Pantsulaia Levan emerges Chennai Open 2019 Champion

GM Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) with 8.5 points emerged the Champion after the tenth and final round in the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Sholinganallur, Chennai here today. In the crucial final round, Pantsulaia drew with top seed GM Predke Alexandr of Russia, moving to 8.5 points. The draw propelled the Georgian to clear first. This follows Pantsulaia’s title triumph at Delhi Open last fortnight, giving him back-to-back titles, a great start for 2019. The Georgian would take home the winner’s cheque of Rs. 300000 (Rupees Three lakhs only) along with the handsome Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy.

Sharing the second spot with 8.0 points were five Grandmasters viz., Popov Ivan (Russia), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Megaranto Susanto (Indonesia) and Rozum Ivan (Russia). The top seeds had their say in the final round, as all the decisive games in the top ten boards went in favor of the higher rated player.

The 15 lakh prize money tournament came to a glittering end, as the trophies and cash prizes were handed over to he winners’ by the Chief Guest International Master Manuel Aaron. Present in the dais were Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Shri Stephen Balasamy P, Gen. Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, International Arbiter R Anantharam and Chief Arbiter Manjunatha M.

Final Placings : 1. Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) 8.5, 2-6 Popov Ivan (Russia), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Megaranto Susanto (Indonesia), Ivan Rozum (Russia) 8.0, 7-10 Lugovskoy Maxim (Russia), Karthik Venkataraman (India), Predke Alexandr (Russia), Girish A Koushik (India) 7.5 points

Round 10 Results (Indians unless specified) : Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 8.5 drew with Predke Alexandr (Rus) 7.5, Popov Ivan (Rus) 8 bt Lugovskoy Maxim (Rus) 7.5, Rozum Ivan (Rus) 8 bt Deviatkin Andrei (Rus) 7, Paichadze Luka (Geo) 8 bt Padmini Rout 7, Aleksandro Aleksej (Blr) 8 bt Nguyen Van Huy (Vie) 7, Megaranto Susanto (Ina) 8 bt Pranesh M 7, Vignesh N R 7.5 drew wih Karthik Venkataraman 7.5, Sahoo Utkal Ranjan (6.5) lost to Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 7.5

Pantsulaia leads 8/9, IM Norm for Pranesh

Delhi Open winner GM Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) defeated tournament leader Grandmaster Lugovskoy Maxim (Russia) snatching the lead with 8 points after the ninth and penultimate round in the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Sholinganallur, Chennai here today. Sharing the second spot with 7.5 points was Grandmaster Lugovskoy Maxim (Russia).

TN lad M Pranesh shocked GM Erigaisi Arjun, thereby achieving his International Master Norm in style. Pranesh required a draw for his International Master Norm, but went on to defeat Erigaisi Arjun in a Sicilian game that lasted 62 moves.

Earlier, tournament leader Lugovskoy (Russia) went down to in-form Pantsulaia (Georgia) in the top board. Employing the “c3” Sicilian, Pantsulaia grabbed the initiative with original middle game play. The sheer energy he brought into his pieces undid Lugovskoy, who lost the plot in a rook and pawn ending.

Saurabh Anand continued his good form, as he brought down International Master Shyaamnikhil, increasing his Norm chances. Shyaamnikhil’s trading off his queen for a rook and a minor piece, proved inadequate compensation, as Saurabh played cool and collected the full point after 50 moves.

This ten round Swiss event carries a prize fund of Rupees 15 lakhs with 55 prizes in the Open & Category sections. The final round is scheduled for tomorrow Friday, 25th Jan,2019 at 10 AM followed by the prize distribution function at 4 PM.

Round 9 Results (Indians unless specified) : Lugovskoy Maxim (Rus) 7.5 lost to Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 7, Predke Alexandr (Rus) 7 drew with Vignesh N R (7), Popov Ivan (Rus) 7 drew with Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 7, Deviatkin Andrei (Rus) 7 drew with Paichadze Luka (Geo) 7, Girish A Koushik (6.5) lost to Rozum Ivan (Rus) 7, Padmini Rout (7) bt Stupak Kirill (Blr) 6, Czebe Attila (Hun) 6.5 drew with Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 6.5, Babiy Olga (Ukr) 6 lost to Megaranto Susanto (Ina) 7

