Grover, Gujrathi share fourth spot
Varna (PTI): Young Indian Grandmasters Sahaj Grover and Vidit Gujrathi kept themselves in the hunt after settling for draws in the fourth round of...
Varna (PTI): Young Indian Grandmasters Sahaj Grover and Vidit Gujrathi kept themselves in the hunt after settling for draws in the fourth round of Grand Europe Golden Sands International chess tournament here at the black sea resort. Grover did well to hold higher rated Dmitry Svetushkin of Moldova while Gujrathi conceded a half point to talented young Russian David Paravyan to reach 3.5 points out of a possible four in this nine rounds tournament involving 222 players. Zbynek Hracek of Czech Republic, Vladislav Nevednichy of Romania and Tamir Nabaty of Israel emerged as joint leaders on four points apiece following their fourth straight victory in the tournament. Hracek defeated M R Venkatesh, Nevednichy accounted for young Turkish Sanal Vahap while M Shyam Sundar went down to Nabaty. With five rounds to come, Grover and Gujrathi are in a pack of ten players following the leaders. Not far behind is highest rated Indian here Abhijeet Gupta who secured his second victory in the tournament to move to three points. Also on three points are Indian Grandmasters Sundar, Venkatesh, G N Gopal, Deep Sengupta and S Arun Prasad. Among other Indians in the fray, the Indian ladies continued with their rocking form against mixed opposition. R Bharati made another step forward towards her Woman Grandmaster norm by holding National Champion G Akash to a creditable draw. With 2.5 points in her bag against four International Masters so far, Bharati has certainly put in a sterling show here.