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Three share lead

Calcutta: GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia and IM Mikhail Mozharov of Russia joined overnight leader Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia at the top to be on seven points at the end of the ninth and penultimate round of the SREI International Grandmasters Chess Tournament, here at the Town Hall, on Friday.

With six more players breathing down their neck on 6.5 points apiece, the competition, which is organised by the Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy in association with Allsport Foundation, is poised for an exciting finish.

On the top board, Georgian GM Levan, expectedly accepted the peace treaty offered by the second seed, GM Ivan Popov of Russia, in just 25 moves to retain his position at the top.

GM Samvel got the better of the Georgian GM Tornike Sanikidze, while IM Jacek Stopa of Poland, who needed only a draw from two rounds to secure his maiden GM norm, lost yet again.