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Harsha Bharathakoti in sole lead after penultimate round in Kathmandu Open 2018

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/04/2018

IM Harsha Bharathakoti took sole lead with a score of 7.0/8 after defeating GM Deep Sengupta in the 8th round. There are five players at the joint second position with 6.5/8, Azer Mirzoev, Tarlev Konstantin, Himal Gusain, Alon Greenfeld and P Shyam Nikhil. Azer Mirzoev and Tarlev Konstantin drew their games quickly and Sandipan and Shyam Nikhil's marathon game ended up in a draw. Total NRS 10 lacs is up for grabs for all the prize winners, first prize being NRS 2 lacs. Final round starts at 9 a.m. NST tomorrow. We bring you games, photos and videos from round 7 and 8.

Round 7 highlights

Honorary consul General of Nepal in the Republic of Belarus, Ex-President of Non Resident Nepalese Association, International Coordination Council Dr.Upendra Mahato inaugurated round 7 of Kathmandu Open 2018
Philanthropist Dr Upendra Mahato speaks about Nepal Chess and its future

Himal Gusain and Sandipan Chanda drew in Caro-Kann Advance variation | Photo: Nongsha Angom

Sriram Jha lost to Deep Sengupta in King's Indian Defence | Photo: Nongsha Angom

Tarlev Konstantin won against Prince Bajaj in a Queen-Bishop vs Queen-Knight endgame with a correct play | Photo: Nongsha Angom

IM Shyam Nikhil outplayed GM Sergey Kasparov in Scandinavian Defence | Photo: Nongsha Angom

Round 8 highlights

Deep Sengupta lost to Harsha Bharathakoti in Giuco Piano after refusing a draw offer when Harsha thought he couldn't continue the attack | Photo: Nongsha Angom

Azer Mirzoev and Tarlev Konstantin took a quick draw in just 15 moves in Closed Catalan | Photo: Nongsha Angom

Sandipan Chanda drew with P Shyam Nikhil in Nimzo-Indian Defence Rubinstein variation in hard-fought game | Photo: Nongsha Angom

Hunter eyes his prey: untitled G B Harshavardhan drew with Sergey Kasparov in Ruy Lopez Exchange variation

Pairings/Results

Round 9 on 2018/04/17 at 09:00 NST

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
18
IMHarsha Bharathakoti24247GMMirzoev Azer2504
5
24
GMTarlev Konstantin2549IMGusain Himal2413
10
36
GMGreenfeld Alon2490IMShyaamnikhil P2385
14
41
GMVolkov Sergey259866Kaustuv Kundu2381
15
512
GMSriram Jha239266GMSandipan Chanda2579
2
613
GMFominyh Alexander239166GMSengupta Deep2579
3
79
IMLlaneza Vega Marcos242266CMThing Bibek2263
22
825
Neelash Saha221266IMPrince Bajaj2409
11
929
FMJaiswal Rupesh2121GMKasparov Sergey2462
7
1030
Harshavardhan G B2119IMPadmini Rout2360
16
1141
Nepali Badrilal2020Srijit Paul2351
17
1219
FMGajwa Ankit2292CMKayastha Madan Krishna2097
33
1370
Shrestha Rajendra Prasad1822IMDeshmukh Anup2282
21
1423
Patil Pratik2258Saptorshi Gupta2080
35
1518
IML'ami Alina231655Suvradeepta Das1986
46
1648
Chaulagain Purushottam196755Navalgund Niranjan2286
20
1749
Gurung Rahul196255IMSuvrajit Saha2234
24
1851
Tamang Thendup195355FMMohammed Abdul Malek2171
27
1928
FMShantharam K.V.216355CMRajbhandari Rijendra1959
50
2052
Arpan Das (Jr)195255Raghav Srivathsav V2114
31

 

Previous articles of this tournament:

Kathmandu Open 2018 Day 1: Inauguration Ceremony & Preview

North East Champion holds former Russia Champion in Round 2 of Kathmandu Open 2018

Neelash defeats top seed, three-way lead after round 4 in Kathmandu Open 2018

Kathmandu Open 2018 Round 6: 14 players lead