Chess tourney: Shardul snatches limelight
On Day One, upcoming 15 year old boy from Shridi (Maharastra) FM Shardul Gagare (2381) did a kind of upset when he made 7th seed GM Viorel Lordachescu (2619) of Moldavia bound to share point with him at Rose Valley Open International Chess Tournament.
If the Class X boy can keep this momentum, though the tournament has just started, he can earn IM norm here.
IM Aditya Udeshi (2376) also earned creditable half point from 9th seed GM Ahmed Adly (2607) of Egypt.
4th seed Abhijit Gupta, the highest seed among the Indian contingent, started with a bang by defeating Bengal's aspirant WGM Mary Ann Gomes.
Mary, who recently booked IM title by defending National Premier Women Championship, unfortunately had to compete super GM Abhijit in the inaugural round.
Ex U12 World Champion of Alekhine Chess Club FM Sayantan Das also opened his account by checking India GM Sahaj Grover. IM Suvrajit Saha of Kolkata and FM Arvindh Chithambaram of Tamil Nadu snatched half points each from GMs SP Sethuraman and MR Venkatesh respectively.
2nd seed Anton Korobov started his adventure in this very strong tournament with a hope to remain as one of the title contenders. He made a short work over Indian IM S Nitin.
Ex national women champion IM Eesha Karavade made top seed Radoslav Wojtaszek of Poland run for his money to earn full point after about 3 hours of grueling fight.
President of Alekhine Chess Club Madan Mitra, also Sports and Transport Minister of West Bengal Government, opened the Rose Valley Open International Chess Tournament giving a move on chess board along with top seed GM Radoslav Wojtaszek of Poland, GM Suryasekhar Ganguly of India and GM Anton Korobov of Ukrain.
On behalf of West Bengal government he assured all sorts of help to make the tournament a great success.
He said his club would leave no stone unturned to improve and develop upcoming boys and girls of the state and would keep the momentum what Alekhine Chess Club had done so far.
Inaugural round of the Rs. 12 lakh prize money tournament started after the brief ceremony.
As three of the top seeds failed to turn out, so after upgradation of seeding list it stands as follows-
1) GM Radoslav Wojtaszek (FIDE Rating 2734) of Poland
2) GM Anton Korobov (2702) of Ukrain
3) GM Sergei Tiviakov (2663) of Netherlands
4) GM Abhijit Gupta (2662) of India
5) GM Ni Hua (2660) of China
6) GM Suryasekhar Ganguly (2630) of India
7) GM Viorel Lordachescu (2619) of Moldavia
8) GM Sandipan Chanda (2613) of India
9) GM Ahmed Adly (2607) of Egypt
10) GM Alberto Davis (2607) of Italy