3rd India Cements Ltd Chennai Open – Round Seven

Ashwin holds Grandmaster Adhiban, Postny moves into sole lead

It turned out to be a mixed day for Indians, even as Israeli Grandmaster Evgeny Postny took the sold lead with 6.5 points after the seventh round of the India Cements Ltd 3rd Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament at Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai.

While Karnataka star International Master M S Thej Kumar defeated fellow Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta, rest of the Indians in the top point bracket tasted defeat.

In interesting games of the day, Alon Greenfeld accounted for local Grandmaster R R Laxman, while Chinese Super Grandmaster Ni Hua defeated Calcutta based Grandmaster Neelotpal Das.

In a battle between two local stars, International Master and former Asian Junior Champion Ashwin Jayaram held Grandmaster Baskaran Adhiban to a draw. The tactical Sicilian game between the two talented youngsters ended in a draw after 32 moves.

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Ashwin Jayaram at the recent Bansko Grand Open

Following the tournament leader Evgeny Postny at 6.0 points were GMs Alexander Areshchenko, Ni Hua, Alon Greenfeld, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Yuriy Kuzubov and IMs Tamir Nabaty and M S Thej Kumar. In the interesting top board eighth round battle, top seed Alexander Areshchenko faces leader Evgeny Postny with white pieces. News and photos by R R Vasudevan.

GM Alon Greenfeld 2557 – R R Laxman 2463

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d4 Bb4 5.Bd2 a5 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.Qc2 Ne4 8.O-O O-O 9.Rd1 Nxd2 10.Nbxd2 a4 11.Nb1 Be7 12.Nc3 a3 13.b3 Nb4 14.Qd2 Bd7 15.Rac1 c6 16.c5 b5 17.Nxb5 Nxa2 18.Rc2 cxb5 19.Rxa2 Qa5 20.b4 Qa4 21.Rb1 f6 22.Qc3 Qa6 1-0

GM Neelotpal Das 2477 – GM Ni Hua 2648

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 b6 4.d4 Ba6 5.Qa4 Bb7 6.Bg2 c5 7.dxc5 bxc5 8.O-O Be7 9.Nc3 O-O 10.Rd1 Qb6 11.Qb5 Rd8 12.Bf4 d6 13.Qxb6 axb6 14.b3 h6 15.Nb5 Ne8 16.Rd2 g5 17.Bxd6 Rxd6 18.Nxd6 Bxd6 19.Rad1 Bc7 20.h4 g4 21.Ne1 Bxg2 22.Kxg2 Nc6 23.Nd3 Nf6 24.f3 Nd4 25.b4 Nf5 26.Rc1 cxb4 27.c5 bxc5 28.Rxc5 Bd6 29.Rc6 gxf3 30.exf3 Bxg3 31.Nxb4 Be1 32.Rb2 Bxb4 33.Rxb4 Rxa2 0-1

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Top seed GM Alexander Areshchenko (Ukraine)

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GM Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine)

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IM Tamir Nabaty (Israel)