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By Rakesh Rao
The splitting of point on the top board forced Ramesh to share the lead with overnight joint leader Neeraj Mishra and Gurpreet Pal Singh at eight points. Half a point behind the leaders are Poobesh, R. Balasubramanium, Varugeese Koshy, Abhijit Gupta, Dinesh Sharma and Anup Deshmukh.
In the event of a tie following Friday's final round, the prize-money will be shared. With such a possibility looming large, some very tough battles are likely to fought on the leading boards.
Ramesh's fourth successive draw, after six straight victories, obviously left him a bit frustrated. He looked better placed against Poobesh in the Queen's Gambit game, lasting 44 moves. After a very unclear middle game, Ramesh injected some life into the proceedings with some precise play on the kingside. With both players under time-pressure, Ramesh, perhaps, missed a chance to re-emerge as the sole leader.
Neeraj, too, tried in vain to force a win against R. Balasubramanium on the second board but then gave up in an ending involving a bishop each and pawns. In the morning, Neeraj had a similar result against Ramesh. After this game, Neeraj was left to rue a possible chance to gain a decisive advantage following the post-match analysis.
With a spate of draws in the two rounds today, Gurpreet caught up with the leaders with a fine victory over Diwakar Prasad Singh, the man who humbled WGM Nisha Mohota in the morning.
The results: (Tenth round): Poobesh S. Anand (7.5) drew with R. B. Ramesh (8); Neeraj Mishra (8) drew with R. Balasubramamium (7.5); Varugeese Koshy (7.5) drew with Abhijit Gupta (7.5); Gurpreet Pal Singh (8) bt Diwakar Prasad Singh (7); Dinesh Sharma (7.5) bt Joydev Saha (6.5); P. Konguvel (7) drew with R. Preetham Sharma (7); Arindam Mukherjee (6.5) lost to Anup Deshmukh (7.5); S. K. Rathore (7) drew with Himanshu Sharma (7); Yogesh Gore (6) lost to N. Sudhakar Babu (7); Prathamesh Mokal (6.5) drew with Vivek Shukla (6.5); Rishi Pal Singh (6.5) drew with T. S. Ravi (6.5); R. R. Laxman (6.5) drew with P. D. S. Girinath (6.5); Nisha Mohota (7) bt Swati Mohota (6); G. Balaji (6.5) drew with Ashish P. Thatte (6.5); Valay Parikh (7) bt Amardeep Bartakke (6); K. Ramu (6) drew with S. Satyapragyan (6); Mithilesh Srivastava (5.5) lost to Vedant Goswami (6.5); Ravi Kumar (6.5) bt Anurag Jaiswal (5.5); Rajkamal Singh (6) drew with D. Ravishankar (6); Amitpal Singh (6) drew with Mohammad Tariq Umar Khan (6); Nimchand Chouhan (5.5) lost to Pranjal Das (6.5); K. Nikhilesh Kumar (6) drew with C. V. Rajalakshmi (6); Niladri Bhattacharya (6) drew with Soumya Ranjan Mishra (6); Swaraj Palit (6) drew with Rupankar Nath (6); Sajal Basak (6) drew with Dilip Das (6); D. S. Negi (5.5) drew with Sankalp Modwal (5.5); Pradip Ghosh (5.5) drew with Junaid Ahmad (5.5); Hemant Sharma (5) lost to Kanti Lal Dave (6); Mukesh Mondloi (6) bt Devendra Bajpai (5); Rohan Shandilya (5) lost to Himanshu Kumar (6).
Ninth round: Ramesh drew with Neeraj Mishra; Joydev Saha drew with Koshy; Balasubramanium drew with Gurpreet Pal; Abhijit Gupta bt T. S. Ravi; Vivek Shukla lost to Poobesh; Diwakar Prasad Singh bt Nisha; Satyapragyan lost to S. K. Rathore; Dinesh Sharma bt Ravi Kumar; Preetham Sharma bt Soumya Ranjan Mishra; Deshmukh bt Swaraj Palit; Himanshu Sharma bt Mithilesh Srivastava; Konguvel bt Rajkamal Singh; Valay Parikh drew with Swati Mohota; Ashish Thatte drew with Gore; Jaiswal lost to Arindam Mukherjee; Babu bt Dave; Devendra Bajpai lost to Mokal; Naveen Hegde lost to Laxman; Zameer Ahmad Khan lost to Balaji; Girinath bt Vikrant Chole; Bartakke bt Harkamal Singh; Junaid Ahmad lost to Rishi Pal; Rupankar Nath drew with Pradip Ghosh; Vedant Goswami bt Tamal Chakraborty; Ravishankar bt S. K. Khasim; Amitpal Singh bt Debaditya Sinha Biswas; Himanshu Kumar drew with D. S. Negi; Pranjal Das bt Sanjib Ghosh; Kirti Singh lost to Nikhilesh Kumar; Suman Basu drew with Joydeep Dutta.
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