Pranesh M – Erigaisi Arjun

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Nc3 a6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. g3 e5 7. Nde2 b5 8. Bg5 Nbd7 9. a4 b4 10. Nd5 Bb7 11. Bg2 Bxd5 12. exd5 Be7 13. O-O O-O 14. c4 a5 15. b3 Ng4 16. Bc1 f5 17. h3 Ngf6 18. Qc2 Nc5 19. Be3 Nfd7 20. Rae1 g6 21. Kh2 Bf6 22. Nc1 Rc8 23. Qd1 Rf7 24. f4 e4 25. Re2 Qf8 26. g4 h6 27. gxf5 gxf5 28. Rg1 Rg7 29. h4 h5 30. Bh3 Rg4 31. Bxg4 hxg4 32. Kg3 Qg7 33. h5 Kf7 34. h6 Qxh6 35. Rh2 Qg6 36. Rgh1 Bg7 37. Rh5 Rg8 38. Ne2 Ke8 39. Bd4 e3 40. Bxg7 Qxg7 41. Qd4 Nf6 42. Rh6 Qe7 43. Kg2 Rf8 44. Rh8 Rxh8 45. Rxh8+ Kf7 46. Kg1 Nxb3 47. Qd3 Kg7 48. Rb8 Qc7 49. Rb5 Nd2 50. Qxf5 Nf3+ 51. Kh1 Qa7 52. Qc8 Kg6 53. f5+ Kg5 54. Rb7 Qxb7 55. Qxb7 Kxf5 56. c5 dxc5 57. Qc8+ Ke4 58. Qe6+ Kd3 59. Nf4+ Kc2 60. Qxf6 b3 61. d6 b2 62. Qf5+ 1-0

Karthik Venkataraman – Rajesh V A V

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. e3 d6 5. d4 Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. h3 Bh5 8. d5 Bxf3 9. Bxf3 exd5 10. Nxd5 Nxd5 11. Bxd5 Qd7 12. b3 O-O-O 13. Bb2 Kb8 14. a3 f6 15. O-O Be7 16. Bc3 h5 17. b4 g5 18. Rb1 g4 19. h4 Rhf8 20. Rb2 f5 21. bxc5 dxc5 22. Qa4 Rc8 23. Rfb1 Bd8 24. Be5+ Ka8 25. Rxb7 Qxb7 26. Bxc6 1-0

Saurabh Anand – Shyaamnikhil P

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6 5. Nb3 Nf6 6. Nc3 e6 7. Qe2 Bb4 8. Bd2 O-O 9. a3 Bxc3 10. Bxc3 e5 11. O-O-O Rd8 12. Rd6 Ne8 13. Ba5 Qxa5 14. Nxa5 Nxd6 15. Qd3 Ne8 16. Qc3 Nd4 17. Nb3 Nc6 18. Bc4 Nf6 19. Bd5 d6 20. Bxc6 bxc6 21. f3 Be6 22. Na5 c5 23. Rd1 Rd7 24. Nc4 Bxc4 25. Qxc4 Rb8 26. g4 Kf8 27. h3 g5 28. h4 h6 29. Qc3 Ke7 30. b4 Rdb7 31. Qd2 cxb4 32. axb4 Ne8 33. Qxg5+ f6 34. Qe3 Rxb4 35. Qxa7+ R8b7 36. Qa2 Rc7 37. Qg8 Rbc4 38. Rd2 Rc3 39. Rh2 Kd8 40. Rd2 R7c6 41. g5 Rxf3 42. g6 Rf1+ 43. Kb2 Rb6+ 44. Kc3 Rc6+ 45. Kd3 Rf3+ 46. Ke2 Rg3 47. Kf1 Ra6 48. Rh2 Ra1+ 49. Ke2 Ra7 50. Kf1 1-0

Pranesh impressive, Lugovskoy leads 7.5/8

Grandmaster Lugovskoy Maxim (Russia) maintained his lead with 7.5 points after the eighth round in the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Sholinganallur, Chennai here today.

Sharing the second spot with 7.0 points was Pantsulaia Levan of Georgia. Further half a point behind at third place with 6.5 points were top seed Predke Alexandr, Popov Ivan, Deviatkin Andrei (all Russia), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Girish A Koushik and Vignesh N R (both India).

The top board game turned out to be a Queens Gambit Declined affair, where Stupak Kirill opened up his kingside for initiative. With both players castling long, the middle game piece play led them to a rook and minor piece ending. Overnight leader Lugovskoy played it safe, creating positional weakness into white territory. Kirill gave up when his position appeared falling apart, as he ran into his final seconds of play.

The second board, saw top seed Grandmaster Predke Alexandr (Russia) shedding one more draw, this time against Grandmaster Paichadze Luka of Georgia. The Ruy Lopez exchange variation game saw early aggression from black. But, as soon as the queens were traded off, the players repeated their moves in a rook and knight ending signing peace after 31 moves.

