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Traffic jam at the top at the Asian Continental Chess 2022 after R4

Six players at the open section and four players at the women section share the lead at the ongoing Asian Continental Chess Championship 2022. After four rounds no one has a full set of points, as early on rating favorites encountered problems. The open section leaders (see all participants Open section) with 3,5/4 are Koustav Chatterjee, Leon Luka Mendoca, Maksat Atabayev, Murali Karthikeyan, Praggnanandhaa, and Bharathakoti Harsha. In the women section (all participants Women section) with 3,5/4 are Nutakki Priyanka, Swaminathan Soumya, Vo Thi Kim Phung, and Nandhidhaa. Live games and replay here Scroll down for the full standings

Asian Continental round 2

Indian Sub-Junior champion International Master Pranesh M scored an upset victory over two time national champion and sixth seed Aravindh Chithambaram while third seed and member of Uzbekistan team which won Olympiad Gold Grandamster Nodirbek Yakubboev suffered a major setback to his title hopes and suffered shock defeat by the hands of Saparmyrat Atabayev of Turkmenistan in the second round of ongoing Asian Continental Chess Championship here at Leela Ambience Convention Hotel on Thursday.

After a creditable draw against the top seed Praggnanandhaa in the opening round, Atabayev shown his class again to defeat his fancied rival in 57 moves arrived out of English Opening while playing with dark pieces in Kalashnikov variation of Sicilian defence, Aravindh faced time pressure towards first time control and failed to recover from a cramped position to handover full point to his younger rival.

Meanwhile in the Women’s section also there was no dearth for excitement as opting for classical variation of Scotch Game, Rakshitta Ravi defeated former Asian Women’s Champion Bhakti Kulkarni on top board while Sakshi Chitlange who held top seed Tania Sachdev in the opening round held Padmini Rout to a creditable draw. Vietnamese Women Grandmaster Thi Mai Hung Nguyen defeated Indian women champion Divya Deshmukh while FIDE Master Liya Kurmangaliyeva of Kazakhstan outwitted Women Grandmaster Mary Ann Gomes.

In other important encounters in the second round, second seed S L Narayanan signed the peace treaty with Mongolian Grandmaster Bilguun Sumiya while fourth seed Sethuraman split the point with Arystanbek Urazayev of Kazakhstan.  Delhi’s Aaryan Varshney defeated International Master Abdisalimov Abdimalik of Uzbekistan while  FIDE Masters Ritviz Parab and Sambit Panda outwitted Grandmasters Arjun Kalyan and P Iniyan respectively. Ninth seed Abhijeet Gupta suffered a second upset on the trot against Tologon Tegin Semetei of Kyrgyzstan. After the minor setback in the opening round, top seed Praggnanndhaa defeated Ortik Nigmatov of Uzbekistan.

Important Results Round-2 (Indians otherwise stated) :- GM Bilgunn Sumiya of Mongolia (1.5) drew with GM Narayanan S L (1.5); IM Urazayev Arystanbek of Kazakhstan (1.5) drew with GM Sethuraman S P (1.5); IM Pranesh M (2) beat GM Aravindh Chithambaram (1); GM Karthikeyan Murali (2) beat GM Venkatesh M R (1); IM Srihari L R (1) lost to GM Adhiban B (2); GM Shamsiddin Vokhidov of Uzbekistan (1.5) drew with IM Nitish Belurkar (1.5); GM Leon Luke Mendonca (2) beat IM Amartuvshin Ganzorig of Mongolia (1); GM Shaym Sundar M (2) beat FM Saidakbar Saydaliev of Uzbekistan (1); FM Azat Nurmamedov of Turkmenistan (1) lost to IM Pranav Anand (2); IM Koustav Chatterjee (2) beat IM Krishna Teja N (1); Sanket Chakravarty (1) lost to GM Batchuluun Tsegmed of Mongolia (2); IM Viani Antonio Dcunha (1.5) drew with IM Aditya Mittal (1.5); Soltan Muradov of Turkmenistan (1) lost to GM Maksat Atabayev of Turkmenistan (2); GM Sandipan Chanda (2) beat FM Sharan Rao (1); IM Saravana Krishnan (1.5) drew with GM Mitrabha Guha (1.5).

