Hyderabad Grandmasters Chess: Nine players share lead

A pack of nine players share the lead after the end of fourth round matches of the second Hyderabad Open Chess.

Hyderabad: A pack of nine players share the lead after the end of fourth round matches of the second Hyderabad International Grandmasters Chess tournament here today.

Top two boards matches between the leaders GM Vidit Santosh Gujarthi and GM Azer Mirzovev of Azerbaijan as well as International Master Mozharov Mikhail of Russia and GM Vladislav Borovikov of Ukraine ended without decisive result which helped GMs Lalith Babu, S P Sethuraman, Alon Greenfeld of Israel and Georgian duo Merab Gagunashvili and Levan Pantsulaia to catch up the leaders.

Pantsulaia defeated Indian GM Arun Prasad while Lalith made short work International Master Swapnil Dhopade. Gagunashvili, Sethu and Greenfeld joined the leaders after beating Neelotpal Das, Ramnath Bhuvanesh and Swayams Mishra respectively in the fourth round encounters.

Category A Important Results (Round 4) (Indians otherwise specified): GM Azer Mirzoev of AZE (3.5) drew with GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (3.5); IM Mikhail Mozharov of RUS (3.5) drew with GM Vladislav Borovikov of UKR (3.5); GM Levan Pantsulaia of GEO (3.5) beat GM Arun Prasad S (2.5); GM Lalith Babu M R (3.5) beat IM Swapnil Dhopade (2.5); GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of ARM (3) drew with IM Shardul Gagare (3); GM Neelotpal Das (2.5) lost to GM Merab Gagunashvili of GEO (3.5); GM Tornike Sanikidze of GEO (3) drew with IM Praveen Kumar C (3); IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh R (2.5) lost to GM Sethuraman S P (3.5); GM Alon Greenfeld (3.5) beat IM Swayams Mishra (2.5); IM Ravichandran Siddharth (2.5) lost to GM Ivan Popov of RUS (3); IM Girinath PDS (2) lost to GM Levon Babujian of ARM (3); GM Vasily Papin of RUS (3) beat Himal Gusain (2); Ravi Teja S (2.5) drew with IM Jacek Stopa of POL (2.5); GM Valeriy Neverov of UKR (2.5) drew with CM Abhimanyu Puranik (2.5); FM Debaraj Chatterjee of BAN (2) lost to GM Hovik Hayrapetayan of ARM (3); GM Sinisa Drazic of SRB (2.5) drew with Aniruddha Deshpande (2.5); IM Bahruz Rzayev of AZE (2.5) drew with Prince Bajaj (2.5); IM Thej Kumar (3) beat Gireman Ja (2); IM Shyam Nikil (2.5) drew with Dhulipala Bala Chandra Prasad (2.5); IM P Konguvel (3) beat Harsha Bharathakoti (2).

( Source : PTI )
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