Bhopal GM Open 2019: Yakubboev beats Bogdanovich in just 18 moves
Top seed of the tournament GM Nodirbek Yakubboev defeated overnight sole leader GM Stanislav Bogdanovich in just 18 moves to take sole lead at the conclusion of round 7 in Central India's biggest tournament Bhopal GM Open 2019. It will be interesting to see if Yakubboev will be able to maintain his lead in the last three rounds of the tournament. Among other matches, Colombia's Cristhian Rios saved his game from a difficult situation against Ukrainian GM Adam Tukhaev and managed to salvage a draw. Indian GM Venkatesh M R was held to a draw by Slovakian GM Manik Mikulas. Only three rounds left in the tournament and everyday one round will be played. Photo: Niklesh Jain
Top seed Yakubboev takes sole lead
After winning six consecutive games, Ukrainian GM Stanislav Bogdanovich took sole lead with a score of 6.0/6. In a game arising out of Queen's Gambit Accepted, Bogdanovich misplayed by moving his king to e7 on the thirteenth move and then resigned the game in just another 5 moves.
On board no.2, the game between Ukraine's Adam Tukhaev and Colombia's Cristhian Rios was quite an exciting one. At one point, Tukhaev was completely winning but Rios somehow managed to salvage a draw. Now he is at the second position according to his tie-break score.
Indian GM Venkatesh M R was held to a draw by Slovak GM Manik Mikulas. The game witnessed a draw after 30 moves in a game out of Sicilian Rossolimo.
Uzbekistan's IM Ortik Nigmatov made a comeback by defeating GM Azer Mirzoev of Azerbaijan with black pieces and now he is at 6.0/7
India's new sensation Shivansh Tiwari suffered second consecutive defeat against IM Nguyen Van Huy after a brilliant start of five consecutive wins. His brilliant start allowed him to face strong players continuously and this created an opportunity for him to score an IM-norm.
Standings after Round 7
|2||4||GM||Rios Cristhian Camilo||COL||2505||Colombia||6,0||0,0||30,5||34,0||28,50||5|
|4||7||IM||Taher Yoseph Theolifus||INA||2469||Indonesia||6,0||0,0||29,5||32,5||26,50||6|
|6||10||IM||Nguyen Van Huy||VIE||2457||Vietnam||6,0||0,0||26,5||30,0||24,50||6|
|7||5||GM||Venkatesh M.R.||IND||2491||Tamil Nadu - India||5,5||0,0||32,0||35,5||26,75||5|
|10||21||Varun V||IND||2250||Andhra Pradesh - India||5,5||0,0||29,0||32,5||23,50||5|
|11||16||Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri||IND||2337||Andhra Pradesh - India||5,5||0,0||29,0||32,0||22,75||5|
|13||17||Sahoo Utkal Ranjan||IND||2329||Odisha - India||5,5||0,0||28,5||31,5||22,75||5|
|15||29||Mahindrakar Indrajeet||IND||2042||Maharashtra - India||5,5||0,0||28,0||31,5||23,00||5|
|16||31||Anadkat Kartavya||U15||IND||2023||Gujarat - India||5,5||0,0||27,5||30,5||23,00||5|
|17||22||GM||Ziatdinov Raset||S60||USA||2204||United States of America||5,5||0,0||26,5||29,5||21,50||5|
|18||118||Lund Rachit||U15||IND||1625||Maharashtra - India||5,5||0,0||25,5||27,0||19,75||5|
|19||73||Tiwari Shivansh||IND||1770||Madhya Pradesh - India||5,0||0,0||31,0||33,0||21,50||5|
Top seed Nodirbek Yakubboev took sole lead with a score of 6.5/7 after seven rounds. Cristhian Rios, Stanislav Bogdanovich, Taher Yoseph Theolifus, Ortik Nigmatov and Nguyen Van Huy are at shared second position with a score of 6.0/7. Among the Indians, Venkatesh M R, V Varun, Bharat Reddy, Utkal Ranjan Sahoo, Indrajeet Mahindrakar, Kartavya Anadkat and Rachit Lund are at 5.5/7.
Translation from Hindi by Shahid Ahmed
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