International Master Himanshu Sharma of India stunned Russian Grand Master Vokarev Sergey to leapfrog into joint second position in the sixth round of the 7th Mumbai Mayor`s International Open Chess Tournament Friday.
Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta missed out on a podium finish after losing to Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela in the 9th and final round of 16th Dubai International open chess tournament that concluded here.
Placed comfortably on top of the table with a half point lead, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will enter the crucial phase of the Candidates chess tournament, taking on Peter Svidler after the second rest day here.
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black against lowest ranked Dmitry Andreikin of Russia in the fifth round, but kept the lead at the Candidates chess tournament here.
Renowned English Grand Master Nigel Short Monday prophesied that India`s Viswanathan Anand, who lost the world championship title last year, would not be able to recapture the honours as top class chess was a "young man`s game".
Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta defeated fellow Grandmaster M R Lalith Babu to grab the sole lead on five points after the fifth round of the 12th Parsvnath Delhi International Grandmasters Chess Tournament.
Chennai-based Grandmaster Sethuraman S P won the premier section of 2nd Hyderabad International Grandmasters Chess tournament after drawing with GM Merab Gagunashvili of Georgia in the eleventh and final round on Tuesday.
FIDE Master V R Aravindh Chithambaram emerged the champion after the final round of the Chennai Grandmaster International Open Chess tournament held alongside the World Championship Match here on Saturday.
39 Grand Masters from 15 countries, including nine from India, are to take part in next month`s third Mumbai Mayor`s Cup Chess Tournament offering prize money of Rs 13 lakh with Rs 3 lakh earmarked for the winner.