Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi managed to secure a draw against overnight joint leader Zybnyk Hracek of Czech Republic in the seventh round but dropped to the fourth position at the Grand Europe Golden Sands Chess Tournament here.

Playing the white side of a Queen’s gambit declined, Gujrathi did not give any chance to Hracek and was seen pushing for initiative after both sides had castled on the queen side.

However, before Gujrathi could inflict a serious damage, Hracek was quick to spot a perpetual check that helped him remain in joint lead on six points. Mils Grandelius of Sweden and Macedonian Vladimir Georgiev share the lead with Hracek. Gujrathi is positioned fourth now alongside compatriot S. Arun Prasad and four others.

Important results (seventh round, Indians unless stated): Vidit Gujrathi (5.5) drew with Zbynyk Hracek (Cze, 6); Vladislav Nevednichy (ROU, 5.5) Lost to Nils Grandelius (Swe, 6); Vitaliy Bernadskiy (Ukr, 5) lost to Vladimir Georgiev (Bul, 6); Dragisa Blagojevic (Mne, 5.5) drew With S. Arun Prasad (5.5); Deep Sengupta (5) drew with Tigran Petrosian (Arm, 5); G.N. Gopal (5) drew with Abhijeet Gupta (5); Tamir Nabaty (Isr, 5) drew with Ashwin Jayaram (5); M.R. Venkatesh (5) drew with Vasil Spasov (Bul, 5); N. Srinath (4.5) lost to Mircea-Emilian Parligras (Rou, 5); Mary Ann Gomes (5) bt Sandro Mareco (Arg, 4); Eesha Karavade (4.5) drew with M Shyam Sundar (4.5); Anurag Mhamal (4) lost to Natalija Pogonina (Rus, 5); Petar Drenchev (Bul, 4.5) drew with Shardul Gagare (4.5); Debashis Das (4) lost to Georgios Goumas (Ger, 5); G.A. Stany (4) lost to Sahaj Grover (5); G. Akash (4.5) drew with Diptayan Ghosh (4.5); Swapnil Dhopade (4) lost to Srdjan Cvetkovic (Srb, 5).

Sagar Shah (4.5) drew with Timofey Galinsk (4.5); Boris Chatalbashev (Bul, 4.5) bt Sayantan Das (3.5); Ivaljo Enchev (Bul, 4) drew with Nisha Mohota (4); Bhakti Kulkarni (4.5) bt Umut Atakisi (3.5); Irine Kharisma Sukandar (Ina, 4) bt Kiran Manisha Mohanty (3); Aravindh Chithambaram (4) bt Boil Banov (BUL, 3); Soumya Swaminathan (3.5) drew with Rucha Pujari (3.5); Parnali Dharia (3) lost to Elitsa Raeva (Bul, 4); Arda Canbulan (Tur, 3) lost to Sidhant Mohapatra (4); Vasilij Gagarin (Rus, 3.5) bt Gireman Ja (2.5); Michael Tscharotschkin (Ger, 3.5) bt R. Bharathi (2.5); R. Vaishali (3.5) bt Alexander Kiselev (Rus, 2.5).

David Gavrilescu (Rou, 2) lost to N. Raghavi (3); Dejan Dimitrov (Bul, 3) bt Y. Saranya (2); Riya Savant (3) bt Elena Bulmaga (Rou, 2); Srija Seshadri (3) bt Sylvia Chidi Lovinia (Ger, 2). — PTI

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