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Gujrathi jumps to joint lead, Anand draws

16   //    27 Sep 2017, 18:12 IST

Douglas (Isle of Man), Sep 26 (PTI) Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out a draw against Latvian grandmaster Shirov Alexei but Vidit Gujrathi notched up a win over Benjamin Bok of The Netherlands to jump to joint lead after the fourth round of the Isle of Man International tournament here.

It took Gujrathi 40 moves to outwit Benjamin and now he shares the lead with six others. The fourth Indian to cross the 2700 ELO rating barrier, Gujrathi will face American Grandmaster Aleksandr Lenderman in the fifth round.

Playing with black pieces for the first time after three round against an opponent, 164 rating points below him, Anand settled for a draw after 30 moves to remain in joint second spot with three points. He will face Swedish grandmaster Nils Grandelius next.

World No. 10 Harika Dronavalli, however, suffered a loss against French Grandmaster Laurent Fressinet, while Sethuraman SP drew with American grandmaster Nakamura Hikaru after a 94- move long battle.

Among other Indians in fray, B Adibhan and Swapnil Dhopade joined Anand at three points for a share of second position alongwith 27 other chess players.

While Adibhan defeated compatriot Nihal Sarin in 64 moves, Swapnil Dhopade played out a draw in just 13 moves against Armenian grandmaster Sergei Movsesian

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