Two share lead

National Open Senior Chess Championship 2018

Report by I.A Ganesh Babu S

GM Aravindh Chithambaram and GM Anurag Mhamal jointly lead the 2018 National Senior Open Chess Championship with 6.0 points out of 7.0 rounds. On the second spot seven players GM Vaibhav Suri, GM Sengupta Deep, GM Vishnu Prasanna, GM Swapnil Dhopade, IM Stany, Sammed Jayakumar Shete and G B Harshavardhan are with 5.5 points each.

Overnight leader GM Aravindh Chithambaram was paired against GM Deep Sengupta. They both agreed for a draw after reaching position of Rook and Bishop against Rook and opposite coloured bishop with four pawns each.

Similarly, the encounter between GM Vishnu Prasanna and GM Vaibhav Suri game ended with the draw in 38 moves.

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy messed up from the better position and sacrificed a piece in order to attack on the king side. It could have ended in a draw by perpetual checks, but Deepan was overambitious and made a blunder.  The game in favour of GM Anurag Mhamal.

IM P D S Girinath was simply outplayed by IM G A Stany in a 41 move battle. Other notable results were Sammed Jayakumar Shete won against IM Swayams mishra and G B Harshavardhan defeated GM M R Venkatesh.

GM Swapnil S Dhopade stood better over IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy and won the game in 57 moves.

Pairings

Round 8

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 10 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2518 6 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2584 4
2 12 IM Stany G.A. 2509 6 GM Anurag Mhamal 2491 13
3 3 GM Vaibhav Suri 2589 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2490 14
4 5 GM Sengupta Deep 2565 Harshavardhan G B 2163 66
5 1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2597 5 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2378 34
6 7 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2550 5 5 IM Rajesh V A V 2402 26
7 15 IM Karthikeyan P. 2482 5 5 IM Viani Antonio Dcunha 2392 30
8 27 GM Thipsay Praveen M 2400 5 5 IM Vignesh N R 2455 18
9 33 IM Rahul Srivatshav P 2379 5 5 IM Nitin S. 2450 20
10 36 IM Rathnakaran K. 2366 5 5 IM Akash G 2443 22
11 39 Ritviz Parab 2338 5 5 GM Bakre Tejas 2433 24
12 55 FM Navalgund Niranjan 2240 5 5 GM Neelotpal Das 2412 25
13 17 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2458 5 Mahindrakar Indrajeet 2106 76
14 35 Sankalp Gupta 2378 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2591 2
15 43 IM Navin Kanna T.U. 2307 GM Chanda Sandipan 2555 6
16 41 IM Girinath P.D.S. 2313 GM Karthik Venkataraman 2527 9
17 49 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2282 IM Krishna C R G 2464 16
18 19 IM Swayams Mishra 2452 IM Saravana Krishnan P. 2346 38
19 21 IM Shyaamnikhil P 2448 FM Dushyant Sharma 2271 50
20 23 GM Laxman R.R. 2436 GM Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi 2296 46