KOLKATA: Dwarka Prasad Singh, the highest rated International Master in this meet with an Elo rating of 2523, accused of unfair means during play by his compatriots, was in the limelight following a fine win over Georgian GM Mikhail Kekelidze in the sixth round of the Kolkata Open international chess tournament at the Gorky Sadan here on Friday.
The win lifted him to 4.5 points to be in the joint second position after three GMs, Tigran Petrosian of Armenia, Darmen Sadvakasov of Kazakhstan and top seed Sergei Tiviakov of The Netherlands (five points each).
In a simple yet clinical game, Singh forced the Georgian to resign on the 50th move in a king and pawn ending. To Singh's Slav defence, Kekelidze employed the Queen's Indian defence. After an equal position, Singh came up with a pawn sacrifice (c5) on the 25th move. Singh not only got back the pawn in the 33rd but exchanged the queens in the 48th and ended with a pawn up in the end. The Georgian had no option but to resign.
Another IM Sriram Jha, taking on the top seed Tiviakov on the second board, played a series of bad moves and lost.
Important results (Indians, unless mentioned): T. Petrosian (Arm) (5) drew with D. Sadvakasov (Kaz) (5); S. Tiviakov (Ned) (5) bt S. Jha (4); P. Levan (Geo) (4) drew with A. Greenfeld (Isr) (4.5); S. Palit (3.5) lost to D. Komarov (Ukr) (4.5); D.P. Singh (4.5) bt M. Kekelidze (Geo) (3.5); T. Bakre (4) drew with A. Al-Rakib (Ban) (4); E. Hossain (Ban) (3.5) lost to G.N. Gopal (4.5); S. Kidambi (4.5) bt S.P. Sethuraman (3.5); S. Shukhrat (Uzb) (4.5) bt V. S. Gujrathi (3.5); S.S. Ganguly (4) bt A. Prasad (4).