Indian title aspirants suffered rude shocks as the victorious duo of Aleksej Aleksandrov (Belarus) and Marat Dzhumaev (Uzbekistan) emerged as the leaders with 6.5 points after eight rounds of the Parsvnath International chess tournament here on Friday.

The results (Eighth round, Indians unless stated): Category ‘A’: Vaibhav Suri (6) lost to Aleksej Aleksandrov (Blr, 6.5); Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb, 6.5) bt Lalith Babu (5.5); M. Karthikeyan (5.5) drew with P. Magesh Chandran (5.5); Lu Shanglei (Chn, 5) lost to Kirill Kuderinov (Kaz, 6); Sahaj Grover (5) lost to Henrik Teske (Ger, 6); Johangir Vakhidov (Uzb, 6) bt Niaz Murshed (Ban, 5); Abhijeet Gupta (5) drew with Diptayan Ghosh (5); Andrei Deviatkin (Rus, 4.5) lost to K. Ratnakaran (5.5); Shyam Sundar (5.5) bt Rakesh Kulkarni (4.5); R. R. Laxman (4.5) lost to Czebe Attila (Hun, 5.5); Saptarshi Roy (5) drew with Vishnu Prasanna (5); Shyam Nikil (4.5) lost to Swapnil Dhopade (5.5); Aswin Jayaram (5) drew with Ankit Rajpara (5); Rahul Sangma (5) bt B. Adhiban (4); Abhijit Kunte (5) bt Dinesh Sharma (4); Wan Yunguo (Chn, 4.5) drew with P. Phoobalan (4.5); Sayantan Das (4) lost to Akshayraj Kore (5); Raset Ziatidinov (USA, 4) lost to G. A. Stany (5); P. Karthikeyan (5) bt Nassir Wajih (4); Aditya Udeshi (5) bt Anup Deshmukh (4).

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