Tirupathi (20 May 12): Three players including World Under-18 bronze medalist International Master Debashis Das of Orissa share the lead with four points from as many rounds of the ongoing 50th National Challengers Chess Championship here at Ramatulasi Kalyana Mandapam on Sunday.
Playing black side of Queen’s Gambit Accepted variation, Das displayed sheer skills in the Queen and Pawn ending to garner full point against his Karnataka rival Arvind Shastry in 45 moves.
International Master Saptarshi Roy of Railways and G Akash of Tamilnadu joined Das at the top of point table after defeating Vignesh N R of Tamilnadu and Women Grandmaster Kiran Manisha Mohanty of Orissa respectively.
In a surprising result, second seed International Master S Satyapragyan crumbled under time pressure to hand over full point to his Andhra Pradesh rival P Praveen Prasad in a keenly contested fourth round encounter.
Earlier in the third round, top seed and defending champion Vikramaditya Kulkarni signed the peace treaty with International Master R Balasubramaniam after a marathon match that lasted 123 moves while second seed International Master S Satyapragyan settled for half point against E P Nirmal of Kerala and talented Orissa youngster Utkal Ranjan Sahoo outwitted International Master C Praveen Kumar of Railways.
Round-4 :- Aravind Shastry of Karnataka (3) lost to IM Debashis Das of Orissa (4); FM Diptayan Ghosh of West bengal (3.5) drew with IM Chandrashekhar Gokhale of Air India (3.5); IM Saptarshi Roy of Railways (4) beat Vignesh N R of Tamilnadu (3); Sohan Phadke of Maharshtra (3.5) drew with Anurag Mhamal of Goa (3.5); Utkal Ranjan Sahool (3.5) drew with Arun Karthik R of Tamilnadu (3.5); WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty of Orissa (3) lost to G Akash of Tamilnadu (4); Himal Gusain of Chandigarh (2.5) lost to Vikramaditya Kulkarni of Railways (3.5); IM Satyapragyan S of Air India (2.5) lost to P Praveen Prasad of Andhra Pradesh (3.5); Nirmal E P of Kerala (2.5) lost to Swayams Mishra of Orissa (3.5); IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam of Railways (3) drew with Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury of Railways (3); G B Joshi of Air India (3) drew with IM Suvrajit Saha of Railways (3); T J Suresh Kumar of Railways (2.5) lost to IM Dinesh Sharma of LIC (3.5); Matta Vinay Kumar of Andhra Pradesh (2.5) lost to IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh R of Tamilnadu (3.5); N Sanjay of Karnataka (3) drew with Vikramjit Singh of Railways (3); Murali Krishnan B T of Railways (3.5) beat Sidhant Mohapatra of Orissa (2.5); Srinath Rao S V of Chattisgarh (2.5) lost to CRG Krishna of Andhra Pradesh (3.5); Shashikant Kutwal of Railways (3.5) beat Pratik Patil of Maharashtra (2.5); Ram S Krishnan of Tamilnadu (3.5) beat Abhimanyu Puranik fof Maharashtra (2.5); IM Sudhakar Babu of Indian Bank (3) drew with YVK Chakravarthi of Andhra Pradesh (3); Syed Anwar Shazuli of Railways (3) drew with Dhulipala Bala Chandra Prasad of Andhra Pradesh (3).
News by Gopakumar Sudhakaran