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Gupta beats leader Anton

Abhijeet Gupta

New Delhi: Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta spiced up the AICF-AAI Cup by defeating the tournament leader Anton Korobov of Ukraine in the seventh round, here on Thursday.

Gupta’s first victory threw the tournament wild open as Korobov remained on four points following his first defeat. The Indian can look forward to an improved finish after a rather sedate start and two back to back loses coming in round five and six.

Krishnan Sasikiran avenged his second round defeat against compatriot Parimarjan Negi in a one-sided affair while Evgeny Alekseev of Russia signed peace with top rated Radoslav Wojtaszek of Poland in the other game of the day.

Alekseev joined Korobov in lead on four points while Sasikiran now shares the third spot along with Wojtaszek on 3.5 points.Negi and Gupta are now at the bottom of the table with three points from seven games.

Abhijeet was seen struggling with his form right through the course of the tournament but against Korobov he showed his true mettle. The opening was a pleasant surprise as Korobov went for the English defence, something that is rarely seen in top level chess.

Abhijeet got a stable advantage by move ten and Korobov soon faltered and blundered a pawn that was happily accepted. Korobov worked and got his counter play in the later stages of the middle game but by then the Ukrainian also ran short of time.