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Monday, January 13, 2014

12th Parsvnath Chess International Round 7: GM Abhijeet Gupta beats Top Seed GM Martyn Kravtsiv

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Hello everyone,

Some chess news from India: The country's highest prize-money chess tournament is currently on in New Delhi. Seven rounds have been played at the 12th Parsvnath Chess Open International. GM Abhijeet Gupta beat top seed GM Martyn Kravtsiv in the seventh round, on Monday, to extend his lead by a full point over the rest of the field. 

Gupta was unstoppable from the black side of a Scotch opening against Kravtsiv who needed to win to stay in conention for top honours in the tournament. It turned out to be a brilliant endgame display from Gupta who is fresh from his victory at the Al-Ain Classic in the UAE.

On the second board, M R Lalith Babu played it safe and drew in just 20 moves against Merab Gagunashvili of Georgia to inch himself up to 5.5 points. Joining him on the second spot was young International Master Ankit Rajpara who got the better of Levon Pantsulaia of Georgia, Veleriy Neverov of Ukraine, young talent Bobir Sattarov of Uzbekistan and Eldar Gasanov, also of Ukraine. In the next round now Gupta will play as white against Rajpara while Lalith Babu meets Sattarov.

Earlier, in the seventh round game, Gupta had drawn with Neverov after standing slightly better for the major part of a queen pawn game. The drawn result had helped Lalith Bau bridge the gap as he scored an easy victory over Raset Ziatdinov of Uzbekistan. (

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