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Bakre becomes GM

By Rakesh Rao

NEW DELHI, MARCH 13. Chandrasekhar Gokhale's stunning defeat of second seeded Ukranian Georgy Timoshenko and Tejas Bakre completing the rating requirements to become the country's 11th Grandmaster were the gains for the host after the Indians slipped from the top of the table in the Parsvnath International chess tournament here on Saturday.

On this double-round day, one by one, all the three Indians among the five overnight leaders lost in the fifth round and left favourite Pavel Kotsur and third seed Saidali Iuldachev in the lead with 5.5 points from six rounds. Kotsur and Iuldachev chose to conserve their energies and chose to draw their sixth round encounter in just eight moves.

Earlier, Kotsur had gained immensely after R. B. Ramesh blundered away his queen after gaining a better position. Iuldachev had taken care of N. Sudhakar Babu. Wajih, the other overnight leader, went down to Kotsur's compatriot Serik Temirbaev. On the brighter side, Ramesh's wife Aarthie Ramaswamy brought some cheer when she downed Bangladesh's Abdulla-Al Rakib in the fifth round and proved equal to Temirbaev in the sixth. For Dibyendu Barua and Sandipan Chanda, too, it was a fruitful day as two victories brought them within half point of the leaders. However, Surya Shekhar Ganguly settled for a draw with Atanu Lahiri before Koneru Humpy crashed to her second defeat at the hands of R. R. Laxman.

Bakre, a two-time Asian junior champion who made his final Grandmaster-norm in Gibraltar recently, needed to touch 2500 rating points to be eligible for the GM title. Today, following his victory over Nassir Wajih in the sixth round, Tejas was quick to put together his total points gained from the last five tournaments and found that he had indeed crossed the magic figure. Currently rated at 2446, Bakre has gained 55 points since the last list released in January.

The results: Sixth round: Saidali Iuldachev (Uzb) (5.5) drew with Pavel Kotsur (Kaz) (5.5); Serik Temirbaev (Kaz) (5) drew with Aarthie Ramaswamy (5); D. V. Prasad (5) drew with Sriram Jha (5); Atanu Lahiri (5) drew with Surya Shekhar Ganguly (5); Georgy Timoshenko (Ukr) (4) lost to C. S. Gokhale (5); Dibyendu Barua (5) bt Himanshu Sharma (4); Shukhrat Safin (Uzb) (4.5) drew with S. Poobesh Anand (4.5); Gurpreet Pal Singh (4) lost to Sandipan Chanda (5); R. B. Ramesh (4.5) drew with N. Sudhakar Babu (4.5); Koneru Humpy (4) lost to R. R. Laxman (5); Neeraj Kumar Mishra (5) bt Neelotpal Das (4); Tejas Bakre (5) bt Nassir Wajih (4); Nurlan Ibraev (Kaz) (4.5) drew with Dronavalli Harika (4.5); R. Balasubramanium (5) bt K. Visweswaran (4); Suvrajit Saha (4.5) drew with Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury (4); Manthan Chokshi (4) lost to Abhijeet Gupta (5); Mohammad Javed (Ban) (5) bt Deepan Chakkravarthy (4); Enamul Hossain (Ban) (4) drew with Aminul Islam (Ban) (4.5); P. Phoolan (4) drew with Abdulla-Al Rakib (Ban) (4); M. R. Venkatesh (4.5) bt K. Ratnakaran (3.5).

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