It looked like a perfect run for Goa’s chess playing duo, Ritviz Parab and FIDE Master Nitish Belurkar as they had an impressive 7th day on the boards in the 1st Goa International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament, at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Taleigao, on Friday.
Ritviz who was in top form, beat International Master Vardan Nagpal to move on to 6.5 points; on the other hand Nitish played it safe to finish with a draw against Grandmaster Himanshu Sharma.
Ritviz Parab started with E4 —King pawn and the opponent opted for french defence in exchange variation. At the end he had an advantage of double bishop versus double knight, keeping them locked till the end of the game. He will now play in the last round.
On the other board, Nitish started with King pawn Fianchentto against GM Himanshu. The opponent had disadvantage of a separate pawn on the same file, which Nitish exploited to earn a draw. Nitish now has 6 points and will play GM Bernadskiy Vitaliy of Ukraine in the final round.
Fide Master Ameya Audi suffered a shock defeat against Vikramjit Singh of Railways.
Elsewhere, International Master Karthik Venkatraman upset Grandmaster Neverov Valeriy of Ukraine to move on to 7.5 points and share the top spot with GM Idani Pouya of Iran, GM Babujian Levon of Armenia and GM Kasparov Sergey of Belarus.
On other boards, Niraj Saripalli defeated CM Arfan Bagus of Indonesia to move on to 5.5 points, whereas Umang Kaisary and Tanvi Hadkonkar also drew their respective games to make it with 4.5 points. Gunjal Chopdekar won and increase her points to 3.5.
GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J had to settle for a draw against Rahul V, who began with a Queen’s Indian Defence and though Deepan was pawn up it was not enough to convert into a win.