Vaibhav Suri surges to the top

With three rounds to go, GM Vaibhav Suri emerged sole leader with seven points after outwitting IM Akash G. in the eight round of ongoing National Senior Championship being held at Sikkim on Monday.

Three players  Aravindh Chinthamabaram, Sandipan Chanda, and G Akash are in joint-second place with six-and-a-half points each.

On the top board, Vaibhav opted for King’s Pawn opening to which Akash replied with c5 before it deviated into Sicilian Defence: Moscow Variation. Vaibhav slowly built an attack on the kingside. A few inaccurate moves, the Black player found himself in a hopeless position. With things going out of control, the overnight leader had no option but to resign after 44 moves.

Akash G, who has been having a dream-run was finally given his first taste of defeat.

On the second board, GM Aravindh Chinthamabaram and GM Lalith Babu settled for a 32-move draw after Queen Pawn opening to which the Lalith chose Queen’s Indian/Nimzo Indian Hybrid setup and with no scope to make any headway opted to split the point.

Important Results

Round 8

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 3 GM Vaibhav Suri 2597 6 1 – 0 IM Akash G 2431 21
2 2 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2605 6 ½ – ½ GM Lalith Babu M R 2556 5
3 1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2611 ½ – ½ GM Anurag Mhamal 2490 11
4 12 IM Vignesh N R 2475 ½ – ½ GM Ghosh Diptayan 2555 6
5 88 Grahesh Y 2029 0 – 1 GM Chanda Sandipan 2545 7
6 36 IM Nitin S. 2329 5 ½ – ½ 5 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2535 8
7 9 GM Visakh N R 2516 5 ½ – ½ 5 IM Saravana Krishnan P. 2304 41
8 48 FM Aaryan Varshney 2269 5 0 – 1 5 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2493 10
9 16 IM Ravi Teja S. 2455 5 1 – 0 5 Subhayan Kundu 2222 53
10 52 FM Navalgund Niranjan 2231 5 0 – 1 5 IM Shyaamnikhil P 2455 17
11 18 GM Bakre Tejas 2445 5 ½ – ½ 5 FM Harshad S 2291 44
12 22 GM Neelotpal Das 2430 5 1 – 0 5 Gurung Rahul 2037 85
13 49 Pranav V 2264 5 ½ – ½ 5 GM Himanshu Sharma 2392 29
14 117 Vijay Kumar 1842 5 0 – 1 5 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2367 31
15 4 GM Sengupta Deep 2564 1 – 0 IM Rathnakaran K. 2322 37
16 56 Soham Kamotra 2199 0 – 1 GM Kunte Abhijit 2467 13
17 14 IM Das Arghyadip 2459 1 – 0 FM Rohith Krishna S 2306 39
18 62 Manigandan S S 2164 0 – 1 GM Laxman R.R. 2444 19
19 20 IM Das Sayantan 2440 1 – 0 Senthil Maran K 2305 40
20 35 IM Girinath P.D.S. 2330 ½ – ½ GM Karthikeyan P. 2423 23

Pairings

Round 9

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 7 GM Chanda Sandipan 2545 7 GM Vaibhav Suri 2597 3
2 6 GM Ghosh Diptayan 2555 6 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2605 2
3 21 IM Akash G 2431 6 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2493 10
4 17 IM Shyaamnikhil P 2455 6 6 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2611 1
5 5 GM Lalith Babu M R 2556 6 6 IM Ravi Teja S. 2455 16
6 11 GM Anurag Mhamal 2490 6 6 GM Neelotpal Das 2430 22
7 31 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2367 6 6 IM Vignesh N R 2475 12
8 29 GM Himanshu Sharma 2392 GM Sengupta Deep 2564 4
9 8 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2535 GM Sriram Jha 2384 30
10 25 IM Gusain Himal 2412 GM Visakh N R 2516 9
11 13 GM Kunte Abhijit 2467 IM Nitin S. 2329 36
12 32 IM Muthaiah Al 2363 IM Das Arghyadip 2459 14
13 41 IM Saravana Krishnan P. 2304 GM Bakre Tejas 2445 18
14 19 GM Laxman R.R. 2444 Pranav V 2264 49
15 44 FM Harshad S 2291 IM Das Sayantan 2440 20
16 61 CM Patil Pratik 2167 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2421 24
17 15 IM Krishna C R G 2459 5 Grahesh Y 2029 88
18 23 GM Karthikeyan P. 2423 5 5 Utsab Chatterjee 2200 54
19 27 IM Padmini Rout 2407 5 5 Surendran N 2142 66
20 63 WFM Pandey Srishti 2162 5 5 IM Rajesh V A V 2393 28