Masoud pulls ahead

New Delhi (14 Jan 19) :- Twenty-two years old Iranian Grandmaster Mosadeghpour Masoud pulled ahead of the field with a finely crafted victory over Tran Tuan Minh of Vietnam in the eighth round of 17th Delhi International Grandmasters Tournament underway here on Monday.

Playing with white pieces in Sicilian Najdorf Bg5 variation which lasted 33 moves, Masoud, rated 2517 got better of Grandmaster Tran Tuan Minh, rated 2541. Tran obtained a small advantage after making exchange sacrifice of his rook for knight on the 23rd move. Later he landed in a piece-down position, prompting him to resign.

With his sixth victory in eight games, Masoud took his tally to a whopping 7 points out of a possible eight and emerged as sole leader with a half-point lead over nearest rivals. Just two rounds are remaining in this Rs. 35 Lakhs prize money tournament.

Among other important games of the day, Indian Grandmasters Debashis Das and Diptayan Ghosh played out a quick draw to inch up to 6.5 points while Grandmasters Erigaisi Arjun and Stupak Kirill signed peace treaty after a tense struggle to also reach 6.5 points.

Seven players are closely trailing behind the leader.

Category ‘C’ tournament which boasts participation of more than 1500 players came to the half-way stage with 56 players scoring 4 points out of 4 rounds. Six more rounds are remaining in this 33 lakhs prize money event. Total prize of the 17th Delhi International Grandmasters Tournament is One Crore One Lakh Rupees.

Pairings

Round 9 on 2019/01/15 at 10:00 hrs

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 3
GM Pantsulaia Levan 2597 7 GM Mosadeghpour Masoud 2517
19
2 15
GM Stupak Kirill 2542 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2581
9
3 17
GM Debashis Das 2538 GM Narayanan.S.L 2575
10
4 24
IM Visakh N R 2486 GM Ghosh Diptayan 2544
13
5 29
IM Vignesh N R 2461 6 6 GM Amonatov Farrukh 2621
1
6 6
GM Popov Ivan 2588 6 6 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2487
23
7 27
GM Rahman Ziaur 2470 6 6 GM Paichadze Luka 2583
7
8 12
GM Erigaisi Arjun 2548 6 6 GM Dzhumaev Marat 2437
37
9 16
GM Tran Tuan Minh 2541 6 6 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2395
45
10 18
GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2533 6 6 Pranav V 2318
63
11 77
GM Ziatdinov Raset 2248 6 6 GM Movsziszian Karen 2514
21
12 22
IM Gukesh D 2497 6 6 IM Sharma Dinesh K. 2303
67
13 81
IM Praveen Kumar C 2233 6 IM Gajek Radoslaw 2481
25
14 56
IM Saravana Krishnan P. 2346 GM Predke Alexandr 2620
2
15 58
IM Kulkarni Vikramaditya 2345 GM Rozum Ivan 2589
5
16 8
GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2582 Koustav Chatterjee 2346
57
17 11
GM Karthikeyan Murali 2570 CM Rohith Krishna S 2382
48
18 14
GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2543 IM Rathnakaran K. 2373
49
19 20
GM Karthik Venkataraman 2515 IM Sidhant Mohapatra 2344
59
20 26
IM Harsha Bharathakoti 2481 IM Siva Mahadevan 2333
61