(updated with photos)
The World Champion Viswanathan Anand visited as guest in the ongoing 7th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament at Modern School Barakhamaba Road, New Delhi today from 1700 hrs to 1800 hrs. The visit was scheduled for the end of today’s round of one of the most important Indian tournaments. Viswanathan Anand along with his wife Aruna visited the tournament hall and talked to players and spectators.
After round 7
The 7th Parsvnath International Chess Tournament is currently led by Kazakh Grandmaster Petr Kostenko defeated Indian hopeful Parimarjan Negi in the seventh round and maintaining his sole lead with seven points from as many rounds.
Playing black side of French Defence Winawer variation, Kostenko displayed a fine tactical game to overcome Negi in 53 moves. A pack of ten players, including national champion Surya Sekhar Ganguly, Abhijit Kunte and Dibeyandu Barua trailing behind the leader with a drift of full point.
In the second board, International Master SP Sethuraman and Russian Granadmaster Mikhail Ulibin signed the peace treaty after 34 moves while Indian International Masters Roktim Bandyopadhyay and Karthikeyan shook hands within an hour of the start, signaling a drawn result. Ganguly defeated Deep Sengupta and Abhijit got better of young International master Shyam Sundar in the seventh round.
There is no stopping for the upset galore in this edition of the tournament, as experienced Praveen Thipsay joined the casualty list as he lost his seventh round game against young Vishnu Prasanna while Shashikant Kutwal stunned highly rated Uzbek grandmaster Safin Shukhrat.
After round 8
The visit of world champion Vishy Anand to tournament hall boosted his second in the world cup, national champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly to beat overnight sole leader Kazakh grandmaster Petr Kostenko in the eighth round of 7th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament here at Modern School on Saturday.
With only two round remaining in the biggest open event of the country, Ganguly, Kostenko and Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Ulibin now share the lead on 7 points each while as many as 12 players including Abhijit Kunte and Dibeyandu Barua are in proximity of the leaders with 6.5 points apiece.
Ganguly displayed sheer class to beat Kostenko from the white side of Sicilian Defence after 70 moves while grandmaster Ulibin defeated International Master Roktim Bandopadhyay in Kings Indian Defence to catch up with the leaders. Former national champion Abhijit Kunte split the point with P Karthikeyan while Dibeyandu Barua signed peace treaty with IM norm hopeful Shashikant Kutwal. GM norm hopeful International Master SP Sethuraman drew his game against state mate and International Master RR Laxman. Local favourite Parimarjan Negi got another set back to his title contention as he satisfied with half point against International Master K Rathanakaran.