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Sandipan, Gukesh, Eduardo and Bogdanovich share four-way lead in 9th HDBank International 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 09/03/2019

Venezuela no.1 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo, GM Stanislav Bogdanovich, India's youngest GM Gukesh D and GM Sandipan Chanda are at 3.0/3 each, in a four-way lead at the end of round 3 in 9th HDBank International 2019. GM Laxman R R drew with the defending champion GM Sandro Mareco and IM Nitin S drew with second seed of the tournament GM Ivan Cheparinov in round 3. Untitled Sammed Shete drew with GM Loek Van Wely in round 2. IM Rakesh Kulkarni made a brilliant start by defeating GM Tu Hoang Thong in round 2 and drew with GM Laylo Darwin in round 3. The report contains selected games, photos and videos from round 2 and 3. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Gukesh and Sandipan in four-way lead, Laxman holds defending champion to a draw in round 3

A firm, no eye-contact handshake between GM Laxman R R and defending champion GM Mareco Sandro of Argentina| Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Laxman in good spirits before the match | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Sandro equalized with Black pieces quite easily out of the opening Grunfeld Exchange variation. Pieces got exchanged at regular interval from move no.14 and a draw was agreed in another 13 moves in a Queen-Rook endgame.

One of the leaders at the end of round 3, Venezuela no.1 GM Eduardo speaks about the chess scene in Venezuela, his games in the tournament and more.

Eduardo playing with Black pieces, sacrificed a Knight for three pawns and a huge initiative which became surmountable for Irina to defend eventually.

Stanislav has pinned Setyaki's Bishop. What is the best continuation for Black here?

Sandipan won it with ease in round 4. He outplayed his opponent in just 30 moves in Dutch Defence: Leningrad System | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Gukesh is loved globally. Vietnamese media asks Gukesh to pose before his round 3 game | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Can you think like Gukesh? Find the winning combination for white here
A quick chat with Gukesh at the end of round 3 | Video: Shahid Ahmed

IM Nitin S held GM Ivan Cheparinov to a draw | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Round 3 results

Bo.No. NameTypFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypFEDRtg No.
140GMLaxman R.R.IND24252½ - ½2GMMareco SandroARG26664
241IMBulmaga IrinaROU242420 - 12GMIturrizaga Bonelli EduardoVEN26396
313GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR253621 - 02FMSetyaki Azarya JodiINA237858
445IMLe Quang LongVIE241220 - 12GMChanda SandipanIND253414
515IMGukesh DU16IND252921 - 02IMPham Le Thao NguyenVIE237461
653GMCao SangVIE23852½ - ½2IMXu YiCHN252018
762IMChu Wei ChaoCHN23732½ - ½2GMKarthik VenkataramanIND249420
883IMKulkarni RakeshIND22982½ - ½2GMLaylo DarwinPHI243036
91GMWang HaoCHN27181 - 0IMNguyen Van HuyVIE242838
1046IMNitin S.IND2408½ - ½GMCheparinov IvanGEO26832
113GMDemchenko AntonRUS2678½ - ½FMZou ChenCHN239748
125GMNguyen Ngoc Truong SonVIE26471 - 0IMNava RoderickPHI239350
137GMVan Wely LoekNED26121 - 0CMRohith Krishna SU16IND236364
1411GMPopov IvanRUS25811 - 0Sammed Jaykumar SheteIND238752
1551Samant Aditya SU16IND23880 - 1GMTran Tuan MinhVIE255612
1663IMKrishna Teja NIND23700 - 1GMMegaranto SusantoINA252616
1767IMFenil ShahIND23600 - 1IMNguyen Anh KhoiVIE248424
1869IMVo Thanh NinhVIE2358½ - ½GMNguyen Anh DungVIE245826
1970IMRaghunandan Kaumandur SrihariIND2352½ - ½IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA244629
2072WGMVo Thi Kim PhungVIE23490 - 1CMMendonca Leon LukeU16IND244630

 

Sammed Shete held GM Loek Van Wely to a draw in round 2

Untitled Sammed Shete held the strong Dutch GM Loek Van Wely to a draw | Photo: Shahid Ahmed
Final moments of the game between Sammeda and Van Wely | Video: Shahid Ahmed

Rakesh continued his fantastic run by defeating GM Tu Hoang Thong in round 2.

Here is a quick chat with Rakesh after he drew with GM Laylo Darwin in round 3.

