Dubai: National Junior Champion M R Lalith
Babu defeated Ukrainian Grandmaster Yuriy Kuzubov while Indian
GM Parimarjan Negi outclassed his Uzbek counterpart Dmitry
Kayumov to be among the leaders after the end of third round
of 13th Dubai International open chess tournament here.
On another fine day for Indian GM norm aspirants,
International Master M Shyam Sundar caused another major upset
at the expense of Grandmaster Emanuel Berg of Sweden. Young IM
N Srinath also continued with his new found form and held
Artashes Minasian to a draw while Saptarshi Roy gave nothing
away and split the point with second seed Vladimir Akopian.
With six rounds still to come in the USD 45000 prize
money tournament, Negi and Lalith Babu share the lead along
with Guliev Sarhan of Azerbaijan, Russian Sergey Volkov and
Davit Petrosian of Armenia with a perfect score.
Not too far behind is top seeded Krishnan Sasikiran who
notched up a fine victory against GM Andrey Gutov of Russia to
take his tally to 2.5 points out of a possible three. M Shyam
Sundar, R R Laxman and former National champion B Adhiban are
amongst those who have 2.5 points in their kitty.
Lalith Babu was the hero of the day from Indian
perspective. Yuriy Kuzubov is a feared opponent especially
after his fine exploits in India but the Andhra-boy who has a
GM norm to his credit was never intimidated.
After a Queen pawn opening Babu realized he had chances
in a queen-less middle game and came on top in the
complexities that ensued. Parting with the Bishop pair was the
key for the Indian and he romped home in style.
Negi accounted for Kayumov froma Berlin defense game.
Playing white, the Delhi-based employee of BPCL got in the
groove early on and got a slight advantage. Kayumov could not
handle the pressure towards the end and caved in.
S Nitin did well to hold former World Junior Champion
Abhijeet Gupta who now needs a few good wins to be back in
contest. Worse for the major part of the game, Nitin
capitalized on an optical blunder by Abhijeet to win back a
lost pawn, pressed for advantage but in the end got a half
Amongst other Indians in the fray, Tania Sachdev won a
nice game with black against Abdo Somoff of Libya while GM
Surya Shekhar Ganguly came back to winning ways defeating
Al-Tarbosh Ward of Syria.