17-year old, Rohan Ahuja from Goa continued his dream run in round 3 of the 8th edition of Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament 2015. After registering a shock victory in round 2 over GM Semcesen, the youngster produced another upset by holding the Indian GM, Deepan Chakravarthy to a draw in round 3.
Playing white, Rohan opted for a King’s Indian attack and the game went on an equal footing. The steady exchange of pieces did not help GM Deepan and though his Rook was able to penetrate on the opponent’s side, Rohan created counter-play to nullify whatever advantage GM Deepan was enjoying. The players called for a truce after 45-moves as neither had any chances of winning. Rohan now has an impressive tally of 2.5/3 to share the 2nd spot jointly.
Similar performances were recorded by IM S.Nitin and IM Swayams Mishra as they held their higher rated opponents, GM Alexander Zubov and GM Aleksandrov respectively to a draw.
Meanwhile the other results on top-boards went as per the expected lines with higher rated Grandmasters securing wins over their opponents. The top-seeded Grandmaster in the event, Kokarev Dmitry heads into round 4 along with GM Mchedlishvili, GM Martin Kravstiv, GM Pavel Smirnov, GM Debashish Das, GM Ziaur Rahman, GM Vitaly Sivuk & GM Nguyen Duc. All these players are on 3 points from as many rounds.
Seven more rounds remains to be played in this event, which is being sponsored by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), co-sponsored by the Life Insurance Corporation of India and hosted by Goregaon Sports Club.
Key Results of Round 3:
Bo. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg
1 GM Kokarev Dmitry 2639 3 Beat 2 IM Ravi Teja S. 2403
2 GM Zubov Alexander 2612 2½ Drew 2½ IM Nitin S. 2357
3 IM Swayams Mishra 2439 2½ Drew 2½ GM Aleksandrov A 2607
4 IM Prasanna Rao 2424 2 Lost to 3 GM Mchedlishvili M 2597
5 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2589 3 Beat 2 Kulkarni Rakesh 2353
6 Sanjay N. 2310 2 Lost to 3 GM Smirnov Pavel 2588
7 IM Sangma Rahul 2307 2 Lost to 3 GM Debashis Das 2508
8 GM Rahman Ziaur 2500 3 Beat 2 CM Puranik Abhimanyu 2307
9 Rohan Ahuja 2218 2½ Drew 2½ GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2497
10 GM Sivuk Vitaly 2491 3 Beat 2 WFM Pujari Rucha 2141
11 Muthaiah Al 2159 2 Lost to 3 GM Nguyen Duc Hoa 2487
12 Siva Mahadevan 2125 2½ Drew 2½ IM Priyadharshan K. 2462
13 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2616 2½ Beat 2 Sa Kannan 2003