Deepan & Karthik share lead in Chennai Open

Deepan & Karthik share lead in Chennai Open
Chennai based Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy (5) of ICF moved into joint lead defeating top seed GM Gareyev Timur of USA in the fifth round of the 10th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2018 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at The Vijay Park Hotel, Chennai here today.
Joining Deepan on top of the table was FIDE Master Karthik Venkataraman (India). Sharing the third spot with 4.5 points were GMs Tiviakov Sergei (Ned), Tukhaev Adam (Ukr), Laxman R R (Ind) and Pruijssers Roeland (Ned) among others.
Showing aggression from the word go, Deepan played a flawless game to outplay top seed GM Gareyev Timur of USA. The Sicilian Dragon game lasted 30 moves.
Five more rounds remain in this 267 player Swiss tournament that concludes on 25th January, 2018.

Important Results (Round 5) (Indians unless specified) : Deepan Chakkravarthy J (5) bt Gareyev Timur (USA) 4, Laxman R R (4.5) drew with Tukhaev Adam (Ukr) 4.5, Llaneza Vega Marcos (Spa) 4 lost to Karthik Venkatraman (5), Tiviakov Sergei (Ned) 4.5 bt Hafiz Arif Abdul (Ina) 4, Arjun Kalyan (4) drew with Rozum Ivan (Rus) 4, Rathnakaran K (4.5) bt Solodovnichenko Yuri (Ukr) 3.5, Saravana Krishnan P (3.5) lost to Pruijssers Roeland (Ned) 4.5, Kandil Adham (Egy) 3.5 lost to Visakh N R (4.5), Dzhumaev Marat (Uzb) 3.5 lost to Hegde Ravi Gopal (4.5), Sivuk Vitaly (Ukr) 4 bt Bhambure Shantanu (3), Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 4 bt Shetty Rahul (3), Atalik Suat (Tur) 4 bt Sahil Tickoo (3).