Young Indian Grandmasters Sahaj Grover and Vidit Gujrathi kept themselves in the hunt after settling for draws in the fourth round of Grand Europe Golden Sands International chess tournament at the Black Sea resort.
Grover did well to hold higher-rated Dmitry Svetushkin of Moldova while Gujrathi conceded a half point to talented young Russian David Paravyan to reach 3.5 points out of a possible four in the nine rounds tournament involving 222 players.
Important results: Fourth round (Indians unless stated): Zbynek Hracek (Cze, 4) bt M. R. Venkatesh (3); Vladislav Nevednichy (Rou, 4) bt Sanal Vahap (Tur, 3); M. Shyam Sundar (3) lost to Tamir Nabaty (Isr, 4); Vidit Gujrathi (3.5) drew with David Paravyan (Rus, 3.5); Sahaj Grover (3.5) drew with Dmitry Svetushkin (Mda, 3); Diptayan Ghosh (2.5) lost to Dragan Solak (Tur, 3.5).
Ashwin Jayaram (3) drew with Yuri Solodovnichenko (Ukr, 3); Sandro Mareco (Arg, 3.5) bt N. Srinath (2.5); Semen Virovlansky (Rus, 3) drew with Deep Sengupta (3); Vladimir Sveshnikov (Lat, 3) drew with G N Gopal (3); Abhijeet Gupta (3) beat Tiberiu-Marian Georgescu (Rou, 2); Mircea-Emilian Parligras (Rou, 3) bt Sagar Shah (2); S. Arun Prasad (3) bt Liuben Spassov (Bul, 2); Umut Atakisi (Tur, 2) lost to Debashis Das (3); Sayantan Das (2) lost to Vitaliy Bernadskiy (Ukr, 3); Aravindh Chithambaram (2.5) drew with Milan Drasko (Mne, 2.5); Swapnil Dhopade (3) bt Guntram Hainke (Ger, 2); Nisha Mohota (2) lost to Radoslav Dimitrov (Bul, 3); Soumya Swaminathan (3) bt Roberto Junio Brito Molina (Bra, 2); Shardul Gagare (3) bt Maria Velcheva (Bul, 2); Mladen Gochev (Bul, 2) lost to Anurag Mhamal (3); Nebojsa Baralic (Srb, 2) lost to Eesha Karavade (3); Srdjan Cvetkovic (Srb, 2) lost to Kiran Manisha Mohanty (3); Michael Kubik (Cze, 2) lost to G.A. Stany (3); R. Bharathi (2.5) drew with G. Akash (2.5); Ege Koksal (Tur, 1.5) lost to Murali Karthikeyan (1.5); Bhakti Kulkarni (1.5) lost to Mary Ann Gomes (2.5); Dagur Arngrimsson (Isl, 2.5) bt Sidhant Mohapatra (1.5); Gireman Ja (2) drew with Viktor Forsberg (Swe, 2); Philipp Limbourg (Ger, 2) bt Srija Seshadri (1); Valerii Iovcov (Mda, 2) bt Parnali Dharia (1); Ralf Danielmeier (Ger, 2) bt Sunyasakta Satpathy (1); N. Raghavi (1) lost to Svetlomir Stoyanov (Bul, 2); G. K. Monnisha (2) bt Wang Shujuan (Chn, 1); Grigore Rosca (Rou, 1) lost to R. Vaishali (1.5); Maria Drogovoz (Bul, 1) drew with Y. Saranya (1); kerem Ozcan (Tur, 0) lost to Riya Savant (1).