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Negi, Gupta back in the reckoning

Dubai: Promising youngsters Parimarjan Negi and International Master Abhijeet Gupta came back into the reckoning for their respective norms with thumping victories in the seventh round of the Dubai International Open chess championship here on Sunday.

Double GM-norm holder Negi and Gupta displayed fine maturity in conquering compatriot Women International Master Kruttika Nadig and FIDE Master Erik Teichmann of England respectively at the Dubai Chess and Cultural Club to take their tally to a respectable five points out of a possible 7.

Meanwhile, overnight leader Kazakhstan's GM Darmen Sadvakasov came in the firing line for the first time in the event and bowed out to GM Gabriel Sargissian of Armenia.

Sargissian, Petrosian and Fedorchuk now lead with six points. They are followed by top seed Zviad Izoria of Georgia and Sadvakasov, who both have 5.5 points.

Five Indians — Grandmaster R.B. Ramesh, IMs S. Satyapragyan, Vishal Sareen, Negi and Gupta are among the pack of 17 players on five points each.

Just two rounds remain in the $40,000 prize money tournament being played under FIDE's Swiss rules.

Important results (seventh round, Indians unless specified): Gabriel Sargissian (Arm, 6) bt Darmen Sadvakasov (Kaz, 5.5); Tigran Petrosian (Arm, 6) bt Giorgi Kacheishvili (Geo, 5); Evgenij Miroshnichenko (Ukr, 4.5) lost to Sergey Fedorchuk (Ukr, 6); Zviad Izoria (Geo, 5.5) drew with Odeev Handszar (Tkm, 4.5); R.B. Ramesh (5) drew with Levan Pantsulaia (Geo, 5); El Taher Fouad (Egy, 5) drew with Ghaem Maghami Ehsan (Iri, 5); Vishal Sareen (5) drew with Merab Gagunashvili (Geo, 5); Erik Teichmann (Eng, 4) lost to Abhijeet Gupta (5); Kruttika Nadig (4) lost to Parimarjan Negi (5); Sergei Simonenko (Tkm, 4.5) drew with D Sai Srinivas (5); Oleg Kulicov (Rus, 4.5) drew with S.P. Sethuraman (4.5); S. Satyapragyan (5) bt Himdan Maher (Egy, 4); G.B. Joshi (4) drew with Toufighi Homayoon (Iri, 4); Darini Pouria (Iri, 4) bt Prathamesh Mokal (3); K. Priyadharshan (3) lost to O.T. Anilkumar (4); Gurpreet Pal Singh (4) bt Saeed Ishaq (Uae, 3); M.R. Lalith Babu (4) bt Yachou Nur (Aus, 3); Stefan Schnock (Ger, 3) lost to Aarthie Ramaswamy (4); Albers Andreas (Ger, 4) bt C.N. Vaidya (3); Shadi Paridar (Iri, 3.5) bt Shatrughan Jha (2.5); Prasanna Rao (3.5) bt Ihsan Jawad (Ple, 2.5); Ramnath Bhuvanesh (2.5) lost to N. Srinath (3.5); Shiven Khosla (3.5) bt Shantanu Lahiri (2.5); Omid Bashirinia (Iri, 2.5) drew with Dhyani Dave (3); Samavat Mehrdad (Iri, 2) lost to Soumitra Majumdar (3); Danny Baltazar (Phi, 3) bt Sahaj Grover (2); Axel Valerio (Phi, 2.5) bt Natun Dasgupta (1.5). — PTI

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