Four leaders emerge after 8 rounds

National Open Senior Chess Championship 2018

Report by I.A Ganesh Babu S

Three Players GM Vaibhav Suri, GM Deep Sengupta and IM Stany GA joined the lead with GM Aravindh Chithambaram at the end of the eighth round of ongoing National Open Senior Chess Championship being held at Jammu. Followed by seven players with 6.0 points including the top seed GM Abhijeet Gupta.

Aravindh could not get more than a draw against GM Vishnu Prasanna on board one.

The other over night leader GM Anurag Mhamal lost to IM Stany in 54 moves, where Stany’s powerful double bishops gave him a material advantage in the endgame.

GM Vaibhav Suri had enough compensation for the pawn by weakening GM Swapnil’s kingside, later his attack on the kingside forced Swapnil to lose the queen and Vaibhav won the game in 73 moves.

GM Deep Sengupta’s strong attack on the queenside against G B Harshavardhan gave him an extra piece and checkmated him in 73 moves.

Top seed GM Abhijeet Gupta had a quick victory over Sammed Jayakumar Shete in 27 moves.

Pairings

Round 9

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 5 GM Sengupta Deep 2565 GM Vaibhav Suri 2589 3
2 4 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2584 IM Stany G.A. 2509 12
3 13 GM Anurag Mhamal 2491 6 6 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2597 1
4 20 IM Nitin S. 2450 6 6 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2550 7
5 24 GM Bakre Tejas 2433 6 6 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2518 10
6 9 GM Karthik Venkataraman 2527 6 GM Thipsay Praveen M 2400 27
7 14 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2490 IM Viani Antonio Dcunha 2392 30
8 66 Harshavardhan G B 2163 IM Karthikeyan P. 2482 15
9 16 IM Krishna C R G 2464 Raahul V S 2381 31
10 34 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2378 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2458 17
11 22 IM Akash G 2443 FM Navalgund Niranjan 2240 55
12 25 GM Neelotpal Das 2412 IM Rathnakaran K. 2366 36
13 2 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2591 5 5 Ritviz Parab 2338 39
14 6 GM Chanda Sandipan 2555 5 5 FM Nitish Belurkar 2310 42
15 38 IM Saravana Krishnan P. 2346 5 5 GM Venkatesh M.R. 2528 8
16 18 IM Vignesh N R 2455 5 5 IM Navin Kanna T.U. 2307 43
17 45 Srijit Paul 2298 5 5 IM Swayams Mishra 2452 19
18 54 Saurabh Anand 2246 5 5 IM Shyaamnikhil P 2448 21
19 56 FM Wagh Suyog 2240 5 5 GM Laxman R.R. 2436 23
20 26 IM Rajesh V A V 2402 5 5 Gurpreet Singh Maras 2261 53