Gibraltar: Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran
missed out on his chances and was held to a draw by
Argentinean Grandmaster Ruben Felgaer in the fourth round of
Tradewise Gibraltar chess tournament, while GM Deep Sengupta
suffered his first defeat of the event here.
After a fantastic start, Sengupta was outplayed by a
highly regarded Nigel Short of England.
Sengupta, thus remained on 3 points out of a possible
four and Short remained in joint lead along with Nadezhda
Kosintseva of Russia, who defeated Viktorija Cmilyte of
Lithuania in her fourth round game.
With two leaders in the front, four players -- top seed
Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, Vasilios Kotronias of Greece,
Daniel Fridman of Germany and young Grandmaster Richard
Rapport of Hungary -- share the third spot on 3.5 points each
in this 126000 Pounds Sterling tournament.
It turned out to be a mixed day for Indians as former
World Junior Champion P Harikrishna was also held to a draw by
Kaido Kulaots of Estonia.
After an unexpected loss at the hands of Nadezhda in the
previous round, GM Sandipan Chanda came back to his winning
ways and scored over Nezad Husein Aziz of Qatar.
G N Gopal also secured a victory over Mads Andersen of
Denmark and so did Vaibhav Suri, D Harika and Arghyadip Das
against lower-ranked opponents but Eesha Karavade was on the
receiving end against Vyacheslav Ikonnikov of Russia.
With six rounds still to go, Sasikiran, Harikrishna,
Chanda, Sengupta and Gopal share the seventh spot with 22
others while Harika, Suri and Das are in the next group of 2.5
Sasikiran was a bit unlucky not to covert a winning
endgame in to a full point against Felgaer. Playing white, the
Indian faced the Slav defence and even as it was a balanced
middle game, Sasikiran pressed on to win a pawn after
Sasikiran moved in the right direction for a long time.
However, with the clock ticking away in the final minutes of
the game a blunder by Sasikiran helped Felgaer salvage a half
point. The game lasted 99 moves.
Sengupta cautious approach against Short proved
disastrous in a French defense game where the former played
white. Short showcased his acumen in the endgame by outplaying
the Indian from a level position. Sengupta fought on but had
to call it a day after 61 moves.
Harikrishna had his chances but following the trade of
Kulaots` queen for two rooks his chances slipped away in quick
time. The result was a draw through repetition.