Calcutta: City lad Sayantan Das held GM Sahaj Grover to a draw in the first round of Open International Chess tournament, that got underway, here, at Gorky Sadan on Monday.
Sayantan, who is the national sub-junior champion, played well with the white pieces to win an exchange with Grover struggling in the middle game. However, Grover kept himself in the game by winning a pawn. As the time pressure was approaching, Sayantan decided to play it safe and proposed the draw, which was accepted by Grover.
In another match, city player Surya Sekhar Ganguly was forced to split the point with BS Shivananda. Sandipan Chanda, the other star from the city, also had to split points with young IM Shiven Khosla.
In other matches, 15-year-old Shardul Gagare held seventh seed GM Viorel Lordachescu of Moldavia while Suvrajit Saha and 13-year-old Arvind Chidambaram drew with GMs SP Sethuraman and MR Venkatesh respectively.
Shreyansh Shah recorded an upset victory against GM S Kidambi. Abhijeet Gupta made short of national women’s champion Mary Ann Gomes.