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Six share lead

Calcutta: Four Grandmasters and two International Masters are tied at the top with 3.5 points each after the fourth round of the SREI International Grandmasters Chess Tournament, organised by the Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy, in association with Allsport Foundation, at the Town Hall.

At the top board, on Sunday, Armenian GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan was locked in a tense battle against his Ukrainian counterpart Valeriy Neverov in a Ruy Lopez opening.

The game ended in a draw after 42 moves as neither could make any headway in a king-and-pawn ending.

In the third round, Samvel sacrificed a pawn in the opening in the exchange variation of the Slav Defence for initiative against Niaz Murshed of Bangladesh, the first GM from the subcontinent.

Murshed tried his best to regain control by giving back two pawns, but could not prevent Samvel from converting the game into a winning rook and pawn ending.

In the next round, though, Murshed had little difficulty in beating S. Ravi Teja in a Sicilian defence with the black pieces.

“I returned to chess late in 2006, after a 10-year hiatus due to personal issues.

“At this stage, it’s not possible to play this game regularly like other professionals. But I do play it sometimes,” the 47-year-old said.

Interestingly, Murshed had earned his GM norm in Calcutta, back in 1986.