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Open Chess: Swapnil steals limelight

Posted on Dec 11, 10:29PM | IBNS

GM Deep Sengupta (2540) maintained his joint lead along with GM nominated Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (2527), GM SP Sethuraman (2520) and four others with 6.5 points each at the end of Round-9 at the Rose Valley Open International Chess Tournament being held in Kolkata.

In the 2nd board on Tuesday Deep with black pieces had a grueling draw GM SP Sethuraman (2520), who scocked GM Suryasekhar Ganguly to his first loss Monday.

IM nominated Diptayan Ghosh (2425) of Alekhine Chess Club, who got his 4th IM norm here, held former World Junior champion GM Abhijit Gupta (2662), highest rated players in the Indian contingent.

Young talented boy from Nagpur IM Swapnil Dholpade (2438/ 6 points) stole the limelight made an upset by overpowering Russian GM Daniil Lintchevski (2553) and earning his GM norm.

On a day of upsets, IM Vishnu Prasanna (2469) shocked GM Adly Ahmed (2607) of Egypt on board 5. IM Saptarshi Roy (2402) also had a very good win against GM Sahaj Grover (2509). With 5.5 points in his kitty Saptarshi joined joint third position.

15-year boy from Shirdi FM Shardul Gagare (2381) today confirmed his first IM norm by splitting point with Akshat Chandra (2294) of USA.

After confirming his final GM norm here in the Rose Valley Open International Chess Tournament, organized by Alekhine Chess Club, IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (FIDE rating 2527) of Pune was much relaxed in the Round-9.

Vidit, the latest GM of India, to be confirmed by FIDE in the next month, Tuesday accepted draw offer just after 14 moves by GM Viorel Iordachescu (2619) of Moldavia.

Vidit played Nimjo-Indian opening against much experienced and very composed player Viorel, but the game turned complicated, where chance of outright result was very dim.

18-year boy of GM Abhijit Kunte's academy told after the encounter, "Game could have gone anyone's end if continued. Just to get some extra time from the board, I accepted his offer."

After becoming latest GM of India, his next target is to cross 2600 rating obstacle. Incidentally Vidit completed his GM title with three GM norms within a span of just a year.

GM Suryasekhar Ganguly (2630), who was derailed yesterday by Sethuraman, bounced back to his track by overpowering IM MS Thejkumar (2442) after a short work.

On Day-8 both members of "Team Anand", Surya and Top seed GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2734) of Poland, were shocked and on Tuesday both got back their stroke to remain in the list of aspirants.

Radoslaw overcame Indian GM RR Laxman's (2456) resistance in 36 moves.

GM Sandipan Chanda (2613), who was playing below par, had to content today with a draw against former World Youth U12 champion 18 years old Narayanan Srinath (2439).

Another Alekhine Chess Club boy, former U12 champion FM Sayantan Das (2312) beat Vikramjit Singh (2237).

WGM Mary Ann Gomes (2382) took the advantage of playing a lower rated player Sameer Kathmale (2281) to earn full point.

WGM Nisha Mohota (2338) continued her drawing spree for the seventh time in this tournament. She shared point with IM Swayams Misra (2439).