Lalith, Venkatesh join leaders, Krishnan stuns GM norm holder
On another day of Indian talent coming to the fore, Grandmaster M R Lalith Babu drew his top board game against GM Oleksienko Mikhalio of Ukraine and moved in shared lead with 5.5 points after the sixth round of the Apollo Engineering College Commonwealth Chess Championships tadium, Chennai here today.
Joining the duo on top of the points table at 5.5 points were top seed Sergei Tiviakov (The Netherlands), Adly Ahmed Egypt), M R Venkatesh, P Karthikeyan, Ram S Krishnan (all India) respectively.
Chennai based Ram S Krishnan brought down GM Norm holder Akshayraj kore in miniature game that lasted 21 moves. The Grunfeld game moved on theoretical lines, before the players went into the middle game. With isolated pawns on the king side, Ram went for maintaining his extra pawn. In what turned out to be a case of chess blindness, Akshayraj missed Ram's penetrating rook check and caved in.
Further half a point behind at 5.0 points were Lintchevski Daniil, Alexander Fominyh (both Russia), Marat Dzhumaev (Uzbekistan), Mark Paragua (Philippines) SP Sethuraman, Sahaj Grover, M Shyam Sundar, G Akash, Kathmale Sameer, K Rathnakaran, R Arun Karthik and Ankit R Rajpara (all India).
The advanced Caro Kann top board game between Oleksienko Mikhailo (Ukraine) and M R Lalith Babu saw the higher rated Ukraine Grandmaster playing for the initiative. This unorthodox style was well handled by Lalith Babu who snatched a perpetual check from a queen and double rook middle game.