Indian players continued to show good form and picked up titles and title norms as the Rose Valley Kolkata Open Grandmasters’ chess saw the completion of nine rounds at the Gorky Sadan on Tuesday.

With International Master Vidit Santosh Gujrathi becoming the 30th Grandmaster of India on confirming his final GM norm in the eighth round, two other Indian IMs — V. Vishnu Prasanna and Swapnil Dhopade — collected their second GM norms defeating Egyptian GM Ahmed Adly and GM Daniil Lintchevsky of Russia in their respective boards in the ninth round.

The top two boards had draws that kept four of the five overnight leaders retaining their positions.

On the top board Gujrathi drew with GM Viorel Iordachescu of Moldova, while S.P. Sethuraman and Deep Sengupta ended deadlocked on the second board.

The four thus tallied 6.5 points each to stay among the leaders. Grandmaster Ni Hua of China beat one of the overnight leaders Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan to add his name to the list. Anton Korobov of Poland and Vishnu Prasanna also won their games to join the leaders — seven players lead at the end of the round. Diptayan Ghosh, who had earned three IM norms earlier to be assured of the title, collected his fourth ahead of the final announcement in January.

Also making IM norms were Shradul Gagare, Anurag Mahamal, former world junior girls’ champion Soumya Swaminathan and Utkal Ranjan Sahoo.

The results (all Indians unless stated): Ninth round: Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 6.6 drew with Viorel Iordachescu (Mda) 6.5, S.P. Sethuraman 6.5 drew with Deep Sengupta 6.5, Ni Hua (Chn) 6.5 bt Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) 6, Vaibhav Suri 5.5 lost to Anton Korobov (Ukr) 6.5, V. Vishnu Prasanna 6.5 bt Adly Ahmed (Egy) 5.5, David Alberto (Ita) 6 drew with Mikhailo Oleksienko (Ukr) 6, R.R. Laxman 5 lost to Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Pol) 6, B. Adhiban 5.5 drew with Alexander Fominyh (Rus) 5.5, G.N. Gopal 5.5 drew with G.A. Stany 5.5, J. Deepan Chakkravarthy 5.5 drew with S. Arun Prasad 5.5, Oliver Dimakiling (Phi) 6 bt Abhijit Kunte 5, Swapnil S. Dhopade 6 bt Daniil Lintchevski (Rus) 4.5.

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