Top-seeded and Russian GM Ivan Popov began his campaign in style with an easy win over FIDE Master Debaraj Chatterjee in the Rs. 10 lakh prize money second International Grandmasters chess tournament, organised by Cyber Chess Academy at KVBR Indoor Stadium here on Monday.
Prince Bajaj of Delhi caused a major upset in the first round, outsmarting Ubzekistan GM Marat Dzhumaev in 35 moves.
Local players Dhulipala Bala Chandra Prasad and Y.V.K. Chakravarthi shocked GMs Vishnu Prasanna (India) and Igor Yagupov (Russia) respectively in the first round, while B. Kumaran of Chennai, also surprised IM Jacek Stopa of Poland.
Fifth-seeded GM Deep Sengupta and GM Tornike Sanikidze of Georgia were also forced to settle for draws against Trichy-based M. Kunal and N.R. Vignesh.
Important results: First round: Ivan Popov (Rus) 1 bt Debaraj Chatterjee (Bangladesh) 0; Sameer Kathmale 0 lost to Levan Pantsulaia (Georgia) 1.
Vidit Santosh Gujarathi 1 bt K. Praneeth Surya 0; Abhimanyu Puranik 0 lost to M.R. Lalith Babu 1; Deep Sengupta 0.5 drew with M. Kunal 0.5; Prasenjit Dutta 0 lost to Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (Arm) 1; Vladislav Borovikov (Ukr) 1 bt Ram S. Krishnan 0; Prince Bajaj 1 bt Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) 0.
Merab Gagunashvili (Geor) 1 bt Niranjan Navalgund 0; V.R. Vignesh 0.5 drew with Tornike Sanikidze (Geor) 0.5; S.P. Sethuraman 0.5 drew with Hemant Sharma 0.5; N. Raghavi 0 lost to Alon Greenfeld (Israel) 1; Arun Prasad 1 bt K.N. Gopal 0.
Akash P.C. Iyer 0 lost to Azer Mirzoev (Azerb) 1; Levon Babujian (Arm) 1 bt Matta Vinay Kumar 0; Gireman Ja 0 lost to Vasily Papin (Rus) 1.
Jacek Stopa (Pol) 0 lost to B. Kumaran 1; Vikramjit Singh 0.5 drew with Valeriy Neverov (Ukr) 0.5; Mikhail Mozharov (Rus) 1 bt Safal Bora (USA) 0; Dhulipala Bala Chandra Prasad 1 bt Vishnu Prasanna 0. Ashwin Jayaram 0 lost to J. Ramakrishna 1.
Harsha Bharathakoti 0.5 drew with Abjijit Kunte 0.5; Hovik Hayrapetyan (Arm) 0.5 drew with K.S. Raghunandan 0.5; Ivana Maria Furtado 0 lost to Deepan Chakkravarthy 1; Sinisa Drazic (Serb) 1 bt Sohan Phadke 0.