Grandmaster S.P. Sethuraman of India emerged the sole leader with 7.5 points at the end of 10th and penultimate round of the Rose Valley fifth Kolkata Open Grandmasters’ chess here on Wednesday.

Indians Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Deep Sengupta, Vishnu Prasanna and Swapnil Dhopade shared the second position alongwith Ni Hua of China, Anton Korobov of Ukraine and Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan. Sethuraman (Elo 2520), a 19-year-old commerce student showed his mettle when it mattered the most. He outsmarted the experienced Moldavian Grandmaster Viorel Iordachescu (2619) in 31 moves.

The results (all Indians unless specified): Tenth round: Anton Korobov Anton (Ukr) 7 drew with Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 7, Deep Sengupta 7 drew with Ni Hua (Chn) 7, Iordachescu Viorel (Mda) 6.5 lost to S.P. Sethuraman 7.5, Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Pol) 6.5 drew with V. Vishnu Prasanna 7, Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) 7 bt Alberto David (Ita) 6, Mikhailo Oleksienko (Ukr) 6 lost to Swapnil S. Dhopade 7, B. Adhiban 6 drew with Dimakiling Oliver (Phi) 6.5, Sergei Tiviakov (Ned) 6.5 bt J. Deepan Chakkravarthy 5.5, Himanshu Sharma 5.5 lost to Surya Shekhar Ganguly 6.5, Adly Ahmed (Egy) 6.5 bt Debashis Das 5.5, Alexander Fominyh (Rus) 6 drew with G.N. Gopal 6, S. Arun Prasad 6 drew with G.A. Stany 6, M. Shyam Sundar 6 drew with Vaibhav Suri 6. — Principal Correspondent

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