Anticipation for the Big Match

City abuzz with chess ahead of the big match
By Express News Service - CHENNAI
Published: 13th October 2013 12:07 PM

The big battle is more than three weeks away, but the city is assiduously gearing up for the marquee clash between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand. The city’s chess scene is already abuzz with various state-government sponsored age-level tournaments.

Remarkably, these aren’t tournaments held for the sake of conducting. The competition level is quite high and the players have taken this utmost seriously, as was evidenced in the 7th KCF FIDE Rating chess tournament (below 1600) held in celebration of the FIDE World Championship match, and organised by Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. That as many as 632 players are competing in this event more than elucidates its reach.

Inspired by the impending historic event, the competitors are stretching their performance levels. For instance, in the sixth round of the tournament, M Mallik dished out an enterprising game to get the better of top seed Martin Samuel. The latter played with black pieces while the former employed white ones.

With two rounds to go, and three sharing the lead, the tournament promises an exciting climax. Arjun Kalyan, Mallik and Pulkit Rathi share the lead with six points each. Following the leaders with 5.5 points are eight other players.

IMPORTANT RESULTS (Round 6): Martin Samuel (5) lost to M Mallik (6), K S Radhakrishnan (5) lost to Arjun Kalyan (6), K Keerthivasan (5.5) drew with V S Kalyanaraghavan (5.5), V Senthil Kumar (5) lost to V Pulkit Rathi (6), S R Muthyam (5.5) drew with Venu Gopal Vangala (5), S Sai Ganesh (5.5) bt Paul I Sumi (4.5), Shambo Dutta (5.5) bt R Upendra (4.5), S Jeevanandam (5.5) bt Manu (4.5), S Kavya (5) drew with S Bharath (5), Mohan Ram Sridhar (5.5) bt Yashwanth Babu (4.5).



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