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Chess players weather the chill

It is all the more difficult for players as they are refraining from wearing caps after Umakant Sharma was caught with a bluetooth device sewn inside his cap.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2007 23:31 IST

Chess, a game that is not really exposed to the elements, should not be affected much by the soaring or dipping of the temperature. Yet, a player who is under the weather may find it difficult to think and plan his game.

The cold wave is taking its toll on even the best in the business. As GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, currently sharing the second spot with 3.5 points in the Parsvnath International Chess Tournament, said: “I have had a bad tournament. I am down with cold and feeling feverish. I think the organisers should have made sure that the venue is kept warm.”

It is all the more difficult for players as they are refraining from wearing caps after Umakant Sharma was caught with a bluetooth device sewn inside his cap in a tournament held last year.

Meanwhile, Grandmaster Neelotpal Das had a tough time winning the fourth round against Chennai youngster Haribalu V. The rest of the GMs had easy outings, with six Indians sharing the lead.

GM Abhijeet Kunte beat S.P. Sethuraman while IM Abhijeet Gupta beat IM Chandrashekhar Gokhale in with ease. The other Indians in lead were GM Deepan Chakravarthy, IM Arun Prasad, GM Dibyendu Barua, Araghyadip Das, apart from Uzbekistan’s GM Saidali Iuldachev and GM Shukhrat Safin.

Top seed Alexey Dreev recovered from his draw in Round Three that toppled him from the lead, to win against Mehdi Hasan of Bangladesh.

GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, playing with white, played a Ruy Lopez opening and went on to beat Babu N Sudhakar, who had drawn with top seed Alexey Dreev in the previous round. Ganguly won as his opponent was under time pressure in the end. “He had one minute on the clock as opposed to my 24. I could not think much as I am suffering from fever,” Ganguly said.

Results

GM  Abhijit Kunte bt  S. P. Sethuraman; GM Luldachev Saidali (Uzb) bt  IM Roktim Bandyopadhyay; GM Deepan Chakravarthy bt IM P. D. S. Girinath; GM Barua Dibyendu bt FM Nasir Ahmed (Ban); IM Chandrashekhar Gokhale lost to IM Abhijeet Gupta; IM Koshy Varugeese lost to GM Safin Shukhrat (Uzb); GM Alexey Dreev (Rus) bt FM Hasan Mehdi (Ban); GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly bt IM Babu N. Sudhakar; FM Taibur Rahman (Ban) lost to GM Praveen Thipsay; IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman drew with B  Adhiban; FM Sahaj Grover lost to S  Swapnil; Mehar Reddy lost to IM D.P. Singh; V. Haribalu lost to GM Neelotpal Das.