Filipino Grandmasters Oliver Barbosa and Gomez John Paul signed the peace treaty in their top board battle to maintain their joint lead with six and half points in the ongoing 10th Parsvnath International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament here at Ludlow Castle Sports Complex on Thursday.
Meanwhile there is no stopping for the upset galore in this edition as World Under-18 bronze medalist, Debashis Das shocked second seed Grandmaster Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus. Playing with black pieces in Semi-Slav variation, Das took his opponent’s queen for rook and bishop in 32 move and used his queen and knight combination to good effect in the middle game. Facing the defeat, Belorussian Grandmaster shook the hands of his Indian opponent signaling a win for the Orissa youngster.
Five players including Debashis Das and International Master K Rathnakaran, who held top seed Sandipan Chanda in the seventh round encounter are sharing the second spot with six points. Russian Grandmasters Andrei Deviatkin, Evgeny Gleizerov and Filipino Grandmaster Mark Paragua are the other players giving company to the Indian International Masters at second spot.
In the seventh round, Deviatkin beat Uzbek Grandmaster Marat Dzhumaev while Gleizerov and Paragua got better off Ashwin Jayaram and Zeng Chongsheng of China respectively.
Seasoned campaigner G B Joshi and young lad Akshat Chandra brought cheers to the home crowd as Joshi held third seed Martyn Kravtsiv of Ukraine to a creditable draw while Akshat stunned International Master Rahul Sangma of railways.
Round 7 standings:
1-2. GM Barbosa Oliver PHI 2573 and GM Gomez John Paul PHI 2506 – 6.5
3-7. IM Rathnakaran K IND 2403, GM Deviatkin Andrei RUS 2574, GM Paragua Mark PHI 2522, GM Gleizerov Evgeny RUS 2566 and IM Debashis Das IND 2389 – 6.0
8-17. IM Lalith Babu M R IND 2484, GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2628, IM Vaibhav Suri IND 2448, IM Thejkumar M S IND 2455, GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2548, IM Kuderinov Kirill KAZ 2497, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2495, IM Shyam Nikil P IND 2482, IM Karthikeyan P IND 2402 and Ma Qun CHN 2475 – 5.5
18-45. GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB 2481, Zeng Chongsheng CHN 2400, IM Ashwin Jayaram IND 2472, Narayanan S L IND 2320, FM Rajesh V A V IND 2338, GM Neelotpal Das IND 2471, Shreyans K Shah IND 2218, FM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2372, GM Laxman R R IND 2434, IM Vishnu Prasanna V IND 2392, Singh S Vikramjit IND 2274, Saravana Krishnan P IND 2313, IM Shivananda B S IND 2375, IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2513, IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh R IND 2357, Mugil Jayavel IND 2065, Gusain Himal IND 2259, IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2344, GM Ulibin Mikhail RUS 2587, IM Nitin S IND 2399, FM Gagare Shardul IND 2268, Joy Antony IND 1918, IM Vakhidov Jahongir UZB 2419, IM Himanshu Sharma IND 2408, IM Anwesh Upadhyaya IND 2413, IM Swapnil S Dhopade IND 2435, Abhishek Das IND 2354, Akshat Chandra IND 2087 – 5.0 etc
Round 8 top pairings:
GM Deviatkin Andrei 2574 – GM Barbosa Oliver 2573
GM Gomez John Paul 2506 – GM Paragua Mark 2522
IM Debashis Das 2389 – IM Rathnakaran K 2403
GM Gleizerov Evgeny 2566 – GM Kunte Abhijit 2548
GM Sandipan Chanda 2628 – IM Shyam Nikil P 2482
IM Kuderinov Kirill 2497 – Ma Qun 2475
IM Thejkumar M S 2455 – GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J 2495
IM Lalith Babu M R 2484 – IM Vaibhav Suri 2448
IM Karthikeyan P 2402 – GM Dzhumaev Marat 2481
GM Ulibin Mikhail 2587 – FM Ghosh Diptayan 2372
IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2513 – IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh R 2357
Abhishek Das 2354 – IM Ashwin Jayaram 2472
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