Sivaganga boy M Pranesh scored a fine win over International Master S Nitin of Southern Railways. With six points in his kitty, Pranesh is on the right track to achieve his International Master Norm. This ten round Swiss event carries a prize fund of Rupees 15 lakhs with 55 prizes in the Open & Category sections. The final round is scheduled for Friday, 25th Jan,2019.

Round 8 Results (Indians unless specified) : Stupak Kirill (Blr) 6 lost to Lugovskoy Maxim (Rus) 7.5, Paichadze Luka (Geo) 6.5 drew with Predke Alexandr (Rus) 6.5, Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 7 bt Karthik Venkataraman (6), Rozum Ivan (Rus) 6 drew with Nguyen Van Huy (Vie) 6, Akash G (5.5) lost to Popov Ivan (Rus) 6.5, Neelotpal Das (5.5) lost to Aleksandrov ALeksej (Blr) 6.5, Erigaisi Arjun (5.5) lost to Girish A Koushik (6.5), Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 6 drew with Babiy Olga (Ukr) 6, Siddarth M (5.5) lost to Deviatkin Andrei (Rus) 6.5

Stupak Kirill – Lugovskoy Maxim
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. e3 c6 7. Bd3 Be7 8. Qc2 Nh5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nge2 g6 11. g4 Ng7 12. O-O-O Nb6 13. h3 Be6 14. Nf4 O-O-O 15. Be2 h5 16. gxh5 Nxh5 17. Nxh5 gxh5 18. Bd3 Qf6 19. Rdf1 Qf3 20. Ne2 Qf6 21. Nf4 h4 22. Rfg1 Kb8 23. Kb1 Nc8 24. Rg2 Rhg8 25. Rhg1 Rxg2 26. Rxg2 Nd6 27. a3 Bc8 28. Qd1 Nf5 29. Nh5 Qe7 30. Qf3 Nd6 31. Nf4 Qf6 32. Qh5 Rh8 33. Qe5 Qxe5 34. dxe5 Nc4 35. Bxc4 dxc4 36. f3 a5 37. Kc2 Re8 38. Rg5 b5 39. Kc3 Kc7 40. a4 Kb6 41. Rh5 Rd8 42. Rxh4 Kc5 43. Rh5 Be6 44. Kc2 Rg8 45. Rh6 Rg3 46. Rf6 b4 47. h4 Rg1 48. Ne2 Rg2 0-1

Nitin S – Pranesh M
1. Nc3 Nc6 2. e4 e5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bb4 5. O-O Bxc3 6. bxc3 O-O 7. Re1 Re8 8. d3 h6 9. Nd2 Ne7 10. d4 Ng6 11. a4 c6 12. Bf1 d5 13. exd5 cxd5 14. Nb3 e4 15. c4 Bg4 16. Qd2 dxc4 17. Bxc4 Nh4 18. Bf1 Qc8 19. Ba3 Qf5 20. Bd6 e3 21. Rxe3 Ne4 22. Rxe4 Qxe4 23. Bg3 Qe7 24. Bb5 Rec8 25. Re1 Qg5 26. f4 Qf6 27. Nc5 Nf5 28. Bf2 Nd6 29. h3 Bf5 30. g4 Nxb5 31. axb5 Bxc2 32. Qxc2 b6 33. Qe4 bxc5 34. dxc5 Qc3 35. Kg2 Rab8 36. Bd4 Qc4 37. g5 hxg5 38. fxg5 Re8 39. Qxe8+ Rxe8 40. Rxe8+ Kh7 41. Be3 Qxb5 42. Re7 a5 43. Rxf7 Qe2+ 44. Bf2 a4 45. Ra7 Qe4+ 46. Kg1 Qf3 47. h4 Kg6 48. Ra6+ Kh5 49. c6 Qg4+ 50. Kh2 Qe2 0-1

Lugovskoy maintains lead, Saurabh Anand shocks GM Mikulas


GM Lugovskoy Maxim of Russia maintained his lead with 6.5 points after the seventh round in the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Sholinganallur, Chennai here today. The top board game between Grandmasters Lugovskoy Maxim and Paichadze Luka ended in a hard fought 56 move draw. The Caro Kann game saw periodical exchange of pieces leaving them out with a king and bishop ending. The draw was agreed when they reached a position, where neither had chances.

Bihar talent Saurabh Anand put it across Grandmaster Manik Mikulas of Slovakia keeping his International Master Norm chance alive. In a interesting Sicilian game, he came up with a nice pawn sortie that made his offside pawn a powerful and winning one. The unstoppable rook pawn coupled with loss of material, forced Mikulas to resign after 33 moves. Saurabh who came with an IM Norm performance in the recently concluded IIFL Mumbai Open, has played, thus far, four titled players and has remained undefeated.

