Lugovskoy maintains lead

Grandmaster Lugovskoy Maxim (Russia) maintained his lead with 7.5 points after the eighth 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.

Sharing the second spot with 7.0 points was Pantsulaia Levan of Georgia. Further half a point behind at third place with 6.5 points were top seed Predke Alexandr, Popov Ivan, Deviatkin Andrei (all Russia), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Girish A Koushik and Vignesh N R (both India).

The top board game turned out to be a Queens Gambit Declined affair, where Kirill Stupak opened up his kingside for initiative. With both players castling long, the middle game piece play led them to a rook and minor piece ending. Overnight leader Lugovskoy played it safe, creating positional weakness into white territory. Kirill gave up when his position appeared falling apart, as he ran into his final seconds of play.

GM Luka Pantsualaia

The second board, saw top seed Grandmaster Predke Alexandr (Russia) shedding one more draw, this time against Grandmaster Paichadze Luka of Georgia. The Ruy Lopez exchange variation game saw early aggression from black. But, as soon as the queens were traded off, the players repeated their moves in a rook and knight ending signing peace after 31 moves.

Sivaganga boy M Pranesh scored a fine win over International Master S Nitin of Southern Railways. With six points in his kitty, Pranesh is on the right track to achieve his International Master Norm. 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.

Results

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 0 – 1 GM Lugovskoy Maxim 2445
20
2 5
GM Paichadze Luka 2583 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Predke Alexandr 2620
1
3 2
GM Pantsulaia Levan 2597 6 1 – 0 6 GM Karthik Venkataraman 2515
12
4 3
GM Rozum Ivan 2589 ½ – ½ IM Nguyen Van Huy 2450
18
5 17
IM Akash G 2453 0 – 1 GM Popov Ivan 2588
4
6 25
GM Neelotpal Das 2419 0 – 1 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2582
6
7 7
GM Erigaisi Arjun 2548 0 – 1 IM Girish A. Koushik 2411
28
8 10
GM Tran Tuan Minh 2541 ½ – ½ WGM Babiy Olga 2275
43
9 83
Siddarth M 2040 0 – 1 GM Deviatkin Andrei 2461
14
10 15
IM Vignesh N R 2461 1 – 0 Saurabh Anand 2210
56
11 39
IM Ameir Moheb 2309 5 1 – 0 5 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2543
8
12 11
GM Megaranto Susanto 2530 5 1 – 0 5 IM Tran Minh Thang 2355
36
13 13
IM Gajek Radoslaw 2481 5 ½ – ½ 5 IM Saravanan V. 2318
37
14 47
IM Deshmukh Anup 2259 5 0 – 1 5 IM Khusenkhojaev Muhammad 2455
16
15 19
IM Shyaamnikhil P 2446 5 ½ – ½ 5 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2302
41
16 21
IM Nitin S. 2442 5 0 – 1 5 Pranesh M 2125
72
17 49
Sai Vishwesh.C 2250 5 0 – 1 5 GM Laxman R.R. 2421
24
18 79
Bala Kannamma P 2069 5 0 – 1 5 GM Czebe Attila 2418
26
19 29
IM Rajesh V A V 2410 5 1 – 0 5 GM Ziatdinov Raset 2248
50
20 31
Sahoo Utkal Ranjan 2388 5 1 – 0 5 Senthil Maran K 2183
61

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