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Satyapragyan beats Voloshin

NEW DELHI: S. Satyapragyan defeated Czech Grandmaster Leonid Voloshin to keep alive his chances of a GM norm and Poobesh Anand pulled off a creditable draw against strong Russian International Master Boris Grachev in the seventh round of the Czech Open chess tournament in Pardubice on Thursday. On a day when, barring Eesha Karavade, the Indians remained undefeated, Satyapragan scalped a second GM in the event. He had earlier beaten teammate Sandipan Chanda. Poobesh continued to add to his valuable rating gains by holding the Russian, rated at 2503. S. Kidambi joined five other Indians at five points by beating Russia's Vladislav Krapivin.

The results (involving Indians): Seventh round: Sandipan Chanda (5) drew with Jakov Geller (Rus, 5); Poobesh Anand (5) drew with Boris Grachev (Rus, 5); M. R. Venkatesh (5) drew with Andrey Zhigalko (Blr, 5); S. Kidambi (5) bt Vladislav Krapivin (Rus, 4); Leonid Voloshin (Cze, 4) lost to S. Satyapragyan (5); Sergei Iskusnykh (Rus, 4.5) drew with Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury (5); Nikolai Aliavdin (Rus, 4.5) drew with Tejas Bakre (4.5); D. V. Prasad (4) drew with Lutz Espig (Ger, 4); Bruno Steiner (Aut, 4) bt Eesha Karavade (3); Tom Weber (Lux, 3) lost to Tania Sachdev (4); Viktor Gasthofer (Ger, 3.5) drew with Kruttika Nadig (3.5); Rahul Shetty (3.5) bt Jiri Tuma (Cze, 2.5).

Good show by

Neelotpal Das

International Master Neelotpal Das tied for sixth to 15 places in the 10th Balaguer International Open chess tournament in Balaguer, Spain.

Neelotpal, looking for his final Grandmaster norm after having made two in as many tournaments this summer, tallied 6.5 points from the nine-round event. This Kolkata-based International Master from ONGC won five games, drew three and lost only to Ukraine's eventual champion Vladimir Balkan in the seventh round.

Sixth win for Sasikiran

K. Sasikiran defeated fellow Grandmaster Jens-Uwe Maiwald to stretch his victory sequence to six games from as many rounds of the ZMD Open chess tournament at Dresden on Thursday.

Sasikiran needed just 32 moves to force an authoritative victory. The German, rated at 2505 gave up when Sasikiran's knight forked his queen and a rook.

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