Thursday, Oct 24 2019 | Time 00:35 Hrs(IST)
image
Sports


Goa Intl Chess Tournament: Anurag, Nitish on 2 points after Round 2

Panaji, Jun 19 (UNI) Grandmaster Anurag Mhamal and Fide Master Nitish Belurkar continued their winning momentum as they prevailed in the second round of 2nd Goa International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament 2019 following their wins in their respective encounters held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Taleigao, near here, on Wednesday.
Anurag, who played against Fide Master Wagh Suyog, went for a Queen’s Indian opening and managed to get advantage on flank. He also sacrificed one pawn in the middle game for compensation. Eventually in the 20th move Anurag was able to penetrate into the second rank which left the white king isolated and the Goa’s 1st GM seized the opportunity to achieve the victory.
Playing against Querishi MA, FM Nitish Belurkar slowly advanced from an equal position and manoeuvred the end game to achieve a fine technical victory. Both Nitish and Anurag are on two points each.
Ritviz Parab drew with Anil Kumar OT while Niraj Saripalli won against Arpan Das. Niraj is on one point while Ritviz is on half point. Leon Mendonca and Nandhini lost their respective encounters and are on 1 point each.
Meanwhile, defending champion GM Idani Pouyo and top seed GM Iturrizaga Bonelli were held in the second round and are now on 1.5 points.
FM Anuj Shrivatri (2336) created the first upset of the day when he held top seed Iturizzaga Eduardo (2637) to a draw.
The game between Anuj and Iturizzaga saw the middle game dominated by Iturizzaga. The Venezuela’s number 1 had one pawn less, however, his able opponent had enough compensation to match. Eventually the exchange between the rooks is what led to the draw.
On the other board, Abhishek maintained a solid pawn structure in the centre. The defending champ Idani went for the F pawn promotion first which went on to become a block. Soon there was little counter play from both ends which led to a draw.
The game between International Master K Ponnuswamy and GM Gukesh D was a major upset for the youngster. It was a game with both sides having initiatives throughout the game. The blow came when Ponnuswany sacrificed his queen for a huge advantage in the end game. Ponnuswamy won by slowly improving his pieces while not allowing to opponents to do the same.
In Category B at the end of Round 5, Paarth P Salvi (1625) is on 50th position with four points following his win over Velpula Sarayu.
Sairaj Dilip Vernekar (1591) is with 3.5 points in 88th position while Parsekar Anirudh and Reuban Colaco are also with 3.5 points. Women Chess Master (WCM) Gunjal Chopdekar, Aryan Shamrao, Ehtan Vaz, Saish Fondekar, Swayam Naik and Lad Mandar Pradip are on 3 points.
UNI AKM 2132
More News
Ganguly takes over as BCCI's 39th President

Ganguly takes over as BCCI's 39th President

23 Oct 2019 | 9:41 PM

Mumbai, Oct 23 (UNI) Former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly took charge as the BCCI's 39th president at the apex body's Annual General Meeting (AGM), here on Wednesday.

see more..
Praveen Kumar bags gold in Wushu World C'ship

Praveen Kumar bags gold in Wushu World C'ship

23 Oct 2019 | 8:39 PM

Shanghai, Oct 23 (UNI) Praveen Kumar scripted history on Wednesday as he became the first Indian (Male) to win a gold medal at the Wushu World Championships after beating Russel Diaz of Philippines in the 48kg category.

see more..

French Open: Srikanth, P Kashyap, Sourabh crash out in opening round

23 Oct 2019 | 7:46 PM

Paris, Oct 23 (UNI) India's ace shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma lost their respective men's singles first round matches and crashed out of the French Open, here on Wednesday.

see more..

Japan Consul General praised Ghosh Yoga Institute Japan & Indo-Japan Association Calcutta

23 Oct 2019 | 7:36 PM

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) Consul General of Japan in Kolkata Masayuki Taga has complimented the fine work done by Ghosh Yoga Institute Japan (GYIJ) and Indo-Japan Association, Calcutta (IJAC) in spreading and popularising yoga in Japan and various other countries.

see more..

Liuzhou ATP Challenger: Vardhan-Matsui upset fourth seeds French pair

23 Oct 2019 | 7:10 PM

Chandigarh, Oct 23 (UNI) The Indo-Japanese pair of Vishnu Vardhan and Toshihide Matsui defeated fourth seeded French pair of Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul by 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the first-round doubles match in the 54,160 Liuzhou ATP Challenger (China) on Wednesday.

see more..
image