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WIM Vantika shocks GM Karthikeyan in Kolkata Open chess

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Women International Master Vantika Agarwal of sprang the biggest surprise of the day defeating two-time national champion and Grandmaster of in the second round of the LIC Kolkata International Grandmaster Open tournament here today.

The other big 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 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy of Integral Coach

The top seeded Nigel Short, however, didn't break any sweat 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 against Rajasthan Royals late in the evening.

29 players have a full score of two points from as many rounds, as the battle intensified with seven more rounds left.

Former World Junior champion GM Abhijeet Gupta was lucky to escape with a draw against teenager on the second board, while other creditable results of the day were 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 middlegame 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 middlegame onwards, and was down a piece by the 42nd move.

However, young Rahman could not keep his nerves in the final phase of the game and made a blunder on the 54th move with a simple oversight to see his advantage evaporate.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 21:25 IST