TWO players — IM Anwesh Upadhayay of Odisha and Rupam Mukherjee of West Bengal were leading the table at end of five rounds of the GH Raisoni Chess Classical FIDE Rating Chess Tournament currently in progress at GH Raisoni Institute of Engineering, Wadi Hingna Road.
On the top board, the game between IM Anwesh Upadhyay of Bhuvaneshwar and AGM Kiran Panditrao of Pune was an Italian Guico Piano Opening. With both players not taking risks in opening, the game got prolonged. However, Upadhyay emerged triumphant after 46 moves.
On the second board, Mukherjee replied with Owens Defence against Mahindrakar’s e4 first move. It was a lengthy game of wits where Mukherjee emerged victorious after 78 moves. Siddhant Gawai of Nagpur drew his game against Mandar Lad of Goa to remain in reckoning. Gawai, Sangharsh Soni and Ayush Ramteke are sharing the second spot with four and half points each to their credit.
The event is organised by GH Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation jointly with Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation and is recognised by Chess Association Nagpur, Maharashtra Chess Association, All India Chess Federation and FIDE.
Pramodraj Moree, International Arbiter, along with his team of Arbiters consisting of Dy Arbiters Ajinkya Pingle and Pravin Thakare and Arbiters Prayas Amabde, Shubham Soni, Amit Tembhurne and others are working for smooth conduction of the event.