New Delhi, Apr 16 (UNI) International Master (IM) Himanshu Sharma joined overnight sole leader Rahul Sangma to share the lead with 7 points in the 2nd Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee Memorial Open International Chess here today In the top board, Rahul Sangma narrowly escaped with a draw against IM Satyapragyan of Air India. Cruising to victory, Satya miscalculated the winning pawn combination in the end game and had to be satisfied with half a point.
IM Himanshu Sharma overcame his rival Ram S Krishanan in 30 moves without much struggle in the second table. Playing safe, seasoned campaigners Atanu Lahiri and B S Shivananda signed the peace treaty in just 10 moves.
With 3 more rounds left in the tournament, a pack of eight players are trailing behind the leaders with 6.5 points.
Important Results (Round : 8) Rahul Sangma (7) drew with IM Satyapragyan (6.5), IM Himanshu Sharma (7) beat Ram S Krishnan (6), IM Atanu Lahiri (6.5) drew with B S Shivananda (6.5), Matta Vinay Kumar (6.5) drew with IM Sriram Jha (6.5), Akash Thakur (6.5) beat IM Saptarshi Roy (5.5), IM P Konguvel (6.5) beat Sagar Shah (5.5), G B Joshi (6.5) beat Somak Palit (5.5), Sudhir Kumar Sinha (6.5) beat Arjun Tiwari (5.5), Venkata Ramana J (6) drew with IM D P Singh (6) UNI HSB AB KN1614