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Surya stays in the joint lead

Fujairah: Grandmaster Surya Sekhar Ganguly drew with Sergey Fedorchuk of Ukraine in the fifth round of Fujairah International Open chess tournament here on Sunday.

The draw helped overnight joint leader Surya garner four points out of a possible five. He now shares the lead with Fedorchuk, Etienne Bacrot and Alexander Moiseenko.

Sandipan Chanda is joint second with 3.5 points and defeated Ni Hua of China. Abhijeet Gupta is on three points

With just four rounds remaining in the tournament, and the Indian company here includes GM Tejas Bakre and International Master V Saravanan. While Gupta was held to a draw by Yu Ruiyuan, V. Saravanan did well to hold Jaan Ehlvest and Tejas Bakre achieved the same result against Mircea-Emilian Parligras.

Surya employed the Catalan Opening against Fedorchuk who did not face any trouble in equalising. The Ukrainian started to press for a victory after parting two minor pieces for a rook and it was an edge-of-the-seat battle once the endgame arrived.

(PTI)