Swapnil Dhopade in sole lead

GLOCAL SQUARE 53RD National Challengers chess championship, Nagpur

Swapnil Dhopade in sole lead

by IA S.Paul Arokia Raj,Chief Arbiter

IM Swapnil Dhopade of Railways has snatched the lead from the overnight leader GM Karthikeyan Murali of Tamil Nadu by inflicting a 60 move victory over him in the tenth round of the ongoing Glocal Square 53rd National Challengers Chess Championship in Nagpur.Swapnil Dhopade is now the sole leader with 8 points.As many as 13 players are chasing the leader with half a point behind with 7.5 points each which includes 6 Grandmasters.Eleven others are the third spot with 7 points each.Three rourali’s dream run by emerging a pawn up in a theoretical won pawn end game in a game arising out of Caro Kann defense.

unds remain in this important national championship which is the gateway to pick up 9 qualifiers for the national premier championship slated for November this year.

In the crucial tenth game encounter on the top table,Swapnil Dhopade halted Kathikayen Murali’s dream run by emerging a pawn up in a theoretical won pawn end game in a game arising out of Caro Kann defense.
Important Results of the Tenth Round

Important Results of the Tenth Round

Bo. Name Pts. Result Pts. Name
1 GM Karthikeyan Murali 0 – 1 8 IM Swapnil S. Dhopade
2 GM Neelotpal Das ½ – ½ GM Lalith Babu M.R.
3 GM Laxman R.R. ½ – ½ GM Kunte Abhijit
4 IM Nitin S. ½ – ½ GM Venkatesh M.R.
5 GM Sengupta Deep 7 ½ – ½ 7 FM K. Praneeth Surya
6 IM Das Sayantan 0 – 1 IM Palit Somak
7 IM Karthikeyan P. 1 – 0 FM Mehar Chinna Reddy C.H.
8 IM Shyaamnikhil P 1 – 0 IM Rajesh V A V
9 IM Rathnakaran K. 1 – 0 IM Kathmale Sameer
10 IM Anurag Mhamal 7 ½ – ½ 7 IM Sangma Rahul
11 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 7 ½ – ½ 7 IM Stany G.A.
12 Harsha Bharathakoti 1 – 0 FM Raghunandan K S
13 CM Nihal Sarin ½ – ½ GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J.
14 GM Shyam Sundar M. 7 1 – 0 6 IM Shivananda B.S.
15 IM Thejkumar M. S. 7 1 – 0 6 Karthik V.   Ap
16 FM Harshal Shahi 6 0 – 1 7 IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu
17 GM Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi 7 1 – 0 6 Navalgund Niranjan
18 IM Gokhale Chandrashekhar ½ – ½ IM Sharma Dinesh K.
19 FM Rajdeep Sarkar ½ – ½ IM Girinath P.D.S.
20 FM Thakur Akash 7 1 – 0 6 D Bala Chandra Prasad
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