Commonwealth Chess Championships 2012 – Karthikeyan joins Ahmed Adly in lead

Former Asian Junior Champion P Karthikeyan defeated fellow Indian Grandmaster SP Sethuraman and moved into joint lead at 6.5 points after the seventh round of the Apollo Engineering College Commonwealth Chess Championships 2012 at SDAT Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai here today.

Grandmaster Ahmed Adly of Egypt maintained his grip on the top accounting for giant-killer Ram S Krishnan in the second board.

Adly and Karthikeyan lead the Championship with 6.5 points followed by top seed Sergei Tiviakov (The Netherlands), Oleksienko Mikhailo (Ukraine), Alexander Fominyh (Rus), M R Venkatesh, M R Lalith Babu, M Shyam Sundar, K Rathnakaran, G Akash, Kathmale Sameer (all India) at 6 points.

International Master P Karthikeyan

International Master P Karthikeyan

While the top board game between Lalith Babu and Sergei Tiviakov was a relatively quiet draw, in the upset of the day, Chennai based International Master P Karthikeyan brought down Grandmaster SP Sethuraman.

The Slav game saw Sethuraman sacrificing a pawn and going for the initiative. Karthikeyan gave his rook for bishop and kept his chances going. Sethurman pressed for the win, and missed out on tactics as white’s queen, knight and bishop battery decided the issue in favor of Karthikeyan.

With two Grandmaster Norms to his credit Karthikeyan should now be eyeing to complete his GM title in his home town Chennai.

Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran inaugurating the seventh round

Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran inaugurating the seventh round

GM Ahmed Adly – Ram S Krishnan

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Bf5 4.c4 c6 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.O-O Nc6 7.d3 e5 8.Bg5 Be7 9.Nc3 d4 10.Na4 Be6 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Rc1 O-O 13.Nc5 Bxc5 14.Rxc5 Qb6 15.Qc1 Rfc8 16.Nd2 Ne7 17.Ne4 Rxc5 18.Qxc5 Qxc5 19.Nxc5 Bd5 20.e3 dxe3 21.fxe3 Bxg2 22.Kxg2 Nd5 23.Kf3 Rc8 24.Nxb7 Rb8 25.Nd6 Rxb2 26.Rc1 h5 27.Ke4 Ne7 28.Rc7 Kf8 29.Rxa7 Rxh2 30.Ra8 Kg7 31.Re8 Ng6 32.Nf5 Kh7 33.Ra8 h4 34.Ra7 hxg3 35.Rxf7 Kh8 36.Rxf6 Kh7 37.Rf7 Kh8 38.Rg7 Nf8 39.Rxg3 Nd7 40.Kd5 Rd2 41.Ke6 Rxd3 42.Kf7 1-0

IM P Karthikeyan – GM SP Sethuraman

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.d5 Qc7 11.O-O Bb7 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Ng5 Qc6 14.f4 c4 15.Bc2 b4 16.Ne2 h6 17.Nd4 Bc5 18.Ngf3 Qb6 19.Kh1 O-O-O 20.Be3 g5 21.fxg5 Ng4 22.Bg1 hxg5 23.Qe2 e5 24.Nxg5 Ndf6 25.Rxf6 Nxf6 26.Ndf3 Bxg1 27.Nxg1 Rhg8 28.N1h3 Qc6 29.Rc1 Kb8 30.Bb3 Rd4 31.Bxc4 Nxe4 32.Nf3 Nd6 33.Bxg8 Qxc1 34.Nhg1 Re4 35.Qf2 Qe3 36.Qg3 Rf4 37.Qg5 Nf5 38.Bd5 Bc8 39.Qd8 Rg4 40.Nxe5 Qh6 41.Nd7 1-0

International Master Tania Sachdev

International Master Tania Sachdev

Round 7 Results (Indians unless specified):
M R Lalith Babu 6 drew with Sergei Tiviakov (Ned) 6, Adly Ahmed (Egy) 6.5 bt Ram S Krishnan 5.5, M R Venkatesh 6 drew with Oleksienko Mikhailo (Ukr) 6, P Karthikeyan 6.5 bt SP Sethuraman 5, Lintchevski Daniil (Rus) 5.5 drew with Tania Sachdev 5.5, Mark Paragua (Phi) 5.5 drew with CRG Krishna 5.5, S Nitin 5.5 drew with Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) 5.5, R Siddharth 5.5 drew with Sahaj Grover 5.5, Nisha Mohota 5 lost to M Shyam Sundar 6, Karthikeyan Murali 5 lost to Alexander Fominyh (Rus) 6, K Rathnakaran 6 bt Sayantan Das 5, Ikeda Junta (Aus) 5.5 bt J Deepan Chakkravarthy 4.5, Rolando Nolte (Phi) 5.5 bt Prince Bajaj 4.5, Sowmya Swaminathan 4.5 lost to Narayanan Srinath

LIVE Games : http://monroi.com/watch/?tnm_id=1656

R R Vasudevan
Press Officer
Apollo Engineering College Commonwealth Chess Championships 2012

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