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Ponkratov, Martinez, Visakh and Yudin lead with 5.5/6 at 12th Chennai GM Open 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 22/01/2020

GM Visakh N R maintained his lead by defeating one of the leaders IM M Khusenkhojaev and then holding GM Jose Eduardo Martinez to a draw. Both Visakh and Martinez are at 5.5/6. They are joined with GM Sergei Yudin and top seed GM Pavel Ponkratov. Harshavardhan scored a 13-move miniature like victory against GM Stanislav Bogdanovich, Priyanka K missed a decisive advantage against GM Vishnu Prasanna and Pranav V defeated GM Valeriy Neverov in round 5. Untitled Aditya Samant defeated GM Hesham Abdelrahman in a marathon Queen ending in round 6. The tournament has only four rounds left and no more double rounds in a day. Photo: R Anantharam 

Visakh maintains the lead, Ponkratov back at the top

Four players are in the lead with a score of 5.5/6. Top seed of the tournament GM Pavel Ponkratov scored two consecutive victories to join the leaders. He will face second seeded GM Jose Eduardo Martinez in the seventh round. Harshavardhan G B defeated Stanislav Bogdanovich in just 13 moves but lost his following game against Sergei Yudin who is also one of the leaders. The only Indian among the leaders, GM Visakh N R beat IM M Khusenkhojaev and drew with Martinez to maintain his lead at the conclusion of round 6 of 12th Chennai GM Open 2020.


Round 5

IM Sayantan Das (2424) had an equal position for the major part of the game against GM Jose Eduardo Martinez (PER, 2606). In the Rook and Knight vs Rook and Bishop, Sayantan made an inaccuracy in the quest to create a connected passed pawn on the queen-side, resulting in his opponent having an advanced king which cost him the game.

Sayantan made a mistake in a seemingly equal endgame | Photo: R Anantharam

Sayantan - Martinez, Round 5

Position after 47.Ra5

Find out why 47.Ra5 is a mistake.

Harshavardhan continued his terrific form as he defeated GM Stanislav Bogdanovich (UKR, 2562) in just 13 moves.

Bogdanovich is having a tough time in this tour | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Visakh N R (2518) scored a comfortable victory over IM M Khusenkhojaev (TJK, 2420).

Visakh maintained his lead with a win over Khusenkhojaev | Photo: R Anantharam

GM Sundararajan Kidambi (2414) decided to sacrifice a pawn in the opening against GM Sergei Yudin (RUS, 2508) to avoid a bad pawn structure. The game eventually liquidated into an inferior Rook-Bishop ending for white which was insurmountable.

Kidambi did not find enough compensation for the pawn sacrifice | Photo: R Anatharam

Srihari L R (2302) continued his decent form as he did not get rattled by GM Karthik Venkataraman's (2479) surprise of 1.e3 and managed to equalize easily and eventually make a draw in a Rook-Bishop vs Rook-Knight endgame.

Karthik's surprise was not enough to rattle Srihari | Photo: R Anantharam

GM Vishnu Prasanna (2474) sacrificed his queen to avoid trouble on his kingside, however his opponent Priyanka K (2184) got a winning position but she could not manage to convert it.

Vishnu's Queen sacrifice could have gone wrong but it didn't | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Priyanka - Vishnu Prasanna, Round 5

Position after 25.Nf5

Black continued with 25...Bxf5 by sacrificing the queen, white took it 26.Qxe7 Rae8 27.Qxc7 and white should have won afterwards, but she played too cautiously and returned the queen and eventually gave up some more material to settle for a draw after 45 moves.

GM Valeriy Neverov (UKR, 2460) faced Queen's Indian Defence against Pranav V (2265) which the 14-year old had no difficulty equalizing. In the end, white's inaccuracy allowed Pranav to use tactics to gain winning advantage.

Pranav got the better of the experienced Neverov | Photo: R Anantharam

Neverov - Pranav, Round 5

Position after 41...Qa7

White continued with 42.b3 which cost white the game in the next few moves. Can you find the best continuation for white after 41...Qa7 ?

Jubin Jimmy (2193) held IM Antonio Dcunha (2417) to a comfortable draw.

Jubin had no difficulty making a draw | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Among other upsets, GM Maxim Lugovskoy (2453) lost to IM Anup Deshmukh (2163), Abinadhan R (1987) drew with IM Sidhant Mohapatra (2346), Parthasarathy R (1968) drew with IM P D S Girinath (2340), Dinesh Rajan M (1741) drew with IM Navin Kanna T U (2265), GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (2498) held to a draw by Sai Kiran Y (1868), Jayachandra Srinivas Vellanki (1944) drew with GM Saptarshi Roy (2460) and IM Rathnakaran K (2329) held to a draw by Mayank Chakraborty (1827).

