Bogdanovich sole leader, Venkatesh in second spot

Bogdanovich sole leader, Venkatesh in second spot

Ukraine Grandmaster  Bogdanovich Stanislav (7) moved into sole lead after the eighth round of the 12th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2020 for Sakthi Group Dr. N. Mahalingam Trophy at Hotel Novotel & IBIS OMR, Sholinganallur, Chennai here today.

GM Venkatesh M R

Chennai based Grandmaster Venkatesh M R (6.5) stood right behind the leader, sharing the second spot with GMs Ponkratov Pavel (Rus), Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo (Per), Yudin Sergei (Rus), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr), Rozum Ivan (Rus), Jubin Jimmy (Ind), Stupak Kirill (Blr) and Goganov Aleksey (Rus).  The race for International Master Norms picked up as Harshavardhan G B and Jubin Jimmy improved their chances with just two rounds to go. Harsha held Indonesian IM Taher to a draw, while Jubin defeated Grandmaster  Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo of Chile in marathon game. The following four players viz., Pranav V, Rohit Krishna S, Harshavardhan G B and Jubin Jimmy require a draw in the ninth and penultimate round tomorrow to achieve their International Master Norm.  This ten round Swiss tournament that carries a total prize money of  Rs. 15,00,000 (Rupees fifteen lakhs only) concludes on Saturday 25th January, 2020.

Taher, Yoseph Theolifus (2462) – Harshavardhan G B (2343) 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bc5 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nge2 d6 6. d3 a6 7. O-O Be6 8. Nd5 Qd7 9. c3 Ba7 10. d4 exd4 11. Nxf6+ gxf6 12. cxd4 Bg4 13. f3 Bh3 14. Bxh3 Qxh3 15. Be3 Qd7 16. Qd2 O-O-O 17. d5 Bxe3+ 18. Qxe3 Ne7 19. a4 Kb8 20. b4 Rhe8 21. b5 a5 22. Qd2 f5 23. Nd4 b6 24. exf5 Ka8 25. g4 Rc8 26. Ne2 Ng8 27. Ng3 Qd8 28. Rae1 Nf6 29. Rxe8 Qxe8 30. Re1 Qd8 31. h4 Nd7 32. Qg5 Qh8 33. f6 Nxf6 34. Qf5 Kb8 35. Kg2 Qg7 36. g5 Ng8 37. Nh5 Qb2+ 38. Kh3 Qd2 39. Re4 h6 40. Ng3 hxg5 41. Qxg5 Qc3 42. Rf4 f6 43. Qg7 Qe3 44. Rf5 Ne7 45. Rxf6 Nxd5 46. Rf8 Qe6+ 47. Kh2 Ne3 48. Rxc8+ Kxc8 49. Kg1 Qa2 50. Ne4 Qe2 1/2-1/2

Venkatesh, M.R (2501) – Eraschenkov, Denis (2370) 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 a6 4. Ngf3 c5 5. dxc5 Bxc5 6. Bd3 Nf6 7. e5 Nfd7 8. Nb3 Ba7 9. Bf4 Nc6 10. O-O f6 11. exf6 Qxf6 12. Bg5 Qf7 13. Be3 h6 14. Bxa7 Rxa7 15. Nh4 Nde5 16. f4 Nxd3 17. Qxd3 O-O 18. Ng6 Re8 19. Rae1 b6 20. Ne5 Nxe5 21. Rxe5 a5 22. Qe3 Rc7 23. Nd4 Rf8 24. c3 Rc4 25. g3 Rc5 26. Re1 Rd8 27. Nxe6 Bxe6 28. Rxe6 d4 29. cxd4 Rc4 30. Rxb6 Rc2 31. a3 Kh8 32. Re6 Rcc8 33. Qe5 Kh7 34. Re7 Qf8 35. f5 Rc6 36. Re6 Rc4 37. f6 Rcxd4 38. fxg7 Qf7 39. g8=Q+ Qxg8 40. Qf5+ 1-0

Vasquez Schroeder, Rodrigo (2487) – Jubin Jimmy (2193) 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Nbd2 O-O 5. a3 Be7 6. e4 d6 7. Be2 Nbd7 8. Qc2 e5 9. O-O a5 10. b3 c6 11. Bb2 Qc7 12. Rfe1 Re8 13. Bf1 Bf8 14. h3 h6 15. Rad1 Nh7 16. b4 axb4 17. axb4 b6 18. Qb3 c5 19. dxc5 dxc5 20. b5 Be7 21. Nb1 Nhf8 22. Nc3 Ne6 23. Nd5 Qb8 24. Ra1 Rxa1 25. Rxa1 Bd6 26. Nh4 Nd4 27. Qg3 Bb7 28. Bc1 Kh8 29. Nf3 Bxd5 30. cxd5 Nf6 31. Nd2 Qb7 32. Ra6 Rb8 33. Qa3 Qc7 34. Ra7 Rb7 35. Rxb7 Qxb7 36. Qa6 Qc7 37. Bd3 Nd7 38. Nc4 Kh7 39. Be3 Qb8 40. Kf1 g6 41. g3 Kg7 42. Kg2 Kh7 43. Qa3 Bf8 44. Qa4 Bd6 45. f3 Kg7 46. h4 Kh7 47. Kf2 Kg7 48. Kg2 Kh7 49. Qa3 Bf8 50. Qa2 Bd6 51. Kf2 Kg7 52. Bf1 Bc7 53. Bh3 Nf6 54. Qd2 Ng8 55. Bd7 Kh7 56. Kg2 Qd8 57. Bc6 Kg7 58. Bxd4 cxd4 59. Qb4 Nf6 60. d6 Bb8 61. g4 Nh7 62. Kg3 Nf8 63. Qa3 Ne6 64. Bd5 Nf4 65. Qa8 Ne2+ 66. Kf2 Nc3 67. g5 hxg5 68. Qb7 Qf6 69. Bxf7 Qxf7 70. Qxb8 g4 71. Nxe5 Qa2+ 72. Kg3 Ne2+ 73. Kf2 Nf4+ 74. Kg3 Nh5+ 0-1

Important Results Round 8 (Indians unless specified) : Yudin Sergei (Rus) 6.5 drew with Ponkratov Pavel (Rus) 6.5, Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo (Per) 6.5 drew with Goganov Aleksey (Rus) 6.5, Bogdanovich Stanislav (Ukr) 7 bt Visakh N R (6), Vishnu Prasanna V (6) lost to Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 6.5, Mchedlishvili Mikheil (Geo) 6 drew with Mitrabha Guha (6), Neelotpal Das (5.5) lost to Rozum Ivan (Rus) 6.5, Girinath P D S (5.5) lost to Stupak Kirill (Blr) 6.5, Venkatesh M R (6.5) bt Eraschenkov Denis (Rus) 5.5, Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo (Chi) 5.5 lost to Jubin Jimmy (6.5), Taher Yoseph Theolifus (Ina) 6 drew with Harshavardhan G B (6).

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