Sharing the second spot with 6.0 points were Paichadze Luka, Pantsulaia Levan (both Georgia), Predke Alexandr (Russia), Stupak Kirill (Belarus) and Karthik Venkataraman (India). This ten round Swiss event carries a prize fund of Rupees 15 lakhs with 55 prizes in the Open & Category sections. The final round is scheduled for Friday, 25th Jan,2019.

Round 7 Results (Indians unless specified) : Lugovskoy Maxim (Rus) 6.5 drew with Paichadze Luka (Geo) 6, Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 5.5 lost to Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 6, Predke Alexandr (Rus) 6 bt Gajek Radoslaw (Aut) 5, Popov Ivan (Rus) 5.5 drew with Vignesh N R (5.5), Deviatkin Andrei (Rus) 5.5 drew with Erigaisi Arjun (5.5), Czebe Attila (Hun) 5 lost to Stupak Kirill (Blr) 6, Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 5.5 drew with Nguyen Van Huy (Vie) 5.5, Karthik Venkataraman (6) bt Shyaamnikhil P (5), Saurabh Anand (5.5) bt Manik Mikulas (Svk) 4.5

Round 6 Results (Indians unless specified) : Shyaamnikhil P (5) lost to Lugovskoy Maxim (Rus) 6, Paichadze Luka (Geo) 5.5 bt Girish A Koushik (4.5), Harikrishnan A Ra (4.5) lost to Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 5.5, Nguyen Van Huy (Vie) 5 drew with Karthik Venkataraman (5), Erigaisi Arjun (5) bt Muthaiah A L (4.5), Sahoo Utkal Ranjan (4) lost to Predke Alexandr (Rus) 5, Sarwat Walaa (Egy) 4 lost to Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 5, Sai Vishwesh C (4) lost to Popov Ivan (Rus) 5.

Saurabh Anand – Manik Mikulas
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bg5 Be6 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. O-O Be7 11. Nd5 Nd7 12. Bc4 Rc8 13. Qe2 O-O 14. Rfd1 Bxd5 15. Bxd5 Qc7 16. c3 g6 17. Nd2 Kg7 18. Nc4 b5 19. Ne3 Nc5 20. Bb3 Bg5 21. Nd5 Qa7 22. Bc2 h5 23. b4 Na4 24. Bxa4 bxa4 25. Kh1 Qb7 26. c4 Qc6 27. b5 Qxc4 28. Qxc4 Rxc4 29. bxa6 Rxe4 30. Nb6 Bd8 31. Nd7 Re8 32. a7 Bc7 33. Rdb1 1-0

Shyaamnikhil & Lugovskoy share lead, Muthaiah stops Susanto

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 here today.

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.

Round 5 Results (Indians unless specified) Nguyen Van Huy (Vie) 4.5 drew with Paichadze Luca (Geo) 4.5, Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 4 lost to Shyaamnikhil P (5), Karthik Venkataraman (4.5) drew with Harikrishnan A Ra (4.5), Lugovskoy Maxim (Rus) 5 bt Akash G (4), Popov Ivan (Rus) 4 drew with Girish A Koushik (4.5), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 4.5 bt Saravanan V (3.5), Harshavardhan G B (4) drew with Stupak Kirill (Blr) 4, Muthiah A L (4.5) bt Megaranto Susanto (Ina) 3.5

Tran Tuan Minh – Shyaamnikhil P
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 b5 5. dxe6 fxe6 6. cxb5 d5 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 Qa5+ 9. Nbd2 Nbd7 10. e3 g5 11. Bg3 Ne4 12. Bd3 Bg7 13. O-O Nxg3 14. hxg3 O-O 15. Qc2 c4 16. Bh7+ Kh8 17. Nd4 Qb6 18. a4 Bxd4 19. exd4 Qxd4 20. Bg6 Qg7 21. b3 c3 22. Nf3 e5 23. Rac1 d4 24. Be4 Rb8 25. Rfe1 Nc5 26. b4 Nxe4 27. Qxe4 Bb7 28. Qxe5 Bxf3 29. gxf3 Qxe5 30. Rxe5 Rfd8 31. Ree1 Rbc8 32. Red1 d3 33. a5 c2 34. Rd2 Rc3 35. b6 axb6 36. axb6 Rb8 0-1

