Two-time former national champion Murali Karthikeyan today suffered a defeat against top seed GM Arkadij Naiditsch of Azerbaijan in the eighth round of the 16th Parsvnath Delhi International Open Chess here.
The two players were tied in the lead with 6.5 points ahead of the match but after the match, Naiditsch jumped ahead to 7.5 points in the 10-round tournament.
Naiditsch, rated 2701, had the white pieces against Karthikeyan and he decided to open with the king's pawn, to which the Indian replied with the notoriously famous Berlin Defence.
The resulting queenless position is a well-known middlegame that is closer to the endgame than most other structures.
Naiditsch displayed supreme strategic understanding to use his minor pieces to dominate over Karthikeyan's army.
In the end, Karthikeyan, rated 2580, surrendered on the 29th move.
Among the fifteen players pursuing Naiditsch and Karthikeyan, four games saw results.
GM Sergei Tiviakov, rated 2584, effortlessly crushed .
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