Three-way lead in SREI International Grandmasters Chess
Kolkata: Grandmaster Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia and IM Mikhail Mozharov of Russia joined overnight leader Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia in a three-way lead after the penultimate round of the SREI International Grandmasters Chess tournament here on friday.
With six more players breathing down their neck on 6.5 points each, the tournament is poised for an exciting finish on saturday.
On the top board, the Georgian GM Levan Pantsulaia, readily accepted truce with second seed GM Ivan Popov of Russia in just 25 moves in an advanced Caro-Kan defence to retain his position at the top.
GM Ter-Sahakyan, who was in the joint second spot, got the better of the Georgian GM Tornike Sanikidze, while IM Jacek Stopa of Poland, who needed only a draw from two rounds to secure his maiden GM norm, lost to IM Mihail Mozharov of Russia.
Siblings, N R Vignesh and N R Visakh, achieved a nine-game IM norm, as both had secured the required points before the start of the game.
Vignesh drew with the Armenian Grandmaster, while Visakh held his fort against top seed GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, who tried desperately to squeeze out a win from a sterile position.
Armenian FM Tigran Petrosyan, too, achieved an IM norm, with an upset win against GM Merab Gagunashvili of Georgia to be in the joint second spot.