Shyaamnikhil and Lugovskoy share lead

Double GM Norm holder Shyaamnikhil P (ICF, Chennai) along with GM Lugovskoy Maxim of Russia moved into the top of the leaderboard with 5/5 score in the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Sholinganallur, Chennai yesterday.

Sharing the third spot half a point behind at 4.5 points were Grandmasters Paichadze Luka, Aleksandrov Aleksej (both Belarus), Erigaisi Arjun, Karthik Venkataraman (both India) among others.

The first and third boards ended in peace with Nguyen Van Huy – Paichadze Luka and Karthik Venkataraman – Harikrishnan A Ra games concluding without a result.

This left overnight joint leaders Shyaamnikhil and Lugovskoy to snatch the lead winning their respective games. Shyaam scored over GM Tran Tuan Minh of Vietnam in 36 moves. The Bluemenfeld Counter Gambit game saw Shyaam leaping forward to a big pawn push in the centre. In the ensuing skirmish of exchanges, the Indian placed both his rooks behind passed pawns, converting his win without ado.

In another upset, International Master Muthaiah A L (SRM College, Vadapalani, Chennai) outplayed experienced Grandmaster Megaranto Susanto of Indonesia. Muthaiah’s kingside attack was a treat to watch, as he came up with an electrifying rook sacrifice, coupled with a mate threat. Susanto threw all his pieces on the Indian who kept his cool like “Dhoni in finish” forcing the Indonesian to resign after 31 moves.

At halfway mark, a number of promising Indian players are well within the striking mark for IM and GM Norms. The 15 lakh prize money tournament, a signature event of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, concludes on Friday, 25th January.

Results

Round 5 on 2019/01/21 at 10.00 AM

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 18
IM Nguyen Van Huy 2450 4 ½ – ½ 4 GM Paichadze Luka 2583
5
2 10
GM Tran Tuan Minh 2541 4 0 – 1 4 IM Shyaamnikhil P 2446
19
3 12
GM Karthik Venkataraman 2515 4 ½ – ½ 4 IM Harikrishnan.A.Ra 2430
23
4 20
GM Lugovskoy Maxim 2445 4 1 – 0 4 IM Akash G 2453
17
5 4
GM Popov Ivan 2588 ½ – ½ 4 IM Girish A. Koushik 2411
28
6 6
GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2582 1 – 0 IM Saravanan V. 2318
37
7 44
Harshavardhan G B 2275 ½ – ½ GM Stupak Kirill 2542
9
8 30
IM Muthaiah Al 2406 1 – 0 GM Megaranto Susanto 2530
11
9 55
WGM Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz 2214 ½ – ½ IM Vignesh N R 2461
15
10 26
GM Czebe Attila 2418 ½ – ½ GM Manik Mikulas 2413
27
11 1
GM Predke Alexandr 2620 3 1 – 0 IM Elgabry Mohsen 2245
51
12 2
GM Pantsulaia Levan 2597 3 1 – 0 3 IM Gokhale Chandrashekhar 2198
59
13 58
Samant Aditya S 2205 3 ½ – ½ 3 GM Rozum Ivan 2589
3
14 61
Senthil Maran K 2183 3 0 – 1 3 GM Erigaisi Arjun 2548
7
15 8
GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2543 3 1 – 0 3 IM Shashikant Kutwal 2151
67
16 62
WIM Michelle Catherina P 2175 3 0 – 1 3 IM Gajek Radoslaw 2481
13
17 14
GM Deviatkin Andrei 2461 3 1 – 0 3 WGM Safranska Anda 2139
69
18 66
Srihari L 2167 3 ½ – ½ 3 IM Nitin S. 2442
21
19 24
GM Laxman R.R. 2421 3 1 – 0 3 Kumar Gaurav 2128
71
20 68
FM Ramakrishna J. 2146 3 ½ – ½ 3 IM Rajesh V A V 2410
29

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