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Ramesh jumps into lead

By Rakesh Rao

IM V. Koshy analyses his game after he defeated S. Kidambi in the seventh round of Parsvanath International chess tournament in New Delhi on Monday. — Photo: R.V. Moorthy

NEW DELHI OCT. 6. More than R. B. Ramesh catapulting to the leader's seat, the rare double-defeat of Koneru Humpy became the talking point on Monday evening as the inaugural Parsvnath International chess championship continued to produce sensational performances from the underdogs.

Ramesh broke away from joint leader P. Hari Krishna after capitalising on an erroneous decision by Uzbek GM Saidali Iuldashev in the seventh round to reach 6.5 points and opened a half-point lead over the field.

Ramesh did look in a spot of bother in the initial phase but once Iuldashev missed the right continuation, Ramesh took the initiative on the kingside and advanced his pawns to devastating effect to score his sixth victory.

Hari, top seed Dmitry Svetushkin, Alexander Fominyh, Neelotpal Das and surprise-packet Varugeese Koshy follow Ramesh. Four rounds remain to be played.

The last of the double-round days in the competition proved a disastrous one for Humpy. She crashed to defeats against R. Balasubramanium and Shashikant Kutwal to remain on four points.

An oversight from Humpy on the 31st turn gave Balasubramanium an opportunity to trade his rook for a bishop and a knight before clinching the issue. Later in the day, Kutwal enlarged his one-pawn advantage and forced Humpy to resign by threatening to queen his lone pawn.

Balasubramanium, who had stunned Russian GM Alexander Fominyh at Saharanpur last week, continued his good run by holding Bangladesh GM Niaz Murshed.

Interestingly, another Chennai-man, Varugeese Koshy of ONGC was also on fire. Koshy, who turned 45 on the second day of the tournament, once again showed that his hunger for success was far from over. He turned down draw offers from Uzbek GM Marat Dzhumaev and fellow International Master S. Kidambi on way to successive victories. Koshy overcame Dzhumaev in a 100-move marathon after missing a simpler winning plan and returned in the afternoon to stop Kidambi in 39 moves.

The results (Indians unless specified): Seventh round: P. Hari Krishna (6) drew with Jonathan Rawson (Sco) (5.5); Saidali Iuldashev (Uzb) (5) lost to R. B. Ramesh (6.5); Vishal Sareen (5) lost to Dmitry Svetushkin (Mol) (6); Alexander Fominyh (Rus) (6) bt Poobesh Anand (5); Sriram Jha (5.5) drew with P. Konguvel (5.5); S. Kidambi (5) lost to Varugeese Koshy (6); Neelotpal Das (6) bt M. B. Muralidharan (5); R. Balasubramanium (5.5) drew with Niaz Murshed (Ban) (5.5); Sergei Ovsejevitshch (Ukr) (5.5) bt Abhijeet Gupta (5); Abhijeet Kunte (5) drew with Neeraj Mishra (5); Amardeep Bartakke (4.5) lost to Surya Sekhar Ganguly (5.5); Tahir Vakhidov (Uzb) (5) drew with Himanshu Sharma (5); Lanka Ravi (5.5) bt Atanu Lahiri (4.5); Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury (5) drew with Sayantan Dutta (5); Chandrashekhar Gokhale (5) drew with Nisha Mohota (5); Prathamesh Mokal (5) drew with Santosh Kumar Sinha (5); P. D. S. Girinath (5) drew with V. Saravanan (5); Shashikant Kutwal (5.5) bt Koneru Humpy (4.5); Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) (5) bt Ravi Kumar

(4); M. R. Venkatesh (4.5) drew with C. Natarajan (4.5); T. S. Ravi (4) lost to Diwakar Prasad Singh (5); Rahul Shetty (5) bt Abdul Malek (Ban) (4); Suresh Kumar T. J. (4.5) drew with B. S. Shivanandan (4.5); Nassir Wajih (5) bt A. L. Kasi (4); Anupama Gokhale (5) bt K. Visweswaran (4); Naveen Jain (4) lost to Anup Deshmukh (5); Aarthie Ramaswamy (5) bt Vikas Sharma (4); D. S. Negi (4) lost to Gurpreet Pal Singh (5); G. B. Joshi (4.5) drew with T. R. Shanmuganathan (4.5); Rishi Pal Singh (5) bt Saimeera Ravi (4).

Sixth round: Ramesh drew with Hari; Svetushkin drew with Jha; Rowson drew with Sareen; Murshed drew with Kunte; Neeraj Mishra drew with Vakhidov; Iuldashev bt Wajih; Visweswaran lost to Fominyh; Koshy bt Dzhumaev; Humpy lost to Balasubramanium; Himanshu Sharma drew with Lanka Ravi; Kidambi bt Rishi Pal Singh; Deshmukh lost to Neelotpal Das; Atanu Lahiri drew with Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury; M. B. Muralidharan bt Venkatesh; Sayantan Dutta drew with Chandrashekhar Gokhale; Abhijeet Gupta bt Rahul Shetty; K. Gunasekharan gave walkover to Poobesh Anand; Konguvel bt Ishmeet Singh; Ganguly bt Arghyadip Das; Saifudeen lost to Ovestivitij; Babu lost to Amardeep Bartakke; Nisha Mohota bt Suvrajit Saha; Syed Shazuli lost to Mokal; V. Saravanan bt D. Sai Srinivas; Ravi Kumar drew with Aarthie Ramaswamy; Santosh Kumar Sinha bt Akshayraj Kore; Somak Palit lost to Shashikant Kutwal; Amit Kumar Medda lost to P. D. S. Girinath; K. Rathnakaran drew with T. J. Suresh Kumar; Saimeera Ravi drew with Deep Sengupta.

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