3rd India Cements Ltd Chennai Open

Sai Krishna and Vikramaditya Kamble stun Grandmasters in the opening day

Andhra lad G V Sai Krishna stole the show scoring a stunning win over Uzbek Grandmaster Marat Dzhumaev in the inaugural round of the India Cements Ltd 3rd Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament at Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai. Intenational Master Vikramaditya Kamble brought down fourth seed Russian Grandmaster Konstantin Chernyshov (Elo 2597) in another interesting encounter.

Showing a middle game understanding and mastery beyond a 14 year old, FIDE Master Sai Krishna ripped open Grandmaster Marat Dzhumaev’s kingside with a timely knight sacrifice. Continuing to hold his aggressive intent, Sai Krishna forced the Uzbek GM to part with his rook and moved into a winning end game. The rook and advanced pawn versus two minor pieces was converted without much ado, as Dzhumaev gave up after 61 moves.

Top seed Alexander Areshchenko of Ukraine was held to a draw in the top board against Chinese Zeng Chong Sheng. The marathon Sicilian game lasted 87 moves. Also held to draws were, GMs Ni Hua and Yuriy Kuzubov against B S Shivananda and V Vishnu Prasanna respectively. Top three Grandmasters shedding half points in the first round, shows the strength of this event.

23 Grandmasters and 36 International Masters make up for a total of 82 FIDE titled players in this mega event, where 14 countries along with 329 entries, complete the line up. The eleven round event concludes on 26th January, the Republic day.

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Shri D.V. Sundar, Hon Secy All India Chess Federation & Vice-President FIDE, Shri S Ganesan, Chairman Organising Committee, Shri Satyabrata Sahoo, IAS, Member Secretary, SDAT, Shri J.S. Sekhon, Group General Manager, ONGC, lighting the lamp

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Shri Satyabrata Sahoo,IAS, Member Secretary, SDAT, making the first move against Shri J.S. Sekhon, Group General Manager, ONGC, signifying the inauguration

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