Top seed Abhijeet Gupta of India and five others lead the table with three points each at the end of third round which witnessed six Grand Masters being held to a draw by lesser rated players in the Vizag Steel Vizag GMs international open prize money tournament at the Swarna Bharati indoor stadium here on Friday. Petrosian Tigran (Armenia), Gleizerov Evgeny (Russia), Richard Bitoon (the Philippines), Dzhumaev Marat of Uzbekistan and Andhra Pradesh's C.R.G. Krishna, who beat IM Anwesh Upadhyaya were the other leaders.
Important results (third round): Himanshu Sharma (Ind, 2) lost to Abhijeet Gupta (Ind, 3), Petrosian Tigran (Armenia, 3) bt Padmini Rout (Ind, 2), V. Vishnu Prasanna (Ind, 2.5) drew with Andriasian Zaven (Arm, 2.5), Ulibin Mikhail (Russia, 2.5) drew with Narayanana Srinath (Ind, 2.5), Minhazuddin Ahmed (Bangladesh, 2.5) drew with Sumets Andrey (Ukraine, 2.5), Gleizerov Evgeny (Russia, 3) bt K. Priyadarshan (Ind, 2), Navin Kanna (Ind, 2.5) drew with Danielsen Henrik (2.5), Mary Ann Gomes (Ind, 2) lost to Richard Bitoon (Philippines, 3), Deepan Chakraborty (Ind, 2.5) drew with Konguvel Ponnuswamy (Ind, 2.5), Ram S. Krishnan (Ind, 2) lost to Dzhumaev Marat (Uzbekistan, 3), C. Praveen Kumar (Ind, 3) bt S. Kidambi (Ind, 2), P. Maheswaran (Ind, 2.5) drew with Murshed Niaz (Bangladesh, 2.5), Anwesh Upadhyaya (Ind, 2) lost to C.R.G. Krishna (Ind, 3), V.S. Negi (Ind, 2) drew with R.R. Laxman (Ind, 2), J. Sai Agni Jeevitesh (Ind, 1.5) drew with Rahul Shetty (Ind, 1.5), Vishnu Surendran (Ind, 1.5) bt Rahul Sangma (Ind, 0.5), Bhakti Kulkarni (Ind, 1.5) lost to Vignesh NR (Ind, 2.5) . — Special Correspondent