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Abhijit is the sole leader

Calcutta: Former national champion Abhijit Kunte emerged sole leader with four points after Round IV of the 6th Kolkata Open Gransmasters Chess tournament, organised by Alekhine Chess Club, on Friday, at Gorky Sadan.

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Deepan Chakravarthy share the second position with 3.5 points apiece, while 10 more players are on three points.

Opening with a Queen Pawn game, Abhijit kept things slow and steady to develop his pieces against the promising Bangladeshi Abdulla Al-Rakib on the second board. After exchanging the minor pieces, Abhijit’s queen and rook controlled the seventh rank and his extra B-pawn began to roll towards the eighth rank.

Abdullah resigned on the 34th move when one more rook was about to seize the initiative on the seventh rank.

Young Vidith settled for a 31-move draw against Deepan in a game arising out of Slav Defence on the first board. The third board game between Haznedaroglu Kivanc of Turkey and Oliver Barbosa of Philippines ended in a draw.

Similar was the result when Diptayan Ghosh took on his tutor Ziaur Rahman in the fourth board. Having upstaged top seed Nigel Short the other day, the Bangladeshi Grandmaster was surprisingly defensive right from the outset.

Short, meanwhile, continued to be scrappy as on this occasion, he drew with ICF’s IM P. Karthikeyan, remaining winless in two consecutive matches.

Among the other top board results, Georgia’s Pantsulaia Levan prevailed over P. Shyam Nikil, with the latter unable to stop the marching pawns at the end. B. Adhiban employed Sicilian Defence against Australian IM Ly Moulthun, grabbing a Bishop on the 22nd move. He under-promoted his E-pawn to a Knight to fork his opponent’s king and queen to win the game in 49 moves.

Armenian Avetik Gregorian split points with Grandmaster Neelotpal Das, with his attempt to win a rook and rook pawn ending going in vain. IM K. Rathnakaran dashed Deep Sengupta’s hopes with a convincing win.