Sasikiran carves out a fine win
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Sasikiran carves out a fine win

The GM won against Konstantin Landa of Russia in the fifth round of the 'A1' section of Aeroflot International Open chess tournament.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 14:12 IST

Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran cruised to a fine victory against Grandmaster Konstantin Landa of Russia in the fifth round of the 'A1' section of Aeroflot Internationalopen chess tournament.

Sasikiran with 3.5 points is joint second behind a pack of five players, including Vladimir Akopian of Armenia, emerged as joint leaders on 4 points each.

Sandipan Chanda is on 3 points after drawing his fifth round game against Alexei Fedorov of Belarus and National Champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly registered his first win in the event to be at 2 points.

International Master and double GM norm hodler Neelotpal Das remained on course for what would be his final GM norm after defeating IM L Victor Ivanov of Russia in a keenly contested game.

The victory took Neelotpal Das to 4 points of a possible five for a joint third spot behind two leaders on 4.5 points in the 'A2' section being held simultaneously.

The Kolkata-based now needs to meet a few Grandmasters in the remaining three rounds and needs to score decently to become the next Grandmaster of the country.

However, the norm aspirations of young Indians suffered a setback in this section as Parimarjna Negi, Deep Sengupta and Abhijeet Gupta tasted defeats in the fifth round.

Negi was beaten by GM Valeri Yandemirov of Russia while Italian GM Michele Godena proved too strong for Sengupta and Gupta could not quite compete against Vladimir Dobrov of Russia.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 14:12 IST