Laxman downs Solodovnichenko to share lead in Gurgaon chess

January 27th, 2009 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Gurgaon, Jan 27 (IANS) International Master R.R. Laxman outwitted Ukrainian Grandmaster Yuri Solodovnichenko in the eighth round of the Gurgaon International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament at Suncity World School here Tuesday.Laxman now share the top spot with top seed Alexander Areshchenko of Ukraine with seven points each.

Overnight sole leader Areshchenko settled for a quick draw against compatriot second seed Yuriy Kuzubov in just four moves.

Displaying a fine attacking game in Ruy Lopez opening, Laxman gained a minor piece advantage in the 34th move and went on to seal the encounter in 48 moves.

In the third board, Grandmaster Neelotpal Das and International Master Deep Sengupta signed the peace treaty after 50 moves and now sharing the second spot with 6.5 points along with Yuriy Kuzubov of Ukraine, Uzbek Grandmaster Saidali Iuldachev, Grandmaster Mikhail Ulibin of Russia and Anwesh Upadhyaya.

Former national champion Abhijit Kunte drew his eighth round encounter against local International Master Himanshu Sharma while National ‘B’ Champion International Master B Adhiban suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Tajik Fide Master Djuraev Sokhib.

The other Indian Grandmasters in the fray, P. Magesh Chandran settled for a draw against Soumya Swaminathan while Praveen Thipsay defeated Sahaj Grover in the eighth round matches.

Results of Round 8 (Indians otherwise stated): GM Alexander Areshchenko of Ukraine (7) drew with Yuriy Kuzubov of Ukraine (6.5) ; Yuri Solodovnichenko of Ukraine (6) lost to IM R R Laxman (7) ; IM Deep Sengupta (6.5) drew with GM Neelotpal Das (6.5) ; IM Shyam Sundar (6) drew with GM Evgeny Gleizerov of Russia (6) ; GM Abhijit Kunte (6) drew with IM Himanshu Sharma (6) ; IM N Srinath (6) drew with GM Anuar Ismagambetov of Kazakhstan (6) ; GM Saidali Iuldachev of Uzbekistan (6.5) beat B S Shivanada (5.5) ; GM Mikhail Ulibin (6.5) beat Rahul Sangma (5.5) ; Anwesh Upadhyaya (6.5) beat M R Lalith Babu (5.5) ; IM BT Murali Krishnan (6) drew with Shashikant Kutwal (6) ; FM Djuraev Sokhib of Tajikistan (6) beat IM B Adhiban (5) ; GM P Magesh Chandran (5.5) drew with WGM Soumya Swaminathan (5.5) ; IM P Konguvel (5.5) drew with R Premnath (5.5) ; T U Navin Kanna (6) beat IM Justin Sarkar (5) ; Soumyaranjan Mishra (5) lost to GM Niaz Murshed (6) ; Sagar Shah (5.5) drew with M S Thejkumar (5.5) ; IM S P Sethuraman (6) beat IM R Balasubramaniam (5) ; T Purushothaman (5.5) drew with IM Saptarshi Roy (5.5) ; GM Nurlan Ibrayev (6) beat Arindam Mukherjee (5) ; IM Arghyadip Das (6) beat Jain Shreyansh Daklia (5)

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