The 1st round of the 8th edition of Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament 2015 witnessed the shocking demolition of Grandmaster Abdullah Al-Rakib of Bangladesh by the young Indian, Sammed Shete.

In a Queen Pawn game leading to the Torre Attack, young Sammed, playing black, played a fluent game to score a full point in 30 moves to record his career best victory.

A minor upset was also witnessed on board 5 where GM Gagunashvili Merab was held to a draw by promising youngster, Praggnanandhaa in a marathon game lasting 86 moves.

Meanwhile, the other Grandmasters in the fray had no difficulty in winning their first round encounter. On the top-table, the highest seeded player, GM Kokarev Dmitry defeated E Arjun, WFM Mahalakshmi lost to GM Levan Pantsulaia on board 2, GM Alexander Zubov defeated S. Adithya on board 3 and the veteran WIM, Anupama Gokhale lost to Aleksandrov Aleksej.

Earlier, the 1st stage of this event got off to a rousing start here at Goregaon Sports Club with participation of 372 players.

The elite grandmaster’s category, which has a prize pool of Rs.11 Lakhs has attracted 146 players inclusive of 18 Grandmasters, 16 International Masters, 1 Women Grandmaster, 4 Women International Masters from as many as 11 countries.

While the B-category tournament for players rated 2000 and below has attracted a total of 226 entries with a prize pool of Rs. 7.70 Lakhs.

 

The tournament is being sponsored by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and co-sponsored by the Life Insurance Corporation of India and it is being hosted by Goregaon Sports Club.