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3rd India Cements Ltd Chennai Open – Round Four

Adhiban shares lead, Gopalakrishnan holds Sethuraman

Local star Grandmaster Baskaran Adhiban won his fourth game in a row and jointly led the field after the fourth round in the India Cements Ltd 3rd Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament at Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai. Adhiban accounted for S Kaushik, and is now joined by GM Evgeny Postny (Israel), GM Yaroslav Zherebukh (Ukraine), IM Tamir Nabaty (Israel), GM Oleksienko Mikhailo (Ukraine) and GM Henrik Danielsen (Iceland), at 4.0 points apiece.

In the top board game, Israel Grandmaster Evgeny Postny used his vast experience to outwit Orissa lad FIDE Master Soumyaranjan Mishra in a tactical Caro Kann game. A flurry of tactics by Postny was obviously missed by Mishra who gave up after 23 moves, faced with loss of two pawns and a collapsing position.

17-year-old Grandmaster Baskaran Adhiban kept Indian hopes with his fourth consecutive win. In a rarely employed Trompowsky attack, the Chennai lad attacked his opponent in the flank and the centre, coasting to a comfortable middle game win in 27 moves.

Bansko Henrik Danielsen

Grandmaster Henrik Danielsen at the recent Bansko Grand Open

Seeded players continued to find the going tough, as Grandmaster Elect S P Sethuraman drew his second game in a row against a lower rated player, this time against local star and a Sicilian veteran K Gopalakrishan. Also held to draw was Uzbek Grandmaster Marat Dzhumaev by V S Negi of Delhi.

Four of the top five boards in the next round feature, pairings between two Grandmasters and an interesting fare is in the offing. Two rounds are scheduled for tomorrow. News and photos by R R Vasudevan.

Soumyaranjan Mishra – Evgeny Postny

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 e6 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bd2 Bb4 8.O-O-O d4 9.Nb1 Bxd2 10.Nxd2 O-O 11.g4 a5 12.g5 Nfd7 13.h4 a4 14.a3 b5 15.Qg3 b4 16.Nc4 bxa3 17.Nxa3 Na6 18.h5 Nac5 19.Bh3 Rb8 20.Rdg1 Rb4 21.Qd6 Qb8 22.Nc4 Nxd3 23.Kd2 Nxb2 0-1

Baskaran Adhiban – S Kaushik

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.Nd2 b6 4.e4 h6 5.Bh4 g5 6.Bg3 d6 7.h4 Bg7 8.hxg5 hxg5 9.Rxh8 Bxh8 10.e5 dxe5 11.dxe5 Nd5 12.Qh5 Bg7 13.Ngf3 Nc6 14.O-O-O Qe7 15.Ne4 Bd7 16.c4 Nf4 17.Qh7 Qf8 18.Nexg5 Ng6 19.Bd3 Ncxe5 20.Nxe5 Nxe5 21.Bxe5 Bxe5 22.Qe4 Rd8 23.Qxe5 f6 24.Bg6 Ke7 25.Rxd7 Rxd7 26.Qxe6 Kd8 27.Bf5 1-0

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IM Vishnu Prasanna playing top seed GM Alexander Areshchenko

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India’s top blind player Darpan Inani facing WGM Vera Nebolsina (Darpan drew the game, with his mother keeping a keen eye on the game)

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GM Ni Hua tackling the Indian youngster K G Chaithanyaa

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