Women’s Round-2 :- WIM Rakshitta Ravi (2) beat IM Bhakti Kulkarni (1); WGM Divya Deshmukh (1) lost to WGM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung of Vietnam (2); WIM Saina Salonika (1) lost to IM Soumya Swaminathan (2); WGM Priyanka Nutakki (1.5) drew with WFM Srishti Pandey (1.5); FM Liya Kurmangaliyeva of Kazakhstan (2) beat WGM Mary Ann Gomes (1); WIM Amina Kairbekova of Kazakhstan (1.5) drew with WGM Swati Ghate (1.5); WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (2) beat WIM Xeniya Balabayeva of Kazakhstan (1); WCM Jannatul Ferdous of Bangladesh (1) lost to WGM Nilufar Yakubbaeva of Uzbekistan (1.5); IM Tania Sachdev (1.5) beat WGM Srija Seshadri (.5);  IM Padmini Rout (1) drew with WIM Sakshi Chitlange (1). 

Asian Continental round 3

Grandmaster Leon Luke Mendonca defeated Mongolian Grandmaster Batchuluun Tsegmed to emerge as the sole leader on perfect score after the end of the third round of the Asian Continental Chess Championship now underway here at the Leela Ambience.

On what turned out to be a tough day for the Mongolian, Mendonca capitalized on most of the opportunities offered by his rival and took the point home.

In other important encounters, two-time Indian national champion Karthikeyan Murali missed the opportunity to garner full point and satisfied with half point against Koustav Chatterjee on top board while top seed Praggnanandhaa and second seed Narayanan S L got better off Pranesh M and Urazayev Arystanbek of Kazakhstan respectively.

In the women’s section, continuing her impressive show Kazakh girl Liya Kurmangaliyeva held International Master Soumya Swaminathan to a creditable draw while Woman International Master Saina Salonika shocked second seed Nomin Erdene Davaademberel of Mongolia. It’s second defeat for the second seeded Mongolian in three matches as she suffered a setback in the opening round against Kurmangaliyeva. Ten players including top seed Tanaia Sachdev, who defeated Kiran Manisha Mohanty are now sharing the lead with two half points.

Important Results Round-3 (Indians otherwise stated) :- GM Karthikeyan Murali (2.5) drew with IM Koustav Chatterjee (2.5); GM Adhiban B (2.5) drew with GM Sandipan Chanda (2.5); GM Batchuluun Tsegmed of Mongolia (2) lost to GM Leon Luke Mendonca (3); GM Maksat Atabayev of Turkmenistan (2.5) drew with GM Shyam Sundar M (2.5); IM Pranav Anand (2.5) drew with GM Raja Rithvik R (2.5); GM Praggnanandhaa R (2.5) beat IM Pranesh M (2); GM Narayanan S L (2.5) beat IM Arystanbek Urazayev of Kazakhstan (1.5); GM Sethuraman S P (2) drew with GM Bilguun Sumiya of Mongolia (2); GM Rinat Jumabayev of Kazakhstan (2.5) beat GM Laxman R R (1.5); GM Mitrabha Guha (2) drew with GM Abhimanyu Puranik (2); GM Harsha Bharathakoti (2.5) beat FM Sambit Panda (1.5); IM Samant Aditya (2) drew with GM Vokhidov Shamsiddin of Uzbekistan (2); IM Nitish Belurkar (2) drew with Alisher Suleymenov of Kazakhstan (2); IM Saparmyrat Atabayev (2.5) beat IM Shyaamnikhil P (1.5); IM Viani Antonio Dcunha (2) drew with GM Karthik Venkataraman (2).

