SREI International Grandmasters Tournament, Kolkata, India

IM Stopa Jacek of Poland defeated GM Deep Sengupta to emerge sole leaderSREI International Grandmasters Tournament, Kolkata, India 

IM Siddharth Ravichandran upset top seed, Surya Sekhar Ganguly in the 7th round of the SREI International Grandmasters Chess Tournament at Town Hall on Wednesday. The 10-round Grandmasters’ chess tournament is organised by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy in association with Allsport Foundation.

Meanwhile GM Jacek Stopa of Poland emerged as the sole leader with 6 points as he got the better of local GM Deep Sengupta in a sharp interesting encounter which arose from a Reti opening. Stopa won  a piece in the middle game and later consolidated his extra material win in 33 moves.

GM Ivan Popov  of Russia and GM Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia are in the joint 2nd spot with 5.5 points apiece.

After his unexpected reversal, the city-based Surya Sekhar now has 4 points and needs to win the remaining 3 rounds to finish near the top. Trying desperately to complicate the position in a King’s Indian Attack, Surya, for once, was clearly inferior after the opening as his pieces lacked co-ordination and mobility. Ravichandran sacrificed the rook for bishop on move 20 and thereafter played precisely  to win in 60 moves..

National women’s champion WGM Mary Ann Gomes , too, had a bad day in office, as she succumbed to her first loss in the meet as she went down to GM Valeriy Neverov of Ukraine.

2nd seed, GM Ivan Popov effectively utilised his passed pawn on d7 to win a rook ending against Marat Dhzumaev of Uzbekistan which arose from a Scotch defence. On the top board, Levan defeated the overnight joint leader Samvel Ter Sahakyan of Armenia.

Vetran GM Praveen Thipsay got the better of GM Sinisa Drazic of Serbia to total 5 points.

Results of 7th round

GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 5 lost to GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO
IM Stopa Jacek POL 5 beat GM Sengupta Deep IND
GM Popov Ivan RUS beat GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB
GM Sanikidze Tornike GEO drew with IM Anurag Mhamal IND
IM Karthikeyan Murali IND drew with IM Mozharov Mikhail RUS
GM Borovikov Vladislav UKR 4 beat IM Baghdasaryan Vahe ARM
IM Ravichandran Siddharth IND 4 beat GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 4
IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao IND 4 lost to GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 4
GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 4 beat WGM Gomes Mary Ann IND 4
Visakh Nr IND 4 lost to GM Laxman R.R. IND 4
GM Drazic Sinisa SRB 4 lost to GM Thipsay Praveen M IND 4
Kunal M. IND 4 drew with GM Babujian Levon ARM
Sardana Rishi AUS lost to GM Mirzoev Azer AZE
Ravi Teja S. IND lost to IM Rzayev Bahruz AZE
GM Hayrapetyan Hovik ARM beat IM Himanshu Sharma IND
GM Neelotpal Das IND drew with GM Ziatdinov Raset USA
IM Swayams Mishra IND beat FM Matta Vinay Kumar IND
IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND drew with GM Sundararajan Kidambi IND
Vignesh Nr IND drew with GM Yagupov Igor RUS
IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh.R IND beat Roy Prantik IND
Akash Pc Iyer IND lost to FM Petrosyan Tigran S. ARM
IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal IND 3 beat IM Mohota Nisha IND 3
IM Saravanan V. IND 3 beat Chatterjee K.K. IND 3
Sagar Shah IND 3 lost to WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty IND 3
IM Shivananda B.S. IND 3 drew with Harsha Bharathakoti IND 3
Singh S. Vikramjit IND 3 drew with IM Udeshi Aditya IND
Mithil Ajgaonkar IND drew with IM Narayanan Srinath IND
IM Sharma Dinesh K. IND drew with Krishna Teja N IND
Linda Rangarajan IND lost to IM Karthikeyan P. IND
FM Chatterjee Debaraj BAN beat WFM Gevorgyan Maria ARM
Yohan J. IND lost to Patil Pratik IND
Lakshmi Narayanan Mv IND lost to Kumaran B IND
Arpan Das IND lost to Lokesh P. IND
Siva Mahadevan IND beat Dhulipala Bala Chandra Prasad IND
Rajdeep Sarkar IND beat Phadke Sohan IND 2
FM Harshal Shahi IND 2 lost to Ram S. Krishnan IND 2
Thapa Krishna NEP 2 beat Lasya.G IND 2
Arjun K. IND 2 drew with Ganesh Babu S. IND 2
Harini S. IND 2 beat Zoar Haque Prodhan BAN 2
Godbole Atharva IND beat Arindam Mukherjee IND
Shetye Siddhali IND beat Md. Sharif Hossain BAN
FM Hamal Manish NEP lost to Anshuman K IND
FM Mitrabha Guha IND 1 beat Rahman Saimon Siddiqur BAN 1
Kishor Shazzad BAN 1 lost to Saidul Islam BAN 1