Ramnath Bhuvanesh & Rathnakaran stun GMs, Popov held

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Ramnath Bhuvanesh & Rathnakaran stun GMs, Popov held
By R.R.Vasudevan

Indian International Masters Ramnath Bhuvanesh and Rathnakaran stunned higher rated Grandmasters, moving into shared lead with 3.0 points after the third round of the 7th Chennai International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament at Nehru Stadium, Chennai here today. Top seed Grandmaster Ivan Popov of Russia (2.5) was held to a draw by GM Norm hold Siddharth Ravichandran in a short game that lasted 24 moves. Popov remains half a point behind the bunch of leaders.

Ramnath Bhuvanesh and Rathnakaran ruled the day, scoring over Grandmasters Alberto David (Italy) and Andrey Baryshpolets (Ukraine) in the second and third boards. Sharing the lead with Ramnath and Rathnakaran were – GM Cristhian Cruz (Peru), Karthikeyan Murali, Dhopade S Swapnil, Shardul Gagare, Kelkar Abhishek (all India) and Van Huy Nguyen (Vietnam), all at 3.0 points.

The morning round saw two Grandmasters tasting defeat at the hands of lower ranked players. GMs Evdokimov and Nguyen Duc Hoa lost to Indian duo Abhishek Kelkar and Hemant Sharma respectively.

Category “A” – Main Results Round 3 (Indians unless specified) :

Siddharth Ravichandran (2.5) drew with Ivan Popov (Rus) 2.5, Alberto David (Ita) 2 lost to Bhuvanesh R Ramnath (3), Andrey Baryshpolets (Ukr) 2 lost to K Rathnakaran (3), Cristhian Cruz (Per) 3 bt NR Visakh (2), Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) 2.5 drew with NR Vignesh (2.5), Murali Karthikeyan (3) bt Vishwesh C Sai (2), B Kumaran (2) lost to Van Huy Nguyen (Vie) 3, B S Shivananda (2) lost to S Dhopade Swapnil (3), P Maheswaran (2) drew with Sabino Brunello (Ita) 2, Sameer Kathmale (1.5) lost to Mikhail Mozharov (Rus) 2.5

Category “A” – Main Results Round 2 (Indians unless specified) :

Popov Ivan (Rus) 2 bt Gahan MG (1), Pranav Vijay (1) lost to David Alberto (Ita) 2, Murali Krishnan BT (1) lost to Baryshpolets Andrey (Ukr) 2, Mozharov Mikhail (Rus) 1.5 drew with Meher Chinna Reddy CH (1.5), Safranska Anda (Fra) 1 lost to Cruz Cristhian (Per) 2, Evdokimov Alexander A (Rus) 1 lost to Abhishek Kelkar (2), Lokesh P (1) lost to Dzhumaev Marat (Uzb) 2, Gasanov Eldar (Ukr) 1.5 drew with Kathmale Sameer (1.5), Hemant Sharma (2) bt Nguyen Duc Hoa (Vie) 1, Shetty Rahul (1) lost to Karthikeyan Murali (2)

Category “B” – Main Results Round 3 :

Shakthi Vishal J (2.5) drew with Anilkumar OT (2.5), Manigandan S S (3) bt Sathyanarayanan V (2), Sanjay Thiruvengadam (2.5) drew with Dusthageer Ibrahim M (2.5), Raju S (3) bt Balachandar E (2), Saroja K (2.5) drew with Visveshwar A (2.5), Rahul S (3) bt Anandha Venkatesan (2), Shreyas M (2) lost to Karthick Narayanan S (3), Panaiappan S (2) lost to Isha Sharma (3), Murugan M (2) lost to Dileep Kumar R (3), Abir Sinha (3) bt Lakshmi C (2)

Category “B” – Main Results Round 2 :
Anil Kumar O T (2) bt Martin Samuel (1), Natarajan M (1) lost to Manigandan S S (2), Dusthageer Ibrahim M (2) bt Ajay Karthikeyan (1), Sathananthan I (1.5) drew with Uttam Sharma (1.5), Sahu Rajendra Kumar (1.5) drew with Poojakanth M (1.5), Reetish Padhi (2) bt Vijaya Sharathy (1), Gopalakrishnan K (1.5) drew with Gukesh D (1.5), Krithigga K (1.5) drew with Nanda Kumar T S (1.5), Arjun B (2) bt Venkatakrishna R V (1), Muthu Hareeswaran S (1) lost to Raju S (2)

Rakesh Kumar Jena upsets GM Axel Ramboldoni

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Rakesh Kumar Jena upsets GM Axel Ramboldoni
By RR Vasudevan

FIDE Master and former National Under 11 Champion Rakesh Kumar Jena scored the first upset defeating Grandmaster Axel Rambodoni of Italy in the first round of the 7th Chennai International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament at Nehru Stadium, Chennai here today.  Top seed Grandmaster Ivan Popov of Russia comfortably scored over Vivek Nambiar in the top board.

The advanced French game saw the Orissa junior Rakesh Kumar Jena starting off in a confident manner against Italian Grandmaster Axel Ramboldoni. In an ensuing middle game tactic, Rakesh got his pawn on an advanced “c6” square by 13th move. Axel found himself in further trouble, as Rakesh fluently converted his initiative into a winning position, with clinical precision. Gaining a piece through a series of tactical moves by move 32, Rakesh played confidently to wrest the full point by 51st turn.

63 titled players including 15 Grandmasters saw 179 players from 12 countries participating in this event, that took off along with FIDE Rated Open Category “B” tournament. The parallel Category “B” event has 372 players including two title holders. The ten round tournament offers Grandmaster and International Master Norm chances for aspiring players.

Earlier, the tournament was inaugurated by Arjuna Awardee and International Master Manuel Aaron who made the symbolic first move against former World Under 8 Champion R Praggnanandhaa. Present in the dais were Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Shri V Hariharan, General Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Shri R Rajesh, General Secretary, Kerala State Chess Association, International Arbiter R Anantharam.

Category “A” – Round 1 Results (Indians unless specified) : Vivek Nambiar lost to Ivan Popov (Rus), Alberto David (Ita) bt S Yogit, Mukherjee Debarshi drew with Sabino Brunello (Ita), Andrey Baryshpolets (Ukr) bt Pratik Patil, Jayavel Mugil lost to Mikhail Mozharov (Rus), P Iniyan lost to Alexander A Evdokimov (Rus), Aref Vasli (Ira) lost to Eldar Gasanov (Ukr), Duc Hoa Nguyen (Vie) bt A Ra Harikrishnan, Rakesh Kumar Jena bt Axel Rambaldoni (Ita), Sarin Nihal drew with Jonathan Cruz (Peru)

Category “B” – Round 1 Results :  Paul Arokia Raj S drew with Yashwanth Raj S, Ayushh Ravikumar lost to Anilkumar O T, Manigandan S S bt Senthilkumar K, Adarsh Tripathi lost to Dusthageer Ibrahim M, Uttam Sharma bt Rohith Krishna S, Rajesh Vasanthakumar lost to Sahu Rajendra Kumar, Vijaya Sharathy bt Vijayaraj P, Aravinth Shanmugam S lost to Gopalakrishnan K, Nanda Kumar T S bt Rindhiya V.