Swapnil Dhopade stuns Mozharov, in sole lead

Swapnil Dhopade stuns Mozharov, in sole lead
Triple Grandmaster Norm holder Swapnil Dhopade (6.5) excelled in defeating GM Mozharov Mikhail (Russia) in the seventh round of the 7th Chennai International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament at Nehru Stadium, Chennai here today.

Maharashtra star Swapnil moves into sole lead with 6.5 points and is followed by International Master Cruz Jonathan (Peru) at 6.0 points. Seven players share the third spot viz., Dzhumaev Mart (Uzbekistan), Ramnath Bhuvanesh R (India), Popov Ivan (Russia), Cruz Cristhian (Peru), Mozharov Mikhail (Russia), Karthikeyan Murali (India) and Gasanov Eldar (Ukraine) at 5.5 points.

The top board game Grunfeld game between Swapnil Dhopade and Mozharov Mikhail had all the thrills, spills and excitement loaded to it. Mozharov sacrificed a pawn as early as the seventh move, but found Swapnil a tough nut to crack. Queens were off the board by 21st move, while a series of exchanges left Mozharov a pawn down in an opposite colored bishop ending. In the fourth hour of play, Mozharov missed Swapnil’s stunning 37.Bf7 which effectively decided the game in favor of the Indian. With an ELO 2765 performance Swapnil stands to gain 23 rating points, so far. Three rounds remain to be played in the ten round Swiss event.

Category “A” – Main Results Round 7 (Indians unless specified) :

Swapnil S Dhopade (6.5) bt Mozharov Mikhail (Rus) 5.5, Dzhumaev Marat (Uzb) 5.5 drew with Popov Ivan (Rus) 5.5, Cruz Jonathan (Per) 6 bt Brunello Sabino (Ita) 5, Karthikeyan Murali (5.5) bt Karthikeyan P (5), Cruz Cristhian (Per) 5.5 bt Ravi Teja S (4.5), Stany G A (5) bt Evdokimov Alexander A (Rus) 5, Rathnakaran K (4.5) lost to Gasanov Eldar (Ukr) 5.5, Ravichandran Siddharth (5) drew with Prasanna Raghuram Rao (5), Krishna CRG (4.5) lost to Ramnath Bhuvanesh R (5.5), David Alberto (Ita) 5 bt Kumaran B (4), Gahan MG (4.5) drew with Baryshpolets Andrey (Ukr) 4.5, Nguyen DUc Hoa (Vie) 5 bt Harsha Bharathakoti 4, Shivananda B S (4) lost to Neverov Valeriy (Ukr) 5