Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly (three points) defeated Yaroslav Zherebukh of Ukraine to jump into the sole lead after the end of the third round of the Fujairah International Open chess tournament here. As many as six players are half a point behind him.

Top-rated Indian Abhijeet Gupta (two points) shares the eighth spot. In the third round Abhijeet scored a fine victory against Yusup Atabayev of Turkmenistan.

Important results: Third round (Indians unless specified): Andrey Sumets (Ukr, 2.5) drew with Vladislav Tkachiev (Fra, 2.5); Surya Shekhar Ganguly (3) bt Yaroslav Zherebukh (Ukr, 2); Jobava Baadur (Geo, 2.5) bt Yu Ruiyuan (Chn, 2); Gadir Guseinov (Aze, 2) drew with Etienne Bacrot (Fra, 2); Alexander Moiseenko (Ukr, 2.5) bt Constantin Lupulescu (Rou, 1.5); Sergey Fedorchuk (Ukr, 2.5) bt Sandipan Chanda (1.5); Eltaj Safarli (Aze, 2.5) bt Jaan Ehlvest (Usa, 1.5); Liem Le Quang (Vie, 2) bt Debashis Das (1); Ni Hua (Chn, 2) bt Ankit Rajpara (1); Abhijeet Gupta (2) bt Yusup Atabayev (Tkm, 1);Yuri Solodovnichenko (Ukr, 1.5) drew with Sagar Shah (1.5); Ashwin Jayaram (2) bt A. Manuel (Ang, 1); Anurag Mhamal (1) lost to Tejas Bakre (2); A. Udeshi (1.5) drew with S. Satyapragyan (1.5); Vishnu Prasanna (1) drew with Akshat Khamparia (1); V. Saravanan bt Elarbi Abobker (Lba, 0.5); A. Ozolins (Lat, 0.5) drew with Arjun Bharat (0.5). — PTI

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