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Rathanvel stuns top seed GM Le Quang Liem

Press Trust of India  |  Abu Dhabi 

scored a sensational victory over top rated Le of in the first round of Masters tournament that got underway here today.

The opening day saw many upsets but Rathanvel was a class act in demolishing the Vietnamese GM rated 2727. The close to 400 rating difference did not deter the Indian to go for the kill when it mattered the most and his bravery was duly rewarded.

For the records, it was a Caro Kann advance where the Vietnamese played black and the tense middle game saw Rathanvel sacrificing his rook for a minor piece for central dominance.

Liem faced a predicament in the middle game when there was an unconditional repetition of moves on offer and he chose to play what looked like an inferior endgame.

Rathanvel shattered the king's position with a timely blow and his combined to net him his biggest victory thus far. The game lasted 59 moves.

Young Sankalp Gupta also came out with a good effort to hold local star A R to a creditable draw. Saleh probably missed a win with his clock ticking away but Sankalp found his defense when he needed it.

Highest rated Indian Abhijeet Gupta, meanwhile, scored a regulation victory over compatriot out of a King's Indian defense game. Abhijeet gave a lesson in manoeuvring to his younger opponent trapping a lone knight that invaded his camps.

On the flip side, suffered a setback as he could only get a draw with Iranian lady Karthikeyan tried hard for breakthroughs in the endgame but Mitra ensured that her pieces saved the day.

Women Bhakti Kulkarni had a good day as she drew with Romanian GM in a keenly contested game while Parnali Dharia also had a good result to boast when she split the point with her state-mate Grandmaster Abhimanyu Puranik.

The Indian Grandmasters in the fray generally had a decent start otherwise as Aravindh Chithambaram, S L Narayanan, M R and coasted to expected victories.

In other big upsets caused by Indians, V S and came up with splendid results winning against Iranian Grandmaster duo of and respectively.

Top Indian Results Round 1 (Indians unless stated):

V S Rathanvel beat Le (Vie); beat Sidhant Mohapatra; Padmini Rout lost to Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus); (Arm) beat Siva Mahadevan;

Koustav Chatterjee drew with (Rus); beat Mithil Ajgaonkar; Aronyak Ghosh lost to Nigel Short (Eng); Sammed Jaykumar Shete lost to Martyn Kravtsiv; (Rou) drew with Bhakti Kulkarni; A R (Uae) drew with Sankalp Gupta; lost to (Egy); Abhijeet Gupta beat Shailesh Dravid; drew with (Iri); (Iri) lost to V S Raahul; D K Sharma beat (Iri); Aravindh Chithambaram beat Nisha Mohota; Jubin Jimmy lost to S L Narayanan; beat Niranjan Navalgund; beat V Pranavananda; beat Vantika Agrawal; Erigaisi Arjun beat Dushyant Sharma; Parnali S Dharia drew with Abhimanyu Puranik; (Uzb) lost to Rakshitta Ravi.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 19:05 IST