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LIC 2nd International GM Tournament – Nigel Short and SS Ganguly are the leaders

Top seed Nigel Short of England and six consecutive times Indian champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly jointly lead with 5.5 points each at the end of the sixth round of the LIC 2nd International Grandmasters Chess tournament, organised by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy and All Sport Foundation, at the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Kolkata. Four players – world junior champion Lu Shanglei and IM Wang Chen, both from China, IM Shardul Gagre of India and Stupak Kirill of Belarus are breathing at the shoulders of the leaders with five points each.

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The day belonged to eighteen year old IM Shardul Gagare, who  upset GM M.R. Lalith Babu in an interesting encounter which arose from a Queen’s Indian defence. Shardul won the exchange on the 30th move, but Babu had compensation in the form of three pawns. Shardul later, effectively utilised both his rooks and won the pawns, after which Babu resigned.

IM Shardul Gagre shocked GM Lalith Babu MR in 6th round

IM Shardul Gagre shocked GM Lalith Babu MR in 6th round

IM Swapnil Dhopade, playing on the top board against Surya Sekhar Ganguly, opted for the Caro-Kan defence but lost a pawn on the 28th move. Though Surya’s extra pawn was doubled he had the advantage of a rook and a bishop against Dhopade’s rook and knight. Finally, Surya’s active pieces forced a mating net around Dhopade’s king.

SS Ganguly, who defeated Swapnil Dhopade

SS Ganguly, who defeated Swapnil Dhopade

Nigel Short won a piece on the 45th move against Dimitry Kokarev of Russia in the open variation of the Ruy Lopez by a neat combination after which he had little difficulty in winning the game a few moves later.

Top seed Nigel Short defeated Kokarev Dmitry to lead jointly with

Top seed Nigel Short defeated Kokarev Dmitry to lead jointly with

World Junior champion, Lu Shanglei of China won a piece against the Indian GM M. Shyam Sundar on the 33rd move in a Queen’s Gambit  after which the latter continued for a few more moves before eventually resigning on the 43rd move.

World Junior champion Lu Sanglei of China jumped to second spot with a win over GM M Shyam Sundar

World Junior champion Lu Sanglei of China jumped to second spot with a win over GM M Shyam Sundar

In an all grandmasters clash, Kirill Stupak of Belarus won the exchange  against Petr Kostenko on the 23rd move in a Dutch Stonewall Defence  and later nursed his passed b-pawn to the queening square to force a win.

Stupak Kirill of Belarus is also on joint second by beating Kostenko Petr of Kazakhstan

Stupak Kirill of Belarus is also on joint second by beating Kostenko Petr of Kazakhstan

 Important Results of Sixth Round

GM

Ganguly Surya Shekhar

IND

beat

IM

Swapnil S. Dhopade

IND

GM

Kokarev Dmitry

RUS

4

lost to

GM

Short Nigel D

ENG

GM

Shyam Sundar M.

IND

4

lost to

GM

Lu Shanglei

CHN

5

GM

Stupak Kirill

BLR

5

beat

GM

Kostenko Petr

KAZ

4

IM

Gagare Shardul

IND

5

beat

GM

Lalith Babu M.R.

IND

4

GM

Deepan Chakkravarthy J.

IND

4

lost to

IM

Wang Chen

CHN

5

IM

Lin Chen

CHN

4

drew with

GM

Quesada Perez Yuniesky

CUB

4

GM

Gopal G.N.

IND

beat

IM

Narayanan Srinath

IND

IM

Swayams Mishra

IND

lost to

GM

Sandipan Chanda

IND

IM

Himanshu Sharma

IND

lost to

GM

Sengupta Deep

IND

GM

Kovalev Vladislav

BLR

beat

IM

Shyam Nikil P.

IND

GM

Rahman Ziaur

BAN

4

drew with

IM

Das Sayantan

IND

4

GM

Kunte Abhijit

IND

4

drew with

GM

Sriram Jha

IND

4

GM

Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo

CUB

4

beat

Abhishek Kelkar

IND

GM

Kotsur Pavel

KAZ

4

beat

Gusain Himal

IND

3

IM

Girinath P.D.S.

IND

drew with

GM

Abdulla Al-Rakib

BAN

GM

Oral Tomas

CZE

drew with

Kunal M.

IND

IM

Kathmale Sameer

IND

3

lost to

GM

Ankit R. Rajpara

IND

IM

Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman

IND

3

lost to

IM

Das Arghyadip

IND

Kulkarni Rakesh

IND

drew with

GM

Neelotpal Das

IND

Xu Yinglun

CHN

4

beat

IM

Shivananda B.S.

IND

3

IM

Murali Krishnan B.T.

IND

drew with

GM

Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi

IND

IM

Rathnakaran K.

IND

4

beat

Harsha Bharathakoti

IND

3

Ravi Teja S.

IND

4

beat

FM

Rakesh Kumar Jena

IND

3

Sahoo Utkal Ranjan

IND

3

lost to

IM

Satyapragyan Swayangsu

IND

4

GM

Laxman R.R.

IND

4

beat

Michelle Catherina P

IND

3

 

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