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Majeed shocks Thipsay

MANGALORE: The second day of the Mangalore FIDE-rated all-India Open chess tournament witnessed one of the biggest upsets in the third round as top-seeded GM Praveen Thipsay (2470) lost to veteran Abdul Majeed (2128) of Kerala.

The six-day tournament organised by the South Kanara District Chess Association under the auspices of the United Karnataka Chess Association got underway here on Monday.

In a Sicilian defence game, Thipsay, playing white, enjoyed better space advantage for most part of the game but the experienced Majeed nullified the effect by exchanging most of the pieces by the 25th move.

In a position with each having a rook, bishop and a queen, the game appeared to be heading for a draw. However, Thipsay fancied his chances with his queen-side pawns and overstretched the position. Majeed won on move 51.

The second board also witnessed a minor upset as second seeded IM D.P. Singh was held to a draw by A.K. Jagadeesh. The 254-player field is now led by a group of 22 players with 3 points. Seven more rounds remain in this tournament having a prize fund of Rs. 1.5 lakhs. — Staff Correspondent

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