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Surya and Neelotpal sign truce

Calcutta: Grandmaster Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan emerged sole leader with 4.5 points after the fifth round of the SREI International Grandmasters Open Chess Tournament, at Town Hall, on Monday.

The 10-round Swiss league tournament is being organised by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy. GM Valeriy Neverov of Ukraine sacrificed a bishop against Dzhumaev to break open the latter’s kingside but Dzhumaev defended with precision to withstand the attack and went on to win the game in 43 moves.

Second seed GM Ivan Popov of Russia was locked in an interesting struggle against his countryman IM Mikhail Mozharov as he sacrificed his queen for rook and bishop in a Sicilian Defence. The game was eventually drawn when neither side could make headway in rook and bishop versus queen ending.

In another interesting battle between the two city-based Grandmasters Neelotpal Das and Surya Sekhar Ganguly, the latter tried to keep the sparks flying in a same-coloured bishop ending, but had to settle for a draw as neither side could penetrate the other’s territory.

GM Niaz Murshed of Bangladesh was upset after the game as he went down to IM Anurag Mhamal of India after in an equal ending.

IM Swayams Mishra of India stole the show on the day as he brought down the American Grandmaster Roset Ziatdinov in just 28 moves in a King’s Indian Defence.

IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao put up another sterling performance to hold GM Azer Mirzoev of Azerbaijan to take his tally to three points.