The fourth round of the fourth edition of JRD Tata International Rating Chess Tournament, currently underway in Jamshedpur, witnessed the surprising defeat of top seed Sumit Grover on Wednesday.
Grover faced the upset against Arjun Erigaisi of Tamil Nadu in the meet, which is being organised at the residential wing of JRD Tata Sports Complex.
The Jammu and Kashmir boy, who had kept a clean slate in the earlier three rounds, was found wanting against his opponent’s clever moves.
Six contestants topped the table with four points in as many rounds as Jharkhand players, who had shown promise in the two rounds held on Tuesday, fared poorly.
Apart from Erigaisi, his Tamil Nadu teammate Srija Seshadri, Odisha’s Ashirwad Swain, Harsh Mangesh Ghag, Ashutosh Kumar of Bihar and Prabhat Koutha of Andhra Pradesh posted impressive wins to sail into the fifth round as the top four.
Tamil Nadu players Y. Saranya and K. Arvind are close on the heels of the leaders with 3.5 points in their kitties.
The fourth round of the tournament turned out to be a flop show for Jharkhand players as Nishant Kumar got tripped by Arpan Das of Bengal, while Kaushal Kumar Jha and Nikhal Singh fell to Maharashtra’s Harsh Mangesh Ghag and Tamil Nadu’s R. Prakasham, respectively.
Ajit Masih lost to statemate Purshottam Sandil whereas Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal had no answer to the moves of Gujarat’s Rajesh Trivedi.
Jharkhand’s Manisha Masih was the lone saving grace in the fourth round.
She posted a confident win over Bihar’s Manoj Kumar Singh and has three points in her kitty.
Barring Masih and Jaiswal , who has three points after his victory in the third round, others from the state contingent are stuck on two points. City boy Anshul Nigam has also gathered two points.