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Sanket, Saravana Krishnan and Pranav score major upsets on day 2 of 12th Chennai GM Open 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/01/2020

22 players are in the lead with full points at the conclusion of round 3 of 12th Chennai GM Open 2020. Day 2 had double rounds. There were several upsets. Among them the notable ones are, 16-year old Sanket Chakravarty defeated the defending champion GM Levan Pantsulaia in round 2. Pranav V defeated GM Alexei Fedorov and IM P Saravana Krishnan defeated the in-form Delhi Open 2020 runner-up GM Aleksej Aleksandrov. Top seed of the tournament, GM Pavel Ponkratov scored a fantastic win and halted Pranesh's fantastic momentum which he started in Delhi. Second seeded Martinez also picked up two fine victories to stay in the lead. Photo: R Anantharam

Upsets galore on day 2

The day 2 of 12th Chennai Open witnessed to upsets. The major ones are 16-year old Sanket Chakravarty (2055) defeated the defending champion GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO, 2598) in Round 2. 14-year old Pranav V (2265) defeated GM Alexei Fedorov (BLR, 2562), IM P Saravana Krishnan (2313) defeated the in-form, Delhi Open 2020 Runner-up GM Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR, 2592) in Round 3.

Round 2

16-year old Sanket Chakravarty en route his victory over defending champion GM Levan Pantsulaia | Photo: R Anantharam

Sanket - Pantsulaia, Round 2

Find out the best continuation for white after 30...Nxe4

Pantsulaia sacrificed an exchange a couple of moves ago to get rid of White's octopus knight at e6. White continued with 31.g4

Pantsulaia blundered with 31...Re5

Rest was just a matter of technique for white to convert it into a full point.

Sri Sai Baswanth (2008) held GM Alberto David (ITA, 2562) to a draw after the former having a fantastic space for the majority of the middlegame.

Sai Baswanth also opted for the English opening | Photo: R Anantharam

Ajay Mushini (1952) held GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (COL, 2498) to a draw after gaining a decent advantage in the middlegame.

Ajay could have taken his chances | Photo: R Anantharam

Mushini - Cristhian, Round 2

White continued with 29.Nb4. What did white miss?

Even in the final position white had quite an advantage.

GM Rodrigo Schroeder Vasquez (CHI, 2487) was held to a draw by Jayachandra Srinivas Vellanki (1944).

Jayachandra managed to stay out of trouble and salvage a draw | Photo: R Anantharam

Among other upsets, GM Neelotpal Das (2436) was held to a draw by Raghavendra V, Ilamparthi A R (1880) defeated GM Ziaur Rahman (BAN, 2434), Sai Kiran Y (1868) drew with IM Viani Antonio Dcunha (2417), Umashankar A (1838) defeated GM Attila Czebe (HUN, 2392), Mayank Chakraborty (1827) drew with IM Denis Eraschenkov (RUS, 2370), R M Subramaniam (1806) held IM Ameir Moheb (EGY, 2363).

Round 3

Top seed GM Pavel Ponkratov (RUS, 2622) halted Pranesh's momentum as the former opted for the less popular variation in Berlin Defence by keeping the queens on the board and avoiding a queen-less drawish endgame. The Russian did not give any chances to Pranesh and scored a comfortable victory.

Pranesh's Berlin Defence did not prove to be strong enough | Photo: R Anantharam

IM P Saravana Krishnan (2313) had a decent advantage out of the Ruy Lopez Breyer variation, however his slow maneuvering allowed his opponent GM Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR, 2592) secure a wonderful position. White later miscalculated a sacrifice which gave the Belarusian GM a decisive advantage. However, he was unable to maintain the advantage and blundered terribly which cost him the game.

Saravana en route his win against Aleksandrov | Photo: R Anantharam

GM Aleksey Goganov (RUS, 2583) was held to a draw by FM L R Srihari (2302). However the 15-year old boy had a half chance in the final part of the game. It is safe to say assume, time pressure could be the reason he missed.

Goganov - Srihari, Round 3

Position after 31.Qb1

Black continued the game with 31...Qf5. Find out what Black missed here.

GM Ivan Rozum (RUS, 2573) was held to a draw by FM Rohith Krishna S (2289).

