3rd India Cements Ltd Chennai Open – Round Nine

Alon Greenfeld and Tamir Nabaty share lead, Prantik Roy and Nubairshah Shaikh achieve Norms

Israel duo Grandmaster Alon Greenfeld and International Master Tamir Nabaty shared the lead with 8.0 points after the ninth round of the India Cements Ltd 3rd Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament at SDAT Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai.

Ukraine Grandmaster trio viz., Alexander Areshchenko, Kravtsiv Martyn, Oleksienko Mikhailo follow the leaders at 7.5 points. Baskaran Adhiban, Sundararajan Kidambi, M S Thej Kumar, P Shyam Nikil and R A Pradeep Kumar sustain the Indian challenge at 7.0 points along with Yuriy Kuzubov, Postny, Ni Hua, Zherebukh and Zeng Chongsheng.

Further to the International Master Norms achieved yesterday, Indian duo Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh and Prantik Roy achieved their International Master Norms today. Maharashtra boy Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh defeated higher rated and experienced International Master Saptarshi Roy, while Prantik Roy made the required tally with a draw against Bangladesh player and FIDE Master Minhazuddin Ahmed.

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IM Tamir Nabaty (Israel)

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Top seed GM Alexander Areshchenko (Ukraine)

Four more players are in with a chance to make their International Master Norms by the tenth round tomorrow. FIDE Master G V Sai Krishna and G A Stany need to win their games, while Shreyansh Daklia and R A Pradeep Kumar need precious half point to achieve their respective targets.

The slugfest was on in the true sense today, as there were only two draws in the top twenty boards. International Master Tamir Nabaty (Israel) kept improving with each round, and scored a facile victory over higher rated Chinese Grandmaster Ni Hua in the top board game. The French game saw Nabaty in his elements, and as the kingside attack grew, Ni Hua gave up his exchange on the 28th move. Pushing further on the lone black king, Nabaty conducted the attack with elan. Faced with an unavoidable check mate Ni Hua resigned on the 41st move.

In an interesting second board game, two Israeli Grandmasters – Evgeny Postny & Alon Greenfeld – dished out a great fare for the spectators. The engrossing middle game, from a queen pawn opening, saw Alon gaining the upper hand with a knight fork. Utilizing his fully open queenside and maneuvering his rook and bishop with dexterity, Alon sealed the game in his favor as Postny missed an intervening rook move on the 42nd turn.

In the tenth round top board pairings, GM Alon Greenfeld meets IM Tamir Nabaty, GM Kravtsiv Martyn takes on GM Oleksienko Mikhailo in the second board, while top seed GM Areshchenko takes on International Master Thej Kumar. News and photos by R R Vasudevan.

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GM Oleksienko Mikhailo (Ukraine) playing GM Henrik Danielsen (Iceland)

Chennai GM Kravtsiv Martyn

GM Kravtsiv Martyn

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GM Yaroslav Zherebukh (Ukraine)

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GM Evgeny Postny (Israel) playing GM Alon Greenfeld (Israel)