India National Premier Chess Championship

Grandmasters Praveen Thipsay and B Adhiban surging ahead

New Delhi (17 Dec 2010): Second seed Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi maintained his sole lead with six points after settling for half point against former World Under-14 champion Vidit Gujarathi in the eighth round of the ongoing REC National Premier Chess Championship on Friday. Playing with white pieces in classical Caro-Kann defence game Negi agreed to split the point after 33 moves with his International Master rival.

On the second board, opting for English opening from the white side, top seed G N Gopal also had the same result against fifth seed Tejas Bakre of Air India. Gopal now occupying the joint second position in the point table along with Vidit, Thipsay and Adhiban.

Playing white side of Schliemann variation of Ruy Lopez opening, evergreen Praveen Thipsay displayed sheer class in the eighth round battle against S P Sethuraman to register a contrasting win in forty six moves while Grandmaster B Adhiban has not shown any mercy against Railway Grandmaster R R Laxman to secure full points in thirty nine moves arrived out of Bogo-Indian defence game.

India Praveen Thipsay

Evergreen Praveen Thipsay

In other eighth round encounters, Grandmaster S Arun Prasad of PSPB defeated team mate Neelotpal Das while third seed Grandmaster Deep Sengupta forced to sign the peace treaty with Navin Kanna T U of Tamilnadu and Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy satisfied with half point against International Master Thej Kumar MS of Railways.

City based Air India player G B Joshi stunned International Master Vishnu Prasanna of Tamilnadu while Rahul Sangma got better off Akash Thakur. Karnataka youngster G A Stany defeated International Master P Karthikeyan and completed the requirements for a nine game International Master norm irrespective of tomorrow’s result against Neelotpal Das.

In the ninth round tomorrow, Negi, Gopal and Vidit pitted against Adhiban, Thipsay and Lalith Babu respectively with white pieces.

India GM Tejas Bakre

GM Tejas Bakre concentrating hard

India IM Vidit Gujrathi

IM Vidit Gujrathi held Negi in the eighth round

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