The Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament is in for close finish as no less than 6 players have theoretical chances of winning the championship.

The contest between overnight leaders Laxman vs Priyadarshan & Krastiv vs 2nd placed GM Mchedlishvili ended in draws, which has helped them in maintaining their lead however, they were joined by three more players; Zubov Alexander, Nguyen Duc Luka Paichadze. These players have registered a crucial win over Harsha Bharathakoti, Pavel Smirnov & S Nitin respectively.

The 10th and final round encounter between Zubov Alexander vs Nguyen Duc, Krastiv vs Priyadarshan and Laxman v/s Luka will decide the championship. The winner will become richer by Rs.3 Lakhs from a prize pool of Rs.11 Lakhs.

The event brought cheers for Indians as 17-year old Rohan Ahuja from Goa has achieved his 1st International Master norm.

The event is being sponsored by Brihanmumbai Municiapl Corporation and co-sponsored by LIC of India and is being hosted by the Goregaon Sports Club at their premises.

Key Results of Round 9:

 

Bo.

 

Name

Pts.

Result

Pts.

 

Name

1

IM

Priyadharshan K.

7

Drew

7

GM

Laxman R.R.

2

GM

Kravtsiv Martyn

7

Drew

GM

Mchedlishvili Mikheil

3

IM

Swapnil S. Dhopade

Drew

GM

Kokarev Dmitry

4

 

Harsha Bharathakoti

6

Lost to

7

GM

Zubov Alexander

5

GM

Nguyen Duc Hoa

7

Beat

6

GM

Smirnov Pavel

6

GM

Paichadze Luka

7

Beat

6

IM

Nitin S.

7

 

Sanjay N.

6

Drew

6

GM

Gagunashvili Merab

8

IM

Azaladze Shota

Beat

GM

Hossain Enamul

9

GM

Abdulla Al-Rakib

Beat

 

Kulkarni Rakesh

10

FM

K. Praneeth Surya

6

Drew

6

 

M Nubairshah Shaikh

11

IM

Prasanna Raghuram Rao

6

Drew

6

CM

Puranik Abhimanyu