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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