Sanket upsets Pantsulaia, Ponkratov among leaders

Russian Grandmaster Ponkratov Pavel 2/2 shared the lead after the second round of the 12th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournamnet 2020 for Sakthi Group Dr. N. Mahalingam Trophy at Hotel Novotel & IBIS OMR, Sholinganallur, Chennai here today. Sharing the lead with Ponkratov at 2.0 points were Grandmasters  Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo (Per),  Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr), Goganov Aleksey (Rus), Mchedlishvili Mikheil (Geo), Visakh N R (Ind) and Rozum Ivan (Rus) among others.

First board game saw Ponkrantov accounting for Chennai boy Rathneesh R. It was the third board that brought the upset of the day, as Sanket Chakravarthy (Elo 2055) stunned defending champion GM Pantsulaia Levan (Elo 2598) of Georgia. The English opening game saw Sanket weaving his knight through the defences of black. Pantsulaia gave up his exchange and tried to restore the balance, but the Indian boy converted his advantage smoothly in 52 moves.

29 Grandmasters and 23 International Masters fight for the top prize in this Rs. 15,00,000 (Rupees fifteen lakhs only) prize money event that concludes on 25th January, 2020.

Sanket Chakravarty (2055) –  Pantsulaia Levan  (2598)

  1. c4 c5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. O-O Nh6 7. b3 O-O 8. Bb2 f5 9. e3 e5 10. Nd5 Rb8 11. d3 Be6 12. Nd2 a6 13. f4 Re8 14. Nf3 exf4 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Nxf4 Bf7 17. Qd2 Qf6 18. Rae1 Re7 19. d4 Rbe8 20. Nd5 Bxd5 21. cxd5 Nd8 22. dxc5 dxc5 23. Re2 Ndf7 24. Ne1 Nd6 25. Nd3 b6 26. Nf4 Nhf7 27. Ne6+ Rxe6 28. dxe6 Rxe6 29. e4 Qe7 30. Qd5 Nxe4 31. g4 Re5 32. Rxe4 Rxe4 33. gxf5 gxf5 34. Bxe4 fxe4 35. Rf4 Ne5 36. Qxe4 Qd6 37. Qg2+ Ng6 38. Qb2+ Kh6 39. Rf3 Nf4 40. Qf2 Qg6+ 41. Kf1 Nh5 42. Qe3+ Kg7 43. Qe7+ Kh6 44. Qe3+ Kg7 45. Qe5+ Kh6 46. Qf5 Qc6 47. Qf8+ Kg5 48. Qf5+ Kh6 49. Rh3 Qe8 50. Qf6+ Qg6 51. Qxg6+ Kxg6 52. Rd3 1-0

Important Results Round 2 (Indians unless specified) : Rathneesh R (1) lost to Ponkratov Pavel (Rus) 2, Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo (Per) 2 bt Safranska Anda (Fra) 1, Sanket Chakravarty (2) bt Pantsulaia Levan (Geo) 1, Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 2 bt Chilukuri Sai Varshith (1), Hegde Ravi Gopal (1) lost to Goganov Aleksey (Rus) 2, Mchedlishvili Mikheil (Geo) 2 bt Vinoth Kumar M (1), Sa Kannan (1) lost to Rozum Ivan (Rus) 2, Bogdanovich Stanislav (Ukr) 2 bt Abinandhan R (1), Sri Sai Baswanth P (1.5)drew with David Alberto (Ita) 1.5, Fedorov Alexei (Blr) 2 bt Borgaonkar Akshay (1), Nambiar Vivek (1) lost to Visakh N R (2), Yudin Sergei (Rus) 2 bt Trivedi Karan R (1), Potluri Supreetha (1) lost to Stupak Kirill (Blr) 2