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Fagernes GM Open 2023 R4-5: Abhimanyu Puranik and Vahap Sanal are the coleaders

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/04/2023

GM Abhimanyu Puranik had a well contested draw against GM Vahap Sanal in the fifth round of Fagernes GM Open 2023. They both are sharing the lead with a 4.5/6 each. They are followed by eight players including three Indians - IM Vantika Agrawal, IM Koustav Chatterjee and GM Aditya Mittal at 4/6 each. Abhimanyu ended WIM Savitha Shri B's winning streak. India's newly crowned IM Vantika drew with GM Erik Blomqvist and then beat IM Prraneeth Vuppala. IM Kushagra Mohan drew against GM Bartosz Socko in the fourth round. FM Tanmay Chopra defeated IM Jonas Hacker in the fifth round. Round 6 starts today at 2 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Anniken Vestby/SjakkTromsø

Vantika, Koustav and Aditya in pursuit

GM Vahap Sanal (TUR) drew with GM Abhimanyu Puranik in Round 5 | Photo: Anniken Vestby/SjakkTromsø

Round 4

GM Abhimanyu Puranik (2599) ended WIM Savitha Shri B's (2411) winning streak to maintain his lead 4/4. GM Vahap Sanal (TUR, 2582) won against IM Koustav Chatterjee (2520) to also move his score to 4/4. IM Vantika Agrawal (2407) and IM Kushagra Mohan (2400) drew with GM Erik Blomqvist (SWE, 2523) and GM Bartosz Socko (POL, 2601) respectively.

GM Abhimanyu Puranik - WIM Savitha Shri B: 1-0 | Photo: Anniken Vestby/SjakkTromsø

GM Erik Blomqvist (SWE) - IM Vantika Agrawal: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Tom Eriksen

IM Kushagra Mohan (pictured) - GM Bartosz Socko (POL): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Anniken Vestby/SjakkTromsø

Savitha - Koustav, Round 5

Position after 55.Rb3

The game between Savitha and Koustav reached a complex double rook endgame. He could have finished things a bit earlier if he spotted the best continuation after 55.Rb3. Find out what he missed here. The game continued 55...g5 56.Rd3 Rhf1+ and Black won the game in another 26 moves.

IM Koustav Chatterjee is looking for a strong performance and earn what got delayed for him | Photo: Anniken Vestby/SjakkTromsø

IM Vantika Agrawal - IM Prraneeth Vuppala: 1-0 | Photo: Tom Eriksen

IM Jonas Hacker (GER) - FM Tanmay Chopra (pictured): 0-1 | Photo: Anniken Vestby/SjakkTromsø

Round 5 GM Open at Scandic Valdres in Fagernes, Norway | Photo: Tom Eriksen

A total of 92 players including 14 GMs, 21 IMs, 2 WGMs and a WIM are taking part from 25 countries across the world in the GM (>2000) Open section. The tournament is organized by IO IA Hans Olav Lahlum in cooperation with Sotra SK and Innlandet Sjakkrets from 2nd to 9th April 2023 at Scandic Valdres hotel in Fagernes, Norway. The nine-round Swiss league tournament had a time control of 100 minutes/40 moves + 40 minutes/rest with 30 seconds increment from move no. 1.

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