Parimarjan Negi with perfect score after six rounds
New Delhi (11 Jan 2011): Local favourite and national champion Parimarjan Negi defeated International Master Rahul Sangma in the sixth round to emerge as the sole leader in the 9th Parsvnath International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament at Ludlow Castle here on Tuesday. With his sixth victory on the trot, Negi remains the only player in the field to have won all his matches in the tournament so far.
Playing white side of exchange variation of Ruy Lopez opening, Negi had shown great attacking skills towards the end of the game against his city mate rival and garnered full points after 38 moves. Meanwhile another city stars in the fray Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta and International Master Sahaj Grover held top seed Alexander Areshchenko of Ukraine and fifth seed Slovenian Grandmaster Lenik Luka respectively to creditable draws in the sixth round encounters.
Playing with black pieces in Grunfeld defence, top seed Areshchenko signed the peace treaty with former world junior champion in 38 moves while Sahaj and Lenic settled for half in just 21 moves by repetition of moves.
In other sixth round encounters, Grandmaster S Arun Prasad defeated International Master Himanshu Sharma, while continuing his fine form West Bengal youngster Diptayan Ghosh held Grandmaster S Kidmabi to a creditable draw. Earlier in the fifth round Diptayan produced the same result against Grandmaster Mikhailo Oleksienko of Ukraine.
In another surprising results in the fifth round, Madurai based eleven-year-old boy Arvaindh Chithambaram shocked former world junior champion Vera Nebolsina of Russia.