Grandmaster-norm holder Debashish Das stunned Ni Hua of China in the first round of the Fujaira international open chess tournament here on Wednesday.
Das showed fine temperament and skills while tackling Hua in a Sicilian defence game.
International Master V. Saravanan, too, did well to hold Grandmaster Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia.
Surya Shekhar Ganguly defeated Jasem Saleh of UAE with the black pieces, while Sandipan Chanda drew with Ukrainian girl Vita Chulivska.
The results (first round, involving Indians): Aswin Jayaram lost to Baadur Jobava (Geo); Liem Le Quang (Vie) bt Tejas Bakre; S. Satyapragyan lost to Etienne Bacrot (Fra); V. Vishnu Prasanna drew with Li Chao (Chn); Ni Hua (Chn) lost to Debashis Das; Abhijeet Gupta bt Ankit Rajpara; V. Saravanan drew with Mikheil Mchedlishvili (Geo); Mircea-Emilian Parligras (Rou) drew with Akshat Khamparia; Anurag Mhamal lost to Yaroslav Zherebukh (Ukr); Eltaj Safarli (Aze) bt Sagar Shah; Aditya Udeshi lost to Constantin Lupulescu (Rou); Gadir Guseinov (Aze) bt Arjun Bharat; Jasem Alhuwar (UAE) lost to Surya Shekhar Ganguly; Vita Chulivska (Ukr) drew with Sandipan Chanda.