Abhijeet beats Geske to continue winning run

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Reykjavik (Iceland) Mar 11: Former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta continued with his winning ways and downed Julian Geske of Germany to maintain a clean slate after the end of the second round of MP Reykjavik International open chess tournament here.

With his 12th victory on the trot in this third event in a row, Abhijeet took his tally to 2 points out of a possible two and remained in joint lead in this strong open that has 27 Grandmasters in the fray.

Looking for her final GM norm, International Master D Harika was in for a surprise as she was held by Gudmundur Gislason of Iceland in a keenly contested affair.

GM norm holder Sahaj Grover had it easy against another local hopeful Sverrir Thorgeirsson who could not match the wily 15-year old prodigy who has been slowly but steadily moving up the Elo rating charts.

Amongst other Indians in the fray, Eesha Karavade found her nemesis in GM Stelios Halkias of Greece, while V Sareen spoiled a better position against Boris Chatalbashev. On the brighter side, Debashish Das scored his second victory at the expense of Orn Leo Johannsson.

At the top of the tables the biggest upset was carved out by Throstur Thorhallsson of Iceland who put it across third seed Jan Gustafsson of Germany.

Gustafsson appeared to be in command for most of the time in this cliffhanger but a stroke of fortune favoured the Icelandic GM when the German blundered and entered a lost endgame in quick time towards the end of first time control.

Abhijeet played the queen pawn opening as white and faced the Slav defense wherein he had no difficulty in getting the upper hand after a few reckless manoeuvres by Geske. Winning a pawn and eventually two pieces for a rook, Abhijeet wrapped the game quickly.

Grover gained the upper hand against Sverrir Thorgeirsson from the black side of a Catalan opening. The Indian won a pawn and took his time in the middle game to keep white''s forces at bay. Eesha got a spatial advantage against Stelios but misplayed the middle game to lose an exchange for little compensation while Harika could not make any real progress against Gislason who played white.

Important results round 2 (Indians unless specified): Bjorn Tiller (Nor, 1) lost to Luke McShane (Eng, 2); Evgenij Miroshnichenko (Ukr, 2) beat Donny Ariel (Usa, 1); Throstur Thorhallsson (Isl, 2) beat Jan Gustafsson (Ger, 1); Ivan Sokolov (Ned, 2) beat Maxim Devereaux (Eng, 1); Vladimir Sveshnikov (Lat, 1.5) drew with Ahmed Adly (Egy, 1.5);

Dagur Arngrimsson (Isl, 1) lost to Jon Ludvig Hammer (Nor, 2); Sune Berg Hansen (Den, 2) beat Ingvar Thor Johannesson (Isl, 1); V Sareen lost to Boris Chatalbashev (Bul, 2); Abhijeet Gupta (2) beat Julian Geske (Ger, 1); Eesha Karavade (1) lost to Stelios Halkias (Gre, 2); Gudmundur Gislason (Isl, 1.5) drew with Dronavalli Harika (1.5); Sverrir Thorgeirsson (Isl, 1) lost to Sahaj Grover (2); Debashis Das (2) beat Orn Leo Johannsson (Isl, 1).


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