Women’s Round-3 :- IM Soumya Swaminathan (2.5) drew with FM Liya Kurmangaliyeva of Kazakhstan (2.5); WGM Thi Mai Hung Nguyen of Vietnam (2.5) drew with WIM Rakshitta Ravi (2.5); IM Tania Sachdev (2.5) beat WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (2); WIM Isha Sharma lost to WGM Vantika Agrawal (2.5); WGM Nilufar Yakubbaeva of Uzbekistan (2.5) beat WIM Amina Kairbekova of Kazakhstan (1.5); WGM Srishti Pandey (1.5) lost to WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung of Vietnama (2.5); WIM Aashna Makhija (1.5)  lost to WGM Priyanka Nutakki (2.5); WGM Swati Ghate (1.5) lost to WGM Nandhidhaa P V (2.5); IM Nomin-Erdene Davaademberel of Mongolia (1) lost to WIM Saina Salonika (2); Xeniya Balabayeva of Kazakhstan (1.5) drew with IM Padmini Rout (1.5); IM Bhakti Kulkarni (2) beat WIM Aakanksha Hagawane (1); WGM Munkhzul Davaakhuu of Mongolia (1) lost to WGM Divya Deshmukh (2); IM Eesha Karavade (1.5) drew with WIM Parnali S Dharia (1.5); WGM Mary Ann Gomes (2) beat WCM Jannatul Ferdous of Bangladesh (1); WIM Sakshi Chitlange (1.5) drew with WGM Gulmira Dauletova of Kazakhstan (1.5). 

Asian Continental round 4

After an five hours grueling battle, eleventh seed Woman Grandmaster Priyanka Nuttaki shocked top seed and former Asian Women Champion Tania Sachdev while continuing her fine form in the event Saina Salonika downs fourth seed and 2016 edition winner Bhakti Kulkarni in the fourth round of Asian Continental Women’s Chess Championship which is now underway at Leela Ambience Convention Hotel on Saturday.

While in the Open section, top seed Praggnanandhaa R defeated IM Pranav Anand to join overnight sole leader Leon Luke Mendonca and four others in the leaders board.  Pragganandhaa and Mendonca now have the company of compatriot Karthikeyan Murali, Harsha Bharathakoti, Turkmenistan Grandmaster Maksat Atabayev and International Master Koustav Chatterjee are sharing the lead with three and half points.

On top board Mendonca showed great defensive skill to hold second seed Narayanan S L while Karthikeyan Murali outwitted Aditya Mittal in a fine crafted play with a pair of bishops. Harsha Bharthakoti joined the leaders after capitalizing crucial errors made by his Indian Grandmaster rival Sandipan Chanda while Koustav Chatterjee had a lucky escape against Kazakh No. 1 Grandmaster Rinat Jumabayev to secure full point from the outing.  The lone non-Indian among the leaders, Atabayev got the better of Grandmaster Aryan Chopra in a long battle that ended after 90 moves.

In other important encounters in the Women’s section, Nandhidhaa P V beat Vantika Agrawal while Vietnamese Women Grandmaster Vo Thi Kim Phung defeated Liya Kurmangaliyeva to be at joint leaders position along with Priyanka, Nandhidhaa and Soumya Swaminathan, who beat Thi Mai Hung Nguyen of Vietnam in the fourth round encounter.

Important Results Round-4 (Indians otherwise stated) :- GM Leon Luke Mendonca (3.5) drew with GM Narayanan  S L (3); IM Pranav Anand (2.5) lost to GM Praggnanandhaa R (3.5); IM Aditya Mittal (2.5) lost to GM Karthikeyan Murali (3.5); IM Koustav Chatterjee (3.5) beat GM Rinat Jumabayev of Kazakhstan (2.5); GM Raja Rithvik (3) drew with GM Adhiban B (3); GM Sandipan Chanda (2.5) lost to GM Harsha Bharathakoti (3.5); GM Shyam Sundar M (3) drew with IM Saparmyrat Atabayev of Turkmenistan (3); GM Aryan Chopra (2) lost to Maksat Atabayev of Turkmenistan (3.5); IM Pranesh M (2) lost to GM Sethuraman S P (3); IM Srihari L R (2) lost to GM Aravindh Chithambaram (3); GM Abhimanyu Puranik (2.5) drew with IM Aditya Samant (2.5); GM Vokhidov Shamsiddin of Uzbekistan (3) beat IM Amartuvshin Ganzorig of Mongolia (2); IM Alisher Suleymenov of Kazakhstan (2) lost to Sanket Chakravarty (3); IM Samed Jaykumar Shete (3) beat GM Batchuluun Tsegmed of Mongolia (2); GM Karthik Venkataraman (2.5) drew with Nitish Belurkar (2.5).

