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Seven-way lead after round 7 of 12th Chennai GM Open 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 23/01/2020

Seven players are in the lead with 6.0/7 at the conclusion of round 7 of 12th Chennai GM Open 2020. Top seed Pavel Ponkratov, second seed Jose Eduardo Martinez, Visakh N R, Sergei Yudin, Aleksey Goganov, Stanislav Bogdanovich and Vishnu Prasanna are in a seven-way lead. Only three rounds left and with seven players in the lead, there is no clear favorite to win the tournament, it is still open for anyone to win. PDS Girinath used element of surprise to beat Karthik Venkataraman, Jubin Jimmy kept his norm hopes alive by beating Sayantan Das. Round 7 report with games, photos and analysis. Photo: R Anantharam  

Visakh and Vishnu among the leaders

Seven players are in the lead with a score of 6.0/7. Top seed of the tournament GM Pavel Ponkratov drew with second seed GM Jose Eduardo Martinez, GM Visakh N R drew with GM Sergei Yudin, GM Aleksey Goganov defeated IM Anup Deshmukh, Aditya Samant lost to GM Stanislav Bogdanovich and Kunal M lost to GM Vishnu Prasanna in of round 7 of 12th Chennai GM Open 2020.


Top 3 boards ended in draws

In a battle between top seed GM Pavel Ponkratov (RUS, 2622) and second seed GM Jose Eduardo Martinez (PER, 2606), pieces got exchanged at regular interval. The game liquidated into a double bishop vs bishop and knight endgame in just 25 moves.

Battle between top two seeds ended up in a draw| Photo: R Anantharam

GM Visakh N R (2518) had a hard-fought draw with GM Sergei Yudin (RUS, 2508)

Visakh maintained his lead | Photo: R Anantharam

GM Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR, 2592) was held to a draw in 35 moves with IM Taher Yoseph Theolifus (INA, 2462).

Aleksandrov was held to a short draw by Taher | Photo: R Anantharam

GM Aleksey Goganov (RUS, 2583) defeated IM Anup Deshmukh (2163) to join the leaders.

Goganov defeated the gentleman of the game - Anup Deshmukh | Photo: R Anatharam

Stanislav Bogdanovich (UKR, 2562) overcame his rough form by beating Aditya Samant (2296) to join the leaders.

Bogdanovich is back in the title picture | Photo: R Anantharam

Harshavardhan G B (2343) survived a massive scare and managed to salvage a draw against GM Rodrigo Schroeder Vasquez (CHI, 2487).

Harshavardhan managed to salvage a draw in a completely lost position | Photo: R Anantharam

Harshavardhan - Rodrigo, Round 7

Position after 33.Bxc2

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Position after 35.f5

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GM Vishnu Prasanna (2474) beat Kunal M (2288) to join the leaders.

Vishnu is back at the top | Photo: R Anantharam

IM Al Muthaiah (2367) held GM Alexei Fedorov (BLR, 2562) to a draw after the game reached to an equal double bishop ending in just 27 moves.

Muthaiah made a solid draw with Alexei | Photo: R Anantharam

IM PDS Girinath (2340) surprised GM Karthik Venkataraman (2479) with the Schliemann variation of Ruy Lopez and Karthik was not able to get into the game.

Girinath's element of surprise helped him score a win over Karthik | Photo: R Anantharam

FM Pranesh M (2317) held GM Valeriy Neverov (UKR, 2460) after the liquidated into an opposite color bishop ending in just 31 moves. Another 30 moves were played where draw seemed to be the obvious result.

Pranesh held Neverov to a draw | Photo: R Anantharam

FM Jubin Jimmy (2193) kept his norm hopes alive by winning against IM Sayantan Das (2424).

Jubin is still undefeated and well on his way to score an IM-norm | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Among other upsets, Indrajeet Mahindrakar (2066) held GM Karthikeyan P (2416) to a draw, FM Vinoth Kumar (2012) defeated GM Saptarshi Roy (2460) and IM V Saravanan (2325) held to a draw by Ilamparthi A R (1880).