Rohith held Rozum to a draw | Photo: R Anantharam

14-year old untitled Pranav V (2265) defeated GM Alexei Fedorov (BLR, 2562) with a fantastic display of attack. Alexei had small window of opportunity to go for a draw but it was not easy to find.

Pranav scored a fantastic win | Photo: R Anantharam

Pranav - Alexei, Round 3

Black has interesting continuation after 16.cxd5. Can you find it?

The position demanded black to go for an interesting continuation, but Alexei continued with a quiet move 16...cxd5 which shut the half chance he had to go for a draw.

IM B T Murali Krishnan (2202) held GM Sergei Yudin (RUS, 2508)

Murali played solid to hold Yudin to a draw | Photo: R Anantharam

Rutuja Bakshi (2118) had an opportunity to create serious trouble for GM Maxim Lugovskoy (RUS, 2453) but she went for much simpler perpetual check and made a draw.

Rutuja could have gone for win | Photo: R Anantharam

Lugovskoy - Rutuja, Round 3

Position after 23.Qd2

Black had an interesting continuation after 23.Qd2 which Rutuja could have played to go for a win, but she chose a safer continuation with 23...c5. Can you find out what she missed?

Laxmi Narayanan (2162) beat IM Mitrabha Guha (2448) and Priyanka K (2124) beat GM Hesham Abdelrahman (EGY, 2429) | Photo: R Anantharam

Priyanka recovered from her mistake and capitalized on her opponent Hesham's mistake to score a full point.

Among other upsets, GM Sundararajan Kidambi (2414) was held to a draw by Indrajeet Mahindrakar (2066), FM J Ramakrishna (2068) defeated IM Bharath Subramaniyam H (2413), Chirag Satkar (2066) drew with GM Manik Mikulas (SVK, 2378), Sanket Chakravarty (2055) drew with IM Al Muthaiah (2367), IM Rathnakaran K (2329) drew with Umashankar A (1838), Parthasarathy R (1968) drew with GM Venkatesh M R (2501), Sahib Singh (1699) drew with GM Saptarshi Roy (2460) and IM Praveen Kumar C (2194) lost to Shree Ganesh Muthu Annamalai (1654).

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Round 2 results

176AGMRathneesh RIND206410 - 11GMPonkratov PavelRUS26221
22GMMartinez Alcantara Jose EduardoPER260611 - 01WGMSafranska AndaFRA206377
378Sanket ChakravartyIND205511 - 01GMPantsulaia LevanGEO25983
44GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR259211 - 01FMChilukuri Sai VarshithIND204579
580IMHegde Ravi GopalIND203710 - 11GMGoganov AlekseyRUS25835
66GMMchedlishvili MikheilGEO257811 - 01FMVinoth Kumar M.IND201283
782AGMSa KannanIND202210 - 11GMRozum IvanRUS25737
88GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR256211 - 01Abinandhan RIND198785
984Sri Sai Baswanth PIND20081½ - ½1GMDavid AlbertoITA25629
1010GMFedorov AlexeiBLR256211 - 01Borgaonkar AkshayIND196189
1186Nambiar VivekIND198010 - 11GMVisakh N RIND251811
1212GMYudin SergeiRUS250811 - 01Trivedi Karan RIND195991
1388WFMPotluri SupreethaIND196410 - 11GMStupak KirillBLR250613
1492Mushini AjayIND19521½ - ½1GMRios Cristhian CamiloCOL249815
1516GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI24871½ - ½1Jayachandra Srinivas VellankiIND194493
1694Likhit ChilukuriIND194110 - 11GMKarthik VenkataramanIND247917
1718GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND247411 - 01Sreekar J S SIND193795
1896AGMVignesh NIND193410 - 11IMVignesh N RIND247219
1920IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA246211 - 01Barath LIND193497
2098Dhanush Ragav N SIND192310 - 11GMNeverov ValeriyUKR246021
21100Nagare AkhileshIND190310 - 11GMLugovskoy MaximRUS245323
2224IMMitrabha GuhaIND244811 - 01Srikrishnan PIND1903101
23102Aaditya DhingraIND189711 - 01IMHarikrishnan.A.RaIND244425
2426GMNeelotpal DasIND24361½ - ½1Raghavendra V.IND1885103
25104Ilamparthi A RIND188011 - 01GMRahman ZiaurBAN243427

