Sowmya holds Tiviakov; Adhiban among leaders - The New Indian Express

Sowmya holds Tiviakov; Adhiban among leaders

Published: 25th November 2012 11:21 AM

Last Updated: 25th November 2012 11:21 AM

Pune based Woman Grandmaster Sowmya Swaminathan snatched half a point against the top seed Grandmaster Sergei Tiviakov of The Netherlands in an exciting third round game in the Apollo Engineering College Commonwealth Chess Championships here on Saturday.

Leading the table with 3.0 points from as many rounds are Grandmasters Ahmed Adly (Egypt), Oleksienko Mikhailo (Ukraine), Marat Dzhumaev (Uzbekistan), B Adhiban, S P Sethuraman, M R Lalith Babu, Arun Prasad and Deepan Chakkravarthy (all India) among others. Top seed Sergei Tiviakov stays half a point behind at 2.5 points.

The top board Scandinavian game saw both Sowmya and Tiviakov battling for the initiative. The unorthodox play by black kept Sowmya in the back foot, but slowly she found herself pressing for an advantage. Tiviakov gave nothing away and precise play saw Sowmya repeating the moves and signing peace after 81 moves.

In the second board, former World Junior Champion Ahmed Adly scored the quickest win of the day as his Indian opponent Deepak Katiyar failed to see a nice intervening combination and gave up after 27 moves.

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