Former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta stayed in the hunt with a lucky victory over Pavel Kotsur of Kazakhstan in the sixth round of the Dubai International open chess tournament here.
Romain Edouard downed Vladimir Akopian of Armenia to remain in sole lead with 5.5 points.
Among the other Indians in the fray, Grandmaster Debashish Das was at the top of his game in holding Gawain Jones of England. M.R. Lalith Babu ended on the losing side against Tigran Petrosian after a long drawn queen and pawn endgame. Grandmaster Sahaj Grover beat Iranian girl Dorsa Derakhshani to take his tally to four.
Important Indian results: Sixth round: Abhijeet Gupta (5) bt Pavel Kotsur; Gawain Jones (4) drew with Debashis Das (4); Solak Dragan (4) drew with Ashwin Jayaram (4); Mikheil Mchedlishvili (4) drew with Diptayan Ghosh (4); M.R. Lalith Babu (3.5) lost to Tigran Petrosian (4.5); Mihajlo Stojanovic (4) bt Aniruddha Deshpande (3); Abhishek Kelkar (4) bt Mastrovasilis Athanasios (3); Sahaj Grover (4) bt Dorsa Derakhshani (4); Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (3.5) drew with Sayantan (3.5); V. Karthik (4) bt Mikhail Ekdyshman (Rus, 3); Eduard Kanter (Rus, 3.5) bt Nimmy George (3); Nishant Malhotra (3.5) bt Gudmundur Kjartansson (2.5); S. Ravi Teja (3.5) bt Pratyusha Bodda (2.5); Prince Bajaj (2.5) lost to Siva Mahadevan (3.5); C.R.G. Krishna (3) bt Harikrishnan Samyuktha (2.5); Maria Carolina Blanco Acevedo ( 2) lost to Swapnil Dhopade (3); Osman Abdelgadir (2) lost to Harshal Shahi (3).