Bangladesh GM Enamul Hossain maintained his sole lead, half-a-point ahead of seven others who are on 7.5 points, at the end of the 10th and penultimate round of the Vizag GM international open chess tournament at the Port stadium here on Friday.
Hossain and FM Diptyan Ghosh played out draw making the mandatory number of moves on the top board.
Some upsets were witnessed in this round with FM Shardul Gagare beating GM Abdulla Al-Rakib and G.B. Joshi defeating GM Raset Ziatdinov. Akshat Chandra held GM Harutjunyan Gevorg to a draw.
10th round: Diptyan Ghosh (7.5) drew with Enamul Hossain (8); Martyn Kravtsiv (7.5) drew with Andrey Vovk (7.5); B. Adhiban (7.5) drew with Petrosian Davit (7.5); G.A. Stany (7.5) drew with Aleksej Aleksandrov (7); B.S. Shivananda (7) drew with Andrei Deviatkin (7); Rolando Nolte (6.5) lost to Swayams Mishra (7.5); M.R. Lalith Babu (7) bt Minhazuddin Ahmed (6); Deepan Chakkravarthy (6.5) S. Nitin (6.5); Shardul Gagare (7) bt Abdulla Al-Rakib (6); Ziaur Rahman (7) bt Suvrajit Saha (6); Alexander Fominyh (7) bt Sayantan Das (6); J. Ramakrishna (6) lost to R.R. Laxman (7); Murshed Niaz (7) bt Abhishek Kelkar (6); Akshat Chandra (6.5) drew with Harutjunyan Gevorg (6.5); Jayaram Ashwin (6.5) bt M.L. Abhilash Reddy (5); R. Ashwath (5.5) lost to Saidali Iuldachev (6.5); K. Rathnakaran (6.5) bt Deepak Katiyar (5.5); P. Karthikeyan (6.5) bt Arjun Tiwari (5.5).
Raset Ziatdinov (5.5) lost to G. B. Joshi (6.5); Saumil Padhya (6) drew with R. Ramnath Bhuvanesh (6); Rahul Sangma (6) drew with Vignesh N.R. (6); S.R. Harikrishna (5.5) lost to Gusain Himal (6.5); C. Praveen Kumar (6) drew with V. Karthik (6); Abu Sudian SHakil (5.5) drew with Visakh (5.5); B.T. Murali Krishnan (5) lost to Krishna Thapa (6). — Special Correspondent