Women’s Round-4 :- WGM Priyanka Nutakki (3.5) beat IM Tania Sachdev (2.5); WGM Vantika Agrawal (2.5) lost to WGM Nandhidhaa P V (3.5); WIM Rakshitta Ravi (3) drew with WGM Nilufar Yakubbaeva of Uzbekistan (3); WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung of Vietnam (3.5) beat FM Liya Kurmangaliyeva of Kazakhstan (2.5); WM Thi Mai Hung Nguyen of Vietnam (2.5) lost to IM Soumya Swaminathan (3.5); WIM Saina Salonika (3) beat IM Bhakti Kulkarni (2); WGM Divya Deshmukh (2.5) drew with WIM Cholleti Sahajasri (2.5); WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (2.5) drew with WGM Mary Ann Gomes (2.5); IM Padmini Rout (2.5) beat WIM Mrudul Dehankar (1.5); IM Nisha Mohota (2) drew with IM Eesha Karavade (2). 

Asian Continental 2022 standings open section

1IMKoustav ChatterjeeIND24963.5
2GMMendonca Leon LukeIND25583.5
3GMAtabayev MaksatTKM24753.5
4GMKarthikeyan MuraliIND26233.5
5GMPraggnanandhaa RIND26873.5
6GMHarsha BharathakotiIND25823.5
7IMAtabayev SaparmyratTKM24333
8Sanket ChakravartyIND23723
10IMViani Antonio DcunhaIND23423
11IMSammed Jaykumar SheteIND24083
12GMRaja Rithvik RIND24703
13GMAdhiban B.IND26033
14GMSethuraman S.P.IND26453
15GMVokhidov ShamsiddinUZB25683
16GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.IND26253
17GMShyam Sundar M.IND25183
18GMBilguun SumiyaMGL24672.5
19IMAnuj ShrivatriIND24072.5
20IMUrazayev ArystanbekKAZ24582.5
21IMNitish BelurkarIND24352.5
22IMPranav AnandIND25022.5
23GMChanda SandipanIND24742.5
24FMRitviz ParabIND23372.5
25IMRaahul V SIND23332.5
26IMSamant Aditya SIND24672.5
27FMAyush SharmaIND22672.5
28GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND26032.5
29IMAditya MittalIND24862.5
30GMJumabayev RinatKAZ26202.5
31GMMitrabha GuhaIND24742.5
32IMPranav VIND25302.5
33IMShyaamnikhil PIND24892.5
34GMKarthik VenkataramanIND24862.5
35GMSankalp GuptaIND25022.5
36IMAtabayev YusupTKM24902.5
37IMAjay KarthikeyanIND24412.5
38IMPranesh MIND24422
39IMAmartuvshin GanzorigMGL24062
40IMNigmatov OrtikUZB24332
41FMPanda SambitIND23622
42FMNurmamedov AzatTKM23822
43FMWinkelman AlbertAUS22292
44IMSrihari L RIND24362
45IMKrishna Teja NIND23592
46IMMoksh Amit DoshiIND24302
47FMAaryan VarshneyIND23122
48GMBatchuluun TsegmedMGL24872
49GMAryan ChopraIND26292
50GMNeelotpal DasIND24002
51GMVisakh N RIND25662
52IMSuleymenov AlisherKAZ24912
53GMIniyan PIND25412
54GMSengupta DeepIND24972
55IMVignesh N RIND24862
56IMTologon Tegin SemeteiKGZ23821.5
57GMHossain EnamulBAN23901.5
58GMLaxman R.R.IND23781.5
59FMWagh SuyogIND23511.5
60FMLiyanage Ranindu DilshanSRI23101.5
61FMSaydaliev SaidakbarUZB23761.5
62IMNitin S.IND24071.5
63IMSidhant MohapatraIND23431.5
64FMSharan RaoIND23501.5
65IMManish Anto Cristiano FIND23321.5
66IMAvinash RameshIND23381.5
67IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND21971.5
68FMAradhya GargIND22841.5
69FMJain Kashish ManojIND23001.5
70GMVenkatesh M.R.IND24701.5
71FMJaiswal RupeshNEP21351.5
72Sattarov BobirUZB24331.5
73IMHarshavardhan G BIND24331.5
74FMMuhammed ShuaauMDV20101.5
75GMYakubboev NodirbekUZB26631.5
76IMDe Silva L M S TSRI25161.5
77IMVaishali RIND24511.5
78IMAbdisalimov AbdimalikUZB24571.5
79IMShahil DeyIND23951
80IMChakravarthi Reddy MIND23011
81CMMuradov SoltanTKM22331
82IMSharma Dinesh K.IND22421
83Dang Vu DungVIE20171
84GMArjun KalyanIND25261
85FMSingh OjasvaIND23820.5
86IMDushyant SharmaIND23700.5
87IMRatnakaran K.IND23290.5
88FMKakabayev MergenTKM22850.5
89IMPrraneeth VuppalaIND24510.5
90Schain RandolphCAM21650
91GMGupta AbhijeetIND26070
92Utsab ChatterjeeIND23450

