Raunak holds India’s top rated GM Sasikiran in Spain – Times of India

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LUDHIANA: In what could be a satisfying result against India's top rated Grandmaster and fifth seeded Sasikiran Krishnan, city's only GM Raunak Sadhwani got success in holding his experienced opponent in the sixth Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival at Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday.

Defending brilliantly well with his black pieces the 13-year-old played out a marathon 63-move contest to hold country's top ranked Indian GM participating in the tournament. With this draw, both Raunak and 2656 Elo Sasikiran Krishnan maintained their joint fourth position.

While Raunak gave one of his best performances so far, Divya Deshmukh ended her two-game winning drought with a facile victory over Candidate Master Shahil Dey. Sankalp Gupta, however, found higher ranked Spanish GM Larino Nieto David tough to handle in the eighth round.

For 2507 Elo Raunak the day brought satisfactory result. On the 10th board, Raunak opted for the Ruy Lopez opening which had an Anti-Marshall Variation against the King Pawn start done by Sasikiran. Both the Indian masters fought for over 4.5 hours before they finally split the points with Raunak down by a piece in a double-rook end game.

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