Karthik Venkataraman in joint lead in KIIT Chess Festival 2018

Report by IA Vasudevan R.R.

Top-seeded Grandmaster Kravtsiv Martyn (Ukraine) and International Master Karthik Venkataraman (India) shared the lead with 7.0 points after the eighth round of the KIIT Chess Festival International Open 2018 “A” category at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar here today. Kravtsiv, playing with white pieces, stunned GM Rozum Ivan (Russia) in a Caro Kann game that lasted 26 moves.

Sharing the lead with Kravtsiv Martyn at 7.0 points was International Master Karthik Venkataraman (India) who accounted for Grandmaster Tukhaev Adam (Ukraine) in the third board.

Half a point behind the leaders at 6.5 points were six players viz., GMs Tran Tuan Minh (Vietnam), Amonatov Farrukh (Tajikistan), Mozharov Mikhail, Deviatkin Andrei (both Russia), Debashis Das and Diptayan Ghosh (both India) respectively.

This 293 player ten round Swiss tournament carrying a prize money of Rupees Twelve lakhs concludes on Friday, 1st June 2018.

Pairings/Results

Round 8 on 2018/05/30 at 1500 Hrs

Bo. No. Name Rtg Club/City Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg Club/City No.
1 1 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2655 UKR 6 1 – 0 6 GM Rozum Ivan 2581 RUS 3
2 7 GM Ghosh Diptayan 2536 WB 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Debashis Das 2522 ODI 9
3 6 GM Tukhaev Adam 2551 UKR 0 – 1 6 IM Karthik Venkataraman 2457 AP 19
4 2 GM Amonatov Farrukh 2608 TJK 1 – 0 IM Viani Antonio Dcunha 2424 KAR 27
5 30 IM Shyaamnikhil P 2401 RLYs 0 – 1 GM Mozharov Mikhail 2558 RUS 5
6 34 IM Rathnakaran K. 2377 KER 0 – 1 GM Tran Tuan Minh 2512 VIE 11
7 16 GM Deviatkin Andrei 2467 RUS 1 – 0 FM Mitrabha Guha 2375 WB 35
8 24 IM Akash Pc Iyer 2432 TN ½ – ½ IM Visakh N R 2467 TN 17
9 39 FM Rajdeep Sarkar 2355 WB ½ – ½ GM Neelotpal Das 2452 WB 21
10 46 CM Aronyak Ghosh 2294 WB ½ – ½ IM Das Sayantan 2437 WB 23