Mumbai Mayors Tropy International Grandmaster Open
By Praful Zaveril
Close Finish on the Cards
The Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament is in for close finish as no less than 6 players have theoretical chances of winning the championship.
The contest between overnight leaders Laxman vs Priyadarshan&Krastiv vs 2nd placed GM Mchedlishvili ended in draws, which has helped them in maintaining their lead however, they were joined by three more players; Zubov Alexander, Nguyen DucLuka Paichadze. These players have registered a crucial win over HarshaBharathakoti, Pavel Smirnov&S Nitinrespectively.
The 10th and final round encounter between Zubov Alexander vs Nguyen Duc, Krastiv vs Priyadarshan and Laxman v/s Luka will decide the championship. The winner will become richer by Rs.3 Lakhs from a prize pool of Rs.11 Lakhs.
The event brought cheers for Indians as 17-year old Rohan Ahuja from Goa has achieved his 1st International Master norm.
The event is being sponsored by BrihanmumbaiMuniciapl Corporation and co-sponsored by LIC of India and is being hosted by the Goregaon Sports Club at their premises.
Key Results of Round 9:
|1||IM||Priyadharshan K.||7||Drew||7||GM||Laxman R.R.|
|3||IM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||6½||Drew||6½||GM||Kokarev Dmitry|
|4||HarshaBharathakoti||6||Lost to||7||GM||Zubov Alexander|
|5||GM||Nguyen DucHoa||7||Beat||6||GM||Smirnov Pavel|
|6||GM||Paichadze Luka||7||Beat||6||IM||Nitin S.|
|9||GM||Abdulla Al-Rakib||6½||Beat||5½||Kulkarni Rakesh|
|10||FM||K. Praneeth Surya||6||Drew||6||M Nubairshah Shaikh|