3rd India Cements Ltd Chennai Open – Round Eight

Maiden WIM Norm for Michelle Catherina, GM Henrik Danielsen cuts the birthday cake

The success of an International chess tournament is gauged by the number of International Norms made therein, and with three rounds to go, the India Cements Ltd 3rd Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament, has in its tally four Norms. Tamir Nabaty, Michelle Catherina, B S Shivananda and Zheng Chongsheng are the successful quartet, and the number is bound to increase as four more Indian players have their chance in the ninth round to be held tomorrow.

The quartet of Hemant Sharma and Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh need wins to make their International Master Norms, while Shreyansh Daklia and Roy Prantik require a draw for their IM Norm. International Master Tamir Nabaty of Israel made his nine game Grandmaster Norm scoring 7.0 points after eight games, thanks to his fine win over India’s triple GM Norm hold M S Thej Kumar.

Michelle Catherina, a student of Good Shepard Convent, Chennai made her maiden Woman International Master after the eighth round at the SDAT Multipurose Indoor Stadium, Chennai. With a draw against International Master Narayanan Srinath, the Chennai girl who trains under Grandmaster R B Ramesh at Chess Gurukul, logged in 5.0 points, in the process made her WIM Norm.

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Michelle Catherina

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IM Tamir Nabaty (Israel) playing IM Thej Kumar M S (India)

B S Shivananda and Zheng Chongsheng of China, made their nine game International Master Norms, with a round to go. For Karnataka player B S Shivananda this comes as his third International Master Norm and he now becomes India’s latest International Master. Shivananda’s previous Norms came at GM tournaments in Gurgaon and Kolkata during 2009.

As the tournament moves into the home run, GMs are made to feel the heat. Today, two Ukraine Grandmasters went down in top board battles. Yaroslav Zherebukh, playing with black pieces, went down to Chinese Super Grandmaster Ni Hua in the second board. In the next board, Israel Olympiad team captain and Grandmaster Alon Greenfeld overcame higher rated Ukraine Grandmaster Yuriy Kuzubov in an interesting game.

Four players viz., Ni Hua (China), Evgeny Postny, Tamir Nabaty & Alon Greenfeld (all Israel). Half a point behind the leaders at 6.5 points were, GMs Alexander Areshchenko, Oleksienko Mikhailo, Kravtsiv Martyn, Niaz Murshed, Ziaur Rahman, Henrik Danielsen & IM Sahaj Grover.

Earlier, prior to the start of the eighth round, birthday cakes were cut in celebration for the following players viz., Grandmaster Henrik Danielsen, FIDE Master M Vinoth Kumar, P Phoobalan and Bansi Prathima. News and photos by R R Vasudevan.

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GM Henrik Danielsen birthday cake

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GM Henrik Danielsen cutting the cake with P Phoobalan & Bansi Prathima, also celebrating their birthdays on the same day. Chief Arbiter Rathinam Anantharam looks on.

GM Alon Greenfeld (2557) – GM Yuriy Kuzubov (2624)

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 c6 4.b4 Bg7 5.Bb2 O-O 6.Bg2 Qb6 7.a3 a5 8.c5 Qc7 9.Nc3 d5 10.cxd6 exd6 11.O-O Nbd7 12.Na4 b5 13.Nc3 d5 14.d3 Qd6 15.Qd2 Re8 16.Nd4 axb4 17.axb4 Bb7 18.Nd1 Nb6 19.Nb3 Na4 20.Bd4 Bf8 21.Ne3 Nd7 22.Ng4 Bg7 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.Nd4 Kh8 25.Rac1 f5 26.Nh6 Qf6 27.Qf4 Ne5 28.h4 Rad8 29.Rc2 Bc8 30.Nxc6 Nxc6 31.Rxc6 Qg7 32.Rc7 Rd7 33.Rfc1 Nb6 34.Qe3 Rxe3 35.Rxc8 Qf8 36.Rxf8 1-0

GM Ni Hua (2645) – GM Yaroslav Zherebukh (2565)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Bb7 7.d3 Be7 8.a4 O-O 9.Re1 d6 10.Nbd2 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Nf1 b4 13.Bg5 Kh8 14.Ne3 Ng8 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.c3 bxc3 17.bxc3 Nh6 18.Rb1 Rab8 19.Qd2 Bc6 20.Nd5 Qa7 21.d4 f6 22.Rxb8 Qxb8 23.Rb1 Qd8 24.Qe2 exd4 25.cxd4 f5 26.dxc5 dxc5 27.Ne5 Bxa4 28.Rb6 Bb5 29.Rxh6 Qg5 30.Qe3 Qxh6 31.Qxc5 g6 32.Nf4 fxe4 33.Qc3 Qg7 34.Ne6 e3 35.Nxg6 1-0

IM Tamir Nabaty (2565) – IM Thej Kumar M S (2457)

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bd2 Ne7 6.Nce2 Bxd2 7.Qxd2 b6 8.e5 c5 9.f4 Nbc6 10.Nf3 O-O 11.c3 f6 12.exf6 Rxf6 13.Ng3 Qc7 14.Ne5 Ng6 15.Nh5 Rf5 16.g4 Rf8 17.Bd3 Ngxe5 18.dxe5 c4 19.Bc2 b5 20.O-O-O b4 21.g5 b3 22.axb3 cxb3 23.Bb1 Ba6 24.Nf6 gxf6 25.gxf6 Kh8 26.Rdg1 Rg8 27.Rg3 Nb4 28.Rhg1 Rxg3 29.Rxg3 Qc4 30.Qf2 Nc2 31.f5 exf5 32.Bxc2 bxc2 33.e6 Qa2 34.Qxc2 Qa1 35.Qb1 Qxb1 36.Kxb1 Bc8 37.e7 Be6 38.Rg7 f4 39.Kc1 Rb8 40.b4 Bd7 41.Kd2 Bb5 42.Rg5 Be8 43.Rxd5 1-0

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GM Alon Greenfeld (Israel) playing GM Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine)

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Birthday boy GM Henrik Danielsen (Iceland)