Moscow: Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran remained on course for a place amongst the top after settling for a hard-earned draw with Grandmaster Vladimir Akopian of Armenia in the seventh round of the `A1' section of Aeroflot International Open chess tournament here.

The lead position in the `A1' section remained unchanged as Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine quickly signed peace with former World junior champion Kiril Georgiev of Bulgaria on the top board to move up to 5.5 points. With just two rounds remaining, Sasikiran is in joint second spot on 5 points while Chanda has 4 points in his kitty.

Indian results: round 7: (Indians unless specified):

Group A1: Vladimir Akopian (Arm, 5) drew with Krishnan Sasikiran (5); Sandipan Chanda (4) bt Alexandar Shabalov (USA, 3); Ni Hua (Chn, 2) lost to Surya Shekhar Ganguly (3).

Group A2: Neelotpal Das (5) drew with Lev Psakhis (Isr, 5); R.B. Ramesh (4.5) drew with Sergei Ivanov (Rus, 4.5); Parimarjan Negi (3.5) lost to Dmitry Frolyanov (Rus, 4.5); Deep Sengupta (4) drew with Alexander A Evdokimov (Rus, 4); Vladimir Burmakin (Rus, 4) beat R.R. Laxman (3); Sarunas Sulskis (Ltu, 4) beat P. Konguvel (3); Antoaneta Stefanova (Bul, 4) beat Argyhyadip Das (3); Alexander Potapov (Rus, 2.5) lost to Abhijeet Gupta (3.5); Nikolai Kurenkov (Rus, 2.5) lost to Vishal Sareen (3.5); Dmitry Batsanin (Rus, 2) lost to S. Poobesh Anand (3); Aeksandar Rakhmanov (Rus, 2.5) drew with Himanshu Sharma (2.5).

Group `B' round 8: David Kalashian (Arm, 5) lost to Prathmesh Mokal (6); Turkan Mamedjarova (Aze, 4) drew with Saptarshi Roy Chowdhary (4); Eugenia Chasovnikova (Rus, 3.5 ) lost to Dinesh K. Sharma (4.5 ); N. Srinath (2.5) lost to Valeri Zolotukhin (Rus, 3.5). PTI

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