Second-seeded Aleksej Aleksandrov (Belarus) defeated Marat Dzhumaev (Uzbekistan) to move ahead of the field with 7.5 points after the ninth round of the Parsvnath International chess tournament here on Saturday.

On a day when top-seeded Abhijeet Gupta was surprised by Kerala’s International Master K. Ratnakaran, Germany’s Teski Henrik (7) moved to the second spot.

The results: Ninth round, Indians unless stated: Category ‘A’: Aleksej Aleksandrov (Blr, 7.5) bt Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb, 6.5); Teske Henrik (Ger, 7) bt Johangir Vakhidov (Uzb, 6); Kirill Kuderinov (Kaz, 6.5) drew with Vaibhav Suri (6.5); P. Magesh Chandran (6.5) bt Czebe Attila (Hun, 5.5); Lalith Babu (6) drew with M. Karthikeyan (6); Swapnil Dhopade (6) drew with M. Shyam Sundar (6); K. Ratnakaran (6.5) bt Abhijeet Gupta (5); Diptayan Ghosh (5) lost to Lu Shanglei (Chn, 6); P. Karthikeyan (5.5) drew with Abhijit Kunte (5.5); Vishnu Prasanna (5) lost to Aditya Udeshi (6); Niaz Murshed (Ban, 6) bt Saptarshi Roy (5); Ankit Rajpara (6) bt Sahaj Grover (5); Akshayraj Kore (6) bt Adarsh Jayakumar (USA, 5); Navin Kanna (5) lost to Ashwin Jayaram (6); G.A. Stany (6) bt Rahul Sangma (5).

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