Indians steal the show

By Prof. Rathinam Ananthram

The 4th Kolkata GM Open Chess Tournament got off to a flying start at the Gorky Sadan today, many foreign GMs finding the Indians very hot to handle. On the third board, Rahul Sangma, who is in good nick in the recent past, played like a computer against Chinese GM Ni Hua to force a draw with black pieces. Young K. Priyadharshan from Madurai extricated half a point from the fourth seeded GM Tkachiev Vladislav of France in a long drawn battle. Though Vladislav had two connected pawns against a lone pawn of Priyadarshan in bishop Vs knight ending, a decisive result could not be achieved. While Akash Thakur of Maharashtra held Evgeny Postney, the sixth seed from Israel, another Maharashtra player Vikramaditya Kamble shared the point with Indian GM Parimarjan Negi. Filippov Anton, the grand master from Uzbekistan succumbed to the onslaught of the Kolkatan IM Suravjit Saha.

The talk of the day was the victory of Shiven Khosla of Mumbai over the seasoned grand master Sundarrajan Kidambi in just about 20 moves. The day belonged to the Maharashtra players, as one more player from the state Ankit R. Rajpara stunned the experienced international master K. Rathnakaran of Railways and Arjun Tiwari drew with Reefat bin Sattar, the grand master from Bangladesh. Sahaj Grover of Delhi had a satisfying day by splitting the point with the West Bengal GM Neelotpal Das. National champion S.S. Ganguly of West Bengal did not exert much to earn a point in the first round and his colleague and state mate Sandipan Chanda had to draw all his resources to achieve a hard fought win over the Tamil Nadu player V. Vishnu Prasanna. The top two seeds Mamadeyarov Shakhriyar of Azerbaijan and Nigel Short of England were casual in their victories today.


Bo.

Name

Pts.

Result

Pts.

Name

1

GM

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar

0

1 – 0

0

Shivananda B S

2

IM

Prathamesh Sunil Mokal

0

0 – 1

0

GM

Short Nigel D

3

GM

Ni Hua

0

½ – ½

0

Sangma Rahul

4

FM

Priyadharshan K

0

½ – ½

0

GM

Tkachiev Vladislav

5

GM

Guseinov Gadir

0

1 – 0

0

IM

Saravanan V

6

Thakur Akash

0

½ – ½

0

GM

Postny Evgeny

7

GM

Aleksandrov Aleksej

0

1 – 0

0

Udeshi Aditya

8

FM

Abu Sufian Shakil

0

0 – 1

0

GM

Ganguly Surya Shekhar

9

GM

Laznicka Viktor

0

1 – 0

0

Ramnath Bhuvanesh R

10

Praveen Kumar C

0

0 – 1

0

GM

Mamedov Rauf


Official website: http://www.indianchessfed.org/News/2009/sep2009/04thKolkataopenreports.asp

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