Sasikiran beats Onischuk in opener

Yalta (Ukraine), June 19: Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran started his campaign in style with a thumping win over GM Alexander Onischuk of United States in the first round of Aerosvit International Chess Tournament here.

Sasikiran was a class act with his white pieces as he won a one-sided affair in the Queen’s Indian Defence game. Onischuk was the first to deviate from main variations on his 12th turn and his 16th move was a error-filled that gave Sasikiran an opportunity for a thematic exchange sacrifice lading to complexities favouring the Indian.

Sasikiran slowly increased his advantage in the ensuing middle game leaving Onischuk pieces less mobilised even though the position was open. Banking on his passed pawn on the 6th rank, Sasikiran clinched thee issue in just 35 moves.

It turned out to be an exciting day in general in the 12-players double round Robin Tournament. Apart from Sasikiran, Lenier Dominguezz of Cuba and Latvian-born Spaniard Alexei Shirov were the other winners while the remaining three games ended in draws.


Here is the official website of the tournament.

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