIM||Mahalakshmi M||2238||4||1 – 0||4||Joy Pankaj Shah||1929||85|