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Sethuraman in joint lead

Sethuraman in joint lead
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Sethuraman in Joint Lead, 2nd Hyderabad International Grandmasters Chess Tournament. Earlier the ‘B’ category of the event for players below 2100...

Hyderabad: Chennai based Grandmaster Sethuraman S P and Ukrainian Grandmaster Vladislav Borovikov taken the joint lead with four half points after the end of fifth round matches of the ongoing 2nd Hyderabad International Grandmasters Chess Tournament here at Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy Indoor Stadium, Yousufguda on Thursday.
The tournament sponsored by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd, Mahindra Ecole Centrale, Andhra Bank, Petronet LNG Ltd and Airports Authority of India witnessed keenly fought matched in the fifth round encounters. Playing white side of Alekhine’s Defence game, Sethu exploited the weakness in the King side of Grandmaster Lalith Babu to garner full points after 41 moves while Vladislav defeated Azerbaijan Grandmaster Azer Mirzoev in a Slav defence game that lasted 37 moves to join Sethu at top of point table.
Meanwhile the top board battle between Georgian Grandmasters Merab Gagunashvili and Levan Pantsulaia ended in a peace treaty after mandatory 25 moves while the second board match between Vidit Santosh Gujarathi and Grandmaster Alon Greenfeld of Israel produced some exciting moments in the game but Greenfeld failed to convert the advantageous position to a decisive result and agreed to split the point after 64 moves.
Earlier the ‘B’ category of the event for players below 2100 rating event which attract 221 players from across India and Nepal was inaugurated by Shri. Suresh Mishra, Vice President Vivimed Labs Ltd in presence of Group Captain J Rajendra Vishisht Seva Medal, Chief Administrative Officer Air Force Station New Delhi, Shri. K Kanna Reddy, General Secretary Andhra Pradesh Chess Association, Shri. J Ramalaxmaiah, Vice President Andhra Pradesh Chess Association and International Master Lanka Ravi, Organising Secretary.
In the opening round, Andhra Pradesh lad Raja Rithvik held second seed Ketan Khaire of Maharasthra while Tamilnadu youngster Aditya S shocked fourth seed Anurag Jaiswal of West Bengal. In another upset Tulasi Ram Kumar of Andhra Pradesh outwitted sixth seed and state mate B Kranthi Kumar.
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