Grandmasters G.N. Gopal and Neelotpal Das, and International Master Swapnil Dhopade jumped into the lead after the second round of the Tata National premier chess tournament at the Khudiram indoor hall on Tuesday. All three had two points.
Gopal won an interesting game with the white pieces against GM Sundarajan Kidambi in French Tarrasch. Despite a few complications in the middle game, Gopal’s accurate moves helped him win in 28 moves.
The lone woman in the fray, WGM Mary Ann Gomes, went down to GM Neelotpal Das in a Reti Opening. Mary’s weak opening play allowed Das to strengthen his position and the latter then had no difficulty in winning a point.
Bitan holds Thipsay
Local lad Bitan Banerjee held veteran Grandmaster Praveen Thipsay to a draw in an advanced variation of French Defence. Banerjee sacrificed an exchange to complicate things in the middle game.
He, however, mishandled the position and allowed Thipsay to enjoy a slight advantage in a difficult end-game. The veteran, however, missed a winning chance and signed the peace treaty.
In other games, IM Swayams Mishra shared the honours with GM Abhijit Kunte, Sagar Shah held GM Deepan Chakkravarthy and Sasikant Kutwal drew with GM Dibyendu Barua.
The results (second round):
G.N. Gopal (2) bt S. Kidambi (1); P. Kartikeyan (1.5) drew with Sahaj Grover (1.5); Mary Ann Gomes (1) lost to Neelotpal Das (2); Swapnil S. Dhopade (2) bt V.A.V. Rajesh (1); M.L. Abhilash Reddy (1.5) drew with S. Satyapragyan (1.5); Debashis Das (1.5) drew with Anurag Mhamal (1.5); B. Adhiban (1.5) bt Aravindh Chithambaram (1); G. Akash (0.5) lost to M.R. Lalith Babu (1.5).
Sagar Shah (1) drew with Deepan Chakkravarthy (1); Abhijit Kunte (1) drew with Swayams Mishra (1); M.R. Venkatesh (1.5) bt Atanu Lahiri (0.5); Arindam Mukherjee (0.5) lost to S. Arun Prakash (1.5); Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (1) drew with S.L. Narayan (1).
B.T. Muralikrishnan (0.5) lost to Saptarshi Roy (1.5); Praveen Thipsay (1) drew with Bitan Banerjee (1); Deep Sengupta (1) bt Sohan Phadke (0.5); Ram S. Krishnan (0) lost to S.P. Sethuraman (1); Dibyendu Barua (0.5) drew with Sashikant Kutwal (0.5); S. Ravi Teja (0.5) drew with Diptayan Ghosh (0.5); Pratik Patil (1) bt Suvrajit Saha (0); C. Praveen Kumar (1) bt Murali Kartikeyan (0); C.R.G. Krishna (0) lost to K. Praneeth Surya (1).
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