Muthaiah A L – Megaranto Susanto
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 b6 3. g3 Bb7 4. Bg2 c5 5. c4 cxd4 6. Qxd4 Nc6 7. Qf4 g6 8. O-O Bg7 9. Nc3 O-O 10. Rd1 d6 11. Qh4 Na5 12. Bh6 Qc8 13. Nd5 Bxd5 14. cxd5 Bxh6 15. Qxh6 Qf5 16. Bh3 Qe4 17. Kf1 Nb7 18. Rac1 Qa4 19. Rd4 Qxa2 20. Ng5 Qxb2 21. Rcc4 Na5 22. Rb4 Nb3 23. Rf4 Nd2+ 24. Kg2 Qa1 25. g4 Rfc8 26. Rxf6 Qf1+ 27. Kg3 Rc3+ 28. e3 Rxe3+ 29. fxe3 Qg1+ 30. Bg2 Qxe3+ 31. Kh4 1-0

Harshavardhan stuns GM Rozum, Akash among leaders

Former National Champion International Master G Akash shared the lead with 4.0 points after the fourth round of the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Chennai here today. GM Norm holder Akash defeated Grandmaster Ziatdinov Raset of USA. In the top board GM Paichadze Luka of Georgia scored over defending Champion, Grandmaster Laxman R R of India.

Sharing the lead at 4.0 points with Paichadze Luka (Georgia) were Tran Tuan Minh, Nguyen Van Huy (both Vietnam), Lugovskoy Maxim (Russia), Akash G, Karthik Venkataraman, Shyamnikhil P, Harikrishnan A Ra and Girish A Koushik (all India). Half a point behind at 3.5 points were 11 players including GMs Popov Ivan (Russia) and Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus) among others. Top seeded Russian Grandmaster Alexandr Predke shed his second half a point, against Chennai based International Master T U Navin Kanna and remains at 3.0 points.

GM Norm holder Akash put it across GM Ziatdinov Raset of USA in a Ruy Lopez game that lasted 46 moves. An early exchange sacrifice showed the Indian’s will to go all out for win. Shattering both sides of the board, Akash kept the Ziatdinov’s king in the centre and finished the game in a flourish giving his rook thereby forcing the queening of his pawn.

Earlier, IM Norm holder G B Harshavardhan (Velammal School, Chennai) scored the biggest win of his career defeating third seeded Russian Grandmaster Rozum Ivan (ELO 2589) in the third round that concluded late yesterday. Rozum side stepped a draw by repetition on the 20th move, but went into an inferior rook ending that Chennai boy fully used to his advantage securing the win after 56 moves. Further, Harsha came up with a steady show today holding International Master N R Vignesh to a draw and is scheduled to meet Grandmaster Stupak Kirill (Belarus) in the next round. The third round also witnessed upset wins for Sai Vishwesh C and Senthil Maran K over Grandmasters Deviatkin Andrei and Sundararajan Kidambi respectively.

Six rounds remain in this 15 lakhs prize money tournament that concludes on Friday, 25th January, 2019.

Round 4 results (Indians unless specified) : Paichadze Luka (Geo) 4 bt Laxman R R (3), Manik Mikulas (Svk) 3.5 drew with Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 3.5, Girish A Koushik (4) bt Deepan Chakkravarthy J (3), Stupak Kirill (Blr) 3.5 drew with Muthaiah A L (3.5), Rathanakaran K (3) lost to Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 4, Tran Minh Thang (Vie) 3 lost to Karthik Venkataraman (4), Vignesh N R (3.5) drew with Harshavardhan G B (3.5), Akash G (4) bt Ziatdinov Raset (USA) 3, Sai Vishwesh C (3) lost to Nguyen Van Huy (Vie) 4

Round 3 results (Indians unless specified) : Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 2 lost to Tran Minh Thang (Vie) 3, Harshavardhan G B (3) bt Rozum Ivan (Rus) 2, Popov Ivan (Rus) 2.5 drew with Saravanan V (2.5), Srihari L R (2) lost to Paichadze Luka (Geo) 3, Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 3 bt Ameir Moheb (Egy) 2, Ziatdinov Raset (USA) 3 bt Erigaisi Arjun (2), Deepan Chakkravarthy J (3) bt Konguvel Ponnuswamy (2), Suvrajit Saha (2) lost to Stupak Kirill (Blr) 3

