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2nd Maharashtra GM 2023 R8: S Rohith Krishna joins Vedant Panesar and Milosz Szpar in the lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/06/2023

IM S Rohith Krishna continues his terrific form. A day after beating the top seed of the tournament, Rohith won against the third seeded, GM Luka Paichadze (GEO). His preparation worked out as the Georgian made some positional inaccuracies and later lost an exchange. FM Vedant Panesar drew his game against IM Milosz Szapar (POL). Thus, Milos, Rohith and Vedant are now in a three-way lead 6.5/8. IM Neelash Saha, CM Mayank Chakraborty and GM Alexei Fedorov are close on their heels at 6/8 each. They defeated FM Ritviz Parab, GM Vladimir Burmakin and IM Sammed Shete respectively. The top three boards will witness - Rohith vs Vedant, Milosz vs Neelash and Mayank vs Fedorov in Round 9. It starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Vidit beats Svidler 17.5-10.5

Vidit Gujrathi drew the third rapid game, won the fourth. Then he lost the fifth blitz game, won the next two and drew the final one to win the match 17.5-10.5. He won the match after the conclusion of the fourth rapid game. Nigel Short started the day with a win in rapid. Raunak Sadhwani immediately struck back. The fifth blitz game was drawn and then Raunak won the next three to win the match 20-8. Maharashtra Challenge Match has been a successful event as both players from Maharashtra - Vidit and Raunak completely dominated Peter Svidler and Nigel Short, two legends of the sport.

IM S Rohith Krishna defeated GM Luka Paichadze (GEO) to join the lead

Rohith - Luka

Position after 20.Nd5??

According to IM S Rohith Krishna (2411), his opponent went for a wrong plan 12.g4, 13.h3 it weakened his dark squares. Later, Black sacrificed his d6-pawn to gain some activity 17...c5 18.Qxd6 Qg5+ 19.Kb1 Bc6 20.Nd5?? and we reach the above position. 20...Rad8 forced White to give up an exchange or to lose material. 21.Qe6+ and here Black felt that his opponent missed the Nf7 resource.

IM S Rohith Krishna on his win against GM Luka Paichadze (GEO) | Video: ChessBase India

IM S Rohith Krishna beat his second GM in-a-row

FM Vedant Panesar - IM Milosz Szapar (POL): 0.5-0.5

GM Levon Babujian (ARM) - GM Deep Sengupta: 0.5-0.5

GM Laxman R R - GM Aleksej Aleksandrov: 0.5-0.5

IM Neelash Saha defeated FM Ritviz Parab to move to 6/8

IM Kushagra Mohan - Sanket Chakravarty: 0.5-0.5

Mayank - Burmakin

Position after 43...g5??

The veteran GM Vladimir Burmakin (2492) blundered in an equal rook endgame. 43...g5?? dropped the h7-pawn for free and things turned completely into White's favor. 44.Rxh7+- Kg6 45.Rb7 g4 46.Rb8 Kg7 47.Kf1 Rb4 48.b7 Rb2 49.Ke1 and Black resigned.

The reigning two-time National Under-17 Open champion, CM Mayank Chakraborty is playing fantastic in this event

Kaustuv Kundu - GM Viacheslav Zakhartsov: 0.5-0.5

CM Vaibhav Jayant Raut capitalized on his opponent GM Venkatesh M R's consecutive blunders in the endgame

CM Aaditya Dhingra - IM Nubairshah Shaikh: 0.5-0.5

Vidit Gujrathi defeated Peter Svidler 17.5-10.5

Raunak Sadhwani completely dominated Nigel Short 20-8

Replay Vidit-Svidler Rapid Game 3-4 and Blitz Game 5-8

Replay Short-Raunak Rapid Game 3-4 and Blitz 5-8

Replay all Maharashtra Challenge Match games in interactive format and learn from IM Sagar Shah at Chessranga.

For more GM Round 8 and Match Rapid 3 - Vidit vs Svidler and Short vs Raunak photos, please click on the respective links.

