Strong title contenders Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus and Andrei Deviatkin of Russia scored neat victories in the seventh round of the Mumbai Mayor’s Cup-International Chess tournament here today. Top seed Aleksandrov defeated the highest rated Indian in the fray,B Adhiban,while no. 2 Deviatkin,also a Grand Master,accounted for Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh to jointly lead the 335-player field with 6.5 points in the 11-round Swiss League organised by Venus Chess Academy and co-sponsored by LIC of India.
In the Queens Gambit Accepted game,Adhiban – playing with white pieces – was rather subdued and Aleksandrov was on the aggressive side. The Indian could never get back the gambitted pawn in the opening and later lost another one. Aleksandrov immediately forced the exchange of pieces and won after 48 moves. India’s Abhijit Kunte scored over yesterdays giant killer Rakesh Kulkarni to place himself half a point behind the leading foreign duo along with five other players. In another game,fancied Oliver Barbosa was held to a draw by India’s Abhishek Das.
After some impressive show in the first few rounds,the Indians appeared to run out of steam while the foreign GMs showed good technique to prevail over lower rated players.
Important results (Round 7): GM B Adhiban (5.5) lost to GM Aleksej Alexandrov (6.5); GM Andrei Deviatkin (6.5) bt GM Ziaur Rahman (5.5); Nikolai Chadaev (6) drew GM Kirill Stupak (6); GM Abhijit Kunte (6) bt Rakesh Kulkarni (5.5); IM Vishnu Prasanna (5.5) drew GM Mark Paragua (5.5); GM John Gomez paul (6) bt IM Himanshu Sharma (5); IM Sahaj Grover (5.5) drew Rajesh V A V (5.5). Debraj Chatterjee (5.5) drew GM Deepan Chakravarthy (5.5); IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni (5) lost to Saumil Padhya (6); Anurag Mhamal (5) lost to GM Hoang Thanh Trang (6); GM Oliver Barbosa (5) drew Abhishek Das (5); IM Vaibhav Suri (5) drew Jinshi Bai (5)GM Evgeny Podolchenko (5) drew Prince Bajaj (5).
Pune FC sells Lester to Prayag United for Rs 20 lakh
Pune FC has sold its attacking medio Lester Fernandez to Kolkata’s Prayag United SC for a fee of Rs 20 lakh and the process was completed last week by mutual agreement between the two clubs. The 25-year-old player’s mid-contract transfer relieves him a year ahead of his deal with Pune FC,which ran until the end of the 2012-13 season,Pune FC said in a media release. It was a path-breaking exercise taken by the club in order to become self-sustaining,the release added.
Lester has been transferred to Prayag United for Rs 20 lakh. Prayag United SC officials have been in touch with us for some time now and the deal concluded last week. Pune FC’s ultimate aim is to become self-sustaining and player transfer remains a key aspect in achieving the aim,” said Pune FC’s Operations Head,Chirag Tanna. Fernandez became a surplus for the club with Karma Tsewang showing excellent form and the experienced Shanmugam Venkatesh and talented Arata Izumi extending their respective contracts,the club explained.