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Round 3 results

11GMPonkratov PavelRUS262221 - 02FMPranesh MIND231748
247IMSaravanan V.IND232520 - 12GMMartinez Alcantara Jose EduardoPER26062
349IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND231321 - 02GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR25924
45GMGoganov AlekseyRUS25832½ - ½2FMSrihari L RIND230250
551Samant Aditya SIND229620 - 12GMMchedlishvili MikheilGEO25786
67GMRozum IvanRUS25732½ - ½2FMRohith Krishna SIND228952
753Kunal M.IND228820 - 12GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR25628
855Pranav VIND226521 - 02GMFedorov AlexeiBLR256210
911GMVisakh N RIND251821 - 02WGMMeenakshi SubbaramanIND219758
1057IMMurali Krishnan B TIND22022½ - ½2GMYudin SergeiRUS250812
1113GMStupak KirillBLR250620 - 12FMJubin JimmyIND219360
1217GMKarthik VenkataramanIND247921 - 02Zia Tahsin TajwarBAN217762
1361Ram S. KrishnanIND217920 - 12GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND247418
1419IMVignesh N RIND247220 - 12IMDeshmukh AnupIND216364
1563Masango SpencerZIM217320 - 12IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA246220
1621GMNeverov ValeriyUKR246021 - 02WGMKiran Manisha MohantyIND213366
1723GMLugovskoy MaximRUS24532½ - ½2Bakshi RutujaIND211868
1865AGMLakshmi Narayanan M VIND216221 - 02IMMitrabha GuhaIND244824
1967Priyanka KIND212421 - 02GMHesham AbdelrahmanEGY242928
2029IMDas SayantanIND242421 - 02Anadkat KartavyaIND208270
2171Balkishan A.IND207920 - 12IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK242030
2272CMNikhil MagizhnanIND207720 - 12GMKarthikeyan P.IND241632
2333GMSundararajan KidambiIND24142½ - ½2Mahindrakar IndrajeetIND206674
2473FMRamakrishna J.IND206821 - 02IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND241334
2575Satkar ChiragIND20662½ - ½2GMManik MikulasSVK237836

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Round 4 pairings

132GMKarthikeyan P.IND241633GMPonkratov PavelRUS26221
22GMMartinez Alcantara Jose EduardoPER260633IMNitin S.IND234741
36GMMchedlishvili MikheilGEO257833Harshavardhan G BIND234343
48GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR256233IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND231349
542IMSidhant MohapatraIND234633GMVisakh N RIND251811
655Pranav VIND226533GMKarthik VenkataramanIND247917
718GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND247433AGMLakshmi Narayanan M VIND216265
820IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA246233Priyanka KIND212467
960FMJubin JimmyIND219333GMNeverov ValeriyUKR246021
1064IMDeshmukh AnupIND216333IMDas SayantanIND242429
1130IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK242033FMRamakrishna J.IND206873
1238IMMuthaiah AlIND2367GMGoganov AlekseyRUS25835
1339IMAmeir MohebEGY2363GMRozum IvanRUS25737
1446Senthil Maran KIND2328GMDavid AlbertoITA25629
1512GMYudin SergeiRUS2508IMRathnakaran K.IND232945
1650FMSrihari L RIND2302GMRios Cristhian CamiloCOL249815
1716GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI2487IMMurali Krishnan B TIND220257
1852FMRohith Krishna SIND2289GMLugovskoy MaximRUS245323
1926GMNeelotpal DasIND2436Barath Kalyan MIND209169
2068Bakshi RutujaIND2118IMViani Antonio DcunhaIND241731
21112Umashankar AIND1838GMSundararajan KidambiIND241433
2236GMManik MikulasSVK2378Sanket ChakravartyIND205578
2374Mahindrakar IndrajeetIND2066IMEraschenkov DenisRUS237037
243GMPantsulaia LevanGEO25982Satkar ChiragIND206675
254GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR259222Sreekar J S SIND193795

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