Gupta gets closer to third IM norm

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

Abhijit Gupta gave yet another inspired performance to hold Grandmaster Pavel Kotsur of Kazakhstan in the 7th round of the Dubai chess championship.

Gupta gets closer to third IM norm

Dubai:

Abhijit Gupta gave yet another inspired performance to hold Grandmaster Pavel Kotsur of Kazakhstan in the seventh round of the Dubai International Open chess championship, getting a step closer to his third and final International Master norm. The 15-year-old player, who had some very tough games in the competition so far, took his tally to 4.5 points out of a possible 7 and was now all set to become the youngest International Master of the country. In the 8th and penultimate round the Bhilwara-based teenager is set to play compatriot GM Abhijit Kunte. The other IM norm hopefuls, 12-year old Parimarjan Negi and G Rohit, 15, also remained on track for their norms though both failed to earn full points from their respective boards. Negi played a fine game to hold Grandmaster Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia but Rohit went down to GM Al-Modaihki Mohamad of Qatar. Both the Indian youngsters have now an identical score of four points and require two draws in their remaining games against quality opposition to achieve the feat. At the top, overnight leaders Ashot Anastasian of Armenia and Georgians Georgi Kacheishvili and Merab Gagunashvili were joined by Chinese duo of Zhang Pengxiang and Zhang Zhong on 5.5 points following another spate of draws on higher boards. As many as 15 players including top seed Alexander Motylev of Russia and Kiril Georgiev of Bulgaria were on the heels of the leaders with 5 points apiece while Kunte, GM Koneru Humpy and Gupta were in the next group of 22 players on 4.5 points each. (PTI)



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