Top seed Grandmaster Sergei Tiviakov of The Netherlands moved into joint lead scoring over second seed Grandmaster Ahmed Adly of Egypt in the ninth round of the Apollo Engineering College Commonwealth Chess Championships 2012 at SDAT Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai here today.
Tiviakov and Karthikeyan jointly lead the pack with 8.0 points, followed half a point behind at 7.5 points by M R Venkatesh, M R Lalith Babu, S L Narayanan, G Akash (all India) respectively.
The top board game was fought on even keel, before Venkatesh gave back his exchange and picked up the half point against in-form tournament leader P Karthikeyan.
The second board game against top two seeds saw Sergei Tiviakov firing on all cylinders against Ahmed Adly. The closed Sicilian game went in favor of Tiviakov after 49 moves.
Young S L Narayanan kept his good form scoring an upset win over Ukraine Grandmaster Oleksienko Mikhailo in 39 moves.
India’s Kathmale Sameer made his International Master Norm holding Grandmaster Arun Prasad to a draw. The nine game IM Norm is the second Norm in the event, adding to the one Ram S Krishnan made in the previous round.
Earlier the round was inaugurated by Captain Ramaswamy, CEO, Sea Team Management (Frontline Group of Companies) who made the symbolic first move 1.Nf3 in the Venkatesh – Karthikeyan game.
GM Sergei Tiviakov – GM Ahmed Adly
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 3.Nge2 d6 4.g3 b5 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.d4 b4 7.Na4 Nd7 8.a3 e5 9.Qd3 Ngf6 10.c3 cxd4 11.axb4 dxc3 12.bxc3 Qc7 13.O-O Be7 14.Be3 O-O 15.c4 Rfc8 16.Rfc1 Ng4 17.Bd2 Nb6 18.Nb2 Nd7 19.h3 Ngf6 20.Nc3 Qb8 21.Nba4 Bc6 22.Nd5 Bd8 23.h4 a5 24.Nxf6 Nxf6 25.b5 Bd7 26.Rab1 Be6 27.f4 Ng4 28.Bf3 Bb6 29.Kg2 exf4 30.Bxf4 Rd8 31.Qe2 Ne5 32.Bxe5 dxe5 33.c5 Bc7 34.b6 Rd4 35.bxc7 Qxc7 36.Nb6 Rad8 37.Nd5 Bxd5 38.exd5 e4 39.Bxe4 Re8 40.d6 Qc8 41.Rc4 Rexe4 42.Qxe4 Rxe4 43.Rxe4 h5 44.Re5 f6 45.Rd5 Qe6 46.Rd2 Qe4 47.Kh2 Qxb1 48.d7 Kh7 49.d8Q 1-0
S L Narayanan – GM Oleksienko Mikhailo
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.g3 Bg7 8.Bg2 O-O 9.O-O Re8 10.Nd2 a6 11.a4 Nbd7 12.h3 Rb8 13.Nc4 Ne5 14.Na3 Nh5 15.e4 Bd7 16.a5 Qxa5 17.g4 Nf6 18.f4 Nexg4 19.hxg4 Nxg4 20.f5 Ne5 21.f6 Bf8 22.Bg5 Qd8 23.Nc2 a5 24.Qd2 b5 25.Bh6 Ng4 26.Bxf8 Kxf8 27.Qf4 Re5 28.Bh3 Qxf6 29.Bxg4 Qxf4 30.Rxf4 Rg5 31.Ne3 h5 32.Rxa5 Rb7 33.e5 Bxg4 34.exd6 Re5 35.Ra8 Kg7 36.Re4 Kf6 37.Nxg4 hxg4 38.Re8 Rxe8 39.Rxe8 1-0
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R R Vasudevan
Apollo Engineering College Commonwealth Chess Championships 2012