Top-seeded Grandmaster Nigel Short of England was held to a draw by Indian GM Sundararajan Kidambi in the opening round of the sixth Kolkata Open International GMs chess organised by Alekhine Chess Club, here on Tuesday.

Playing the Caro-Kann opening Short broke open Kidambi’s castled king side on the 19th move.

Short managed to get two pawns, leading to a rook versus rook and two isolated pawns ending.

Short managed to cut his opponent’s king approaching his marching pawn, but Kidambi defended accurately to ensure half a point.

Maharashtra youngster Kathmale Sameer made a bright start, holding second-seeded Sergey Fedorchuk of Russia in a well-fought 63-move game.

Former under-16 world champion GM B. Adhiban of India posted a comfortable win in just 25 moves over compatriot Akshat Khamparia.

Former age-group category world champions S.P. Sethuraman and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi began their campaigns with fluent victories.

Top-10 results:

Nigel Short (Eng) drew with S. Kidambi; Kathmale Sameer drew with Sergey Fedorchuk (Ukr); Konstantin Landa (Rus) bt K. Rathnakaran.

S. Satyapragyan drew with Mikheil Mchedlishvili (Geo); B. Adhiban bt Akshat Khamparia; Visakh Nr lost to Vidit Santosh Gujrathi.

M.R. Lalith Babu bt S. Ravi Teja; Sheikh Nasir Ahmed lost to Avetik Grigoryan (Arm); S.P. Sethuraman bt V. Saravanan; Padmini Rout lost to Levan Pantsulaia (Geo).

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