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Diptayan shocks GM Adhiban

Diptayan Ghosh watches as B. Adhiban mulls over his move. A Telegraph picture

Calcutta: Sixteen-year-old Diptayan Ghosh shocked GM Baskaran Adhiban in a second-round match of the 6th Kolkata International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament, here on Wednesday. The tournament, organised by Alekhine Chess Club, at Gorky Sadan, has Diptayan, Deep Sengupta and eight others are leading the field with two points each.

The top two seeds Nigel Short of England and Sergey Fedorchuk of the Ukrain scored victories to trail the leaders by half a point.

Diptayan played the queen pawn game against Adhiban and no pawn was captured or exchanged in the first 24 moves. At this juncture, Adhiban made an unnecessary minor piece sacrifice and also an exchange sacrifice in the very next move.

Diptayan, in full control of the game, exchanged queens and his dynamic pieces unleashed a severe attack on Adhiban’s king. Adhiban surrendered in 55 moves.

Pantsulaia Levan of Georgia played a simple positional game of English Opening against Justin Sarkar, an IM of Indian origin from the US.

He exchanged all the pieces resulting in a king and four pawns each ending. The better-placed Pantsulaia’s king helped him to pocket a point.

On the top board, Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh held Russian GM Kostantin Landa in a Catalan opening, in 27 moves, after exchanging the queens on 15 th move.

Important results (2nd round)

Indians unless mentioned

Ziaur Rahman (Ban, 1.5) drew Konstantin Landa (Rus, 1.5); Diptayan Ghosh (2) bt B. Adhiban (1); Levan Pantsulaia (Geo, 2) bt Justin Sarkar (USA, 1); Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (2) bt Neelotpal Das (1); M. R. Lalith Babu (2) bt Swayams Mishra (1); Grigoryan Avetik (Arm, 1.5) drew Somak Palit (1.5); Abhijit Kunte (2) bt SP Sethuraman (1). Barbosa Oliver (Phi, 2) bt Swapnil Dhopade (1); Deep Sengupta (2) bt Swathi Ghate (1); Abdulla Al-Rakib (Ban, 2) bt Mary Ann Gomes (1); Debashis Das (2) bt Ivana Maria Furtado (1); Sergey Fedorchuk (Ukr, 1.5) bt Pratik Patil (1), Nigel Short (Eng, 1.5) bt Prince Bajaj (0.5); Mikheil Mchedlishvili (Geo, 1) drew Sameer Kathmale (1).