Int'l Open Chess Tournament: Himanshu stuns Russian Sergey

Mumbai: International Master Himanshu Sharma of India stunned Russian Grand Master Vokarev Sergey to leapfrog into joint second position in the sixth round of the 7th Mumbai Mayor's International Open Chess Tournament today.

Sharma surprised GM Sergey by defeating him in Spanish Opening exchange variation. On the 13th move, Sergey played a bad move of Knight to add extra support to his Bishop, followed by another move of Queen. On the 32nd move, Sharma doubled his Rook on 7th rank, thus getting a winning advantage.

Sergey had no option but to resign when his Rooks came under fork by Sharma's Knight. Grand Master Pantasalaia Levan of Georgia continued to lead the field by half a point at end of the sixth round here, after being held to a draw by GM Aleksandrov Aleksej.

Playing with white, Aleksej opted for Vienna Game. Both players avoided taking undue risks and agreed for a draw after 28 moves. On the 2nd board, India's IM Swayams Mishra, playing against IM Shardul Gagare, opted for Queen's Gambit.

Gagare replied with a Classical line of Accepted variation. Both players shared the points after 37 moves. GM Deepan Chakkravarthy and IM Shyam Nikhil P also shared points after 47 moves.

In the B category, which was for below 2000 Rating, Cheniram Pegu of Assam emerged winner, pocketing Rs 1 lakh prize money. He scored 9.5 points from 10 rounds. His state-mate Singh Soram Rahul, emerged runner-up, winning Rs 75,000 for his efforts.

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