| M. R. Venkatesh |
Calcutta: Grandmaster M.R. Venkatesh emerged as the sole leader with 5.5 points after the end of the seventh round of the Tata National Premier Chess Championship, being held at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, here on Sunday. Venkatesh is followed by three players on five points each.
Venkatesh, playing Black, against Deepan Chakravarthy, won the exchange in a King’s Indian Defence after which he had little difficulty in converting his material advantage into a win.
In a major upset, lowly–rated Anurag Mhamal of Goa outwitted second seed, Grandmaster S.P. Sethuraman of PSPB in a Slav Defence with the Black pieces in 36 moves.
City-based Grandmaster Deep Sengupta of PSPB jumped into the second spot with an impressive victory over GN Gopal in a French Tarrasch. Deep created a passed pawn on the b-file which he later converted into a queen and created a mating net around Gopal’s queen.
Swapnil Dhopade of Central Railways drew yet another Grandmaster to keep his GM-norm chances alive. He held GM Sahaj Grover of Delhi to a draw in a knight versus bishop ending. Swapnil now has 5 points to his credit.
Thirteen-year-old Aravindh Chithambaram went down to S Satyapragyan in 33 moves in a Sicilian Defence.
Neelotpal Das of PSPB drew against former national champion GM Praveen Thipsay of Maharashtra in 17 moves in a King’s Indian Defence.
Dibyendu Barua registered his second win of the meet as he got the better of CRG Krishna in 30 moves in a Catalan Opening.