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Abhijeet Gupta increases lead in India Premier Championship

Abhijeet Gupta of PSPB enhanced his lead to one point by defeating P. Shyam Nikhil of Tamil Nadu in the tenth round of the 49th National Premier Chess Championship, organized by Marathawada Chess Association at MIT campus, Aurangabad, today.

While Abhijeet is on 8 points, Tamil Nadu GMs Deepan Chakravarthy and SP Sethuraman and GN Gopal of Kerala are on 7 points.

In a miniature game of Slav defence, Shyam Nikhil played the first ten moves correctly. When Abhijeet played Qc2, he was confused and not prepared for it. His immature counter attacks on the queen side paved the way for Abhijeet to trap Shyam’s bishop at a4. Immediately, Shyam resigned on the 23rd move.

Dy.Commissioner of Police Somnath Gharge inaugurated the tenth round. Abhijeet defeated Shyam later. Chief arbiter Anantharam (right), arbiters Bhilare (left) and Dr. Tandel (with tie) look on

Dy.Commissioner of Police Somnath Gharge inaugurated the tenth round. Abhijeet defeated Shyam later. Chief arbiter Anantharam (right), arbiters Bhilare (left) and Dr. Tandel (with tie) look on

An absorbing game that went into full distance was between former world under-16 champion SP Sethuraman of Tamil Nadu and GM Tejas Bakre of Indian Airlines. Sethuraman offered a knight sacrifice on 29th move in the Semi Slav system followed by Tejas. Tejas did not accept the offer. The knight still hanging, Sethuraman gave up the other knight also. After exchanging the queens on 42nd move, Sethuraman was triumphant in the same colour and bishop and pawns ending, after well fought 90 moves.

In a closed position of English opening, both 2010 runner up GN Gopal and the Paris Open champion S. Arun Prasad from PSPB did not want to jeopardize their chances and had a safe draw in 30 moves.

So was the Ruy Lopez game between the grandmasters Deepan Chakravarthy of TN and Abhijit Kunte of PSPB, which was also a 30 mover draw.

Former world u16 champion SP Sethuraman (left) against GM Tejas Bakre. Former champion GM Pravin Thisay and IM Koshy are watching.

Former world u16 champion SP Sethuraman (left) against GM Tejas Bakre. Former champion GM Pravin Thisay and IM Koshy are watching.

Deep Sengupta, a former winner of Doeberl Cup in Australia, demolished former Asian Junior champion P. Karthikeyan in just 22 moves of a two knights defence game. Karthikeyan resigned, immediately after playing Nxf4, realising that he was about to lose a piece and also the game.

Former champion B. Adhiban of PSPB destroyed the king side pawn structure of GM Sriram Jha of LIC in the Samisch variation of Kings Indian game. Adhiban’s two bishops playing in tandem, ably supported by the queen, tilted the game in his favour in 32 moves.

Sundarrajan Kidambi of PSPB did not exert much to win in a rook and pawns ending against Railway’s IM Saptarshi Roy, with two extra pawns to his credit. The Ruy Lopez game wherein Roy had white pieces lasted 40 moves.

G Akash of TN held 2010 champion Parimarjan Negi of PSPB in 42 moves of a Sicilian defence, followed by Negi. Though Akash had a g- pawn in a rook vs rook ending, he could not convert it to a win.

Defending champion Negi is ready to start the game. At the right is the organiser Vijay Deshpande.

Defending champion Negi is ready to start the game. At the right is the organiser Vijay Deshpande.

In the clash between two youngsters, WGM Padmini Rout of Orissa suffered her second straight loss at the hands of Vidit Santosh Gujrati of Maharashtra. In the same colour bishop ending, Vidit’s two extra pawns did the trick for him.

Double GM norm holder MR Lalith Babu, the national junior champion in 2010 surrendered meekly to former world under 10 bronze medalist MR Venkatesh. Though Lalith was exchange up, he could not prevent the promotion of Venakatesh’s c- pawn to a queen. The rest was mere routine.

Mumbai players, former champion Pravin Thipsay and Aditya Udeshi drew their game in 33 moves in a Scandinavian defence. In another tussle between two Maharashtra players representing Railways, Shasikant Kutwal overcame Vikramaditya Kulkarni in 72 moves.

MR Venkatesh of PSPB defeated MR Lalith Babu, 2010 national junior champion.

