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Bhopal International GM Open Round 2+3: Top ten seeds maintain lead

by Niklesh Jain - 23/12/2019

Top ten seeds maintain their lead with a 100% score 3.0/3 after round 3 of central India's biggest chess tournament Bhopal International GM Open 2019. There were double rounds on day 2 of the event and several upsets took place. 13-year-old Prakhar Bajaj of Madhya Pradesh held experienced GM Manik Mikulas (2379) of Slovakia to a draw. Karnataka's Shriya R Revankar scored the biggest upset of round 2 by defeating IM Denis Eraschenkov of Russia. In round 3, Shivansh Tiwari of Madhya Pradesh defeated Maksad Sapaev of Uzbekistan and he is now among the leaders with a score of 3.0/3. Photo: Niklesh Jain

All top ten seeded players managed to maintain their lead at the conclusion of round 3 of Bhopal International GM Open 2019. There were a few minor upsets too.

67th seeded 13-year-old Prakhar Bajaj of Madhya Pradesh held experienced GM Manik Mikulas (2379) of Slovakia to a draw.

Playing with the white pieces against Mikulas' Sicilian Najdorf, Prakhar played a fine game without giving any chances to his opponent. After 44 moves a draw was agreed in a bishop, knight vs double bishop endgame.

Top seed of the tournament Nodirbek Yakubboev (2592) of Uzbekistan maintained his fine form and defeated Siddhant Gawai and Rathneesh R in round 2 and 3 respectively.

Aeroflot Open 2019 'B' winner, second seeded Stanislav Bogdanovich (2562) of Ukraine defeated Vaibhav Kalpaka and Ayush Mahajan of India in round 2 and 3 respectively.

India's highest rated player of the tournament, former National Challenger and Blitz champion, Venkatesh M R has made his intentions of winning tournament by winning his third consecutive game. He defeated Swapnil Priyadarshi and Harsh Suresh in round 2 and 3 respectively.

Shriya R Revankar (1736) of Karnataka, India scored the biggest upset of round 2, when she defeated IM Denis Eraschenkov (2386) of Russia.

Shivansh Tiwari (1770) of Madhya Pradesh, India defeated Maksad Sapaev (2250) of Uzbekistan to be in the lead with a score of 3.0/3 | Photo: mpchess.com

Azerbaijaini GM Azer Mirzoev is among the leaders with full points 3.0/3

One of the most experienced players of India, IM Anup Deshmukh made a good start by scoring three consecutive victories

GM Maxim Lugovskoy of Russia is also in the lead with 3.0/3

IM Muhammad Khusenkhojaev of Tajikistan made a draw in the second round, he is at 2.5/3

WGM Anda Safranska of France lost to Kushal Jain of Gujarat, India in the third round

There will be only one round on 23rd December 2019. Total 250 players including 10 GMs, 7 IMs, a WGM and a WIM are taking part from 15 countries across the world in this tournament. There will be a blitz rating tournament on 25th December. This tournament has the highest prize money in Madhya Pradesh history which is ₹1414000

Round 3 results

Bo.No. NameGrTypRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameGrTypRtgClub/City No.
11
GMYakubboev Nodirbek2592Uzbekistan21 - 02AGMRathneesh RU152006Tamil Nadu - India
32
233
Mahajan AyushU131959Maharashtra - India20 - 12GMBogdanovich Stanislav2562Ukraine
2
33
GMTukhaev Adam2552Ukraine21 - 02Trivedi Karan R1949Gujarat - India
34
437
Lakshmi Sandeep Naidu V1937Andhra Pradesh - India20 - 12GMRios Cristhian Camilo2505Colombia
4
55
GMVenkatesh M.R.2491Tamil Nadu - India21 - 02Harsh SureshU131843Tamil Nadu - India
50
641
Nagare Akhilesh1918Maharashtra - India20 - 12IMNigmatov Ortik2474Uzbekistan
6
77
IMTaher Yoseph Theolifus2469Indonesia21 - 02AFMPawar HarshitU131823Delhi - India
56
843
Sharan Rao1912Karnataka - India20 - 12GMLugovskoy Maxim2466Russia
8
99
GMMirzoev Azer2457Azerbaijan21 - 02Darsh KansalU151793Madhya Pradesh - India
64
1055
AIMKaushik G IyerU151824Karnataka - India20 - 12IMNguyen Van Huy2457Vietnam
10
1159
Arnav KushwahaU131820Chandigarh - India20 - 12IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik2394Uzbekistan
12
1267
Bajaj PrakharU131779Madhya Pradesh - India2½ - ½2GMManik Mikulas2379Slovakia
14
1317
Sahoo Utkal Ranjan2329Odisha - India21 - 02AFMNehete ArnavU131778Maharashtra - India
68
1470
Phatak Aanjaneya1776Maharashtra - India21 - 02Pranav VU132264Tamil Nadu - India
18
1573
Tiwari Shivansh1770Madhya Pradesh - India21 - 02Sapaev Maksad2250Uzbekistan
20
1621
Varun V2250Andhra Pradesh - India21 - 02Abdullaev RasulbekU131770Uzbekistan
72
17113
Mohanty SoyamsreeU131639Odisha - India20 - 12GMZiatdinov RasetS602204United States of America
22
1823
IMDeshmukh Anup2168Maharashtra - India21 - 02Shriya R Revankar1736Karnataka - India
86
1925
AGMMadjidov Jasur2136Uzbekistan2½ - ½2Lund RachitU151625Maharashtra - India
118
20123
Jani Kushal RU131611Gujarat - India21 - 02WGMSafranska Anda2112France
26

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Translation from Hindi by Shahid Ahmed

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