Lugovskoy maintains lead, Saurabh Anand shocks GM Mikulas

GM Lugovskoy Maxim of Russia maintained his lead with 6.5 points after the seventh round in the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Sholinganallur, Chennai.

The top board game between Grandmasters Lugovskoy Maxim and Paichadze Luka ended in a hard-fought 60 move draw. The Caro Kann game saw periodical exchange of pieces leaving them out with a king and bishop ending. The draw was agreed when they reached a position, where neither had chances.

Bihar talent Saurabh Anand put it across Grandmaster Manik Mikulas of Slovakia keeping his International Master Norm chance alive. In an interesting Sicilian game, he came up with a nice pawn sortie that made his offside pawn a powerful and winning one. The unstoppable rook pawn coupled with loss of material, forced Mikulas to resign after 33 moves. Saurabh who came with an IM Norm performance in the recently concluded IIFL Mumbai Open, has played, thus far, four titled players and has remained undefeated.

Sharing the second spot with 6.0 points were Paichadze Luka, Pantsulaia Levan (both Georgia), Predke Alexandr (Russia), Stupak Kirill (Belarus) and Karthik Venkataraman (India). This ten round Swiss event carries a prize fund of Rupees 15 lakhs with 55 prizes in the Open & Category sections. The final round is scheduled for Friday, 25th Jan,2019.

Pairings

Round 8 on 2019/01/23 at 10.00 am

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 9
GM Stupak Kirill 2542 6 GM Lugovskoy Maxim 2445
20
2 5
GM Paichadze Luka 2583 6 6 GM Predke Alexandr 2620
1
3 2
GM Pantsulaia Levan 2597 6 6 GM Karthik Venkataraman 2515
12
4 3
GM Rozum Ivan 2589 IM Nguyen Van Huy 2450
18
5 17
IM Akash G 2453 GM Popov Ivan 2588
4
6 25
GM Neelotpal Das 2419 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2582
6
7 7
GM Erigaisi Arjun 2548 IM Girish A. Koushik 2411
28
8 10
GM Tran Tuan Minh 2541 WGM Babiy Olga 2275
43
9 83
Siddarth M 2040 GM Deviatkin Andrei 2461
14
10 15
IM Vignesh N R 2461 Saurabh Anand 2210
56
11 39
IM Ameir Moheb 2309 5 5 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2543
8
12 11
GM Megaranto Susanto 2530 5 5 IM Tran Minh Thang 2355
36
13 13
IM Gajek Radoslaw 2481 5 5 IM Saravanan V. 2318
37
14 47
IM Deshmukh Anup 2259 5 5 IM Khusenkhojaev Muhammad 2455
16
15 19
IM Shyaamnikhil P 2446 5 5 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2302
41
16 21
IM Nitin S. 2442 5 5 Pranesh M 2125
72
17 49
Sai Vishwesh.C 2250 5 5 GM Laxman R.R. 2421
24
18 79
Bala Kannamma P 2069 5 5 GM Czebe Attila 2418
26
19 29
IM Rajesh V A V 2410 5 5 GM Ziatdinov Raset 2248
50
20 31
Sahoo Utkal Ranjan 2388 5 5 Senthil Maran K 2183
61

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