MR Venkatesh of PSPB defeated MR Lalith Babu, 2010 national junior champion.

R. Anantharam, International Arbiter

Round 10 standings:
1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2625 – 8
2 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J 2470 – 7
3 GM Sethuraman S P 2529 – 7
4 GM Gopal G N 2572 – 7
5 IM Shyam Nikil P 2418 – 6.5
6 GM Arun Prasad S 2522 – 6.5
7 GM Kunte Abhijit 2528 – 6.5
8 IM Venkatesh M R 2479 – 6
9 GM Bakre Tejas 2507 – 6
10 IM Shyam Sundar M 2457 – 6
11 IM Ashwin Jayaram 2473 – 6
12 GM Sengupta Deep 2572 – 6
13 G Akash 2239 – 6
14 GM Negi Parimarjan 2631 – 6
15 GM Adhiban B 2551 – 6
16 IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2508 – 6
17 GM Sriram Jha 2410 – 5.5
18 IM Murali Krishnan B T 2366 – 5.5
19 GM Neelotpal Das 2458 – 5.5
20 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2474 – 5.5
21 Shashikant Kutwal 2300 – 5.5
22 WGM Padmini Rout 2356 – 5
23 IM Karthikeyan P 2408 – 5
24 IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu 2415 – 5
25 IM Lalith Babu M R 2495 – 5
26 GM Laxman R R 2451 – 5
27 GM Thipsay Praveen M 2433 – 5
28 IM Rathnakaran K 2386 – 5
29 Udeshi Aditya 2379 – 5
30 IM Saptarshi Roy 2385 – 4.5
31 IM Swapnil S Dhopade 2411 – 4.5
32 FM Girish A Koushik 2379 – 4.5
33 FM Ghosh Diptayan 2288 – 4.5
34 IM Kulkarni Vikramaditya 2449 – 4.5
35 IM Narayanan Srinath 2336 – 4.5
36 IM Himanshu Sharma 2421 – 4.5
37 IM Deshmukh Anup 2312 – 4
38 IM Suvrajit Saha 2384 – 4
39 Krishna C R G 2317 – 4
40 IM Babu N Sudhakar 2319 – 4
41 IM Sharma Dinesh K 2361 – 4
42 IM Koshy Varugeese 2279 – 3.5
43 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2384 – 3.5
44 IM Sangma Rahul 2385 – 3
45 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2318 – 3
46 Ravi Teja S 2300 – 3
47 Tiwari Arjun 2324 – 3
48 WGM Swathi Ghate 2278 – 2.5
49 IM Lahiri Atanu 2361 – 1

Round 11 pairings:
GM Kunte Abhijit 2528 – GM Gupta Abhijeet 2625
GM Arun Prasad S 2522 – GM Sethuraman S P 2529
IM Shyam Nikil P 2418 – GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J 2470
GM Gopal G N 2572 – GM Negi Parimarjan 2631
GM Bakre Tejas 2507 – GM Sengupta Deep 2572
GM Adhiban B 2551 – IM Ashwin Jayaram 2473
IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2508 – G Akash 2239
IM Shyam Sundar M 2457 – IM Venkatesh M R 2479
GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2474 – Shashikant Kutwal 2300
IM Murali Krishnan B T 2366 – GM Sriram Jha 2410
IM Lalith Babu M R 2495 – GM Neelotpal Das 2458
IM Karthikeyan P 2408 – GM Thipsay Praveen M 2433
IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu 2415 – IM Rathnakaran K 2386
Udeshi Aditya 2379 – WGM Padmini Rout 2356
IM Kulkarni Vikramaditya 2449 – GM Laxman R R 2451
IM Himanshu Sharma 2421 – FM Ghosh Diptayan 2288
FM Girish A Koushik 2379 – IM Swapnil S Dhopade 2411
IM Narayanan Srinath 2336 – IM Saptarshi Roy 2385
IM Deshmukh Anup 2312 – Krishna C R G 2317
IM Suvrajit Saha 2384 – IM Koshy Varugeese 2279
IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2384 – IM Babu N Sudhakar 2319
Tiwari Arjun 2324 – IM Sharma Dinesh K 2361
IM Sangma Rahul 2385 – Ravi Teja S 2300
WGM Swathi Ghate 2278 – WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2318
IM Lahiri Atanu 2361 – not paired

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