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Chennai Open: Mozharov in sole lead, Vishnu Prasanna stuns Popov

International Master Mozharov Mikhail of Russia moved into sole lead with 7.0 points after the eighth 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.

Indian prodigy, 14-year-old FIDE Master V R Aravindh Chithambaram shared the second spot with fellow Indian GM Vishnu Prasanna at 6.5 points. Aravindh completed a nine-round Grandmaster norm after only eight days of play.

In upsets of the day, top seed GM Popov Ivan of Russia went down to GM Vishnu Prasanna (India), while IM Swayams Mishra (India) stunned GM Babujian Levon (Armenia).

IM Mozharov Mikhail

IM Mozharov Mikhail

Top round 8 results:
FM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2335 – IM Mozharov Mikhail RUS 2508 ½ – ½
GM Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2505 – GM Popov Ivan RUS 2652 1 – 0
GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2582 – IM Ravichandran Siddharth IND 2372 1 – 0
Sardana Rishi AUS 2356 – GM Lalith Babu M.R. IND 2570 0 – 1
IM Swayams Mishra IND 2435 – GM Babujian Levon ARM 2510 1 – 0
GM Papin Vasily RUS 2510 – GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2508 ½ – ½
GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2568 – Ravi Teja S. IND 2302 1 – 0
IM Gagare Shardul IND 2449 – GM Borovikov Vladislav UKR 2558 0 – 1
GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2553 – IM Narayanan Srinath IND 2444 1 – 0
IM Udeshi Aditya IND 2444 – GM Shyam Sundar M. IND 2544 0 – 1
IM Nolte Rolando PHI 2436 – GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2519 ½ – ½

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

R R Vasudevan
Press Officer

FM Aravindh Chithambaram with Susan Polgar

FM Aravindh Chithambaram with Susan Polgar

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