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Monday, January 7, 2013

Delhi Chess 2013 R3: Aleksej Aleksandrov in Sole Lead

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Grandmaster Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus has taken sole lead after three rounds at the The Delhi Chess Open with a super victory over International Master K Rathnakaran in the third round. The Belarus Grandmaster has perfect score. 

Rathnakaran and Aleksej Aleksandrov

There are 16 players in second place at half-point behind. These include Grandmasters Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan, Lu Shanglei of China, Raset Ziatdinov of United States, Niaz Murshed of Bangladesh and Indian Grandmasters M R Lalith Babu, Magesh Panchanathan and Sahaj Grover.

Top seed Abhijeet Gupta meanwhile was held to a second draw in the tournament. The beneficiary was Ram S Krishna who had to defend a slightly worse endgame for a long time. Earlier it was a Catalan opening by Gupta that gave him a slight advantage which was not enough for a victory in the end.P Magesh Chandran caught Himanshu Sharma unawares in the opening itself and got a clear better position sooner than he had expected. “It was quite easy once I got better prospects, Chandran said after the game.

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