Round 6

Three players were in the lead with a full point score of 5.0/5. At the top board GM Jose Eduardo Martinez (2606) was held to a draw by GM Visakh N R (2518). Although Martinez missed a few chances to get decisive advantage, Visakh made sure the game eventually end up in a draw.

Martinez and Visakh maintained their lead | Photo: R Anantharam

Martinez - Visakh, Round 6

Position after 31...Qxf3

White continued with 32.Rd8+ but what was the better continuation?

Position after 38...Qh3

Martinez continued with 39.Qc7, time trouble could definitely be one of the reason for white missing the better continuation. Can you find it?

GM Sergei Yudin (RUS, 2508) joined Martinez and Visakh in the lead by halting Harshavardhan's (2343) fantastic run.

Yudin played precisely to halt Harshavardhan's brilliant run | Photo: R Anantharam

GM Neelotpal Das (2436) lost to top seed GM Pavel Ponkratov (RUS, 2622) and the Russian joined the leaders.

Ponkratov is slowly getting back to the top | Photo: R Anantharam

Neelotpal - Ponkratov, Round 6

What should white do after 38...Re1+

Position after 43...Qxa5+

White's final mistake was 45.c6

Untitled Pranav V (2265) held IM Taher Yoseph Theolifus (INA, 2462) to a comfortable draw.

Pranav continues his unbeaten run | Photo: R Anantharam

Pranesh M (2317) held GM Alberto David (ITA, 2562) to a draw.

The in-form boy Pranesh held GM Alberto David | Photo: R Anantharam

IM Nitin S (2347) got material in the end against GM Alexei Fedorov (BLR, 2562), however it was not enough to convert into a full point as Nitin ran out of pawns.

Nitin's tactical play in the endgame was not enough | Photo: R Anantharam

Srihari made a short draw with GM Stupak | Photo: R Anantharam

Rohith held GM Karthik Venkataraman to a fighting draw | Photo: R Anantharam

Jubin Jimmy held IM Harikrishnan to a draw | Photo: R Anantharam

Untitled Aditya Samant (2296) beat his first GM of the tournament Hesham Abdelrahman (EGY, 2429). The 14-year old boy won a 105-move long marathon game where the Queen ending lasted for 60 moves.

Aditya scored a marathon victory | Photo: R Anantharam

Among other upsets, IM M Khusenkhojaev (2420) lost to Kunal M (2288), GM Karthikeyan P (2416) held to a draw by Priyanka K (2124), IM Navin Kanna T U (2265) held to a draw by Ayyappan P Santhana Prabu (1735), Indrajeet Mahindrakar (2066) defeated GM Raset Ziatdinov (2203), Mayank Chakraborty (1827) drew with GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (2498), Gaurang Bagwe (1779) held GM Attila Czebe (2392), Vishrut Parekh (1769) held IM Rathnakaran K (2329) to a draw, Arnav Muralidhar (1742) drew with IM Praveen Kumar C (2194) and IM Ravi Hegde (2037) lost to Bipin Raj S (1722).

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Round 5 results

129IMDas SayantanIND242440 - 14GMMartinez Alcantara Jose EduardoPER26062
243Harshavardhan G BIND234341 - 04GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR25628
311GMVisakh N RIND251841 - 04IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK242030
41GMPonkratov PavelRUS26221 - 0GMManik MikulasSVK237836
55GMGoganov AlekseyRUS2583½ - ½GMKarthikeyan P.IND241632
69GMDavid AlbertoITA2562½ - ½IMAmeir MohebEGY236339
733GMSundararajan KidambiIND24140 - 1GMYudin SergeiRUS250812
817GMKarthik VenkataramanIND2479½ - ½FMSrihari L RIND230250
967Priyanka KIND2124½ - ½GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND247418
1065AGMLakshmi Narayanan M VIND21620 - 1IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA246220
1121GMNeverov ValeriyUKR24600 - 1Pranav VIND226555
1275Satkar ChiragIND20660 - 1GMNeelotpal DasIND243626
1331IMViani Antonio DcunhaIND2417½ - ½FMJubin JimmyIND219360
144GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR259231 - 0Mahindrakar IndrajeetIND206674
1556GMZiatdinov RasetUSA22033½ - ½3GMMchedlishvili MikheilGEO25786
1657IMMurali Krishnan B TIND220230 - 13GMFedorov AlexeiBLR256210
1713GMStupak KirillBLR250631 - 03Zia Tahsin TajwarBAN217762
1871Balkishan A.IND207930 - 13GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI248716
1919IMVignesh N RIND247230 - 13WGMKiran Manisha MohantyIND213366
2023GMLugovskoy MaximRUS245330 - 13IMDeshmukh AnupIND216364
2172CMNikhil MagizhnanIND20773½ - ½3IMMitrabha GuhaIND244824
2225IMHarikrishnan.A.RaIND244431 - 03Anadkat KartavyaIND208270
2373FMRamakrishna J.IND206830 - 13GMHesham AbdelrahmanEGY242928
2479FMChilukuri Sai VarshithIND204530 - 13IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND241334
2583FMVinoth Kumar M.IND201230 - 13IMRavichandran SiddharthIND235840

