Ram Prakash shocks Abhijeet Gupta

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New Delhi, Jan 14 (UNI) Grandmaster-in-waiting Abhijeet Gupta suffered a shock defeat at the hands of seasoned Ram Prakash in the third round of the sixth Parsvnath International open chess tournament here today.

The seeds had a tough time but quite a few came unscathed in the third round of the biggest open event of the country that has a total prize pool of Rs 10 lakhs. Suffering a major jolt was Grandmaster and four times National champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly who was held to a draw by Swapnil Dhopade who is looking for his maiden IM norm here.

Abhijeet Gupta was outdone in the endgame against a resolute Ram Prakash. Not wanting to draw a level endgame, Abhijeet pushed his luck a bit too far in the rook and minor piece ending and was in for a surprise as Ram Prakash carried out his counter play in style. The BPCL recruit fell under time pressure too which did not help his cause and eventually caved in when his opponent's pieces had the final say.

Ganguly was surprising troubled by Dhopade who played black. The heavy pieces endgame that ensued after initial struggle resulted in a slightly better position for Dhopade who was quite content with the half point in the end.

Ubilava was quite satisfied with his effort in the end against J Rama Krishna. The Georgian-turned Spaniard is more famous as a trainer for Viswanthan Anand and various other Indian strong players but when it comes to competitive chess, Ubilava showed yet again that his playing acumen is well intact. Playing black, it took a little over three and a half hours for the famous trainer to pull the plug on Rama Krishna.

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