Asian Continental Chess 2022 standings women section

1WGMPriyanka NutakkiIND23263.5
2IMSoumya SwaminathanIND23263.5
3WGMVo Thi Kim PhungVIE23353.5
4WGMNandhidhaa P VIND23093.5
5WIMSalonika SainaIND22093
6WIMRakshitta RaviIND22193
7WGMYakubbaeva NilufarUZB23503
8FMKurmangaliyeva LiyaKAZ21992.5
9WIMChitlange SakshiIND22082.5
10WGMKiran Manisha MohantyIND20302.5
11WGMVarshini VIND21372.5
12WIMParnali S DhariaIND21362.5
13WGMNguyen Thi Mai HungVIE22172.5
14WFMPandey SrishtiIND22132.5
15IMTania SachdevIND24062.5
16WGMVantika AgrawalIND23622.5
17WGMDivya DeshmukhIND23382.5
18IMPadmini RoutIND23902.5
19WIMBalabayeva XeniyaKAZ22302.5
20WIMKairbekova AminaKAZ22312.5
21WIMCholleti SahajasriIND22462.5
22WGMGomes Mary AnnIND23242.5
23WGMSrija SeshadriIND21872
24WIMAakanksha HagawaneIND21622
25Veliyeva HurmaTKM20032
26IMMohota NishaIND21812
27IMKulkarni BhaktiIND23762
28IMKaravade EeshaIND23362
29WGMEnkhtuul Altan-UlziiMGL22952
30WFMMunkhzul DavaakhuuMGL22182
31WIMMrudul DehankarIND21681.5
32WIMMakhija AashnaIND20901.5
33Ishvi AggarwalIND19641.5
34WFMLakshmi CIND19651.5
35WGMSwati GhateIND20861.5
36WFMHarshini AIND21491.5
37WIMSharma IshaIND22341.5
38WIMNguyen Thanh Thuy TienVIE19101.5
39WGMDauletova GulmiraKAZ22601.5
40IMNomin-Erdene DavaademberelMGL24041.5
41WIMArpita MukherjeeIND22381.5
42WCMJannatul FerdousBAN18611
43WIMTejaswini SagarIND21121
44WIMRanasinghe S DSRI16751
45WFMZairbek Kyzy BegimaiKGZ19301
46WFMShohradova LalaTKM18561
47WIMPriyanka KIND20961
48WFMOvezdurdyyeva JemalTKM20610.5
49WIMBommini Mounika AkshayaIND21600.5
50WFMLohani SujanaNEP17160

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