GMs Dung-Laznica pair joined by Rahman at top in Kolkata Open

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Kolkata, Mar 28 (UNI) Grandmasters Nguyen Anh Dung of Vietnam and Viktor Laznicka of the Czech Republic drew in 21 moves today to remain at the top in the 3rd Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament being organised by Alekhine Chess Club at Gorky Sadan.

Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh joined them with a fine victory over Super Grandmaster Smbat Lputian of Armenia.

The Bangladeshi managed to exploit the exposed king of his opponent in the endgame to win in 39 moves of a Reti opening.

Local International Master Saptarshi Roy caused the upset of the round.

He won an exciting game against Grandmaster Vladimir Dobrov of Russia.

Saptarshi opted for the Queen's Gambit declined variation and won a few pawns, but his king was slightly exposed.

He, however, managed to wriggle out and eventually won the game with his extra material.

Another local Arghyadip Das lost his game against Grandmaster Alberto David of Luxembourg in a French defense game. Even though Arghyadip had the advantage of the white pieces he lost tamely and thereby dented his chances of achieving the GM norm.

Top seeded Krishnan Sasikiran won another long game against International Master Sundararajan Kidambi. Sasikiran played the Grunfeld defence to pocket the point after 62 moves.

There was an interesting tussle between Grandmasters Koneru Humpy and Sandipan Chanda on the third board. Sandipan had to play passively throughout but managed to get his counter attack going in the endgame to force a draw by repetition.

Grandmaster Ghaem Maghami of Iran also came back into contention after his slow start. He disposed of International Master M R Venkatesh in an English opening.

Grandmaster Adly Ahmed the world junior champion also bounced back with a victory over International Master Arun Prasad of India.

Top Board Results:- GM Viktor Laznicka (4.5) drew with GM Nguyen Anh Dung (4.5) GM Ziaur Rahman (4.5) beat GM Smbat Lputian (3.5) GM Koneru Humpy (3.5) drew with GM Sandipan Chanda (4) IM Sundararajan Kidambi (3) lost to GM Krishnan Sasikiran (4) GM Ghaem Maghami (4) beat IM M.R.Venkatesh (3) Arghyadip Das (3) lost to GM Alberto David (4) GM Adly Ahmed (4) beat IM Arun Prasad (3) GM Vladimir Dobrov (3) lost to IM Saptarshi Roy (4) IM P Konguvel (3.5) drew with GM Safin Shukhrat (3.5) IM Vikramaditya Kamble (3) lost to GM Dibyendu Barua (4) UNI BA SJC RAR KN2044

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