Udeshi shocks GM Hrair in Mayor`s Cup chess

Updated: Jun 04, 2010, 18:52 PM IST

Mumbai: Mumbai youngster Aditya Udeshi
surprised Grand Master Simonian Hrair of Armenia in 43 moves
on the third day of the Rs 15 lakh Mumbai Mayor`s Cup
International open chess tournament here.

Udeshi, with an inferior ELO rating of 2316, stunned his
rival, rated 2521, with good knowledge of the Sicilian defence
adopted by Hrair after opening with his king pawn to emerge a
deserving winner at the Goregaon Sports Club.

Playing aggressively, Udeshi sacrificed his knight on the
23rd move and lured Simonian to his doom. The latter had to
exchange his bishop for the knight but could not salvage a

Young Karnataka giant-killer D Yashas (ELO 2204) beat GM
Ruslan Pogorelov (ELO 2454) of Ukraine with white pieces by
displaying good skills in the end game to force his rival to
call it quits after 56 moves.

Two other Indians laid low their more fancied rivals.
Swayans Mishra (ELO 2397) defeated GM Alexander Fier (ELO
2581) of Brazil and B T Murali Krishnan (ELO 2412) got the
better of GM Turov Maxim (ELO 2624) of Russia.

Top seed GM Alexi Dreev (ELO 2655) of Russia subdued GM
Temirbayev Serikbay (ELO 2455) of Kazakhstan but India`s main
hope and tournament`s second seed GM Parimarjan Negi (ELO
2636) was held to a draw by compatriot, IM Himanshu Sharma.