SDAT – RMK 4th Chennai Open 2012 International Grandmaster Chess Tournament Print
Thursday, 12 January 2012 08:16

International Master M R Venkatesh (India)

Aleksandrov shares lead, Venkatesh beats Vakhidov

Top seed Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus) led the table along with Yu Ruiyuan (China) with 7.0 points after the eighth round of the SDAT – RMK 4th Chennai Open 2012 International Grandmaster Chess Tournament, at Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Periamet, Chennai here today.

Half a point behind the leaders at 6.5 points were ten players including GMs Oleksienko Mikhailo (Ukraine), Marat Dzhumaev (Uzbekistan), Hoang Thanh Trang (Hungary), J Deepan Chakkravarthy and S P Sethuraman (both India) among others.

Untitled Chinese Yu Ruiyuan continued his impressive run, holding top seed Aleksandrov Aleksej of Belarus to a draw. The Scotch game, where regular elimination of pieces nullified mutual advantage, peace was signed after 43 moves.

GM Sethuraman overcame fellow IM Siddharth in a complicated game, while local challenger International Master M R Venkatesh moved ahead in standings scoring over Vakhidov Jahongir of Uzbekistan.

Among those with 9 game Norm chances tomorrow were Yu Ruiyaun (China) and Shashikant Kutwal (India) with GM Norm and IM Norm respectively.

LIVE webcast of the games can be viewed at

Grandmaster J Deepan Chakkravarthy (India)

Grandmaster John Paul Gomez (Philippines)

International Master Toth Christian Endre (Brazil)

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