Round 2 results

Bo.No. NameTypFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypFEDRtg No.
150
IMNava RoderickPHI23931½ - ½1GMDemchenko AntonRUS2678
3
24
GMMareco SandroARG266611 - 01IMRahul Srivatshav PIND2400
47
36
GMIturrizaga Bonelli EduardoVEN263911 - 01FMHoang Canh HuanVIE2394
49
452
Sammed Jaykumar SheteIND23871½ - ½1GMVan Wely LoekNED2612
7
510
GMPichot AlanARG258410 - 11GMCao SangVIE2385
53
654
FMDang Hoang SonVIE238510 - 11GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR2536
13
714
GMChanda SandipanIND253411 - 01IMPham ChuongVIE2383
55
856
IMSukandar Irine KharismaINA238110 - 11IMGukesh DU16IND2529
15
918
IMXu YiCHN252011 - 01FMNavalgund NiranjanIND2378
57
1058
FMSetyaki Azarya JodiINA237811 - 01FMNasanjargal UrtnasanMGL2503
19
1120
GMKarthik VenkataramanIND249411 - 01FMNguyen Dang Hong PhucVIE2376
59
1261
IMPham Le Thao NguyenVIE237411 - 01GMNguyen Duc HoaVIE2450
27
1362
IMChu Wei ChaoCHN237311 - 01IMPascua HaridasPHI2446
28
1429
IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA24461½ - ½1IMKrishna Teja NIND2370
63
1570
IMRaghunandan Kaumandur SrihariIND23521½ - ½1IMLiu GuanchuCHN2445
31
1633
WGMTokhirjonova GulrukhbegimUZB2434½1 - 01Wang Shixu BCHN2362
65
1734
Li YankaiCHN24341½ - ½1IMFenil ShahIND2360
67
1872
WGMVo Thi Kim PhungVIE23491½ - ½1Zhao YuanheCHN2431
35
1936
GMLaylo DarwinPHI243011 - 01IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND2352
71
2074
Huang RenjieU16CHN23351½ - ½1IMShyaamnikhil PIND2429
37
2138
IMNguyen Van HuyVIE24281½ - ½1IMTran Minh ThangVIE2343
73
2240
GMLaxman R.R.IND242511 - 01FMMithil AjgaonkarIND2332
75
23100
WIMNandhidhaa P VIND224010 - 11IMBulmaga IrinaROU2424
41
2444
GMTu Hoang ThongVIE241610 - 11IMKulkarni RakeshIND2298
83
25143
FMNouri AlekhineU16PHI206410 - 11IMLe Quang LongVIE2412
45

Round 4 pairings

Bo.No. NameTypFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypFEDRtg No.
16
GMIturrizaga Bonelli EduardoVEN263933IMGukesh DU16IND2529
15
214
GMChanda SandipanIND253433GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR2536
13
324
IMNguyen Anh KhoiVIE2484GMWang HaoCHN2718
1
44
GMMareco SandroARG2666IMShyaamnikhil PIND2429
37
530
CMMendonca Leon LukeU16IND2446GMNguyen Ngoc Truong SonVIE2647
5
634
Li YankaiCHN2434GMVan Wely LoekNED2612
7
736
GMLaylo DarwinPHI2430GMPopov IvanRUS2581
11
812
GMTran Tuan MinhVIE2556GMLaxman R.R.IND2425
40
916
GMMegaranto SusantoINA2526GMCao SangVIE2385
53
1018
IMXu YiCHN2520IMChu Wei ChaoCHN2373
62
1120
GMKarthik VenkataramanIND2494IMKulkarni RakeshIND2298
83
122
GMCheparinov IvanGEO268322IMPham Le Thao NguyenVIE2374
61
1356
IMSukandar Irine KharismaINA238122GMDemchenko AntonRUS2678
3
148
GMPredke AlexandrRUS261122IMVo Thanh NinhVIE2358
69
1558
FMSetyaki Azarya JodiINA237822GMWen YangCHN2599
9
1674
Huang RenjieU16CHN233522FMNasanjargal UrtnasanMGL2503
19
1726
GMNguyen Anh DungVIE245822IMRaghunandan Kaumandur SrihariIND2352
70
1886
Xu MinghuiCHN229322IMPascua HaridasPHI2446
28
1929
IMTaher Yoseph TheolifusINA244622IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND2352
71