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Padmini beats Stupak and Pranesh beats Arjun in round 9 of 11th Chennai Open 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 25/01/2019

GM Levan Pantsulaia defeated overnight leader GM Maxim Lugovskoy in a Rook and pawn endgame which propelled Levan into sole lead by a half-point heading into the final round. IM Padmini Rout defeated GM Stupak Kirill in King's Indian Attack/Reverse Benoni, when outplayed his opponent in the middle game and gained too many pawns. Untitled Pranesh M surprised GM Erigaisi Arjun when Arjun lost his Queen after his weakened King was threatened with a checkmate. Pranesh scored his maiden IM norm with a round to spare. We bring you the most exciting games from round 9 of the tournament. Photo: David Llada and Amruta Mokal

The Peacekeepers Parade in round 9

Reigning Asian Continental women's champion IM Padmini Rout defeated GM Stupak Kirill emphatically | Photo: David Llada

The game started as Reverse Benoni/King's Indian Attack and soon allocated almost all her resources on the queenside of the board which black managed to stall for a while.

It seems like Black managed to stop all attempts for white. So how should white continue here?

Black has a space advantage on the kingside but that also makes his king vulnerable. How can white exploit it?

White is ahead by a pawn and has advantage too but how can white maintain it?

Pranesh secures his maiden IM norm by defeating GM Erigaisi Arjun

Pranesh's phenomenal performance continued as he ran through GM Erigaisi Arjun in the penultimate round | Photo: Amruta Mokal

13-year old Pranesh secured his maiden IM-norm by defeating GM Erigaisi Arjun. He will face GM Susanto Megaranto in the final round

Arjun decided to sacrifice an exchange to stop all kinds of possibilities for a future attack but Pranesh was determined to attack.

Arjun sacrificed an exchange to prevent future attack with 30...Rg4

Pranesh took it and Arjun recapture with the h-pawn. How should white continue here?

White is looking for a way to attack and Black's last move 33...Kf7 gave him an opportunity. What should white play here?

GM Levan Pantsulaia played dominantly and defeated GM Maxim Lugovskoy to get into the sole lead heading into the final round | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Maxim wanted to capitalize on the backward d-pawn, but the plan was flawed. What is the best continuation for black here?

Despite the position being completely open, Levan's Knights are dominating the pace of the game

Suddenly white's knight is trapped, white cannot move it. White must liquidate into a losing Rook and Pawn endgame.

Round 9 results of 2019/01/24 at 10.00 AM

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
120
GMLugovskoy Maxim24450 - 17GMPantsulaia Levan2597
2
21
GMPredke Alexandr2620½ - ½IMVignesh N R2461
15
34
GMPopov Ivan2588½ - ½GMAleksandrov Aleksej2582
6
414
GMDeviatkin Andrei2461½ - ½GMPaichadze Luka2583
5
528
IMGirish A. Koushik24110 - 16GMRozum Ivan2589
3
634
IMPadmini Rout236561 - 06GMStupak Kirill2542
9
726
GMCzebe Attila24186½ - ½6GMTran Tuan Minh2541
10
843
WGMBabiy Olga227560 - 16GMMegaranto Susanto2530
11
912
GMKarthik Venkataraman251561 - 06IMRajesh V A V2410
29
1016
IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad24556½ - ½6Sahoo Utkal Ranjan2388
31
1118
IMNguyen Van Huy245061 - 06IMRathnakaran K.2373
33
1224
GMLaxman R.R.24216½ - ½6IMAmeir Moheb2309
39
1372
Pranesh M212561 - 0GMErigaisi Arjun2548
7
1446
FMGajwa Ankit2263½ - ½IMGajek Radoslaw2481
13
1558
Samant Aditya S22051 - 0IMAkash G2453
17
1656
Saurabh Anand22101 - 0IMShyaamnikhil P2446
19
17100
AGMVignesh N1938½ - ½GMNeelotpal Das2419
25
1896
Karthik Rajaa1960½ - ½GMManik Mikulas2413
27
1930
IMMuthaiah Al24061 - 0FMMaheswaran P.2207
57
2035
Ritviz Parab23621 - 0IMHegde Ravi Gopal2110
73

 

Round 10 on 2019/01/25 at 10.00 AM

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
12
GMPantsulaia Levan259787GMPredke Alexandr2620
1
24
GMPopov Ivan25887GMLugovskoy Maxim2445
20
33
GMRozum Ivan258977GMDeviatkin Andrei2461
14
45
GMPaichadze Luka258377IMPadmini Rout2365
34
56
GMAleksandrov Aleksej258277IMNguyen Van Huy2450
18
611
GMMegaranto Susanto253077Pranesh M2125
72
715
IMVignesh N R246177GMKarthik Venkataraman2515
12
831
Sahoo Utkal Ranjan2388GMTran Tuan Minh2541
10
916
IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad2455Ritviz Parab2362
35
1037
IMSaravanan V.2318GMLaxman R.R.2421
24
1139
IMAmeir Moheb2309GMCzebe Attila2418
26
1228
IMGirish A. Koushik2411Saurabh Anand2210
56
1391
Barath Kalyan M2004IMMuthaiah Al2406
30
148
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.25436Samant Aditya S2205
58
159
GMStupak Kirill254266GMZiatdinov Raset2248
50
1613
IMGajek Radoslaw248166IMSuvrajit Saha2221
54
1721
IMNitin S.244266IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam2191
60
1822
GMSundararajan Kidambi243666WIMVarshini V2171
63
1925
GMNeelotpal Das241966Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma U2048
80
2027
GMManik Mikulas241366Md.Abzid Rahman2040
82