Replay GM Open Round 8 games

Round 8 results

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.PGN
FMPanesar, Vedant2387MAH6½ - ½6IMSzpar, Milosz2447POL
GMPaichadze, Luka2513GEO0 - 1IMRohith, Krishna S2411TN
GMFedorov, Alexei2449BLR51 - 0IMSammed Jaykumar, Shete2440MAH
GMBabujian, Levon2373ARM5½ - ½5GMSengupta, Deep2473PSPB
GMLaxman, R.R.2299ICF5½ - ½5GMAleksandrov, Aleksej2461BLR
IMNeelash, Saha2440WB51 - 05FMRitviz, Parab2340GOA
IMViani, Antonio Dcunha2417KAR5½ - ½5IMRaahul, V S2299TN
IMKushagra, Mohan2412TEL5½ - ½5Sanket, Chakravarty2389WB
CMMayank, Chakraborty2141ASSM51 - 0GMBurmakin, Vladimir2492RUS
GMSavchenko, Boris2524RUS1 - 0Garv, Rai2198DEL
Kaustuv, Kundu2242WB½ - ½GMZakhartsov, Viacheslav V.2514FID
GMVenkatesh, M.R.2469PSPB0 - 1CMVaibhav, Jayant Raut2237MAH
GMTeterev, Vitaly2344BLR½ - ½GMMirzoev, Azer2416AZE
IMSrihari, L R2416TN1 - 0Anadkat, Kartavya2130GUJ
IMKulkarni, Vikramaditya2237MAH½ - ½IMBarseghyan, Armen Ar.2373ARM


Standings after Round 8

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
IMSzpar, MiloszPOL2447POL6,53740,532,00052472103,7
FMPanesar, VedantIND2387MAH6,53538,530,750524642022,8
IMRohith, Krishna SIND2411TN6,534,53729,50052445107,5
CMMayank, ChakrabortyIND2141ASSM63638,527,5004255640163,6
GMFedorov, AlexeiFID2449BLR632,535,526,0006236810-4,5
IMNeelash, SahaIND2440WB627,529,521,2505226410-10,6
GMSavchenko, BorisFID2524RUS5,537,540,525,0005239110-9,5
IMRaahul, V SIND2299TN5,53740,525,750424641018,6
GMPaichadze, LukaGEO2513GEO5,53637,522,2504243410-5,8
GMBabujian, LevonARM2373ARM5,535,53924,25052399105,5
IMSammed Jaykumar, SheteIND2440MAH5,53538,525,00042429100,4
GMLaxman, R.R.IND2299ICF5,534,53724,250324281014,9
FMAyush, SharmaIND2312MP5,533,53724,25052336208,8
GMSengupta, DeepIND2473PSPB5,53335,523,0004233610-10,1
Sanket, ChakravartyIND2389WB5,532,535,523,50032359201,4


Round 9 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.
IMRohith, Krishna S2411TNFMPanesar, Vedant2387MAH
IMSzpar, Milosz2447POL6IMNeelash, Saha2440WB
CMMayank, Chakraborty2141ASSM66GMFedorov, Alexei2449BLR
IMKushagra, Mohan2412TELGMSavchenko, Boris2524RUS
Sanket, Chakravarty2389WBGMPaichadze, Luka2513GEO
GMSengupta, Deep2473PSPBGMLaxman, R.R.2299ICF
GMAleksandrov, Aleksej2461BLRGMBabujian, Levon2373ARM
IMSammed Jaykumar, Shete2440MAHFMAyush, Sharma2312MP
CMVaibhav, Jayant Raut2237MAHIMViani, Antonio Dcunha2417KAR
IMRaahul, V S2299TNIMSrihari, L R2416TN
GMZakhartsov, Viacheslav V.2514FID55IMSaravana, Krishnan P.2255KVB
IMNitish, Belurkar2450GOA55IMRatnakaran, K.2254RLYS
GMMirzoev, Azer2416AZE55IMKulkarni, Vikramaditya2237MAH
IMBarseghyan, Armen Ar.2373ARM55Kaustuv, Kundu2242WB
GMManik, Mikulas2367SVK55FMNavalgund, Niranjan2200KAR



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