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Posted on Dec 13, 06:21PM | IBNS
On the 3rd and 4th board two games were then going on between IM Swapnil Dhopade - GM Deep Sengupta and IM Vishnu Prasanna - GM Dzhumaev Marat respectively.
Unable to sustain under pressure the overnight leader GM SP Sethuraman had a quick draw with 2nd seed GM Anton Korobov.
He was then praying to God for a draw on the 3rd board, which would bring him dream finish at the strongest tournaments of Asia, the Rose Valley Open International Chess Tournament, organized by Alekhine Chess Club, which concluded here on Thursday.
Then everybody knew that if Deep overcame Swapnil on the 3rd board, top honour would go to Bengal's GM via better tie-break score.
But Uzbek GM Marat turned the table with a hard fought win over IM Vishnu Prasanna and snatched the title and Rs. 3.5 lakhs cash award from the Indian aspirants, as Deep could not break Swapnil's resistance.
GM SP Sethuraman, IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and GM Deep Sengupta had to content with 2nd, 3rd and 5th position respectively.
They were richer by Rs. 2.5 lakhs, Rs. 1.5 lakhs, Rs. 60 thousands. Among the Indian contingent, young Swapnil earned the highest rating of 35.5 points, followed by IM Anurag Mhamal (28.8), IM Aditya Udeshi (26.9), Sethuraman (24.8), FM Shardul Gagare (22) Vidit (19.4), Vishnu (19) and Diptayan (17.2).
GM Suryasekhar Ganguly and Diptayan Ghosh placed 9th and 22nd respectively.
GM Deep Sengupta became second time unlucky in the second consecutive tournaments in Kolkata, where a last round win could have brought top honour in the National Premier, held here in the last month, he had to satisfy with runners spot after ending with a draw against eventual champion G Akash.
Almost same thing happened today also, where a win eluded him to have a bigger smile, as he failed to capitalize better position in the mid-game and end-game against very promising IM Swapnil Dhopade, even after 3 hours 45 minutes of intriguing battle.
Two members of "Team Anand" GM Suryasekhar and top seed GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek ended their adventure here today with win over GM Adly Ahmed of Egypt and GM Viorel Iordachescu of Moldavia respectively.
GM Sandipan Chanda drew with FM Dipatayan Ghosh, while IM Saptarshi Roy finished with good win over Russ GM Daniil Lintchevsky and WGM Mary Ann Gomes overpowered Praneeth Surya in the final round to secure 44th position in the prize list.
WGM Nisha Mohta settled with yet another draw, overall 9th, this time with IM Narayanan Srinath. FM Sayantan Das also shared point with R Ashwath.
At the end of penultimate round GM SP Sethuraman emerged as sole leader with 7.5 points and took a big step towards for a dream finish. In fact the young Indian contingent astounded everyone with their fantastic run over the much esteemed foreign GMs.
IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, GM Deep Sengupta, IM Vishnu Prasanna and IM Swapnil Dhopade (all of India) took seven way second position with GM Ni Hua, GM Anton Koborv, GM Dzhumaev Marat with 7 points each.