NEW DELHI: Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta drew with fellow leader Stefansson Hannes to tie for the Reykjavic Open chess title on Wednesday after a quick nine-move draw in the ninth and final round.
After the duo ended their top-board clash in just nine moves, the number of joint winners could go up to five since winners of the three boards held the theoretical possibilities of reaching seven points from nine rounds.
On Tuesday, eighth seed Abhijeet tied for the lead after the eighth round by stunning overnight leader and third seed Ivan Sokolov in 43 moves.
In another incredible result for the Indians, D. Harika shocked seventh-seeded Swede Tiger Hillarp Persson in 41 moves and kept alive chances of a Grandmaster norm.
At the Cannes Open, in Cannes, Arghyadip Das continued to impress.
He beat 14th-seeded Croatian Nenad Sulava and then drew with 17th-seeded Azerbaijani Oglu Nijat Azad Abasov.
With three points from four rounds, Arghyadip is the best placed among the four Indians in the fray.
The results (involving Indians):
Reykjavic Open (eighth round): Abhijeet Gupta (6.5) bt Ivan Sokolov (Bih, 6); D. Harika (5.5) bt Tiger Hillarp Persson (Swe, 4.5); Luis Galego (Por, 5) drew with Eesha Karavade (5); Sahaj Grover (4) lost to Heikki Westerinen (Fin, 5); Lenka Ptacnikova (Isl, 4.5) drew with Tania Sachdev (4.5); Vishal Sareen (4) drew with Ingvar Thor Johannesson (Isl, 4).
Cannes Open (fourth round): Arghyadip Das (3) drew with Oglu Nijat Azad Abasov (Aze, 3); Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mex, 3) bt V. Saravanan (2); Julien Song (Fra, 2.5) drew with Deep Sengupta (2.5); Saptarshi Roy (2) drew with Nicolas Grandadam (Sui, 2).
Third round: Sengupta lost to Tigran Gharamian (Fra); Jean-Marc Degraeve (Fra) bt Roy; Nenad Sulava (Cro) lost to Das; Saravanan drew with Alexandre Danin (Rus) .