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India National Premier Chess Championship

Three share lead, Saptarshi stuns Deep Sengupta

New Delhi (10 Dec 2010): Petroleum Sports Promotion Board’s Grandmaster trios G N Gopal, Parimarjan Negi and Neelotpal Das taken the lead with perfect scores after second round matches of the ongoing 48th National Premier Chess Championship here at K R Mangalam World School, GK-II on Friday.

Playing black side of Trompovsky variation, top seed Gopal defeated International Master Shyam Sundar of Tamilnadu in 42 moves while Negi got better off Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy with white pieces in Berlin Defence. Tenth seed Neelotpal joined Gopal and Negi at the top with an easy outing against Matta Vinay Kumar of Andhra Pradesh.

world cup Negi

Parimarjan Negi

In other second round encounters, third seed Grandmaster Deep Sengupta suffered a shock defeat from the hand of Saptarshi Roy of Railways. Playing white side of French Defence, Saptarshi overcame his fancied rival in 39 moves. International Master Shyam Nikil of Tamilnadu outwitted veteran Grand Master Praveen Thipsay in the eventful second day of the championship. National Challenger Champion International Master M R Venkatesh signed the peace treaty with International Master S P Sethuraman and former National Champion Abhijit Kunte agreed to split the point against team mate International Master P Konguvel after mandatory 25 moves. Local hope International Master Vaibhav Suri defeated International Master D P Singh of Railways.

In other surprising results in the second round, Delhi based J B Joshi of Air India stunned International Master MS Thejkumar of Railways while International Master Vidit Gujarathi of Maharashtra satisfied with half point against J Ramakrishna of Andhra Pradesh seeded last in the event.

Earlier in the first round, Matta Vinay Kumar of Andhra Pradesh stunned International Master Prathmesh Mokal of Maharashtra while seven Grandmasters signed the peace treaty against their lower rated rivals in the opening round. Meanwhile, top seed Gopal G N and second seed Parimarjan Negi started their campaign on winning note. Gopal defeated India’s new International Master Vishnu Prasanna while Parimarjan over come his city mate Rahul Sangma.

Round 3 pairings:

GM Gopal G N 2609 - GM Negi Parimarjan 2603

GM Neelotpal Das 2486 - IM Sethuraman S P 2547

GM Bakre Tejas 2525 - IM Shyam Nikil P 2373

IM Venkatesh M R 2434 - GM Kunte Abhijit 2517

GM Adhiban B 2515 - IM Saptarshi Roy 2382

IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2421 - IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2489

IM Vaibhav Suri 2418 - IM Lalith Babu M R 2481

Joshi G B 2292 - GM Laxman R R 2479

FM Ramakrishna J 2253 - GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2449

IM Karthikeyan P 2382 - GM Arun Prasad S 2519

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J 2480 - Matta Vinay Kumar 2274

IM Kamble Vikramaditya 2374 - IM Shyam Sundar M 2439

IM Babu N Sudhakar 2318 - IM Debashis Das 2411

IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal 2408 - Stany G A 2329

GM Sengupta Deep 2558 - Thakur Akash 2358

GM Thipsay Praveen M 2465 - WGM Padmini Rout 2352

IM Thejkumar M S 2448 - WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2332

IM Sangma Rahul 2400 - IM Singh D P 2326

Tiwari Arjun 2341 - IM Suvrajit Saha 2392

Anilkumar O T 2289 - IM Vishnu Prasanna V 2406

IM Sharma Dinesh K 2371 - Shashikant Kutwal 2303

Navin Kanna T U 2369 - FM Rajesh V A V 2295

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