India National Premier Chess Championship

Thipsay shocks Gopal in round 9, joins Negi in the lead

New Delhi (18 Dec 2010): Veteran Grandmaster Praveen Thipsay stunned top seed G N Gopal in the ninth round of the ongoing REC National Premier Chess Championship here at K R Mangalam World School, GK-II on Saturday.

With this crucial victory over Gopal enabled Thipsay to catch up with overnight sole leader Parimarjan Negi at the point table, who settled for a draw against defending champion Grandmaster B Adhiban in the ninth round encounter. Playing black side of two knights’ game, Thipsay used his experience to good effect in the battle against the top seed rival and checkmated his opponent in forty one moves. While Negi failed to convert the advantageous position in the middle game with white pieces in classical Caro-Kann game against Adbiban and satisfied with a half point.

India Praveen Thipsay

Praveen Thipsay

With six points in the kitty, Adhiban, Lalith Babu and Arun Prasad are now occupying the joint second position with a drift of half point from the leaders. In the ninth round battles, International Master Lalith Babu beat Vidit Santosh Gujrathi while GM elect S P Sethuraman suffered his third lose on the trot as he lost the match against Arun Prasad.

In other important ninth round encounters, former national champion Abhijit Kunte defeated International Master Debashis Das of Orissa while fifth seed Grandmaster Tejas Bakre of Air India signed the peace treaty with Grandmaster S Kidambi of PSPB. Continuing his good form in the championship Karnataka youngster G A Stany, who completed the International Norm requirements in the championship held Grandmaster Neelotpal Das to a creditable draw.

India G A Stany

G A Stany

In the crucial tenth round tomorrow, country’s youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi will take on oldest Grandmaster Praveen Thipsay with black pieces while Arun Prasad and Lalith Babu paired against Adhiban and Deepan Chakkravarthy respectively with white pieces. Four more rounds remaining in this Rs. 5.35 lakh prize money event.