The top two seeds GMs Aleksej Alexandrov of Belarus and Andrei Deviatkin of Russia scored neat victories in the seventh round of the Mumbai Mayor’s Cup-International Chess tournament organised by the Venus Chess Academy and co sponsored by LIC of India.
The duo are now leading this 335-player 11-round Swiss League event with 6.5 points. From the Indian point of view it was a disappointing day as main hope and the highest rated Indian in fray B Adhiban was defeated by Alexandrov while Deviatkin accounted for Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh.
However Abhijit Kunte scored over yesterday’s giant killer Rakesh Kulkarni and is trailing half a point behind the leaders along with five other players. Oliver Barbosa had another unsatisfying day, this time drawing against Abhishek Das.
After some impressive show in the first few rounds, the Indians appeared to run out of steam while the foreign GMs showed good technique to prevail over lower rated players.
There were a few minor flutters with some draws conceded by the lower rated GMs, but basically it was a quiet rounds.