GM Norm holder Swapnil Dhopade shared the lead with GM Mozharov Mikhail (Russia) with 5.5 points after the sixth round of the 7th Chennai International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament at Nehru Stadium, Chennai here today.
Indian Railways star Swapnil held GM Marat Dzhumaev (Uzbekistan) to a hard fought 51 move draw. Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Mozharov (5.5) defeated Indian Norm prospect CRG Krishna to join Swapnil in the lead.
Sharing the second spot with 5.0 points were GM Ivan Popov (Russia), GM Brunello Sabino (Ita), IM Cruz Jonathan (Peru), IM Karthikeyan P (India) among others. In-form International Master Karthikeyan P defeated Grandmaster Nguyen Duc Hoa (Vietnam) in a Sicilian game that lasted 36 moves. The crucial win took Karthikeyan (5.0) to the second spot right behind the leaders.
Earlier, top seed Grandmaster Ivan Popov of Russia shed half a point in the morning round, as National Junior Champion SL Narayanan held him to a draw in 39 moves. CRG Krishna enhanced his Norm chances scoring over IM Van Huy Nguyen (Vietnam) in 37 moves. International Master Shivananda B S brought down GM Andrey Baryshpolets (Ukraine) in tactical French game that lasted 31 moves.
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Category “A” – Main Results Round 6 (Indians unless specified) :
Swapnil S Dhopade (5.5) drew with Dzhumaev Marat (Uzb) 5, Mozharov Mikhail (Rus) 5.5 bt CRG Krishna (4.5), Popov Ivan (Rus) 5 bt Das Sayantan (4), Cruz Jonathan (Per) 5 bt David Alberto (Ita) 4, Brunello Sabino (Ita) 5 bt SL Narayanan (4), Prasanna Raghuram Rao (4.5) drew with Cruz Cristhian (Per) 4.5, Evdokimov Alexander A (Rus) 4.5 drew with Rathnakaran K (4.5), Karthikeyan P (5) bt Nguyen Duc Hoa (Vie) 4, Gasanov Eldar (Ukr) 4.5 bt Shivananda B S (4), Neverov Valeriy (Ukr) 3.5 – Navin Kanna T U (3.5), Van Huy Nguyen (Vie) 4 drew with Kelkar Abhishek (4)
Category “A” – Main Results Round 5 (Indians unless specified) :
Rathnakaran K (4) lost to Swapnil S Dhopade (5), S L Narayanan (4) drew with Popov Ivan (Rus) 4, Gagare Shardul (3.5) lost to Mozharov Mikhail (Rus) 4.5, Cruz Cristhian (Per) 4 drew with Karthikeyan P 4, Dzhumaev Marat (Uzb) 4.5 bt Ramnath Bhuvanesh R (3.5), CRG Krishna (4.5) bt Nguyen Van Huy (Vie) 3.5, David Alberto (Ita) 4 bt Vignesh NR (3.5), Kumaran B (3) lost to Brunello Sabino (Ita) 4, Shivananda B S (4) bt Baryshpolets Andrey (Ukr) 3, Gahan MG (3) lost to Evdokimov Alexander A (Rus) 4
Category “B” – Main Results Round 7 :
Raju S (5.5) lost to Anil Kumar O T (6.5), Manigandan S S (6.5) bt Barath M (5.5), Marthandan K U (6) bt Sahu Rajendra Kumar (5), Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma U (6) bt Visveshwar A (5), Yuvan Bharathi K S (5.5) drew with Niranjan Nadarajan (5.5), Vijaya Sharathy (5) drew with Ashhwath C (5), Gopalakrishnan K (5.5) bt Upendra R (4.5), Arjun Adappa (5) drew with Dileep Kumar R (5), Aditya SSV (5) drew with Harshavardhan G B (5), Arjun Kalyan (4.5) lost to Priyamvada Karamcheti (5.5), Hariharan S Pillai (4.5) lost to Vinay Vijaykumar (5.5)
Category “B” – Main Results Round 6 :
Neil Franclin S (4.5) lost to AnilKumar O T (5.5), Arjun Kalyan (4.5) lost to Manigandan S S (5.5), Sahu Rajendra Kumar (5) drew with Yuvan Bharathi K S (5), Toshali V (4.5) lost to Raju S (5.5), Rajeev V M (5) drew with Abir Sinha (5), Barath M (5.5) bt Aditya SSV (4.5), Harshini A (5) drew with Sadhu S Adithya (5), Niranjan Nadarajan (5) drew with Vijaya Sharathy (5), Dusthageer Ibrahim M (5) bt Hari Madhavan N B (5), Arju Adappa (4.5) drew with Gopalakrishnan K (4.5)
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