Nine-year-old Shah creates history; beats GM Ibrayev Nurlan

New Delhi (IANS): Nine-year old Hetul Shah created history in the first round of the seventh Parsvnath International Open Chess tournament, defeating Grand Master Nurlan Ibrayev of Kazakhstan on Sunday.

Apart from Nurlan, almost all top seeded players of the tournament, which includes a record 20 Grand Masters, posted easy victories to advance to the second round with full points in their kitty.

While top seed Grandmaster Areshchenko Alexander of Ukraine had an easy outing against Dasharathi Sahoo, the third seed and leader of the Indian challenge in this tournament, Surya Sekhar Ganguly made short work of Niraj Saripalli.

Among the Indian players, former national champion Abhijit Kunte and Dibyendu Barua also had an easy day at the office as they beat D.K. Chopra and Dinesh Kumar Gupta.

Parimarjan Negi had to work little harder but secured full point against Vasanta Wettasinha of Sri Lanka.

Hetul was a class act Sunday afternoon as he not only recorded his biggest victory but also ensured a name in the record books. Hetul is the youngest ever to beat a Grandmaster, bettering the Indian record set up by Parimarjan Negi by more than a year.

Parimarjan had beaten Grandmaster Ivan Nemet in 2004 Biel Open, and at 11 years was thus far the youngest ever to beat a Grandmaster from India. Hetul, at 9 years and six months, has now beaten that record. Source:

GM Ibrayev, Nurlan (2407) – Hetul, Shah (1817) [A00]
7th Parsvnath International Open, 11.01.2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0–0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 cxd4 13.cxd4 Bd7 14.Nf1 Rfc8 15.Ne3 Nc6 16.a3 Bf8 17.b3 Nxd4 18.Nxd4 Qc3 19.Ne2 Qxa1 20.Qd2 d5 21.b4 d4 22.Nd1 Rxc2 23.Qxc2 Rc8 24.Qd2 Nxe4 25.Qd3 Nd6 26.Bb2 Qa2 27.f4 Qc4 28.Qb1 d3 29.Ne3 Qe4 30.Nc3 Qxf4 31.Ncd5 Qg3 32.Nf1 Qg6 33.Bxe5 Nc4 34.Nf4 Qb6+ 35.Kh1 Nxe5 36.Rxe5 Bd6 37.Re4 Bc6 38.Qc1 Qb7 39.Re1 Bxg2+ 40.Nxg2 Rxc1 41.Rxc1 Bf4 42.Rc3 d2 43.Rd3 h6 44.Kg1 Qb6+ 0–1

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