• Negi holds GM Viorel Iordachescu
  • Ramesh and Kidambi draw their game in Badalona

    NEW DELHI: Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua upstaged eighth-seeded Russian GM Konstantin Landa to be among the three leaders after four rounds in the Hogeschool Zeeland chess tournament in Vlissingen, Holland, on Monday.

    Barua used all his experience to make light of a rating difference of 131 points and emerged with two extra pawns for a 72-move victory. Like Barua, Israel's Sergey Erenburg and China's Li Shilong also posted their fourth wins.

    Parimarjan Negi (3.5 points), the strongest among the five Indians in the field, also played way above his rating of 2480 to hold third- seeded GM from Moldova Viorel Iordachescu, rated 2603.

    Playing white, the 14th seeded Parimarjan forced a draw by perpetual checks in 46 moves after Iordachescu opted to trade his queen for a rook, a knight and a pawn.

    Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury (3) drew with lower-rated Dutchman Frans Wolferink in 43 moves.

    Saptarshi Roy and Roktim Bandyopadhyay also reached three points. Roy battled for 67 moves to down local Carlo Rens after Bandyopadhyay shut out another local player Gert van Rij in just 20 moves.

    3 Indians joint sixth

    Tamil Nadu's trio of Grandmaster R.B. Ramesh, International Masters S. Kidambi and P. Konguvel shared the sixth spot with 4.5 points after six rounds of the Badalona International chess tournament in Badalona, Spain, on Monday.

    Ramesh and Kidambi drew their third-board game, while Konguvel defeated Spain's Einar Casstellano Egea with black pieces.

    Columbian International Master Jaime Alexander Cuartas leads with 5.5 points.

    Four others are on five points, half a point ahead of a 14-player pack.

    The results (involving Indians): Sixth round:

    R.B. Ramesh (4.5) drew with S. Kidambi (4.5); Bianca Muhren (Ned, 4) drew with Neelotpal Das (4); Einar Castellano Egea (Esp, 3.5) lost to P. Konguvel (4.5); Victor Vehi Bach (Esp, 4.5) bt Sai Meera (3.5); S. Satyapragyan (3.5) drew with Adrian Randazzo (Ita, 3.5); Swati Mohota (3.5) drew with Juan Pomes Marcet (Esp, 3.5); Aarthie Ramaswamy (3) lost to Xavier Castaner Halster (Esp, 4); Prasanna Rao (4) bt Sebastian Marin (Col, 3).

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