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3rd India Cements Ltd Chennai Open – Round Two

Anup Deshmukh downs Grandmaster Babujian Levon, Adhiban among leaders

Seeded players continued their hunt, as International Master Anup Deshmukh stole the show, bringing down Grandmaster Babujian Levon of Armenia in the second round of the India Cements Ltd 3rd Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament at Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai. The closed Sicilian game saw Anup Deshmukh taking the upper hand in the middle game and finishing off the Armenian Grandmaster in 39 moves.

Chennai based Grandmaster Baskaran Adhiban continued his good run defeating International Master Kjartansson Gudmundur comfortably. The win takes Adhiban to 2.0 points from as many rounds. 55 players moved into the third round with record of 2/2 including seven Grandmasters – Postny, Zherebukh, Adhiban, Oleksienko, Danielsen, Neelotpal and Kidambi, respectively.

Top three seeds, Grandmasters Alexander Areshchenko, Ni Hua and Yuriy Kuzubov who drew their first round games yesterday, rode back to winning ways today. The seeded trio put it across Vishnu Prasanna, Murali Krishnan and Zeng Chong Sheng respectively. News and photos by R R Vasudevan.

Levon Babujan – Anup Deshmukh

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nf3 Nxb5 5.Nxb5 d6 6.d4 a6 7.Nc3 cxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg4 9.Bg5 Qa5 10.b4 Qd8 11.Rd1 h6 12.Bh4 Rc8 13.Nd5 Rxc2 14.O-O Qc8 15.b5 axb5 16.Qb4 Rc5 17.e5 Bxf3 18.gxf3 Qc6 19.exd6 Rxd5 20.Rxd5 Qxd5 21.Rc1 f6 22.Qb1 exd6 23.Qg6 Kd7 24.Qg4 f5 25.Qb4 Ne7 26.Qa5 g5 27.Bg3 f4 28.a4 fxg3 29.hxg3 Bg7 30.Rc7 Ke6 31.Qe1 Be5 32.Qf1 Kf6 33.f4 Bxf4 34.axb5 Be5 35.b6 Nf5 36.Qe2 Ra8 37.Rc1 Ra2 38.Qg4 Rxf2 39.Qh3 Bd4 0-1

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GM Adhiban Baskaran playing International Master Kjartansson Gudmundur of Iceland

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Top board game between GMs Niaz Murshed (Bangladesh) & Evgeny Postny (Israel)

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FIDE Master J Ramakrishna playing IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman

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