Gibraltar: After a slip up against Nigel
Short of England, Indian Grandmaster Deep Sengupta was back to
his winning ways, as he made short work of Ruben Felgaer of
Argentina to be in joint third spot, after the end of the
fifth round of Tradewise Gibraltar chess tournament, here.
Sengupta, who started off with three wins, came back to
haunt the higher ranked players with his quick-win which was a
disaster for Felgaer.
The higher ranked Indians could not improve their
standings in the fifth round. Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran
drew with Rainer Buhmann of Germany while former world junior
champion P Harikrishna was held to a draw by Argentinean Pablo
With five rounds still to come in one of the strongest
open of the world, Sengupta and GM GN Gopal share the fourth
spot on 4 points while Sasikiran and Harikrishna are in the
next score-group of 3.5 pointers.
GM Sandipan Chanda tried hard but could not force matters
against veteran Swiss GM Viktor Korchnoi and GM Gopal was the
only one amongst 2600s Indian GM who could move up the ladder
defeating Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania.
The other Indians in the fray had a rocking time in the
tournament as only Eesha Karavade dropped a half point against
Philip Wheldon of England. The remaining Indians D Harika,
Arghyadip Das and Vaibhav Suri scored easy wins against lower
Sengupta was aided by `luck` in his game against Felgaer
as the latter forgot a basic `back-rank-mate` concept. Playing
his pet French defence, Deep secured a decent position in the
middle game arising out of a Winawer variation when disaster
struck Felgaer as he dropped a piece for nothing.
The Argentine resigned immediately; it was over in just
For Gopal, it was a hard-earned victory against Cmilyte
from a Queen pawn game. The Indian got a level position in
middle game and it was only after a strategic decision to
exchange queens that he managed an advantage. Winning a couple
of weakened white pawns Gopal gradually increased his
advantage and romped home in 61 moves.
Meanwhile, Nigel Short emerged as the sole leader in the
126,000 Pounds Sterling tournament defeating Nadezhda
Kosintseva of Russia in his fifth round game. Short now has 5
points from as many games and the nearest rivals for the
Englishman are top seed Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and Daniel
Fridman of Germany who both are half a point behind.