Two share lead, IM Norms for Harshavardhan G B, Rohit Krishna S & Jubin Jimmy

Two share lead, IM Norms for  Harshavardhan G B, Rohit Krishna S and Jubin Jimmy

Russian Grandmasters Ponkratov Pavel and Rozum Ivan (7.5) lead the table after the ninth 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.

Sharing the third spot with 7.0 points were Bogdanovich Stanislav (Ukr), Stupak Kirill (Blr), Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo (Per), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr), Yudin Sergei (Rus), Mchedlishvili Mikheil (Geo), Goganov Aleksey (Rus), Khusenkhojaev Muhammad (Tjk), Lugovskoy Maxim (Rus), Venkatesh M R, Vishnu Prasanna V, Muthaiah AL (all India).

International Master Norms were achieved by Harshavardhan G B, Jubin Jimmy and Rohit Krishna S. Incidentally, Harshavardhan makes his final IM Norm here, thereby completing his International Master title requirements.

The final round of this ten round Swiss tournament that carries a total prize money of  Rs. 15,00,000 (Rupees fifteen lakhs only) is scheduled @ 10 AM tomorrow,  Saturday 25th January, 2020.

Muthaiah AL (2367) – Taher, Yoseph Theolifus (2462) 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b6 7. Bg5 Bb7 8. f3 h6 9. Bh4 d5 10. e3 Nbd7 11. cxd5 exd5 12. Bd3 c5 13. Ne2 Qe7 14. Bf2 a5 15. O-O c4 16. Bc2 b5 17. b4 axb4 18. Qxb4 Qe6 19. a4 Qa6 20. Qxb5 Qa7 21. Rfb1 Ba6 22. Qb4 Qc7 23. Bg3 Qc8 24. Nc3 Re8 25. Re1 Nf8 26. Rab1 N8d7 27. Bf5 Qd8 28. Qd6 Bc8 29. Rb5 Nf8 30. Qxd8 Rxd8 31. Bc2 Be6 32. Reb1 N8d7 33. e4 dxe4 34. fxe4 g5 35. d5 Bg4 36. h3 Bh5 37. e5 Ne8 38. d6 Ng7 39. Nd5 Ne6 40. Nc7 Rac8 41. Nxe6 fxe6 42. Bf2 Kg7 43. a5 Bg6 44. Bxg6 Kxg6 45. a6 Kf5 46. a7 c3 47. Re1 h5 48. Rb7 Nxe5 49. Rb5 Rxd6 50. Rexe5+ Kf6 1-0

Pantsulaia, Levan (2598) – Sidhant, Mohapatra (2346) 1. c4 c6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Ne5 Bf5 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. d4 e6 10. Bf4 Be7 11. O-O O-O 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. Na4 Nd7 14. Re1 c5 15. dxc5 Nxc5 16. Be3 Qa5 17. Bxc5 Bxc5 18. Rxc5 Rxc5 19. Nxc5 Qxc5 20. e4 Bxe4 21. Bxe4 dxe4 22. Rxe4 h6 23. b3 Qb6 24. Qd4 Qc7 25. Rg4 e5 26. Qe3 Qc2 27. Ra4 Rc8 28. Qxe5 Qd1+ 29. Kg2 Rc1 30. Rc4 Qh1+ 31. Kh3 Qf1+ 32. Kh4 Rxc4+ 33. bxc4 Qxc4+ 34. f4 Qxa2 35. h3 Qa6 36. Qe8+ Kh7 37. g4 Qe6 0-1

Important Results Round 9 (Indians unless specified) : Ponkratov Pavel (Rus) 7.5 bt Bogdanovich Stanislav (Ukr) 7, Stupak Kirill (Blr) 7 drew with Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo (Per) 7, Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 7 drew with Yudin Sergei (Rus) 7, Goganov Aleksey (Rus) 7 drew with Venkatesh M R (7), Jubin Jimmy (6.5) lost to Rozum Ivan (Rus) 7.5, Harikrishnan.A.Ra (6) lost to Mchedlishvili Mikheil (Geo) 7, Viani Antonio Dcunha (6.5) drew with Fedorov Alexei (Blr) 6.5, Visakh N R (6.5) drew with Karthikeyan P (6.5), Pranav V (6) lost to Vishnu Prasanna V (7), Vignesh N R (6) lost to Khusenkhojaev Muhammad (Tjk) 7, Muthiah Al (7) bt Taher Yoseph Theolifus (Ina) 6, Harshavardhan G B (6.5) drew with Neverov Valeriy (Ukr) 6.5

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