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Surya Sekhar shines bright

Calcutta: Chennai’s SP Sethuraman defeated Viorel Iordachescu of Moldavia in 31 moves to emerge as the sole leader after the penultimate round of the Open International Chess Tournament at the Gorky Sadan, here, on Wednesday.

He has now taken a lead with 7.5 points.

Vidit Gujrathi, GM Deep Sengupta, IM Vishnu Prasanna and Swapnil Dhopade, Ni Hua, Anton Koborv and Dzhumaev Marat shared the second spot with seven points each.

Sethuraman played French Defence with e4 e6/d4 d5. In the ninth move, he took Viorel by surprise when he gave a brilliant display using his bishop.

Viorel could not encounter Sethuraman’s move even as he tried to control the board with two pawns sacrifice. But his move went in vain.

In another match, Dhopade played a very composed game with black pieces against Mikhailo Oleksienko of Ukraine. Oleksienko played Cicilian Taimanov opening.

Surprisingly, he sacrificed a pawn in the beginning and a bishop within a short span to take control over the game.

Dhopade had better position midway, and kept his cool. He sacrificed his queen to have two rooks and a bishop to establish control. In the end game, Oleksienko made two mistakes and finally conceded the point after the 70th move.

Deep tried hard to overpower Ni Hua of China, but the battle, which lasted for more than four hours, ended with no outright result.

Diptayan Ghosh played a fantastic game to snatch full point from RR Laxman, while Surya Sekhar Ganguly registered a win over Himanshu Sharma.

However, Sandipan Chanda shared a point with Sundararajan Kidambi, while Nisha Mohota drew with V. Sarvanan. Mary Ann Gomes lost to Abhijit Kunte.