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Round 7 results

11GMPonkratov PavelRUS2622½ - ½GMMartinez Alcantara Jose EduardoPER26062
211GMVisakh N RIND2518½ - ½GMYudin SergeiRUS250812
34GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR25925½ - ½5IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA246220
45GMGoganov AlekseyRUS258351 - 05IMDeshmukh AnupIND216364
551Samant Aditya SIND229650 - 15GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR25628
643Harshavardhan G BIND23435½ - ½5GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI248716
753Kunal M.IND228850 - 15GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND247418
855Pranav VIND226550 - 1GMMchedlishvili MikheilGEO25786
97GMRozum IvanRUS25731 - 0GMManik MikulasSVK237836
109GMDavid AlbertoITA25620 - 1IMEraschenkov DenisRUS237037
1138IMMuthaiah AlIND2367½ - ½GMFedorov AlexeiBLR256210
1213GMStupak KirillBLR25061 - 0IMSidhant MohapatraIND234642
1341IMNitin S.IND23470 - 1GMVenkatesh M.R.IND250114
1417GMKarthik VenkataramanIND24790 - 1IMGirinath P.D.S.IND234044
1548FMPranesh MIND2317½ - ½GMNeverov ValeriyUKR246021
1650FMSrihari L RIND23020 - 1IMMitrabha GuhaIND244824
1725IMHarikrishnan.A.RaIND2444½ - ½FMRohith Krishna SIND228952
1867Priyanka KIND21240 - 1GMNeelotpal DasIND243626
1929IMDas SayantanIND24240 - 1FMJubin JimmyIND219360
2074Mahindrakar IndrajeetIND2066½ - ½GMKarthikeyan P.IND241632
2133GMSundararajan KidambiIND2414½ - ½WGMKiran Manisha MohantyIND213366
2279FMChilukuri Sai VarshithIND204540 - 14GMPantsulaia LevanGEO25983
2319IMVignesh N RIND247241 - 04Dahale AtulIND202581
2483FMVinoth Kumar M.IND201241 - 04GMSaptarshi RoyIND246022
2523GMLugovskoy MaximRUS245341 - 04Sri Sai Baswanth PIND200884

Complete results

Round 8 pairings

112GMYudin SergeiRUS250866GMPonkratov PavelRUS26221
22GMMartinez Alcantara Jose EduardoPER260666GMGoganov AlekseyRUS25835
38GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR256266GMVisakh N RIND251811
418GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND24746GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR25924
56GMMchedlishvili MikheilGEO2578IMMitrabha GuhaIND244824
626GMNeelotpal DasIND2436GMRozum IvanRUS25737
744IMGirinath P.D.S.IND2340GMStupak KirillBLR250613
814GMVenkatesh M.R.IND2501IMEraschenkov DenisRUS237037
916GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI2487FMJubin JimmyIND219360
1020IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA2462Harshavardhan G BIND234343
1140IMRavichandran SiddharthIND235855GMPantsulaia LevanGEO25983
1210GMFedorov AlexeiBLR256255FMPranesh MIND231748
1349IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND231355IMVignesh N RIND247219
1421GMNeverov ValeriyUKR246055Samant Aditya SIND229651
1553Kunal M.IND228855GMLugovskoy MaximRUS245323
1654IMNavin Kanna T.U.IND226555IMHarikrishnan.A.RaIND244425
1752FMRohith Krishna SIND228955GMRahman ZiaurBAN243427
1828GMHesham AbdelrahmanEGY242955Pranav VIND226555
1930IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK242055IMMurali Krishnan B TIND220257
2066WGMKiran Manisha MohantyIND213355IMViani Antonio DcunhaIND241731
2132GMKarthikeyan P.IND241655Balkishan A.IND207971
2264IMDeshmukh AnupIND216355GMSundararajan KidambiIND241433
2334IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND241355Mahindrakar IndrajeetIND206674
2470Anadkat KartavyaIND208255IMMuthaiah AlIND236738
259GMDavid AlbertoITA25625FMVinoth Kumar M.IND201283

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