Chandran stuns Alexandrov
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Grandmaster P Magesh Chandran defeated Aleksej Alexandrov of Belarus in the fourth round of 11th Parsvnath International Chess festival at Ludlow Castle Sports Complex on Monday. The Indian Grandmaster benefitted from a blunder by Alexandrov in a level position after the latter fell short of time out of a Nimzo Indian defense game.
Playing white, Magesh was ready to repeat moves early in the opening as he thought a draw as black would have been a good result on the top board. Alexandrov, however went for a complicated struggle instead but lost valuable time in deciding whether he wanted to go for it. As a result, Magesh had 40 extra minutes on the clock which, in the opinion of the winner, was the deciding factor behind his victory.
Lu Shanglei of China, Kirill Kuderinov of Kazakhstan and M R Lalith Babu emerged as the new co-leaders along with Magesh on 3.5 points apiece after the end of the fourth round of the Rs. 1.1 million prize money tournament.
With six rounds still to go, as many as 20 players follow the four leaders half a point behind. It turned out to be a good day for Commonwealth champion Lalith Babu as he scored an important victory over Grandmaster Raset Ziatdinov of United States. Lu Shanglei defeated G A Stany out of a Sicilian Rossolimo and it was a pretty clean effort by the Chinese Grandmaster who played with white pieces.
Kudrinov defeated V Vishnu Prasanna. The young trio of Arvindh Chithambaram, S L Narayanan and Murali Karthikeyan continued to impress with their fine run in the fourth round.
While Chithambaram held Grandmaster Abhijeet Kunte to a draw, Narayanan had little difficulty in splitting the point with GM Sahaj Grover. Murali Karthikeyan also came good signing peace with German Grandmaster Henrik Teske.
Top seeded Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta scored a victory at the expense of T U Navin Kanna after two back-to-back draws. Gupta took his tally to three points in all from his four games.
After a shocking first round loss, former national champion B Adhiban scored his third victory on the trot defeating Dinesh Kumar Sharma. In an upset result, P Lokesh defeated International Master Tania Sachdev. In Group B, four players —Sushant Bannerjee, Gahain Santanu Borpatra, Bavan Kumar and Amir Aseem —share the lead after six rounds with 5.5 points apiece.
Category 'A' Results (Round-4) (Indian's otherwise specified) :- GM Aleksandrov Aleksej of Belarus (3) lost to GM P Magesh Chandran (3.5); GM Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan (3) drew with IM Ashwin Jayaram (3); GM Raset Ziatdinov of USA (2.5) lost to GM Lalith Babu M R (3.5); GM Lu Shangeli of China (3.5) beat IM Stany G A (2.5); IM Shyam Sundar (3) drew with IM Saptarshi Roy (3); IM Kuderinov Kirill (3.5) beat IM Vishnu Prasanna (2.5); Ram S Krishnan (3) drew with GM Murshed Niaz of Bangladesh (3); GM Sahaj Grover (3) drew with Narayanan S L (3); Karthikeyan Murali (3) drew with GM Henrik Teske (2.5); Navin Kanna T U (2) lost to GM Abhijeet Gupta (3); IM Dinesh Sharma (2) lost to GM Adhiban B (3); GM Abhijit Kunte (2.5) drew with FM Aravindh Chithambaram (2.5); Rakesh Kulkarni (2) lost to GM Vaibhav Suri (3); GM Czebe Attila of Hungary (2.5) drew with Phoobalan P (2.5); IM Swapnil Dhopade (3) beat WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (2); GM Laxman (3) beat Rahul Sangma (2); Akshat Chandra (2) lost to IM Rathnakaran K (3); IM Vakhidov Jahongir (2) lost to IM Anup Deshmukh (3); Abhishek Kelkar (2) lost to IM Ankit R Rajpara (3); Wang Doudou (2) lost to FM Shardul Gagare (3).
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