Chennai Open 2019 Round 8: Lugovskoy maintains sole lead, untitled Pranesh shocks Nitin
GM Maxim Lugovskoy maintained his half-point lead when he defeated GM Stupak Kirill and took his score to 7.5/8 at the conclusion of round 8 in 11th Chennai Open 2019. Kirill blundered in a seemingly equal Rook and minor piece endgame. Recently concluded Delhi Open 2019 winner GM Levan Pantsulaia sacrificed a piece early in the middle game for an initiative against GM Karthik Venkataraman. He endured a turmoil to convert it into a win. Levan is the only player trailing behind the leader by a half-point. 13-year old untitled Pranesh M claimed his second IM victim of the tournament when he defeated Nitin S. Pranesh still has chances of scoring his maiden IM norm. Photo: Amruta Mokal
13-year old Pranesh defeats his second IM of the tournament
Before we see what Pranesh did in this tournament, let's take a quick look of what he did last year:
Now let's see how he fared in the 11th Chennai Open 2019 so far:
Pranesh is going to face GM Erigaisi Arjun in the penultimate round. Despite Nitin trying to surprise him, Pranesh played a fine game in round 8 and took chances whenever an opportunity presented itself.
In QGD Exchange variation, Maxim managed to equalize easily with the black pieces. He might have a couple of tempi in the middle game, but it wasn't possible to gain anything for it. Eventually the game arised into an equal Rook and minor piece endgame where Stupak blundered and lost the game.
In a position arising out of Symmetrical English Opening, Levan made an unusual decision...
...on a regular day everyone will think of 17.dxe5 as their first candidate move. But Levan wasn't having it. He had momentum on his side and he took a leap of faith to gain an initiative.
Round 8 results of 2019/01/23 at 10.00 am
Round 9 on 2019/01/24 at 10.00 AM
|1||20||GM||Lugovskoy Maxim||2445||7½||7||GM||Pantsulaia Levan||2597||2|
|2||1||GM||Predke Alexandr||2620||6½||6½||IM||Vignesh N R||2461||15|
|3||4||GM||Popov Ivan||2588||6½||6½||GM||Aleksandrov Aleksej||2582||6|
|4||14||GM||Deviatkin Andrei||2461||6½||6½||GM||Paichadze Luka||2583||5|
|5||28||IM||Girish A. Koushik||2411||6½||6||GM||Rozum Ivan||2589||3|
|6||34||IM||Padmini Rout||2365||6||6||GM||Stupak Kirill||2542||9|
|7||26||GM||Czebe Attila||2418||6||6||GM||Tran Tuan Minh||2541||10|
|8||43||WGM||Babiy Olga||2275||6||6||GM||Megaranto Susanto||2530||11|
|9||12||GM||Karthik Venkataraman||2515||6||6||IM||Rajesh V A V||2410||29|
|10||16||IM||Khusenkhojaev Muhammad||2455||6||6||Sahoo Utkal Ranjan||2388||31|
|11||18||IM||Nguyen Van Huy||2450||6||6||IM||Rathnakaran K.||2373||33|
|12||24||GM||Laxman R.R.||2421||6||6||IM||Ameir Moheb||2309||39|
|13||72||Pranesh M||2125||6||5½||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||2548||7|
|14||46||FM||Gajwa Ankit||2263||5½||5½||IM||Gajek Radoslaw||2481||13|
|15||58||Samant Aditya S||2205||5½||5½||IM||Akash G||2453||17|
|16||56||Saurabh Anand||2210||5½||5½||IM||Shyaamnikhil P||2446||19|
|17||100||AGM||Vignesh N||1938||5½||5½||GM||Neelotpal Das||2419||25|
|18||96||Karthik Rajaa||1960||5½||5½||GM||Manik Mikulas||2413||27|
|19||30||IM||Muthaiah Al||2406||5½||5½||FM||Maheswaran P.||2207||57|
|20||35||Ritviz Parab||2362||5½||5½||IM||Hegde Ravi Gopal||2110||73|