Rose Valley Open Int Chess Round 8 Report

Rose Valley Open International Chess Tournament
Deep Sengupta beats Wojtaszek

Grandmaster Deep Sengupta caused the biggest upset in the eighth round of Rose Valley open International chess tournament defeating top rated Radoslav Wojtaszek of Poland here at Gorky Sadan.

It was a pretty tense game and in the words of Sengupta himself, “Radoslav tried too hard”, and had today the price for his overambitious play. The victory landed Sengupta in a five-way lead at the top on six points after Vidit Gujarathi played out a solid draw with Ahmed Adly of Egypt at the top board.

Moldovan Grandmaster Viorel Iordachesen spoiled IM Swapnil Dholpade’s fantastic run. Dhopade still needs to get a draw in the ninth round tomorrow to be eligible for what would be his second Grandmaster norm.

Confirming another GM norm for himself, Vidit now shares the lead with Iordachescu, Sengupta, Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan and S P Sethuraman of India.

With just three rounds to come the battle is only expected to heat up with as many as seven players including second seed Anton Korobov having five points apiece.

The upset galore continued and a huge beneficiary of the day was S P Sethuraman who defeated local stalwart Surya Shekhar Ganguly. Sethuraman opted for the Advance variation in the French defense and it was an edge-of-the-seat battle in which Ganguly was the first to miss the thread to find himself in a lost endgame. Sethuraman made no mistakes and converted quite easily.

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