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Open Chess: Sethuraman leads penultimate round
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Open Chess: Sethuraman leads penultimate round

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Kolkata, Dec 12 (IBNS): At the end of penultimate round of the Rose Valley Open International Chess Tournament on Wednesday organized by Alekhine Chess Club, Grand Master SP Sethuraman emerged as sole leader with 7.5 points and took a big step towards for a dream finish.


The young Indian contingent astounded everyone with their fantastic run over the much esteemed foreign GMs.

IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, GM Deep Sengupta, IM Vishnu Prasanna and IM Swapnil Dhopade (all of India) took seven way second position with GM Ni Hua, GM Anton Koborv, GM Dzhumaev Marat with 7 points each.

GM SP Sethuraman (2520) of Chennai showed his mettle when it mattered the most.

Wednesday in the Round-10 of this very strong tournament he just overwhelmed much senior and experienced GM Viorel Iordachescu (2619) of Moldavia in 31 moves.

The 19-year B.Com third year student from Chennai played French defense with e4 e6/d4 d5.

In the ninth move he gave a brilliant go with bishop in c8, what took GM Viorel in surprise.

GM Viorel could not have any better answer to encounter GM Sethuramanís move.

GM Viorel tried to control the board with two pawns sacrifice, which went in vain. He had no other option than to concede to Indian GM.

Swapnil (2438) Wednesday played a very composed game with black pieces against GM Mikhailo Oleksienko (2573) of Ukraine.

Russian GM played Cicilian Taimanov opening with e4 c6/ kf3 e6. He sacrificed a pawn in the beginning and a bishop within a short span to take control over the game.

Though Swapnil had better position in the mid game, but the game turned into a complex one.

In this juncture Swapnil showed his talent with a very good move. He sacrificed his queen to have two rooks and a bishop and established his control. In the end game GM Oleksienko had two mistakes and finally he conceded point after 70th move.

GM Deep Sengupta (2540) today tried hard to overpower Chinese GM Ni Hua (2660), but the battle of more than four hours ended with no outright result. IM nominated Diptayan Ghosh (2425/ 6) played a fantastic game to snatch full point from GM RR Laxman (2456).

GM Suryasekhar Ganguly (2630/6.5 points) had a facile win over IM Himanshu Sharma (2417), but GM Sandipan Chanda (2613/ 5.5 points) shared point with GM Sundararajan Kidambi (2434).

WGM Mary Ann Gomes (2382/ 5) lost to GM Abhijit Kunte (2511), while WGM Nisha Mohota (2339/ 5) got her eighth draw, this time with IM V Sarvanan (2402).



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