Vaibhav and Nitin in lead

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.

Pairings/Results

Round 7 on 2018/07/01 at 15:00 hrs

Bo. No. Name Typ Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Typ Rtg No.
1 14 IM Nitin S. 2441 5 1 – 0 Sankalp Gupta 2365 24
2 1 GM Sengupta Deep 2565 ½ – ½ GM Vaibhav Suri 2556 2
3 4 GM Lalith Babu M R 2529 1 – 0 IM Akash G 2391 20
4 3 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2531 ½ – ½ IM Tania Sachdev 2393 19
5 6 GM Debashis Das 2522 1 – 0 IM Rathnakaran K. 2386 21
6 18 GM Thipsay Praveen M 2405 ½ – ½ GM Kunte Abhijit 2494 9
7 10 IM Karthik Venkataraman 2475 ½ – ½ Wagh Suyog 2289 30
8 12 IM Karthikeyan P. 2456 1 – 0 IM Kobese Watu 2349 26
9 22 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2375 0 – 1 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2441 13
10 35 Navalgund Niranjan 2282 ½ – ½ GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2425 17
11 7 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2495 4 1 – 0 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