Commonwealth Chess Championship begins, Narayanan holds Negi

Parsvnath Commonwealth Chess Championship 2010, on 9-19th May

New Delhi (10th May 2010): Parsvnath Commonwealth Chess Championship got of to a surprising start as second seed and leader of Indian challenge in this championship, Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi was held by lower seeded twelve year old Kerala lad Narayanan S L (elo 1964) in the first round match here at Clarks Inn, Pacific Mall, Anand Vihar, NCR.

Apart from Negi, almost all top seeded players of the championship, which include a record 20 Grand Masters, posted easy victories to advance to the second round with full points in their kitty. This time the Commonwealth Chess Championship has incorporated with International Open Tournament and 311 players from 15 countries are participating in this mega event.

While top seed Grandmaster Alexy Dreev of Russia had an easy outing against Roshan Rangarajn, third seed Argentinean Grandmaster Anton Kovalyov made short work of young M Siddarth.

Among the Indian players, former World Junior Champion Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta and former national champion Abhijit Kunte also had an easy day at the office as they beat Anjali Palande and Michelle Catherina. The other major surprise of the round came from young Andhra girl G Lasya as she beat International Master Enrique Paciencia of Singapore rated almost 600 points higher than her.

Local hopeful, Grandmaster Sriram Jha, International Masters Tania Sachdev and Sahaj Grover started their campaign without much struggle as they beat Abir Sinha, Meredow Shanepes of South Africa and Jitendra Choudhury respectively in the first round encounter. Young Delhi lad Arush Jain held Indian Youth team member Deepthamesh Reddy to a creditable draw.

SL Narayanan - Parimarjan Negi

SL Narayanan – Parimarjan Negi

Naryanan was a class act on Monday morning as he snatched half point from his fancied rival. Playing white side of Sicilian Defence, Narayanan maneuvered his rook and queen to his opponent territory in the middle game and a brilliant rook sacrifice in 38th move, ensured him half point nine moves later.

Earlier in January this year, during 8th Parsvnath International Open Tournament at Modern School, Narayanan made the news for his sportsman spirit as he agreed to play the match against eventual champion Grandmaster Maghami Ehsan Ghaem of Iran as he arrived at the tournament hall four hours late and by the time Narayanan had the walk over point in his kitty. But Narayan had shown great courage and sportsman spirit to play the match against his fancied rival instead of run away with the walk over point.

Second round of this 8 lakh prize money championship is underway at the time of report.

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