Akash G – Ziatdinov Raset

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. Bxc6+ bxc6 6. d4 f6 7. Nc3 g6 8. Be3 Nh6 9. Qe2 Ng4 10. O-O-O Nxe3 11. Qxe3 Bg7 12. h4 Bg4 13. h5 Bxh5 14. Rxh5 gxh5 15. Nh4 Qd7 16. Nf5 Bf8 17. d5 c5 18. Ne2 Rg8 19. Rh1 Rg5 20. Neg3 Qf7 21. Qb3 Kd8 22. Qb7 Rc8 23. Qxa6 Qg6 24. Qe2 c6 25. dxc6 Qe8 26. Nxh5 Qxc6 27. Nxf6 Ra8 28. Qc4 Rxf5 29. exf5 Qxg2 30. Qd5 Qg5+ 31. Kb1 Ra7 32. Qe6 Be7 33. Nd5 Qg2 34. Rd1 Qg4 35. Ne3 Qf3 36. f6 Bf8 37. a3 Qxf2 38. Nf5 Qf3 39. Rd3 Qg4 40. f7 Rd7 41. Rb3 Kc7 42. Ka2 Qg6 43. Rb7+ Kxb7 44. Qxd7+ Ka6 45. Qc8+ Kb6 46. Qxf8 1-0

Pantsulaia among leaders, Neelotpal held

Pantsulaia among leaders, Neelotpal held

Fresh from his Delhi Open title victory, Georgian GM Pantsulaia Levan (2.0) worked his way through five hours to defeat WFM Saranya in the second round of the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahaligam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Chennai here today. Sharing the lead at 2.0 points with Pantsulaia were GMs Rozum Ivan, Popov Ivan (both Russia), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Aleksandrov Aleksej, Stupak Kirill (both Belarus), Ziatdinov Raset (USA), Tran Tuan Minh (Vietnam), Megaranto Susanto (Indonesia), Czebe Attila (Hungary), Manik Mikulas (Slovakia) Sundararajan Kidambi, Laxman R R (both India) among others.

In a hard fought Sicilian game, Chennai girl Saranya J held her own against Grandmaster Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) till the very end. The knight and pawn ending offered minor chances for the Georgian as he squeezed out a tough win after 108 moves. It was the last game to finish, showing the resilience of Saranya against the second seed Grandmaster. The day saw seeded players going through to the third round sans big upset.

In the second board, talented Chennai boy Rajarishi Karthi went down to Grandmaster Rozum Ivan of Russia. With some original play in Queens Gambit Rajarishi rattled the Russian and looked poised for an upset win. But a speculative sacrifice late into the middle-game did him in, as he gave up after 40 moves.

A few draws in the main playing hall, where the lower seeded players fought tooth and nail managing to hold higher seeds to a draw. Experienced Kolkata Grandmaster Neelotpal Das drew with fellow Indian Karthik Rajaa, while Rakesh Kumar Nayak snatched half a point from International Master Khusenkhojaev Muhammad of Tajikistan. Local favorites Grandmasters Deepan Chakkravarthy, Sundararajan Kidambi and defending Champion Laxman R R sailed through to comfortable victories.

The ten round Swiss tournament carrying a prize fund of Rupees fifteen lakhs concludes on Friday 25th January, 2019.

Round 2 Results (Indians unless specified) : Saranya J (1) lost to Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 2, Rozum Ivan (Rus) 2 bt Rajarishi Karthi (1), Rathneesh R (1) lost to Popov Ivan (Rus) 2, Paichadze Luka (Geo) 2 bt Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma U (1), Bala Kannamma P (1) lost to Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 2, Erigaisi Arjun (2) bt Md. Abzid Rahman (Bdesh) 1, Dahale Atul (1) lost to Deepan Chakkravarthy J (2).

