SPORT

Kunte among impressive winners

JAMSHEDPUR OCT. 13. Top 12 boards produced results on the expected lines in the first round of the 11-round Swiss league fourth Tata International Open chess tournament at the J.R.D. Tata Sports Complex here on Monday.

International Master Sundarrajan Kidambi, ranked 13th, encountered stiff resistance in splitting points with Bangladesh's S.K. Khasim. In fact, Kidambi was fighting a losing battle in the middle game when his opponent, despite seeing a winning sequence, surprisingly accepted the draw offer against a much higher rated player.

Among the impressive winners were Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte. In a 35-move game of Sicilian Classical closed variation, all the pieces of G. Srinivas became passive, leaving little chance for manoeuvre in the back rank. Kunte got a rook for a Knight and was about to win another piece when his opponent resigned.

N. Srinath, a 9-year-old prodigy, gave a good display of his prowess against GM Dibyendu Barua on Board No. 6. Srinath was theoretically well prepared and entered the middle game with equality. The youngster overlooked a tactical shot which ended his aspiration of stretching a GM. Later, Barua was all praise for Srinath and predicted a bright future.

A total of 240 players from seven countries, Bangladesh, Russia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Belarus and India, were in fray.

The results (Indians unless stated):

First round: Saket Kumar (0) lost to Dmitry Svetushkin (Mol) (1); P. Hari Krishna (1) bt Aminul Islam (Ban) (0); G. Srinivas (0) lost to Abhijit Kunte (1); Surya Sekhar Ganguly (1) bt Sanjit Dutta (0); Naziruddin Hasan (Ban) (0) lost to Tahir Vakhidov (Uzb) (1); Dibyendu Barua (1) bt N. Srinath (0); Niladri S. Bhattacharjee (0) lost to Saidali Luldashev (Uzb) (1); Alexander Fominyh (Rus) (1) bt M. Srikanth Sharma (0); Dolan Champa Bose (0) lost to Ziaur Rahman (Ban) (1); Sergei Ovsejevitsch (Ukr) (1) bt Rupankar Nath (0); M. Vinod Kumar (0) lost to Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) (1); R.B. Ramesh (1) bt Alka Das (0); S.K. Khasim (0.5) drew with S. Kidambi (0.5); Niaz Murshed (Ban) (1) bt Iswarya Shobana (0); Md. Anwarul Kabir (Ban) (0) lost to Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury (1); M.R. Venkatesh (1) bt Amresh Nayak (0); Inachi Rodriguez (0) lost to Suvrajit Saha (1); T.S. Ravi (0.5) drew with K. Narayanan (0.5); Sinku Singh (0) los to Rahul Shetty (1); Vishal Sareen (1) bt Soham Das (0); K.V. Anil Kumar (0) los to V. Saravanan (1); S. Poobesh Anand (0.5) drew with Baishaki Das (0.5); P. Satyanarayan (0) lost to P. Konguvel (1); Neeraj Mishra (1) bt Shahidur Rahman (Ban) (0); Supriya Maji (1) bt K. Visweswaran (0); Varugeese Koshy (1) bt B. Sashikanth (1); Kiran Monisha Mohanty (0) lost to Himanshu Sharma (1); R. Balasubramanium (0) lost to Subodh Lakhey (1); G. Balachander (0) lost to Anup Deshmukh (1); M. Srinivasa Rao (1) bt K. Vedari (0); S. Nitin (0) lost to R.R. Laxman (1); Gurpreet Pal Singh (0.5) drew with Suman Basu (0.5); L. Dhanunjaya Rao (0) lost to Kh. Aminul Islam (Ban) (1); Atanu Lahiri (1) bt Mohammad Shamim (Ban) (0); R.K. Ranjith (1) bt Somak Palit (0); P.D.S. Girinath (1) bt S. Subbaraju (0); Mobin Farooqui (0) lost to S. Rishipal Singh (1); K. Rathnakaran (1) bt P. Malar Selvi (0); Kandi Ravi (0) lost to Swati Ghate (1); Deep Sengupta (0) lost to Souvik Chakraborty (1); Shankar Majumdar (0) lost to S. Arun Prasad (1); O.T. Anil Kumar (1) bt Swapnil S. Dhopade ; M. Kunal (0) lost to Sayantan Dutta (1); Abu Sufin Shakin (Ban) (1) bt T.V.R. Vijayaraghavan (0); Sahaj Grover (0.5) drew with Arghyadip Das (0.5); G. Balaji (1) bt Varun Dattani (0); Ayushi Roy Chowdhury (0) lost to Valay Parikh (1); Arindam Mukherjee (1) bt Ashish Kumar (0); S.P. Sethuraman (1) bt R. Preetham Sharma (0); Saifuddin (Ban) (0.5) drew with Rahil Joshi (0.5); Mahmuda Haque Choudhury (Ban) (0) lost to Manish Kumar (1); Rahul Sangma (1) bt A. Kumar (0).

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