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18th Delhi GM Open 2020: Aleksandrov maintains sole lead, Himal in the fray

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/01/2020

Belarusian GM Alexej Aleksandrov maitained his sole lead by making a draw with Ukrainian GM Adam Tukhaev. He is currently leading with a score of 6.5/7. IM Himal Gusain beat GM Visakh N R and became the only Indian who is a half point behind the leader at 5.5/7. Currently seven Indians are at 5.5/7 and they are - GM Karthik Venkataraman, GM Diptayan Ghosh, FM Pranesh M, GM Abhijeet Gupta, IM Neelash Saha and untitled Lokesh N. While the top board on the eighth round witnesses an All-Belarussian battle between Aleksej Aleksandrov and Alexei Fedorov, the second board witnesses a match between two Indians, Himal Gusain and Abhijeet Gupta. Photo: Niklesh Jain

Himal at a half point behind the sole leader

Overnight leader Belarusian GM Aleksej Aleksandrov (2592) maintained his sole lead by making a draw against Ukrainian GM Adam Tukhaev (2548).

Tukhaev did not give any chances to Aleksandrov | Photo: Niklesh Jain

In Modern Defence Averbakh variation, Tukhaev thwarted all attempts of Aleksandrov to stir up any kind of trouble.

IM Florian Kaczur (2485) made a short draw in just 31 moves against Jose Eduardo Martinez (2606) after pieces got exchanged at a regular interval.

GM Karthik Venkataraman (2479) had a hard fought draw with GM Ivan Rozum (2573) in a game arising out of English opening.

GM Alexei Fedorov (2562) beat IM Ortik Nigmatov (2467) using sharp tactics to setup an All-Belarussian clash in the eighth round against the tournament leader GM Aleksej Aleksandrov.

GM Alexei Fedorov beat IM Ortik Nigmatov | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Fedorov - Nigmatov

Black made a mistake with 21...Rb7. Find out the correct continuation for white

IM Himal Gusain (2401) got a decent advantage out of the opening against GM Visakh N R (2518) which he had no trouble converting into a full point.

Himal is the only Indian who is at 6.0/7 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

14-year old FM Pranesh M (2317) continued his impressive run as he held GM Stupak Kirill (2506) to a draw. He is well on the verge of scoring his maiden GM-norm.

IM P Shyamnikhil (2458) held GM Farrukh Amonatov (2631) to a hard fought draw.

Reigning Commonwealth champion GM Abhijeet Gupta (2603) made a short work of IM C R G Krishna (2436) in just 26 moves.

Abhijeet scored a fine victory over Krishna in just 26 moves | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Neelash Saha (2356) defeated GM Cristhian Camilo Rios (2498) with a brilliant display of attack.

Neelash showcased his brilliant attacking skill against Cristhian | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Neelash - Cristhian

Find out why 14...f5 is a blunder

How should white continue the attack after 23...Kg8

White is completely winning here. Find out the best continuation for white after 26...e5

Untitled Lokesh N (2264) played a fine game to beat GM Valeriy Neverov (2460).

Lokesh scored his first win against a GM in the tournament | Photo: ChessBase India archives

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Round 7 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
18
GMAleksandrov Aleksej25926½ - ½5GMTukhaev Adam2548
17
227
IMKaczur Florian24855½ - ½5GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo2606
4
328
GMKarthik Venkataraman24795½ - ½5GMRozum Ivan2573
11
414
GMFedorov Alexei256251 - 05IMNigmatov Ortik2467
31
516
GMGhosh Diptayan25505½ - ½5GMLugovskoy Maxim2453
37
645
IMGusain Himal240151 - 05GMVisakh N R2518
21
759
FMPranesh M23175½ - ½5GMStupak Kirill2506
23
836
IMShyaamnikhil P2458½ - ½GMAmonatov Farrukh2631
1
938
IMKrishna C R G24360 - 1GMGupta Abhijeet2603
5
1041
IMDas Sayantan24240 - 1GMYakubboev Nodirbek2597
7
1142
GMDzhumaev Marat2422½ - ½GMDavid Alberto2562
13
1218
IMGholami Aryan2541½ - ½FMAudi Ameya2359
53
1348
IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2381½ - ½GMDebashis Das2523
19
1422
GMYudin Sergei2508½ - ½FMRohith Krishna S2289
65
1524
GMHarsha Bharathakoti2502½ - ½Saurabh Anand2269
69
1654
IMNeelash Saha23561 - 0GMRios Cristhian Camilo2498
25
1770
Pranav V22650 - 1GMVishnu Prasanna. V2474
29
1834
GMNeverov Valeriy24600 - 1Lokesh N.2264
71
196
GMPantsulaia Levan259841 - 0WGMSrija Seshadri2225
79
202
GMPonkratov Pavel262241 - 04FMNavalgund Niranjan2246
75
2174
Souhardo Basak225440 - 14GMKarthikeyan Murali2606
3
2278
FMVatsal Singhania22304½ - ½4GMGoganov Aleksey2583
9
2310
GMMchedlishvili Mikheil257841 - 04WIMArpita Mukherjee2211
81
2480
FMWagh Suyog221940 - 14GMBogdanovich Stanislav2562
12
2596
Dhananjay S21444½ - ½4GMLalith Babu M R2558
15

Complete results

Round 8 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
18
GMAleksandrov Aleksej25926GMFedorov Alexei2562
14
25
GMGupta Abhijeet26036IMGusain Himal2401
45
329
GMVishnu Prasanna. V2474GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo2606
4
47
GMYakubboev Nodirbek2597IMKaczur Florian2485
27
511
GMRozum Ivan2573IMNeelash Saha2356
54
671
Lokesh N.2264GMGhosh Diptayan2550
16
717
GMTukhaev Adam2548FMPranesh M2317
59
823
GMStupak Kirill2506GMKarthik Venkataraman2479
28
937
GMLugovskoy Maxim24535GMPonkratov Pavel2622
2
101
GMAmonatov Farrukh263155GMHesham Abdelrahman2429
40
113
GMKarthikeyan Murali260655GMDzhumaev Marat2422
42
1243
IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad242055GMPantsulaia Levan2598
6
1344
GMKarthikeyan P.241655GMMchedlishvili Mikheil2578
10
1453
FMAudi Ameya235955GMBogdanovich Stanislav2562
12
1513
GMDavid Alberto256255Sammed Jaykumar Shete2398
46
1657
IMRathnakaran K.232955IMGholami Aryan2541
18
1719
GMDebashis Das252355IMMuthaiah Al2367
51
1821
GMVisakh N R251855IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2381
48
1961
FMSrihari L R230255GMYudin Sergei2508
22
2065
FMRohith Krishna S228955GMHarsha Bharathakoti2502
24
2169
Saurabh Anand226955GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo2487
26
2231
IMNigmatov Ortik246755IMSangma Rahul2291
64
2333
IMTaher Yoseph Theolifus246255FMAaryan Varshney2287
66
24123
Mota Pankit206055IMShyaamnikhil P2458
36
2539
GMRahman Ziaur243455FMManish Anto Cristiano F2280
68

Complete pairings