International master Nitin Senthilvel continued his stellar run by registering his seventh consecutive win after the seventh round of the 13th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess Tournament 2022 here on Thursday.
With a hard-fought 99-move win on the top board against B Vignesh, Nitin has 7 points, a full point ahead and three rounds to go. Nitin is followed by top-seeded GM Boris Savchenko (Russia) and IM LR Srihari with six points.
Savchenko was held to a draw by Belarus GM Alexei Fedorov while Srihari defeated Zubin Jimmy.
In the day’s turmoil, International Master Srijit Paul (Elo 2399) lost to the lower-rated South Arun (Elo 1927), becoming a check-mate as a result of ignoring a sacrifice. It was also Sreejith’s second consecutive defeat for a low-rated player.
In other matches, Samridhi Ghosh (Elo 1838) defeated Grandmaster Ziyatdinov Russet of USA.
Result: Round 7 (Indians unless specified): S Nitin (7) beat B Vignesh (5.5), Alexey Fedorov (Belarus) by 5.5, Boris Savchenko (Russia) 6, Abdijapar Asil (Kyrgyzstan) by 5.5 Drawn with Tran Tuan Minh (Vietnam). ) 5.5, P Konguvel (5.5) Aronyak Ghosh (5.5), P Saravana Krishnan (5.5) drew with J Deepan Chakraborty (5.5), Ajay Karthikeyan (5.5) Bagdasarian Wahe (Armenia) 5.5, Zubin Jimmy (5) drawn with. LR Srihari (6), lost to Kirill Stupak (Belarus) 5.5 defeated Harshit Pawar (4.5), Srijit Paul (4.5) defeated South Arun (5.5), Nguyen Duc Ho (Vietnam) 5.5 defeated Arpit S Bijoy (4.5), S defeated Prasanna (5.5) defeated Harsh Suresh (4.5), KG Chaitanya (4.5) defeated NB Hari Madhavan (5.5).
Round 6: Baghdasarian Wahe 5 loses to Nitin 6, Savchenko 5.5 beat Stupak 4.5, Tran Tuan Minh (Vietnam) 5 draws with Fedorov 5, Vignesh (5.5) beat Srijit Paul (4.5), Abdijapar Asile 5 defeated Nguyen Duc Hoa (Vietnam). ) 4.5, Aronyak Ghosh (5.0) to BT Murali Krishnan 4, Deepan Chakraborty to Sonwani Yashpal Singh 4, Jiyatdinov Raset (USA) 4.5 to Gusain Himal (4.5), Harshit Pawar (4.5) to VAV Rajesh (4.5) Drawn with
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