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Siddharth stuns Surya Sekhar

Calcutta: IM Siddharth Ravichandran was the cynosure on Wednesday in the SREI International Grandmasters Chess Tournament as he upset top seed Surya Sekhar Ganguly in the seventh round of the event, which is being organised by the Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy in association with Allsport Foundation, at the Town Hall.

IM Jacek Stopa of Poland emerged as the sole leader with six points after prevailing over GM Deep Sengupta in a sharp, interesting encounter that arose from a Reti opening.

Grandmasters Ivan Popov of Russia and Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia are in the joint second spot with 5.5 points apiece.

National women’s champion WGM Mary Ann Gomes, too, had a bad day in office, as she succumbed to her first loss in the meet. She lost to Ukrainian GM Valeriy Neverov.

GM Praveen Thipsay defeated Serbian counterpart Sinisa Drazic to total five points.