Three players share lead in Parsvnath Open

New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) Sixth seed Grandmaster ParimarjanNegi along with Slovenian Grandmaster Lenic Luka and UkrainianGrandmaster Mikhailo Oleksienko share the lead with six andhalf points after the seventh round matches of the 9thParsvnath International Grandmasters chess tournament, today.

Playing with black pieces in Scheveningen variation ofSicilian Defence, overnight sole leader Negi held top seedAlexander Areshchenko of Ukraine at Ludlow Castle here.

But Lenic and Oleksienko also joined Negi at the top ofpoint table after defeating Indian Grandmasters Arun Prasadand Abhijeet Gupta respectively in the seventh roundencounters.

On the top board, Areshchenko had an advantageousposition in the middle game with two connected passed pawns inthe centre but failed miserably to convert the advantage todecisive result and signed peace treaty in 77 moves.

Meanwhile playing white side of Chigorin Defence, citybased International Master Vaibhav Suri held fourth seedAustrian Grandmaster Markus Ragger to a creditable draw.

In other seventh round matches, Yuriy Kuzubov defeatedSahaj Grover while International Masters Saptarshi Roy andShyam Nikil held Grandmaster Konstantin Chernyshov of Russiaand Alon Greenfeld of Israel respectively.

In a surprising result, International Master VikaramadiyaKamble shocked Grandmaster Neelotpal Das.

Important Results:

Round-7 (Indians otherwise specified):- GM AlexanderAreshchenko of Ukraine (6) drew with GM Parimarjan Negi (6.5);GM Lenic Luka of Slovenia (6.5) beat GM Arund Prasad (5.5); GMOleksienko Mikhailo of Ukraine (6.5) beat Abhijeet Gupta(5.5); GM Yuriy Kuzubov of Ukarine (6) beat IM Sahaj Grover(5.5); GM Avigdor Bykhovsky of Russia (5) lost to GM Ni Hua ofChina (6); IM Vaibhav Suri (5.5) drew with GM Ragger Markus ofAustria (5.5); GM Konstantin Chernyshov of Russia (5.5) drewwith IM Saptarshi Roy (5.5); IM Swapnil Dhopade (5) lost to GMEvgeny Postny of Israel (6); IM Rahul Sangma (5) lost to GMStefansson Hannes of Iceland (6); Navin Kanna T U (5) lost toGM Yaroslav Zherebukh of Ukraine (6); GM Alon Greenfeld ofIsrael (5.5) drew with IM Shyam Nikil (5.5); Zeng Chongshengof China (5.5) drew with GM Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh (5.5);GM Danielsen Henrik of Iceland (6) beat FM Diptayan Ghosh (5);Shivananda B S (5) lost to GM Levon Babujian of Armenia (6);GM Kidambi S (6) beat IM Murali Krishna B T (5); GM MartynKravtsiv of Ukraine (5.5) beat Ankit R Rajpara (4.5); IMNabaty Tamir of Israel (4.5) lost to IM Girinath PDS (5.5); IMVikramaditya Kamble (5.5) beat GM Neelotpal Das (4.5); SagarShah (4.5) lost to GM Laxman R R (5.5); IM Himanshu Sharma(5.5) beat IM Singh DP (4.5).

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