Saranya J – Pantsulaia Levan

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Bd3 e5 6. Nb3 Nc6 7. c4 Bb4+ 8. Nc3 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 d6 10. O-O O-O 11. h3 Be6 12. f4 exf4 13. Bxf4 Rc8 14. Bg5 Qb6+ 15. Kh1 Nd7 16. Be2 h6 17. Bf4 Nce5 18. Nd4 Nxc4 19. Rb1 Qc7 20. Bxc4 Qxc4 21. Bxd6 Rfd8 22. Rxb7 Nf6 23. Nxe6 Rxd6 24. Qxd6 Qxf1+ 25. Kh2 Re8 26. Qf4 Qxf4+ 27. Nxf4 Rxe4 28. Rb4 a5 29. Rd4 Kf8 30. Nd3 Rxd4 31. cxd4 Ne4 32. a4 Ke8 33. Ne5 Nd6 34. Kg3 Nf5+ 35. Kf4 Nxd4 36. Ke4 Ne6 37. Nc6 Nc5+ 38. Kd4 Nxa4 39. Nxa5 Kd7 40. Nc4 Ke6 41. Ke4 Nc3+ 42. Kf3 Nb5 43. Ne3 Nd6 44. g4 Ke5 45. Ng2 Ne4 46. Ne3 g6 47. h4 Nd2+ 48. Ke2 Nb3 49. Kf3 Nd4+ 50. Kg3 Ke4 51. Nc4 Nb5 52. Nd2+ Ke3 53. Nc4+ Kd4 54. Nb6 Ke4 55. Nc4 Kd4 56. Nb6 Nd6 57. Kf4 Ne4 58. Nd7 Nc3 59. Nb8 Nd5+ 60. Kf3 Nb4 61. Nd7 Nd3 62. Nf6 Ke5 63. Ng8 h5 64. g5 Ne1+ 65. Kg3 Nc2 66. Nf6 Nd4 67. Nd7+ Ke4 68. Nf6+ Ke5 69. Nd7+ Kd6 70. Nf6 Nf5+ 71. Kh3 Ke5 72. Nd7+ Kf4 73. Nf6 Nd6 74. Ng8 Nc4 75. Nh6 Ne5 76. Kg2 Ke4 77. Kg3 Kd5 78. Ng8 Nd7 79. Ne7+ Kd6 80. Nc8+ Ke6 81. Kf4 Ne5 82. Nb6 Nc6 83. Nc4 Ne7 84. Kg3 Nf5+ 85. Kh3 Kd5 86. Nb6+ Ke4 87. Nd7 Kf4 88. Nf6 Ne3 89. Ng8 Kf3 90. Nf6 Ng2 91. Nd7 Nf4+ 92. Kh2 Kg4 93. Ne5+ Kxh4 94. Nxf7 Kg4 95. Kg1 Nh3+ 96. Kg2 Nxg5 97. Nh6+ Kf4 98. Ng8 Nf3 99. Ne7 g5 100. Nd5+ Ke5 101. Ne3 Nh4+ 102. Kh3 Nf5 103. Ng2 g4+ 104. Kh2 Ke4 105. Ne1 h4 106. Ng2 h3 107. Ne1 Nd4 108. Kg3 Ke5 0-1

Rozum Ivan – Rajarishi Karthi

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 c6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. Qc2 h6 9. Bh4 Re8 10. Nge2 Nbd7 11. O-O-O b5 12. Kb1 a5 13. f3 Nb6 14. Bf2 a4 15. a3 b4 16. axb4 Ba6 17. Bxa6 Rxa6 18. Na2 Nc4 19. Nec1 a3 20. b3 Nb2 21. Rdg1 Qb8 22. g4 Bxb4 23. h4 Nd7 24. g5 h5 25. g6 f6 26. Ka1 Qb5 27. e4 c5 28. exd5 cxd4 29. Nxb4 Qxb4 30. Re1 Ne5 31. f4 d3 32. Qc7 Qe7 33. Qc3 Qb7 34. fxe5 fxe5 35. Nxd3 Rxg6 36. Nxe5 Rf6 37. Nc6 Rxe1+ 38. Rxe1 Nd1 39. Rxd1 Rxf2 40. d6 1-0

Rathneesh R – Popov Ivan

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bg7 6. h3 b6 7. a4 a5 8. Na3 e5 9. Nc4 f6 10. Be3 Nh6 11. b4 cxb4 12. Bxb6 Qe7 13. Nxa5 Rxa5 14. Bxa5 Qc5 15. Bc7 Kd7 16. a5 Kxc7 17. a6 Qb6 18. a7 Ba6 19. Qd2 Ra8 20. O-O Rxa7 21. Rfb1 Bf8 22. d4 Nf7 23. dxe5 fxe5 24. Ng5 Nxg5 25. Qxg5 Qc5 26. Rd1 Be7 27. Qg3 Kb6 28. Ra2 Be2 29. Rxa7 Bxd1 30. Ra8 Qc3 31. Qxc3 bxc3 32. Ra2 Bg5 33. Kf1 Bd2 34. Kg1 Kb5 35. Kf1 Kb4 36. f3 Bxc2 37. Ke2 Bb3 38. Ra8 Bc4+ 39. Kd1 Kb3 40. Ra1 Kb2 0-1

Bala Kannamma P – Aleksandrov, Aleksej

1. g3 d5 2. Nf3 c6 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. d3 h6 5. Nbd2 Bf5 6. b3 a5 7. a3 e6 8. Bb2 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Qe1 Bh7 11. e4 Na6 12. e5 Nd7 13. Qe2 b5 14. Ne1 Qb6 15. Kh1 a4 16. b4 c5 17. bxc5 Ndxc5 18. d4 Nb7 19. c3 Na5 20. Nd3 Rfc8 21. f4 Nc4 22. Nxc4 bxc4 23. Nf2 Rcb8 24. Bc1 Qa5 25. Qd2 Rb3 26. Nd1 Nc7 27. g4 Bd3 28. Rg1 Nb5 29. f5 Nxc3 30. f6 Bf8 31. fxg7 Bxg7 32. Nxc3 Qxc3 33. Qxc3 Rxc3 34. Bd2 Rb3 35. Bb4 Bf8 36. Bxf8 Kxf8 37. Rgd1 Rab8 38. h3 Rb2 39. Kg1 R8b3 40. Kh1 Rf2 41. Kg1 Rbb2 42. Bh1 Rh2 0-1

