NEW DELHI: Grandmaster Sandipan Chanda shut out the 2003 World junior girls’ champion Georgias Nana Dzagnidze in just 24 moves to be among the four leaders after six rounds of the Gibtelecom Masters chess tournament at Caleta Hotel, in Gibraltar, on Sunday.
Chanda, with five points shares the lead with Ukraines Natalia Zhukova and the two overnight leaders England’s Michael Adams and Germany’s Jan Gustafsson.
The top five boards ended in draws while Chanda easily won on the sixth board after a crushing kingside offensive with black pieces.
K. Humpy defeated Irina Krush in 37 moves, the same number of moves fellow Grandmaster G.N. Gopal needed to overpower teammate Eesha Karavade.
International Master V. Saravanan managed a 58-move draw against women’s World champion Alexendra Kosteniuk.
The results (sixth round, involving Indians):
Nana Dzagnidze (Geo, 4) lost to Sandipan Chanda (5); K. Humpy (4.5) bt Irina Krush (USA, 3.5); G.N. Gopal (4.5) bt Eesha Karavade (3.5); Alexendra Kosteniuk (Rus, 4) drew with V. Saravanan (4); Philip Tozer (Eng, 3.5) lost to D. Harika (4.5); Alan Byron (Eng, 3.5) drew with Tania Sachdev (3.5); Joar Gullestad Pettersen (Nor, 2.5) drew with Kruttika Nadig (2.5).