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Delhi 09: A step closer

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 16/01/2016

While GM Popov settled for a fairly easy draw in the penultimate round of the 2016 Delhi Open, the Indians on the top boards had a mixed day. The brightest spot of the day was IM Sayantan Das's win over Italian GM David Alberto, thus inching closer to a GM norm. ChessBase India brings you an illustrated report.

Delhi 09: A step closer

While GM Popov settled for a fairly easy draw in the penultimate round of the 2016 Delhi Open, the Indians on the top boards had a mixed day. The brightest spot of the day was IM Sayantan Das's win over Italian GM David Alberto, thus inching closer to a GM norm.

 Russian GM Ivan Popov inched a step closer to winning the Delhi Open 2016 by settling for a draw with Ukraine's GM Yuri Solodovnichenko (2581)

 IM N. Srinath (2478) had a very good position from where he coughed his way to a loss.

The top Indian in the fray GM Lalith Babu (2553) had a forgettable day in the office against...

...Hungarian GM Czebe Attila (2466), who moved to clear second place with 7.5/9.

 Himal Gusain (2335) managed to defeat FM Praneeth Surya (2429) and register an IM-norm.

In a Delhi derby, GM Sriram Jha (2416) held GM Vaibhav Suri (2552) to a draw.

 One benefit of having ten-round tournaments is that there is a possibility to register ten-game norms for the players. IM Sayantan Das (2411) is aiming for a GM-norm while Prince Bajaj (2268) and Pratik Patil (2270) are aiming for their IM-norms. All of them require a win in their final-round game.

Tamil Nadu's FM Praggnanandhaa R. (2174) and Kerala's FM Nihal Sarin (2217) are both on 5.5/9.

 The Punjab Bhawan at Mandi House, where many a titled players are housed, serves inexpensive yet lip-smacking food.
The regal Winner's trophy

Pairings for Round 09:

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
1 16 GM Neverov Valeriy 2506 7   8 GM Popov Ivan 2650 2
2 6 GM Sivuk Vitaly 2566 7   GM Czebe Attila 2466 21
3 5 GM Solodovnichenko Yuri 2581 7   GM Lalith Babu M R 2553 10
4 1 GM Grachev Boris 2652   IM Vignesh N R 2448 24
5 4 GM Demchenko Anton 2596   GM Sriram Jha 2416 27
6 7 GM Mozharov Mikhail 2559   IM Rathnakaran K. 2457 23
7 11 GM Vaibhav Suri 2552     Gusain Himal 2335 42
8 12 GM Bernadskiy Vitaliy 2546   IM Das Sayantan 2411 29
9 19 GM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy 2489   GM Nguyen Duc Hoa 2494 18
10 34 IM Himanshu Sharma 2385 6   6 GM Belous Vladimir 2557 8

View the complete pairing list here.

Complete results of Round 08.

Download important Round 01-09 games in PGN

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Category-C Open

 The sea of humanity! Check the pairings for Round 09 here.

The large numbers in the C-category also mean that there are spectators in huge numbers to watch the A-category games.

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