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S Rohith Krishna on the verge of winning 2nd Maharashtra GM Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/06/2023

IM S Rohith Krishna registered his fourth win in-a-row in the penultimate round of 2nd Maharashtra GM Open 2023. What seemed like an opening trap from the outside, was actually unfolding in front of everyone's eyes, just like the players. Rohith defeated IM Milosz Szpar to increase his lead to a full point heading into the final round. He is now at 8.5/10. IM Viani Antonio Dcunha, GM Aleksej Aleksandrov and GM Laxman R R are the only three players at 7.5/10 each. Rohith needs a draw against Aleksej in the final round to become a clear champion. Laxman and Viani have an outside chance of winning the event too, if Aleksej manages to beat Rohith. Round 11 starts tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Laxman and Viani in the fray

Sanket Chakravarty and FM Goutham Krishna H must win the final round to score an IM-norm each. Sanket has the tall order against the top seed of the tournament, GM Boris Savchenko. Goutham has to beat IM David Gochelashvili. 57 games of the penultimate round got over in about 4 hours 10 minutes. The only game which ran the longest was WIM Mrudul Dehankar's victory over Arjun Tiwari, clocking 4.5 hours.

IM S Rohith Krishna defeated IM Milosz Szapar (POL) to gain a full point lead heading into the final round

Milos - Rohith

Position after 11.Rf1

IM S Rohith Krishna (2411) sacrificed two pawns in the opening, things could have gone in various ways. Yet, everything worked out in his favor. IM Milosz Szpar (POL, 2447) played 11.Rf1 which allowed his opponent to gain an exchange Bh3 12.Nd5+ Kf8 13.Ne3 Nxc2+ 14.Qxc2 Bxe3 15.Qe2 Bxc1 16.Rxc1 Qxf1+ 17.Qxf1 Bxf1 18.Kxf1 Black gained an exchange. According to Rohith, he did not play accurately, which allowed his opponent to fight back. However, Rohith eventually managed to turn things around in his favor and win the crucial game.

S Rohith Krishna is inches away from winning 2nd Maharashtra GM Open 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

Laser focused IM S Rohith Krishna scored his fourth win in-a-row

Viani - Mayank

Position after 22..Bxc2?

CM Mayank Chakraborty (2141) miscalculated and made an incorrect sacrifice 22...Bxc2? 23.Qxc2 Rxh5 24.Qe2 Nf3+ 25.Qxf3 Qxh2+ 26.Kf1 e5 27.Be3 d4 Black never got any compensation or counterplay. He soon lost the game.

The newly crowned two-time Karnataka State champion - IM Viani Antonio Dcunha is in terrific form

GM Aleksej Aleksandrov defeated FM Ayush Sharma to move to 7.5/10

GM Laxman R R outplayed FM Vedant Panesar to move to 7.5/10

GM Viacheslav V Zakhartsov had a short and exciting draw against Sanket Chakravarty

Luka - Subhayan

Position after 19.Nxc8

The chain exchange does not work out for White. Find out the best continuation for Black after 19.Nxc8.

Subhayan Kundu had a good opportunity to push for a win against GM Luka Paichadze (GEO)

FM Nikhil Dixit - GM Vladimir Burmakin: 0.5-0.5

FM Ritviz Parab defeated his second GM of the event - Venkatesh M R

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Round 10 results

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.PGN
IMSzpar, Milosz2447POL70 - 1IMRohith, Krishna S2411TN
IMViani, Antonio Dcunha2417KAR1 - 07CMMayank, Chakraborty2141ASSM
FMAyush, Sharma2312MP0 - 1GMAleksandrov, Aleksej2461BLR
IMNeelash, Saha2440WB½ - ½IMRaahul, V S2299TN
GMLaxman, R.R.2299ICF1 - 0FMPanesar, Vedant2387MAH
GMSavchenko, Boris2524RUS6½ - ½6GMMirzoev, Azer2416AZE
GMZakhartsov, Viacheslav V.2514FID6½ - ½6Sanket, Chakravarty2389WB
GMPaichadze, Luka2513GEO6½ - ½6Subhayan, Kundu2353WB
GMFedorov, Alexei2449BLR61 - 06IMRatnakaran, K.2254RLYS
Kaustuv, Kundu2242WB60 - 16IMKushagra, Mohan2412TEL
FMDixit, Nikhil2289MAH½ - ½GMBurmakin, Vladimir2492RUS
FMWagh, Suyog2276MCA0 - 1GMSengupta, Deep2473PSPB
GMVenkatesh, M.R.2469PSPB0 - 1FMRitviz, Parab2340GOA
GMVorobiov, Evgeny E.2454RUS1 - 0CMVaibhav, Jayant Raut2237MAH
Bhattacharyya, Soham2219WB0 - 1IMSammed Jaykumar, Shete2440MAH


Standings after Round 10

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
IMRohith, Krishna SIND2411TN8,555,55849,000725351017,7
GMLaxman, R.R.IND2299ICF7,5576144,250525091028,4
GMAleksandrov, AleksejFID2461BLR7,553,55842,2506240710-4
IMViani, Antonio DcunhaIND2417KAR7,552,55641,2505236910-3,6
CMMayank, ChakrabortyIND2141ASSM7606342,0005252640191,2
IMSzpar, MiloszPOL2447POL75962,540,7505241110-1,9
IMRaahul, V SIND2299TN75761,541,250524931027,1
GMFedorov, AlexeiFID2449BLR752,556,537,5007232910-10,6
IMNeelash, SahaIND2440WB751,554,536,7505228110-12,4
IMKushagra, MohanIND2412TEL751,55436,0005235110-3
FMPanesar, VedantIND2387MAH6,55963,538,00052351201
GMPaichadze, LukaGEO2513GEO6,55759,534,5004241810-9,6
GMSavchenko, BorisFID2524RUS6,556,560,535,7505239310-12,5
FMRitviz, ParabIND2340GOA6,5566036,750523662015,4
Sanket, ChakravartyIND2389WB6,555,55937,25032387208,2


Round 11 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.
GMAleksandrov, Aleksej2461BLRIMRohith, Krishna S2411TN
GMLaxman, R.R.2299ICFIMViani, Antonio Dcunha2417KAR
IMKushagra, Mohan2412TEL77GMFedorov, Alexei2449BLR
IMRaahul, V S2299TN77IMSzpar, Milosz2447POL
CMMayank, Chakraborty2141ASSM77IMNeelash, Saha2440WB
Sanket, Chakravarty2389WBGMSavchenko, Boris2524RUS
FMPanesar, Vedant2387MAHGMZakhartsov, Viacheslav V.2514FID
CMNayak, Rajesh2168ODIGMPaichadze, Luka2513GEO
GMSengupta, Deep2473PSPBSubhayan, Kundu2353WB
FMRitviz, Parab2340GOAGMVorobiov, Evgeny E.2454RUS
IMSammed Jaykumar, Shete2440MAHGMTeterev, Vitaly2344BLR
GMMirzoev, Azer2416AZEGMBabujian, Levon2373ARM
IMMohammad, Nubairshah Shaikh2415MAHFMAyush, Sharma2312MP
GMBurmakin, Vladimir2492RUS66IMSaravana, Krishnan P.2255KVB
IMNitish, Belurkar2450GOA66FMSharan, Rao2248KAR



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