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Round 6 results

12GMMartinez Alcantara Jose EduardoPER26065½ - ½5GMVisakh N RIND251811
212GMYudin SergeiRUS25081 - 05Harshavardhan G BIND234343
326GMNeelotpal DasIND24360 - 1GMPonkratov PavelRUS26221
420IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA2462½ - ½Pranav VIND226555
534IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND241340 - 14GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR25924
640IMRavichandran SiddharthIND235840 - 14GMGoganov AlekseyRUS25835
78GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR256241 - 04IMAmeir MohebEGY236339
848FMPranesh MIND23174½ - ½4GMDavid AlbertoITA25629
910GMFedorov AlexeiBLR25624½ - ½4IMNitin S.IND234741
1050FMSrihari L RIND23024½ - ½4GMStupak KirillBLR250613
1116GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI248741 - 04IMSaravanan V.IND232547
1252FMRohith Krishna SIND22894½ - ½4GMKarthik VenkataramanIND247917
1318GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND247441 - 04IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND231349
1460FMJubin JimmyIND21934½ - ½4IMHarikrishnan.A.RaIND244425
1528GMHesham AbdelrahmanEGY242940 - 14Samant Aditya SIND229651
1666WGMKiran Manisha MohantyIND21334½ - ½4IMDas SayantanIND242429
1730IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK242040 - 14Kunal M.IND228853
1864IMDeshmukh AnupIND216341 - 04IMViani Antonio DcunhaIND241731
1932GMKarthikeyan P.IND24164½ - ½4Priyanka KIND212467
206GMMchedlishvili MikheilGEO25781 - 0Masango SpencerZIM217363
2165AGMLakshmi Narayanan M VIND21620 - 1GMRozum IvanRUS25737
2214GMVenkatesh M.R.IND25011 - 0Barath Kalyan MIND209169
2321GMNeverov ValeriyUKR24601 - 0CMNikhil MagizhnanIND207772
2424IMMitrabha GuhaIND24481 - 0Satkar ChiragIND206675
2576AGMRathneesh RIND20640 - 1GMSundararajan KidambiIND241433

Complete results

Round 7 pairings

11GMPonkratov PavelRUS2622GMMartinez Alcantara Jose EduardoPER26062
211GMVisakh N RIND2518GMYudin SergeiRUS250812
34GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR259255IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA246220
45GMGoganov AlekseyRUS258355IMDeshmukh AnupIND216364
551Samant Aditya SIND229655GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR25628
643Harshavardhan G BIND234355GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI248716
753Kunal M.IND228855GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND247418
855Pranav VIND22655GMMchedlishvili MikheilGEO25786
97GMRozum IvanRUS2573GMManik MikulasSVK237836
109GMDavid AlbertoITA2562IMEraschenkov DenisRUS237037
1138IMMuthaiah AlIND2367GMFedorov AlexeiBLR256210
1213GMStupak KirillBLR2506IMSidhant MohapatraIND234642
1341IMNitin S.IND2347GMVenkatesh M.R.IND250114
1417GMKarthik VenkataramanIND2479IMGirinath P.D.S.IND234044
1548FMPranesh MIND2317GMNeverov ValeriyUKR246021
1650FMSrihari L RIND2302IMMitrabha GuhaIND244824
1725IMHarikrishnan.A.RaIND2444FMRohith Krishna SIND228952
1867Priyanka KIND2124GMNeelotpal DasIND243626
1929IMDas SayantanIND2424FMJubin JimmyIND219360
2074Mahindrakar IndrajeetIND2066GMKarthikeyan P.IND241632
2133GMSundararajan KidambiIND2414WGMKiran Manisha MohantyIND213366
2279FMChilukuri Sai VarshithIND204544GMPantsulaia LevanGEO25983
2319IMVignesh N RIND247244Dahale AtulIND202581
2483FMVinoth Kumar M.IND201244GMSaptarshi RoyIND246022
2523GMLugovskoy MaximRUS245344Sri Sai Baswanth PIND200884

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