Local girl Supriya stuns GM Vishnu Prasanna
— By FPJ Bureau | Jun 03, 2016 12:19 am
Mumbai : Mumbai girl Supriya Joshi (ELO 1984) stole the opening day’s honours, upsetting 8th seed Grandmaster Vishnu Prasanna of Tamil Nadu (ELO 2524) in the 9th edition of the Mumbai Mayor’s International Open Chess Tournament 2016, co-sponsored by LIC and Ankit Gems, at Mount Litera School International, Bandra, here, on Thursday.
In the game which started with C4 converted to King’s indian defense, Supriya was lagging behind development. She sacrificed her knight to divert the pieces defending the king, thus getting the decisive king side attack and won the game in 29 moves with 3 passed pawns.
On the top board, top seed Popov Evan (ELO 2648) of Russia got the better of Maharashtra’s Sankarsha Shelke (ELO 2032). Playing with White pieces, Shelke faced the Sicilian Defense from the top seed.
On the 22nd move Sankarsh played a wrong move of knight to protect his pawn, which allowed Popov to attack on the King with pawns, thus enhancing his advantage. Popov never gave Shelke any chance of a comeback in the game and won comfortably in 52 moves.
On the fifth board Ojas Kulkarni (ELO2000) held Grandmaster Sandipan Chanda (ELO 2585) to a draw. Opting for a Slav Defense Ojas maintained the attack in the center but failed to get a breakthrough. With equal position, both signed the treaty after 37 moves.
Earlier in the Afternoon Mumbai Mayor Shrimati Snehal Ambekar inaugurated the chess tournament along with Shri Dilip Pagay, Secretary MCA.