Bhopal GM Open 2019 Round 8: Yakubboev maintains his sole lead
Bhopal International GM Open 2019 has entered into its final stage. Top seed GM Nodirbek Yakubboev has taken sole lead with a score of 7.0/8, India's highest rated player in the event, GM Venkatesh M R is just behind the leader at 6.5/8 along with nine other players who are also at the same score. It is going to be a close contest since so many players are closing in on the leader. IM Nguyen Van Huy showed fantastic opening preparation and gave no chances to Yakubboev. All top four boards ended up in draws. Only Venkatesh scored a victory among the top five boards. Read round 8 report by Niklesh Jain from the venue. Photo: Niklesh Jain
Top seed of the tournament GM Nodirbek Yakubboev leads the Bhopal International GM Open 2019 with a score of 7.0/8 at the conclusion of round 8. The capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal witnesses 250 players participation from 15 countries across the world in Central India's biggest tournament.
It was a peaceful day for top three boards in round 8 as all three of them ended up in draws. IM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam held the top seed GM Nodirbek Yakubboev to a draw after the game reached to a grid lock in 38 moves arising out of Bogo Indian Defence.
After recovering from yesterday's loss, GM Stanislav Bogdanovich of Ukraine, gave it all to score a full point, but unfortunately for him it was not him. His opponent IM Ortik Nigmatov of Uzbekistan managed to hold correctly in a Rook and minor piece endgame, the eventually liquidated into a drawn endgame where draw was made with a stalemate after 66 moves.
On board no.3, IM Taher Yoseph Theolifus of Indonesia held Colombian GM Cristhian Rios to a draw. Rios pushed for advantage in Nimzo-Indian Defence but Taher kept exchanging pieces at regular intervals. A draw was agreed after 31 moves in a double rook and knight endgame.
Untitled Utkal Ranjan Sahoo held experienced Ukrainian GM Adam Tukhaeve to a draw. Playing with white pieces, Utkal opted for the Rubinstein variation in the Nimzo-Indian Defence. In a relatively balanced game, the Indian gave no chance to Tukhaev and eventuallyboth players agreed to a draw after 30 moves.
The first win to register among the top boards was by the highest rated Indian of the tournament, GM Venkatesh M R. He defeated compatriot Rachit Lund with the black pieces in the Classical variation of Sicilian Defence and scored a relatively easy victory. With this win, Venkatesh got back into the championship hunt.
At the conclusion of round 8, top seed GM Nodirbek Yakubboev has taken sole lead with 7.0/8. Ten players are at shared second position and just a half point behind the leader and they are Venkatesh M R, Taher Yoseph Theolifus, Cristhian Camilo Rios, Stanislav Bogdanovich, Maxim Lugovskoy, Manik Mikulas, Ortik Nigmatov, Attila Czebe, Nguyen Van Huy and Kartavya Anadkat.
Standings after Round 8
|2||5||GM||Venkatesh M.R.||IND||2491||Tamil Nadu - India||6,5||0,0||40,0||44,0||34,25||6|
|3||7||IM||Taher Yoseph Theolifus||INA||2469||Indonesia||6,5||0,0||40,0||43,0||33,25||6|
|4||4||GM||Rios Cristhian Camilo||COL||2505||Colombia||6,5||0,0||39,5||44,0||35,00||5|
|10||10||IM||Nguyen Van Huy||VIE||2457||Vietnam||6,5||0,0||37,0||40,5||30,50||6|
|11||31||Anadkat Kartavya||U15||IND||2023||Gujarat - India||6,5||0,0||36,0||40,0||31,25||6|
|14||32||AGM||Rathneesh R||U15||IND||2006||Tamil Nadu - India||6,0||0,0||37,0||41,0||28,00||6|
|15||18||Pranav V||U13||IND||2264||Tamil Nadu - India||6,0||0,0||36,5||40,0||29,00||6|
|16||17||Sahoo Utkal Ranjan||IND||2329||Odisha - India||6,0||0,0||36,5||40,0||27,25||5|
|17||19||Raahul V S||IND||2252||Tamil Nadu - India||6,0||0,0||34,5||38,5||28,25||5|
|18||23||IM||Deshmukh Anup||IND||2168||Maharashtra - India||6,0||0,0||34,5||38,0||26,75||5|
|19||43||Sharan Rao||IND||1912||Karnataka - India||6,0||0,0||33,5||37,5||27,00||6|
|20||28||Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma U||IND||2072||Andhra Pradesh - India||6,0||0,0||33,0||36,5||27,00||5|
|22||54||Shaik Sumer Arsh||U11||IND||1826||Telangana - India||6,0||0,0||32,5||35,5||24,50||6|
|23||16||Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri||IND||2337||Andhra Pradesh - India||5,5||0,0||38,5||42,5||25,50||5|
|24||21||Varun V||IND||2250||Andhra Pradesh - India||5,5||0,0||38,0||41,5||25,25||5|
|25||29||Mahindrakar Indrajeet||IND||2042||Maharashtra - India||5,5||0,0||37,5||41,0||25,50||5|
|26||22||GM||Ziatdinov Raset||S60||USA||2204||United States of America||5,5||0,0||37,5||41,0||25,00||5|
|28||127||Aditya Rawat||U13||IND||1600||Delhi - India||5,5||0,0||36,0||39,5||25,25||4|
|29||34||Trivedi Karan R||IND||1949||Gujarat - India||5,5||0,0||36,0||39,5||24,25||5|
|30||118||Lund Rachit||U15||IND||1625||Maharashtra - India||5,5||0,0||35,5||38,0||22,25||5|
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