Gibraltar: Grandmaster Sandipan Chanda put up stiff resistance and held former World Championship finalist and second seed Nigel Short to a draw in the third round of the Masters chess tournament here at the Caleta hotel.

None of the seven overnight leaders could force matters in the third round and the lead is now shared by as many as 18 players including stalwarts top seed Alexei Shirov of Spain, Viktor Korchnoi of Switzerland and Emil Sutovsky of Israel.

The 13-member Indian contingent had an excellent day with National champion and Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly beating Mehdi Mohamed of Morocco. Other Indians GM Tejas Bakre, IM S. Roy Chowdhury and S. Kidambi also posted wins. On the flip side, former British champion Abhijit Kunte was held to a draw by Swede Anton Aaberg.

Important results: Third round (Indians unless specified): Zoltan Gyimesi (Hun, 2.5) drew with Al Sayed Mohamad (Qat, 2.5); Pia Cramling (Swe, 2.5) drew with Mohamad Al-Modaihki (Qat, 2.5); Antoaneta Stefanova (Bul, 2) lost to Vladimir Akopian (Arm, 2.5); Jessie Gilbert (Eng, 2) lost to Alexander Areshchenko (Ukr, 2.5); Alexei Shirov (Esp, 2.5) beat Alan Dunn (Nzl, 2); Nigel Short (Eng, 2) drew with Sandipan Chanda (2); Herman Grooten (Ned, 1.5) lost to Zahar Efimenko (Ukr, 2.5); Mikhail Kobalia (Rus, 2.5) bt Peter Wells (Eng, 1.5); Kiril Georgiev (Bul, 2.5) bt Zhu Chen (Chn, 1.5); Mikhail Gurevich (Tur, 1.5) bt Victorija Cmilyte (Ltu, 1.5); Abhijit Kunte (2) drew with Anton Aaberg (Swe, 2); Surya Shekhar Ganguly (2) bt Mehdi Mohamed (Mar, 1.5); Tejas Bakre (2) bt Richard Cannon (Eng, 1.5); Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury (2) bt Norman Hutchinson (Eng, 1); Nimmy George (2) bt Gary Quillan (Eng, 1); Margarid Coimbra (Por, 1.5) drew with Nisha Mohota (1.5); Swati Ghate (2) bt Carame Francisco Gonzales (Esp, 1); Emil Agdestein (Nor, 2) beat Kruttika Nadig (1); Inna Agrest (Swe, 1) lost to Mary Ann Gomes (2); Antonia Baena (Esp, 1) lost to Bhagyashree Thipsay (2); Martyn Hamer (Eng, 1) lost to Anupama Gokhale (2); Mikael Helin (Swe, 0.5) lost to S. Kidambi (1.5). - PTI

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