Indian Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte played the most consistent chess to emerge as the sole leader with full four points from as many rounds in the sixth Kolkata Open international chess here on Friday.

Two other Indian GMs — Vidit Gujrathi and J. Deepan Chakkravarthy — are half a point behind in the second position while there are 10 more players in the third slot with three points each.

Slow and steady

Opening with a queen pawn game, Abhijit, a former national champion, played slow and steady to develop his pieces against Bangladesh GM Abdulla Al-Rakib.

After exchanging the minor pieces, Abhijit’s queen and rook controlled the seventh rank and his extra b-pawn began to roll towards the eighth rank.

Abdullah resigned on the 34th move, when Abhijit’s rook was about to seize the initiative on the seventh rank.

Young Gujrathi settled for a draw in 31 moves against Chakkaravarthy, in a game arising out of Slav defence on the top board. Young International Master Diptayan Ghosh continued his unbeaten run holding Bangladesh GM Ziaur Rahman to a quick draw.

In another interesting game, GM B. Adhiban recovered from a shock loss in the second round as he employed Sicilian defence against the Australian IM Moulthun Ly.

Adhiban grabbed a bishop on 22nd move and then under-promoted his e-pawn to a knight to fork his opponent’s king and queen and won the game in 49 moves.

Important results (fourth round): Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 3.5 drew with J. Deepan Chakkravarthy 3.5; Abhijit Kunte 4 bt Abdulla Al-Rakib (Ban) 3; Kivanc Haznedaroglu (Tur) 3 drew with Oliver Barbosa (Phi) 3; Diptayan Ghosh 3 drew with Rahman Ziaur (Ban) 3; Swapnil S. Dhopade 2.5 drew with Konstantin Landa (Rus) 2.5; Moulthun Ly (Aus) 2 lost to B. Adhiban 3; Levan Pantsulaia (Geo) 3 bt P. Shyam Nikil 2; Prasanna Raghuram Rao 2.5 drew with M.R. Lalith Babu 2.5; Avetik Grigoryan (Arm) 2.5 drew with Neelotpal Das 2.5; G.N. Gopal 2.5 drew with Sundararajan Kidambi 2.5.

  • Vidit settles for a 31-move draw against Deepan Chakkaravarthy

  • The two are in joint second position with 3.5 points each

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