NEW DELHI: Parimarjan Negi missed a possible victory before holding ninth-seeded French International Master Jean Pierre Le Roux in the third round of the Hastings Masters chess tournament at Hastings, in United Kingdom, on Friday.

With this result, Negi raised his tally to 2.5 points and shared the lead with 12 others.

In the fourth round, the 12-year-old is due to play white against second seed Sergey Erenburg, a Grandmaster from Israel.

On a day when the top four boards ended as draws, two other Indians, Gurpreet Pal Singh (1) and Sahaj Grover (0), suffered defeats.

Gurpreet went down to lowly rated Ugandan Godfrey Pafuna and Grover surrendered to 13th seeded Scottish Grandmaster Colin McNab.

Meanwhile, in the Singapore Masters that concluded on Thursday, sixth seed K. Humpy tied for the fourth spot with two others at 6.5 points after beating Armenia's Ashot Nadanian in the ninth and final round.

World under-12 boys champion N. Srinath tied for the 30th spot by aggregating 4.5 points.

Second-seeded Chinese Ni Hua won the event with a tally of 7.5 points.

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