With the championship drawing to close, the strategy for the leaders is to find out the right encounter to fight and agree for a draw with players of equal strength so that they retain their chances of winning till the end. This strategy was witnessed in abundance today in the 8th round of LIC Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament in progress here at the Goregaon Sports Club.

With just 3 rounds remaining, the two overnight leaders, GM R.R. Laxman & GM Kravstiv Martyn decided to draw their encounter in just 14-moves from the Catalan opening and wait for the right opponent in the next two rounds.

And, a fighting draw was seen on board two in the game between GM Alexander Zubov & the overnight leader IM Priyadarshan, who is rated 150 points below the GM on the ELO scale. GM Zubov, who was trailing Priyadarshan by half-a-point used all his experience to win the game against Priyadarshan, However, Priyadarshan was equal to the task and his accurate defense in the queen and minor piece ending with equal pawns saved the day for him. The players signed peace treaty after 67 moves.

Both these results meant that the lead remained unchanged in hands of Kravstiv, Laxman and Priyadarshan. 

Similar results were also witnessed on board 3 and 4 in the encounters between GM Kokarev vs GM Luka Paichadze & GM Pavel Smirnov vs Harsha Bharathakoti where the ‘safety first’ approach was witnessed.  

A shock result was witnessed in the game between GM Aleksandrov Aleksej and IM Swapnil Dhopade wherein the GM overestimated his chances and made a crucial mistake to hand over the full point to the Swapnil. The trend of GM losing to an IM continued as GM Ziaur Rahman lost to IM Nitin

The 2nd spot is jointly occupied by 9-players; Zubov Alexander, Kokarev Dmitry, Pavel Smirnov, Luka Paichadze, Mchedlishvili Mikheil, Nguyen Duc, Swapnil Dhopade, S Nitin, Harsha Bharathakoti. All these players are on 6 points.

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

 

Key Results of Round 8:

 

Bo.

 

Name

Rtg

Pts.

Result

Pts.

 

Name

Rtg

1

GM

Laxman R.R.

2417

Drew

GM

Kravtsiv Martyn

2589

2

GM

Zubov Alexander

2612

6

Drew

IM

Priyadharshan K.

2462

3

GM

Kokarev Dmitry

2639

6

Drew

6

GM

Paichadze Luka

2558

4

GM

Smirnov Pavel

2588

6

Drew

6

 

Harsha Bharathakoti

2332

5

GM

Aleksandrov Aleksej

2607

5

Lost to

6

IM

Swapnil S. Dhopade

2453

6

GM

Mchedlishvili Mikheil

2597

6

Beat

5

IM

Karthikeyan P.

2440

7

IM

Nitin S.

2357

6

Beat

5

GM

Rahman Ziaur

2500

8

IM

Azaladze Shota

2499

Drew

 

Sanjay N.

2310

9

GM

Nguyen Duc Hoa

2487

6

Beat

5

 

Vignesh Nr

2399

10

GM

Gagunashvili Merab

2600

Beat

5

 

Siva Mahadevan

2125