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Vantika upsets two-time national champion Karthikeyan in chess meet

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Teenaged Women International Master Vantika Agarwal of provided the biggest sensation of the ongoing Kolkata International Grandmaster Open tournament when she defeated two-time national champion and Grandmaster of in the second round at the here.

Ironically, the other biggest upset of the round came from a at the opposite end of the age spectrum, as 55-year-old veteran International Master D.V.Prasad of defeated Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy of the Integral Factory.

Former World Junior champion Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta was lucky to escape with a draw against teenager on the second board, while other creditable results of the day were by achieved by teenagers Sai Viswesh of and of who held and to draws, respectively.

Playing the black side of a Kings Indian defence, Vantika went in for a pawn sacrifice on the 30th move which did not look sound enough.

With both the players down to their last minute on the clock, she was rewarded for her risky play when blundered on the 36th move.

Fingers shaking, Vantika kept her nerves to effect a simple combination involving a Knight fork and won material to force a win in 42 moves.

In a surprisingly one-sided middle game arising out of a Ruy variation, Prasad showed glimpses of his class as he made inroads into Deepan Chakkravarthy's kingside and steadily won material to win flawlessly in 49 moves.

Abhijeet Gupta was under pressure from the early middle game onwards, and was down a piece by the 42nd move. However, young Rahman couldn't keep his nerves in the final phase of the game and blundered back on the 54th move with a simple oversight to see his advantage evaporate.

The top seeded showed none of the fluctuations in form of Grandmaster colleagues around him, as he made short work of Women International Master Vaishali in just 21 moves to keep a full score. Thus, he kept his evening free enough to attend to his other passion of by leaving for Kolkata Knight Riders' clash with Rajasthan Royals late in the evening.

Twenty nine players have a full score of two points from as many rounds, as the battle hots up at the event. Seven more rounds remain to be played.



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 21:34 IST