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Naiditsch breaks through Karthikeyan's Berlin Wall

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Two-time former national champion Murali today suffered a defeat against top seed GM of in the eighth round of the 16th Parsvnath International Open here.

The two players were tied in the lead with 6.5 points ahead of the match but after the match, Naiditsch jumped ahead to 7.5 points in the 10-round tournament.

Naiditsch, rated 2701, had the white pieces against and he decided to open with the king's pawn, to which the Indian replied with the notoriously famous Defence.

The resulting queenless position is a well-known middlegame that is closer to the endgame than most other structures.

Naiditsch displayed supreme strategic understanding to use his minor pieces to dominate over

In the end, Karthikeyan, rated 2580, surrendered on the 29th move.

Among the fifteen players pursuing Naiditsch and Karthikeyan, four games saw

GM Sergei Tiviakov, rated 2584, effortlessly crushed Harsha Bharathakoti, Bangladesh's GM Ziaur Rahman made a good comeback after a sad loss to the top seed in the last round.

He defeated the fifth-seeded Russian GM rated 2595 with the black pieces.

Rozum allowed his queenside pawns to be clamped down by Rahman's monstrously strong knight in the center. This allowed the Bangladeshi to weave threats around the white on the kingside and force a dangerous passed pawn on f4 that finished the story for the Russian.

In a surprise victory, newly crowned International Master Akash Pc Iyer managed to outwit Ukrainian GM Vitaly Sivuk, rated 2550.

On the second table, Russian GM rated 2471 defeated defending champion and second seed GM Farrukh Amonatov of

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 17:25 IST