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