Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta committed a blunder as he squandered a winning endgame to be held to a draw by veteran Grandmaster Bojan Kurajica of Bosnia in the second round of 31st Cappelle La Grande International Chess tournament today.
After outplaying Kurajica in all departments of the game, Gupta was not lucky enough to earn a victory as the Bosnian survived by the skin of his teeth.
It was a Grunfeld defense by transposition in which Gupta excelled right from the opening after sacrificing a pawn. Kurajica came under pressure after trading of the queens and lost a pawn to reach what was a complicated but winnable endgame for Gupta.
However, the Indian blundered away by losing as many as three pawns and the position liquidated to a dead draw pretty soon.
Vidit Gujrathi was also held to a draw in the second round when tougher pairings were generated under Accelerated Pairing system in place here. Gujrathi was held by Ramil Hasangatin of Russia out of a Queen pawn game. Playing white, Gujrathi appeared on top in a Hedgehog structure but the exchange of pieces kept Hasangatin in the game.
Sandipan Chanda and Sahaj Grover came up with their second victories on the trot at the expense of compatriot M R Venkatesh and Pavel Certik of Slovakia respectively.
Grover faced a rarely played system in the Rossolimo Sicilian and seized the initiative early in the opening. While Certik fought back the young Indian did not let the position slip out of hand and eventually scored an easy victory.