Intense battles on the top boards produced exciting results on the day as city based International Master Vaibhav Suri shocked fifth seed Grandmaster Andrei Deviatkin on the top board while West Bengal youngster Diptayan Ghosh accounted for Grandmaster Richard Bitoon of Philippines in the fourth round of the ongoing 10th Parsvnath International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament at Ludlow Castle Sports Complex here on Tuesday.
Playing black side of English opening, promising Indian youngster Suri made crucial tactical moves towards the end to register his fourth win in the tournament after 50 moves while Diptayan shown his end game supremacy to overcome Bitoon Richard in 57 moves arrived out of open Catalan variation.
Six players including Suri, Ghosh and International Master Ashwin Jayaram, who beat Puneet Jaiswal in the fourth round battle, are leading the point table with perfect scores.
In other important fourth round encounters, Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte signed the peace treaty with Zeng Chongsheng of China while Praveen Thipsay suffered his first defeat in the tournament by the hands of Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa of Philippines.
Top seed Sandipan Chanda made short work of Chinese lad Bai Jinshi but second seed Belarusian Grandmaster Aleksej Alexksandrov satisfied with half point against Indian International Master B S Shivananda. In a surprising result in the fourth round, Shailendra Bajpai outwitted International Master Vakhidov Jahongir of Uzbekistan.
The fifth round of this eleven round Swiss System tournament is now under progress at the time of report and Delhi Chess Association felicitated Indian Grandmasters K Sasikiran and Koneru Humpy in a befitting ceremony before the start of fifth round matches.
Press Officer, 10th Parsvnath International Open