Delhi Chess Round 9: GM Abhijeet Gupta with 1/2 Point Lead, to Play GM Eldar Gasanov in Last Round Thursday
It turned out to be a hard fought affair at the top boards as Gomez ended the party of M R Lalith Babu in a bizarre game where the latter simply missed the thread of the position after enjoying better prospects in the opening.
Neverov got the better of unheralded Bobir Sattarov of Uzbekistan in a one sided affair while Gasanov proved superior to Ankit Rajapara who played with white pieces.
A little lower, Deepan Chakkravarthy played a fine game to beat International Master V Saravanan. It was a picturesque battle when Chakkravarthy sacrificed a full piece only for some positional compensation and slowly outplayed Saravanan in the ensuing endgame.
In other important games of the day, Srinath did his bit by defeating Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan while Pantsulaia put it across former Commonwealth Champion R R Laxman to move within striking distance. (www.indianchessnews.com)
Round 10 on 2014/01/16
2 GM Gomez John Paul 2541 7 - 7 GM Neverov Valeriy 2519
3 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2614 6½ - 6½ IM Narayanan Srinath 2414
4 GM Evdokimov Alexander A. 2558 6½ - 6½ GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2475
5 IM Ankit R. Rajpara 2443 6 - 6 GM Lalith Babu M.R. 2579
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