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Iniyan stuns Sjugirov Sanan in Abu Dhabi Masters

Press Trust of India  |  Abu Dhabi 

Young Indian International Master P Iniyan caused a huge flutter defeating highly rated Sjugirov Sanan in the fifth round of Masters now underway here.

Taking his tally up to 3.5 points out of a possible five, Iniyan raised expectations of a norm after especially the way he crashed through the defences of his famous Russian rival.

It was a Dutch Leningrad by Sanan that landed in early difficulties thanks to a spirited opening display by the Indian. Winning a pawn in the early phase of the middle game itself, Iniyan kept on increasing advantage and reached a pawn plus rook and minor piece endgame. The finale was picturesque as Iniyan's last pawn inevitably marched to glory.

also remained on course for what could be a norm by playing out an easy draw with of The 14-year old who is already well over 2500 in Elo rating, also took his tally to 3.5 points. The other Indian within striking distance of a Grandmaster norm is who kept himself in the hunt holding Tigran Petrosian of to a draw.

At the top of the table, of conceded his first half point, splitting the point with compatriot Dubaov moved to 4.5 points where he was later joined by of China, A R of Uae and Levan Pantsulaia of

It was a day of mixed results for other Indians. Having lost the fourth, Abhijeet Gupta bounced back with a victory with his white pieces against while remained in pursuit defeating and moving to 3.5 points.

Among the young Indians, suffered a setback losing to Brazilian Grandmaster Alexandr Fier but Raunak Sadhwani bounced back nicely at the expense of Dushyant Sharma caused an upset defeating Grandmaster Harmen Jonkman of Holland while Pranav Anand improved his chances beating higher ranked Indian Chinmay Kulkarni.

Important and Indian results round 5 (Indians unless specified): Dubov Daniil (Rus, 4.5) drew with (Rus, 4); (Hun, 4) drew with Kravtsiv Martyn (Ukr, 4); (Chn, 4.5) beat (Iri, 3.5); A.(Uae, 4.5) beat (Egy, 3.5); (Ukr, 4.5) beat Adly Ahmed (Egy, 3.5); Levan Pantsulaia (Geo, 4.5) beat (Eng, 3); (3.5) drew with (Geo, 3.5); Lupulescu Constantin (Rou, 3.5) drew with Swapnil S. Dhopade (3.5); Debashis Das (3) lost to (Ita, 4); (3.5) drew with Tigran Petrosian (3.5); (3.5) drew with Jojua Davit (Geo, 3.5); Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. (3.5) drew with Nguyen (Vie, 3.5); (Phi, 3) lost to S L Narayanan (4); P Iniyan (3.5) beat Sjugirov Sanan (Rus, 2.5); Parligras Mircea-Emilian (Rou, 3.5) beat (2.5); (3.5) beat (2.5); N R Vignesh (2.5) lost to (Iri, 3.5); Alexandr Fier (Bra, 3.5) beat (2.5); (3.5) beat (Uae, 2.5); V (3.5) beat Krishnater Kushager (2.5); (2.5) lost to Abhimanyu Puranik (3.5); Soumya Swaminathan (2.5) lost to Dinara Saduakassova (Kaz, 3.5); Abhijeet Gupta (3) beat Rayes (Uae, 2.5); Raunak Sadhwani (3) beat (2); N (2) lost to Aaryan Varshney (3); Pranav Anand (3) beat Kulkarni Chinmay (2); Harmen Jonkman (Ned, 2) lost to Dushyant Sharma (3).

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 18:35 IST