Indian Tiger Tames Chinese Dragon
Top board started with Sicilian Najdrof & transposed in to sort of Yugoslov attack of Dragon variation. After 33 moves, Murali had the upper hand with Queen and one Rook on each side. White’s safer King and space advantage put Black in trouble. Eventually, the Indian lad from Chennai, displayed superb end game technique and pressed this advantage home on 48th Move.
On the 2nd board Srinath choose to play Queens Gambit accepted and after several exchange of pieces, Xiangyu maintained some end game advantage and one extra pawn after 36th move. Nevertheless, GM Srinath, cleverly steered the game to a draw Rook and pawn ending, where the point was split on the 50th move.
On the third board in an English Opening game both the compatriots went for early trading of Queens on 7th move and the Indian Grand Master had trifle advantage of space and more active minor pieces. However after marathon battle the game was drawn on 59th move.
On the fourth board GM Xu Yinglun launched the Petrosian system against Mar Del Plata variation of Kings Indian Defence and had the upper hand in opening stage, by snatching the open ‘B’ file. Eventually the exchange of light square Bishop increased the advantage of White. However the Indian Grand Master, defended back to the wall and drew on 36th move.
Results of Second Round
|1||W||GM||Karthikeyan Murali||2604||beat||B||GM||Lu Shanglei||2635|
|2||B||GM||Narayan Srinath||2565||drew with||W||GM||Xu Xiangyu||2577|
|3||W||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2579||drew with||B||GM||Bai Jinshi||2566|
|4||B||GM||Aryan Chopra||2541||drew with||W||GM||Xu Yinglun||2533|