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Maheswaran surprises second seed Laxman

Rakesh Rao


Parimarjan Negi in joint lead

Shyam defeats Maheswaran in 39 moves


ZAMBAULIM (Goa): Parimarjan Negi displayed a fine mix of exuberance and expertise as he ruthlessly demolished a highly-experienced M. B. Muralidharan and International Master Dinesh Sharma on the first of the two double-round days of the Monginis National ‘B’ chess championship here on Wednesday.

The 15-year-old top seed took just 29 moves to destroy Muralidharan in third round in the afternoon and returned to send Dinesh Sharma packing in just 25 moves.

If Muralidharan was punished for an early error, Dinesh found himself all at sea after Negi sacrificed a knight for a kingside pawn to launch a decisive attack. The youngster was threatening to sacrifice a rook to sign off in style when Dinesh gave up.

With Andhra-lad M. R. Lalith Babu holding his part-time trainer and Grandmaster Pravin Thipsay, local boy Anurag Mhamal drawing with a struggling Deepan Chakkravarthy and Neelotpal Das dropping half-a-point to another Andhra youngster Mehar Chinna Reddy, Parimarjan was the only GM to maintain a clean slate on this day.

Negi was in the company of Shyam Nikhil, Vidit Gujarati and defending champion Prathamesh Mokal in the lead with four points. Mokal scored a victory over Joydeep Dutta in 49 moves before Vidit overpowered M. C. Tanwar in 71 moves. Shyam Nikhil brought down his Tamil Nadu statemate P. Maheswaran in 39 moves to take some joy out of Maheswaran’s day.

In the afternoon, the 22-year-old Maheswaran stunned second seed R. R. Laxman to cause the biggest upset so far in the competition.

Maheswaran, an MCA undergraduate from Chennai, punished Laxman in Kings’ Indian Defence.

Laxman, rated at 2498 as compared to Maheswaran’s 2241, accepted a pawn sacrifice in a complicated position but soon lost two pawns. Thereafter, Laxman offered a draw on the 32nd move but Maheswaran played on to collect another pawn and triumphed in 54 moves.

The results:

Fourth round: Dinesh Sharma (3) lost to Parimarjan Negi (4); G. Rohit (3.5) drew with Rahul Sangma (3.5); N. Sudhakar Babu (3.5) drew with Deep Sengupta (3.5); Pravin Thipsay (3.5) drew with M. R. Lalith Babu (3.5); C. Praveen Kumar (3.5) drew with S. Satyapragyan (3.5); Debashis Das (3.5) drew with Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury (3.5); P. Karthikeyan (3.5) drew with Rahul Shetty (3.5); Prasenjit Datta (3.5) drew with Akshayraj Kore (3.5); R. Premnath (3.5) drew with Suvrajit Saha (3.5); Shyam Nikhil (4) bt P. Maheswaran (3); Joydeep Dutta (3) lost to Prathamesh Mokal (4); Vidit Gujarati (4) bt M. C. Tanwar (3); Neelotpal Das (3.5) bt Maulik Raval (3); G. A. Stany (2.5) lost to M. S. Thej kumar (3.5); P. D. S. Girinath (3.5) bt R. Arun Karthik (2.5); Nassir Wajih (2.5) lost to B. Adhiban (3.5); P. Konguvel (2.5) lost to Sekhar Sahu (3.5); S. Mari Arul (3.5) bt V. Saravanan (2.5); Swapnil Dhopade (3) drew with Mehar Chinna Reddy (3); P. Phoobalan (2.5) lost to G. B. Prakash (3.5).

Third round: Negi bt M. B. Muralidharan; P. Maheswaran bt Laxman; Mehar Chinna Reddy drew with Neelotpal; Prasanna Rao lost to Rohit; Deep bt S. K. Sinha; Ravi Hegde lost to Thipsay; Thej Kumar drew with Manoj Panigrahi; E. P. Nirmal drew with Konguvel; Satyapragyan bt J. Venkata Ramana; Chowdhury bt Vikas Sharma; Chinmay Kulkarni lost to Karthikeyan; Kore bt Anwesh Upadhyaya; Nirav Rajasuba drew with Dhopade; Saha bt Imocha Laishram; Shreyansh Daklia lost to Shyam Nikhil; Mokal bt Gurpreet Singh Maras; Vinod Bhagwat lost to Vidit; Hemant Mandhare lost to Dinesh Sharma; Vishnu Prasanna drew with O. T. Anil Kumar; Sangma bt J. Malleswara Rao.

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