Sri Lanka’s Ranindu Liyanage crushed India’s youngest ever Grandmaster D. Gukesh at the 19th Delhi International Chess Open which is now in progress in New Delhi. Gukesh the 16-year-old Indian GM suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Ranindu Liyanage in the second round of the 19th Delhi International Open Chess Tournament held on Wednesday.
Liyanage the present National Champion from Ananda College once again made a good battle against Indian Grand Master Karthik Venkataraman in the third round which ended in a draw sharing 0.5 points each.
Liyanage was scheduled to play with Indian Parth Belwal at the fourth round yesterday. However, with this performance so far after the third round, Liyannage improved his rankings from 41 to 22 while Gukesh has dropped his rank from 6th to 62nd.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan 16-year-old Susal de Silva who also competed in this tournament beat Indian Adireddy Arjun in the 3rd round while Romesh Weerawardena the International Master from Sri Lanka beat Indian S. Dhananjay to come up from rank 121 to 91.
The Delhi open is being played under FIDE’s Swiss rules and seven rounds are remaining in the Rs 25 lakh prize money tournament.