Four Players lead with full points

National Open Senior Chess Championship 2018

After three rounds, GM Aravindh Chithambaram, GM Deep Sengupta , IM Karthikeyan Pandian and Ritviz Parab are jointly leading with 3 points respectively at the National Senior Open Chess championship, organized by All J&K Chess Association on behalf of All India Chess Federation, at Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust— Jammu.

A total of 162 players from 27 states and 8 special units including 19 grand masters and 20 International masters are participating in this championship. This is also a Asian Zonal 3.7 event as India is a separate Zone in Asia. Total prizes of Rs.20 Lakhs will be distributed among top 10 players first prize being 5 Lakhs. The winner will also get a direct entry into the FIDE World Cup 2019.

Photo: David Llada

Top-seed and Arjuna Awardee GM Abhijeet Gupta cruised through first and second round. However, he was held to draw in the third round by GM Bakre Tejas. Abhijeet is now in a pack of 28 players, following the leaders, at 2.5 points.

Similarly, GM Karthikeyan Murali and GM Vaibhav Suri were also held to draw on second and third boards respectively. Karthikeyan was paired against IM Girinath P.D.S. of RSPB in the second round. The players agreed to a draw after 32 moves.

The only exceptions were GM Aravindh Chithambaram and GM Deep Sengupta, who kept their winning streak intact to be part of the four-player leading pack at three points.

IM Karthikeyan Pandian and Ritviz Parab are also in the leaders group.

Pairings

Round 4

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 15 IM Karthikeyan P. 2482 3 3 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2584 4
2 5 GM Sengupta Deep 2565 3 3 Ritviz Parab 2338 39
3 1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2597 IM Rajesh V A V 2402 26
4 27 GM Thipsay Praveen M 2400 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2591 2
5 3 GM Vaibhav Suri 2589 IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu 2394 28
6 7 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2550 IM Gusain Himal 2379 32
7 9 GM Karthik Venkataraman 2527 IM Rathnakaran K. 2366 36
8 33 IM Rahul Srivatshav P 2379 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2518 10
9 31 Raahul V S 2381 IM Stany G.A. 2509 12
10 13 GM Anurag Mhamal 2491 IM Saravana Krishnan P. 2346 38
11 37 Neelash Saha 2351 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2490 14
12 40 FM Srihari L R 2316 IM Vignesh N R 2455 18
13 41 IM Girinath P.D.S. 2313 IM Akash G 2443 22
14 23 GM Laxman R.R. 2436 Srijit Paul 2298 45
15 49 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2282 GM Bakre Tejas 2433 24
16 25 GM Neelotpal Das 2412 Bhambure Shantanu 2223 57
17 65 Nayak Rajesh 2173 2 2 GM Venkatesh M.R. 2528 8
18 67 IM Shetty Rahul 2159 2 2 IM Krishna C R G 2464 16
19 19 IM Swayams Mishra 2452 2 2 Niraj Saripalli 2144 70
20 69 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty 2144 2 2 IM Nitin S. 2450 20

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