Delhi International Open: Ilamparthi stuns Harsha; Srikanth holds Karthik

Grandmaster and National junior champion Karthik Venkataraman and GM-elect Harsha Bharathakoti found the going tough at the Delhi International Open Grandmasters chess tournament

Indian Air Force player K Srikanth who held Grandmaster Karthik Venkataraman in the opening round of Delhi International Open Grandmasters chess tournament in New Delhi on Wednesday.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Much against the trend of results, Grandmaster and National junior champion Karthik Venkataraman and GM-elect Harsha Bharathakoti found the going tough as the Delhi International Open Grandmasters
chess tournament threw up unexpected opening-round heroes here on Wednesday.

Though the top-19 seeds were among those with a point each, Karthik faced unexpected resistance from Air Force recruit K. Srikanth and eventually split the point after 72 moves. If Karthik needed any
consolation after dropping half a point, he had to only look at Harsha’s plight.

Harsha, awaiting the confirmation of his Grandmaster title, ran into the reigning National under-9 champion A. R. Ilamparthi, rated 561 points below at 1920, crashed to a 43-move defeat.

On a day when almost every overseas Grandmaster won, Uzbek Marat Dzhumaev, — a regular in Indian events for over a decade — was held by Nitish Das.

Samriddhaa Ghosh proved equal to International Master N. R. Vignesh in 41 moves following a sequence of perpetual checks.

Important first-round results (Indians unless stated)
 

Rajarshi Dutta lost to Farrukh Amonatov (Tjk); Alexandr Predke (Rus) bt P. Ramakrishna; Lakshmi Krishna Bhushan lost to Levan Pantsulaia (Geo); Vaibhav Suri bt Isha Sharma; Vellanki Jayachandra lost to ivan Rozum (Rus); Ivan Popov (Rus) bt Dilshad Mohammad; Arpan Das lost to Luka Paichadze (Geo); Aleksej Aleksandrov (Blr) bt Sourth Biswas; K. Sai Nirupama lost to Abhijeet Gupta; S. L. Narayanan bt Manoj Mishra; Om Kadam lost to M. Karthikeyan; Karthik Venkataraman drew with K.
Srikanth; Harsha Bharathakoti lost to A. R. Ilamparthi; Samriddhaa Ghosh drew with N. R. Vignesh; Nitish Das drew with Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb).