Grandmaster Kravstiv Martyn took the sole lead at the end of round 6 of BMC & LIC sponsored, VIII Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament in progress here at Goregaon Sports Club.
In a clash of leaders on the top 3-boards, GM Kravstiv produced the only decisive result in his game against GM Pavel Smirnov in 45 moves from the Black side of Queen’s Gambit to propel himself to the top of standings. Barring this result, the ‘safety first’ approach was witnessed on the remaining five boards as the players agreed for quick draws.
The 2nd spot is now shared by GM Kokarev, GM Nguyen, GM Ziaur Rahman, IM Priyadarshan & GM Laxman, who handed the defending champion, GM Levan Pantsulaia his 2nd consecutive defeat. All these players are on 5/6 points.
GM Pavel Smirnov, GM Debashis Das, GM Zubov Alexander, M Nubarishah Shaikh, GM Mchedlishvili M, GM Paichadze Luka, GM Deepan C J & IM Prasanna Rao are occupying the 3rd spot jointly with a score of 4½/6 points.
With 4 rounds remaining in this championship, a keen fight for championship is in the offing for winner’s purse of Rs. 3 Lakhs from a prize pool of Rs.11 Lakhs.
Bo. Name Pts. Result Pts. Name
1 GM Nguyen Duc Hoa 5 Drew 5 GM Kokarev Dmitry
2 GM Smirnov Pavel 4½ Lost to 5½ GM Kravtsiv Martyn
3 GM Debashis Das 4½ Drew 5 GM Rahman Ziaur
4 M Nubair Shaikh 4½ Drew 4½ GM Zubov Alexander
5 GM MchedlishviliM 4½ Drew 4½ GM Paichadze Luka
6 GM Deepan C J. 4½ Drew 4½ IM Prasanna Rao
7 IM Nitin S. 4 Lost to 5 IM Priyadharshan K.
8 GM Laxman R.R. 5 Beat 3½ GM Pantsulaia Levan
9 GM Aleksandrov A 4½ Beat 3½ FM R K Srihari
10 IM Azaladze Shota 4½ Beat 3½ Sahoo Utkal Ranjan
11 CM Puranik A 3½ Beat 3½ GM Sivuk Vitaly
12 IM Karthikeyan P. 4½ Beat 3½ IM Gokhale Chandrashekhar
13 Deshpande A 3½ Lost to 4½ Vignesh Nr
14 Visakh Nr 3½ Lost to 4½ Siva Mahadevan
15 Chandar Raju 3½ Lost to 4½ Harsha Bharathakoti