Gibraltar Chess: Abhijeet Gupta stuns Vassily Ivanchuk

Young Nihal Sarin shocked Bulgarian GM Kiril Georgiev, Sandipan Chanda exceeded expectations in holding England’s Michael Adams and Swapnil Dhopade proved equal to Nigel Short.

Abhijeet Gupta moved to six points at the end of eight rounds.   -  Shanker Chakravarty

Commonwealth champion Abhijeet Gupta stunned Vassily Ivanchuk in 34 moves and S. P. Sethuraman delivered a serious blow to
the Grandmaster-norm chances of R. Praggnanandha on way to the joint fifth spot after the eighth round of Tradewise Gibraltar Masters chess tournament in on Tuesday.

Young Nihal Sarin shocked Bulgarian GM Kiril Georgiev, Sandipan Chanda exceeded expectations in holding England’s Michael Adams and Swapnil
Dhopade proved equal to Nigel Short.

However, P. Hari Krishna suffered a second defeat after running into Israel’s Victor Michaelevski. GM-norm aspirant Prithu Gupta’s unbeaten run ended at the hands of Czech Republic’s Peter Michalik.

With two rounds to go, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura – seeded two and three – shared the lead with Richard Rapport and Daniil
Dubov at 6.5 points.

Eighth-round results (involving Indians):

Abhijeet Gupta (6) bt Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr, 5); S. L. Narayanan (5.5) drew with Jan-Krzysztof (Pol, 5.5); Michal Adams (Eng, 5.5) drew with Sandipan Chanda (5.5); S. P. Sethuraman (6) bt R. Praggnanandha (5); Victor Michaelevski (Isr, 5.5) bt P. Hari Krishna (4.5); Ivan Cheparinov (Bul, 5.5) bt M. R. Lalit Babu (4.5); Nigel Short (Eng, 5) drew with Swapnil Dhopade (5); Nihal Sarin (5.5) bt Kiril Georgiev (Bul, 4.5); Debashis Das (5) drew with Rainer Buhmann (Ger, 5); Anna Muzychuk (Ukr, 5) drew with M. R. Venkatesh (5); Prithu Gupta (4.5) lost to Peter Michalik (Cze, 5.5); G. N. Gopal (5) bt Pinto Paolo Ladron de Guevara (Esp, 4); Dmitrij Kollars (Ger, 4.5) drew with Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh (4.5); Lilit Mkrtchian (Arm, 4) lost to Shardul Gagare (5); Bela Khotenashvili (4.5) drew with Hemant Sharma (4.5); Xu Yi (Chn, 5) bt Raunak Sadhwani (4); Nieto David Larino (Esp, 5) bt Nisha Mohota (4); Lopez Juan Manual Bellon (Swe, 4) lost to Prasanna Rao (5); Padmini Rout (4.5) bt David Gavrilescu (Rou, 3.5); Alarcon Andres Merario (Esp, 4) drew with Swayams Mishra (4); Harshit Raja (4.5) bt Diaz Mario Gavilan (Esp, 3.5); Irine Kharisma Sukandar (Ina, 4) drew with P. V. Nandhidhaa (4); Andras Meszaros (Hun, 4) bt C. Sahajasri (3); Victor Plotkin (Can, 4) bt Tejaswini Sagar (3); Shalmali Gagare (3.5) drew with Caracuel Ignacio Barraza (Esp, 2.5); Mayank Pal (2.5) drew with Graham Bolt (Eng, 2); D. Alan Gravett (Eng, 2.5) bt Dev Shah (1.5).

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