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Magnus Academy Challenge 2022 R1-8: Pranav, Ilamparthi and Bharath in a four-way lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 09/10/2022

GM Pranav Venkatesh scored 19/21 on the first day of Challengers Chess Tour 2022 Magnus Chess Academy Challenge. Since it is a 15-player round robin event, in each round one player gets a mandatory Bye. Thus, Pranav got one on the first day and he played seven games, unlike the remaining three leaders - IM Ihor Samunenkhov (UKR), the World Under-14 Open champion, Ilamparthi A R and India's 73rd GM Bharath Subramaniyam H. Those three players scored six wins, a draw and lost a game each. WIM Vishwa Vasnawala got herself a very good opportunity to beat the World's youngest GM Abhimanyu Mishra in the fifth round. Round 9 starts today at 11 p.m. IST. Photo: Sagar Shah

Very close competition

Since it's a blitz event, we will take a quick glance at some interesting games.

GM Pranav Venkatesh is pulling a double duty - playing for India at World Youth Under-16 Olympiad along with this Magnus Academy Challenge | Photo: Sagar Shah

Round 1: Abhimanyu - Pranav: 0-3

GM Pranav Venkatesh started the tournament with a victory over World's youngest GM in history, Abhimanyu Mishra (USA).

Round 2: Ilamparthi - Erdogmus: 3-0

The newly crowned World Under-14 Open champion, Ilamparthi A R checkmated IM Yagiz Kaan Erdogmus (TUR) who is poised to break World's youngest GM record set by Abhimanyu last year.

Round 5: Abhimanyu - Vishwa: 1-1

WIM Vishwa Vasnawala was completely winning against GM Abhimanyu Mishra.

Position after 53.Be6

53...Nc2 54.Bg7 Ne3 defends the f6-pawn tactically as well as attacks the f5-pawn too. 53...Bh5 54.Bg7 Bg4 is how the game went on.

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Replay the live commentary of Magnus Academy Challenge Round 1-8 by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Standings after Round 8

GM Pranav V, IM Ihor Samunenkhov, Ilamparthi A R and GM Bharath Subramaniyam H share the lead scoring 19 points each | Photo: chess24

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