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Aravindh Chithambaram stuns GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel in Chennai Open

Grandmaster Vidit Santosh Gujrathi defeated tournament leader and fellow GM Lalith Babu M R moving into shared lead with 5.5 points, after the sixth round of the Chennai Grandmaster International Open Chess tournament held in celebration of the FIDE World Championship Match 2013 at Nehru Stadium, Chennai here today.

Sharing the lead at 5.5 points along with GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (India) is Russian International Master Mozharov Mikhail. The third spot is shared by FM Aravindh Chithambaram (India) and Rishi Sardana (Australia) at 5.0 points each.

14-year-old FIDE Master V R Aravindh Chithambaram continued his fine run as he upset fourth seeded Ter-Sahakyan Samvel of Armenia. Showing exemplary skills beyond his age, Aravindh converted a complicated Sicilian middlegame into a favorable endgame, sewing up the game in 47 moves. Aravindh has thus far scalped two Grandmasters and two International Masters coming up with a stunning performance rating of ELO 2713.

Grandmaster Vidit Santosh Gujrathi

Grandmaster Vidit Santosh Gujrathi

Top round 6 results:
GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2582 – GM Lalith Babu M.R. IND 2570 1 – 0
IM Mozharov Mikhail RUS 2508 – GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2519 1 – 0
GM Drazic Sinisa SRB 2469 – GM Popov Ivan RUS 2652 ½ – ½
GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2568 – FM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2335 0 – 1
Sardana Rishi AUS 2356 – GM Babujian Levon ARM 2510 1 – 0
GM Papin Vasily RUS 2510 – GM Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2505 ½ – ½
WGM Batsiashvili Nino GEO 2425 – GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2508 0 – 1
IM Gagare Shardul IND 2449 – IM Loeffler Stefan GER 2404 ½ – ½
IM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2444 – IM Ravichandran Siddharth IND 2372 0 – 1

The playing format of the tournament is 11-round Swiss and the total prize fund is 16,000 USD.

FIDE Master Aravindh Chithambaram

FIDE Master Aravindh Chithambaram

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