Chennai Open Chess: Traffic at top of points table

Chennai: Sixteen players including top seed Aleksei Aleksandrov and 10 Indians lead the table with three full points at the end of the third round of the 4th Chennai Open International Grandmasters Chess Tournament, on Thursday.

Along with Aleksandrov, the other overseas GMs are Hoang Thanh Trang of Hungary, Mikhailo Oleksienko of Ukraine, John Paul Gomez of Philippines, Marat Dhzumaev of Uzbekistan and untitled Chinese Yu Ruiyuan.

In all, 34 players with 2.5 points follow these bunch of leaders.

In the third round games played today, Indian FM Diptayan Ghosh of Kolkata shocked Philippino GM Oliver Barbosa.

Playing the Black side of a Slav Defence, Diptayan went on the offensive right after the opening. A stunning knight sacrifice on the 21st move, ripped open the Philippino`s king and Diptayan forced matters with a neat finish on the 34th move.

Another Indian FM V A V Rajesh drew with Grandmaster Deepan Chakravarthi while veteran IM Ponnusamy Konguvel held GM Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh to a draw.

Yet another upset win was witnessed when seasoned Maharashtra player Shashikant Kutwal brought down IM Aswin Jayaram.

Second year Commerce student Siddhali Shetye of Maharashtra has been the most impressive so far in this event.

She had held two IMs Vaibhav Suri and D P Singh in the first two rounds. She continued her impressive show and got one better this third time when she outwitted Indian IM Sekhar Sahu in a fine game. As of now, she looks the best bet for a norm from this event.

Results (Round 3) (Indians unless specified): Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus) 3 bt Swayams Mishra (2), T U Navin Kanna (2.5) drew with Kravtsiv Martyn (Ukraine) 2.5, Barbosa Oliver (Philippines) 2 lost to Ghosh Diptayan (3) Murali Krishnan B T (2) lost to Oleksienko Mikhailo (Ukraine) 3, Ramnath Bhuvanesh R (2) lost to Sethuraman S P (3), Rahman Ziaur (Bangladesh) 2.5 drew with Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2.5, Ankit R Rajpara (2.5) drew with Paragua Mark (Philippines) 2.5, Prakash G B (2) lost to Gomez John Paul (Philippines) 3, Venkatesh M R (3) bt Praveen Kumar C (2), Rajesh V A V (2.5) drew with Deepan Chakkravarthy J (2.5), Yu Ruiyuan (China) 3 bt Phoobalan P (2), Sagar Shah (2) lost to Dzhumaev Marat (Uzbekistan) 3, Ma Qun (China) 2.5 drew with Kunal M (2.5), Shashikant Kutwal (3) bt Ashwin Jayaram (2), Neelotpal Das (3) bt Joshi G B (2), Ravi Teja S (2.5) drew with Barua Dibyendu (2.5), Thejkumar M S (3) bt Gokhale Chandrashekhar (2), Hemant Sharma (2) lost to Hoang Thanh Trang (Hungary) 3, Ramnathan Balasubramaniam (2.5) drew with Vakhidov Jahongir (Uzbekistan) 2.5, Anilkumar O T (2) lost to Himanshu Sharma (3).