Areshchenko among leaders, Shreyansh Daklia and Pradeep Kumar achieve Norms
Israel duo Grandmaster Alon Greenfeld and International Master Tamir Nabaty, along with Ukraine GMs Alexander Areshchenko and Kravtsiv Martyn, shares the lead with 8.5 points after the tenth and penultimate round of the India Cements Ltd 3rd Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament at SDAT Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai.
Shreyansh Daklia and R A Pradeep Kumar achieved their International Master Norms, continuing the spate of Norms at this edition of Chennai International Open 2011. Shreyansh Daklia held Grandmaster Neelotpal Das on way to his requirement of 6.0 points, while Pradeep Kumar scored a facile victory over Grandmaster Zherebukh Yaroslav of Ukraine, adding glory to his achievement.
Half a point behind the leaders at 8.0 points were the quartet, Ni Hua, Baskaran Adhiban, Sundararajan Kidambi and R A Pradeep Kumar, while nine players follow the rear at 7.5 points including five Grandmasters viz., Abhijeet Gupta, Oleksienko Mikhailo, Henrik Danielsen, J Deepan Chakkravarthy and Niaz Murshed.
Tournament leader GM Alon Greenfeld (Israel)
The top board game between Alon Greenfeld and Tamir Nabaty ended in a quiet draw, setting the stage for many other exciting games. This tenth round went one up on the previous day, with 14 of the top 15 boards proving decisive. Grandmasters ending up on the losing side were, Kuzubov, Postny, Zherebukh, Stefansson and Ziaur Rahman against Adhiban, Kidambi, Pradeep Kumar, Shyam Sundar and Ashwin Jayaram respectively.
Grandmasters stretching beyond a drawish position against lower rated opponents, paid the penalty in two top boards today. Yaroslav Zherebukh and Hannes Stefansson went down against Pradeep Kumar and Shyam Sundar, extending their positions a bit too far. Zherebukh’s fighting quality to take up the game to the logical end, benefited Pradeep Kumar, who made his International Master Norm.
Showing niceties of his middle game skill, former Asian Junior Champion and International Master Ashwin Jayaram defeated Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh in 24 moves. The interesting Sicilian game saw Ashwin surprise his higher rated opponent with a queen sacrifice, which went on to seal the issue in his favor. Capturing the queen results in a forced checkmate and not capturing it results in the loss of a piece.
In final round pairings, it will be an all Israel-Ukraine match in the top two boards, with Tamir Nabaty playing Alexander Areshchenko in the top board, while Kravtsiv Martyn takes on Alon Greenfeld in the second board, at 8.5 points apiece. In the match up between 8.0 pointers, Sundararajan Kidambi plays Ni Hua and R A Pradeep Kumar takes on Baskaran Adhiban. News and photos by R R Vasudevan.
Ashwin Jayaram at the recent Bansko Grand Open
Giant Killer R A Pradeep Kumar – achieving an International Master Norm
GM Alexander Areshchenko (2671) – IM Thej Kumar M S (2457)
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nd2 e6 5.Nb3 Nd7 6.Nf3 Qc7 7.Be2 f6 8.Bf4 h5 9.Nh4 g5 10.Nxf5 exf5 11.Bxh5 Kd8 12.Bd2 g4 13.Bf7 fxe5 14.Be6 exd4 15.Qe2 c5 16.Bxf5 Ngf6 17.O-O-O Bh6 18.Bxg4 Bxd2 19.Nxd2 Qe5 20.g3 Qg5 21.Bxd7 Kxd7 22.Kb1 Rhf8 23.h4 Qg4 24.Qd3 c4 25.Nxc4 dxc4 26.Qxc4 Qe6 27.Qxd4 Kc8 1-0
GM Ni Hua (2645) – IM Shyam Nikil P (2381)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 a6 5.h3 Nc6 6.Qe3 e6 7.c4 Nf6 8.Be2 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Rd1 Nd7 11.Nc3 Qa5 12.b3 Rb8 13.Bd2 Qc5 14.Qf4 Nce5 15.Rac1 Nxf3 16.Qxf3 Bf6 17.b4 Qc7 18.Bf4 Ne5 19.Qg3 b6 20.c5 dxc5 21.Na4 Kh8 22.h4 h6 23.bxc5 b5 24.Nb2 g5 25.hxg5 hxg5 26.Bxg5 Bxg5 27.Qxg5 Ng6 28.Nd3 Kg7 29.Bh5 1-0
GM Baskaran Adhiban (2530) – GM Yuriy Kuzubov (2624)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nf3 Nb6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.e3 O-O 9.O-O Re8 10.Re1 a5 11.Qe2 Be6 12.Nd2 f5 13.Rd1 a4 14.Rb1 Kh8 15.Nf3 Bc4 16.Qe1 e6 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.dxe5 Bd5 19.f4 Qe7 20.Bxd5 Nxd5 21.Nxd5 exd5 22.Rxd5 Qe6 23.Qd1 c6 24.Rd7 Qxa2 25.Qd3 c5 26.Bd2 c4 27.Qf1 Qb3 28.Bc3 a3 29.Qg2 a2 30.Ra1 Rab8 31.Qd5 Rg8 32.Rxg7 Kxg7 33.e6 Kh6 34.g4 g5 35.Qxf5 1-0
GM Hannes Stefansson (2580) – Shyam Sundar M (2443)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.O-O e5 8.e4 c6 9.Re1 exd4 10.Nxd4 Ne5 11.b3 Qb6 12.h3 c5 13.Ndb5 a6 14.Na4 Qc6 15.Nbc3 b5 16.Nb2 b4 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.cxd5 Qc7 19.Rb1 a5 20.f4 Nd7 21.Nc4 Nb6 22.Nxb6 Bd4 23.Be3 Bxe3 24.Rxe3 Qxb6 25.Qd2 a4 26.Kh2 axb3 27.axb3 Ra3 28.Rbe1 Qa7 29.e5 Ra2 30.Qd1 Bf5 31.R1e2 Ra1 32.Qd2 dxe5 33.fxe5 Rd8 34.g4 Bc8 35.Rf2 Qe7 36.d6 Qg5 37.Rxf7 Be6 38.Rf6 Bxb3 39.h4 Qxh4 40.Rh3 Qe1 41.Qxe1 Rxe1 42.Rxb3 Rxe5 43.Bc6 c4 44.Rbf3 c3 45.d7 c2 46.Rf8 Kg7 47.Rxd8 Re2 48.Kg3 c1Q 49.Re8 Qg1+ 50.Kf4 Qd4 51.Kg5 Qc5 52.Kh4 g5 53.Kh3 Qxc6 0-1
GM Ni Hua (China) – peaking at the right time
IM Shyam Sundar (India) – punishing the over ambitious GM Hannes Stefansson (Iceland)