Grandmaster R.R. Laxman & IM Priydarshan registered impressive victory over their respective rival, GM Ziaur Rahman &   GM Nguyen to join the overnight sole leader, Kravstiv Martyn at the end of 7th round of VIII LIC Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament in progress here at Goregaon Sports Club.

While GM Krastiv took an early draw with GM Kokarev in just 12-moves, GM Laxman came out with all guns blazing against GM Ziaur Rahman. In a game arising out of Reti Opening, GM Laxman equalized early from the black side and soon his pieces started making inroads on the opponent’s side. GM Zia was required to bring back his forces to defend the weak King but the assault proved too much and he resigned on move 40 when faced with a mating attack. GM Laxman has now registered a hat-trick of victories from round 5 to 7.

On board 3, GM Priyadarshan was in his element today against GM Nguyen in the Sicilian Defense. With a neat tactical stroke, Priyardarshan was able to win a pawn on move 39 and the ensuing Bishop ending was just a matter of technique to wrap the game in 69 moves. With this win both the Indians have emerged as a strong contender for the top finish.

The 2nd spot is jointly occupied by GM Zubov Alexander. GM Pavel Smirnov, GM Luka Paichadze, IM Shota Azaladze and an untitled player, Harsha Bharathakoti. All these players are on points.

Three more rounds remains to be played in this championship to decide the champion of 2015 edition of Mayor’s Cup.

 

 

Bo.

 

Name

Rtg

Pts.

Result

Pts.

 

Name

Rtg

1

GM

Kravtsiv Martyn

2589

6

Drew

GM

Kokarev Dmitry

2639

2

GM

Rahman Ziaur

2500

5

Lost to

6

GM

Laxman R.R.

2417

3

IM

Priyadharshan K.

2462

6

Beat

5

GM

Nguyen Duc Hoa

2487

4

GM

Zubov Alexander

2612

Beat

GM

Deepan C J

2497

5

IM

Karthikeyan P.

2440

5

Drew

5

GM

Aleksandrov Aleksej

2607

6

 

Vignesh Nr

2399

5

Drew

5

Mchedlishvili M

2597

7

IM

Prasanna Rao

2424

Lost to

GM

Smirnov Pavel

2588

8

GM

Paichadze Luka

2558

Beat

 

Nubairshah Shaikh

2428

9

 

Harsha Bharathakoti

2332

Beat

GM

Debashis Das

2508

10

 

Siva Mahadevan

2125

Drew

IM

Azaladze Shota

2499

11

IM

Swapnil S. Dhopade

2453

5

Beat

CM

Puranik Abhimanyu

2307