Harikrishnan A Ra – Gokhale Rishabh Chandrashekhar

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Qe7 5. O-O Nf6 6. d4 Bb6 7. Re1 d6 8. h3 O-O 9. Bb3 a6 10. Bc2 h6 11. Be3 Ba7 12. Nbd2 Kh7 13. Nf1 g6 14. Ng3 Ng8 15. Nh2 Qf6 16. Nf3 Nge7 17. Qd2 Qg7 18. Rad1 b5 19. Nh2 Na5 20. b3 Nb7 21. Ne2 f5 22. dxe5 Bxe3 23. Qxe3 dxe5 24. f4 fxe4 25. Bxe4 exf4 26. Nxf4 Nf5 27. Qc1 Rb8 28. Nf3 Nbd6 29. Bb1 Re8 30. g4 Bb7 31. gxf5 Bxf3 32. fxg6+ Kh8 33. Rd3 Be4 34. Rxd6 Bxb1 35. Nh5 1-0

Top seed Predke held to a draw in Chennai Open 2019

Top seeded Russian Grandmaster Alexandr Predke (Elo rating 2620) was surprisingly held to a draw in the first round of the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr.N Mahalingam trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Chennai here today. Indian lad Satish Chandra G matched the Super GM move for move and hung on for a precious half a point after 77 moves. The resultant position – King, Rook, 2pawns vs King, Bishop, 3pawns – offered little for the Russian as he agreed for a draw with 1665 rated Indian. A draw in the top board, where Satish Chandra made light of the 955 ELO difference, shows the strength Indian chess has moved to.

Rest of the seeds had it easy in this annual Chennai event played for total prize money of 15 lakhs. The 10 round Swiss tournament saw 286 entries from 17 countries including 20 Grandmasters and 65 titled players. The winner takes home the handsome Chennai Open 2019 trophy + cash award of Rs. 300000 (Rupees Three lakhs only).

Round 1 Results (Indians unless specified) Sathish Chandra G drew with Predke Alexandr (Rus), Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) bt Adireddy Tarun, Dharani Kumar M S lost to Rozum Ivan (Rus), Popov Ivan (Rus) bt Adarsh Tripathi, Evrin Selvam lost to Paichadze Luka (Geo), Aleksandro Aleksej (Blr) bt Aakash G, Badri Narayan B lost to Erigaisi Arjun, Deepan Chakkravarthy J bt Niharika Ch, Divyan T lost to Stupak Kirill (Blr), Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) bt Tejes Suresh Kumar, Giri Abhishek lost to Megaranto Susanto (Ina), Karthik Venkataraman bt Chirag Mudraje.

Chennai Open 2019 inaugurated, Gukesh felicitated

The 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy was inaugurated by a ceremonial first move between International Master Manuel Aaron and top seed Grandmaster Alexandr Predke of Russia at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Chennai here today.

The ten round Swiss tournament carries a prize fund of Rs 15 lakhs, with the winner taking a handsome trophy along with a cash award of Rs. 3 lakhs. 20 Grandmasters and 28 International Masters add to the line up of 65 titled players among 286 players. The tournament concludes on 25th January, 2019.

Earlier, the inauguration was preceded by a felicitation for the achievement of second youngest Grandmaster in world by 12 year old Chennai boy D Gukesh. Speaking on the occasion, Shri D V Sundar, Vice President FIDE & AICF said, “This boy is bound to go far, bringing more laurels to himself and the country”.

Mr Frederic Friedel, Co-founder, ChessBase added, “Gukesh shows profound understanding for chess and I see the rising of another Magnus Carlsen in him”.

Mr S Kailasanathan, CEO of Microsense felicitated GM Elect Gukesh, “We could see the talent in the child and we too happy to be of support to him during his great achievement”. M/s Microsense gave a cash award of Rs. 100000 (Rupees One Lakh only) to the young achiever.

A cash award of Rs 30000 (Rupees thirty thousand only) was awarded to Master Gukesh on behalf of TNSCA. Also present in the dais were, International Master Manuel Aaron, the Chief Guest, Shri P Stephen Balasamy, Gen. Secretary, TNSCA, Shri B Murugavel, Organising Secretary, Shri Rohan, General Manager, Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Shri V Hariharan, former Secretary AICF & TNSCA.