Ukraine’s Stanislav Bogdanovich defeated India’s N. R. Visakh in the seventh round to move into the sole lead, with seven points, at the 12th Chennai Open International Grand Master Chess tournament here on Thursday.
Chennai-based Grand Master M. R. Venkatesh (6.5 points) is hot on the heels of the Ukranian GM along with eight others, including the top-seed Pavel Ponkratov of Russia.
The others with 6.5 points are: Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara, Sergei Yudin, Ivan Rozum, Aleksey Goganov, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Kirill Stupak and Jimmy Jubin.
The race for securing International Master norms picked up pace as Chennai schoolboy G. B. Harshavardhan and Jubin improved their chances with just two rounds to go. Harshavardhan held Indonesian IM Taher to a draw while Jubin defeated Chilean GM Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo in a marathon game.
The two, along with V. Pranav and S. Rohit Krishna, require a draw in the ninth and penultimate round on Friday to achieve the IM norm.
The 10-round competition concludes on January 25.
- Axar Patel to Naseem Shah - Full list of injured players ahead of ODI World Cup 2023
- VIDEO: Xavi Hernandez ‘saddened’ by Spain’s women’s team saga
- ICC should protect cricket: Former SL captain Arjuna Ranatunga
- Jhingan, Gurpreet part of Sports Ministry’s updated Indian Football team for Asian Games
- Davis Cup 2023: Bopanna in focus as India takes on Morocco