Grandmaster Swapnill S Dhopade emerged as the sole leader with 7.5 points after the eighth and penultimate round of the IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Open Chess Tournament 2016 held at Mount Litera School International, Bandra (East), Mumbai here today.In the top board, Swapnil beat Gusain Himal, in a quiet Caro Kann game. Swapping pieces in regular intervals, Swapnil moved into a double rook and bishop ending. Broken pawn structure for Gusain, offered weak spots for attack and Swapnil drove his end game vehicle precisely to land the full point.

IM Swapnil Dhopade
IM Swapnil Dhopade
Shelke Sankarsha
Shelke Sankarsha

Half a point behind Swapnil at 7.0 points is International Master Stany G A, with Gusain Himal on his shadows at 6,5 points, holding the clear third spot. Top seed GM Elect Shardul Gagare shared the fourth place at 6.0 points along with five other players. The battles move to the final round tomorrow and is bound to remain intense this mega Swiss tournament that has a total prize money of Rs 750000 with the Champion getting richer by Rs 150000.

In the IIFL Wealth Mumbai Juniors running parallel to the Open event, it was five sharing lead after seven rounds at 6.0 points viz., Mohammad Fahad Rahman (Ban), Sadhwani Raunak, Aditya Mittal, Nimdia Ridit and Shelke Sankarsha (all India).

The game of the day award - ChessBase gift voucher - for the round 7 went to Nimdia Ridit for his exciting win over Aan Sikka.

Abhishek Das
Abhishek Das
Neela Kantan
Neela Kantan
Parnali Dharia
Parnali Dharia

IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Results (Round 8) Gusain Himal (6.5) lost to Swapnil S Dhopade (7.5), Stany G A (7) bt Muthaiah A L (5.5), Bharambe Bhavik C (6) drew with Ravi Teja S (6), Gagare Shardul (6) bt Praggnanandhaa R (5), Bartakke Amardeep S (6) bt Nitin S (5), Himanshu Sharma (6) bt Arjun Adappa (5), Chakravarthi Reddy M (5.5) drew with Sharma Dinesh K (5.5),k Gukesh D (5) lost to Krishna Teja N (6), Abhishek Das (5.5) drew with Matta Vinay Kumar (5.5), Audi Ameya (5) drew with Parnali S Dharia (5.5)

IIFL Wealth Mumbai Junior Results (Round 7) (Indians unless specified) Sankarsha Shelke (6) drew with Mohammad Fahad Rahman (Ban) 6, Sadhwani Raunak (6) drew with Aditya Mittal (6), Gukesh D (5.5) drew with Aryan Ranjan (5.5), Dhanush Ragav (5.5) drew with Om Kharola (5.5), Tripathi Adarsh (5.5) drew with Aryan Polakhare (5.5), Saha Shuban (5.5) bt Raahil Mullick (4.5), Ghelani Dhariya (4.5) lost to Adane Narayani (5.5), Rohnit G Amin (4.5) lost to Sankalp Gupta (5), Kriti Mayur Patel (4) lost to Yutesh P (5)