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Groningen (The Netherlands): Grandmaster and former World junior champion Abhijeet Gupta came back into the reckoning with a finely crafted victory over compatriot International Master Ashwin Jayaram in the sixth round of the Groningen International Open chess tournament here.
After losing to German Arkadij Rotstein in the previous round, Abhijeet was troubled by Ashwin and the game looked headed for a draw before he forced a victory.
Several draws at the top of the table ensured that Abhijeet remained in the hunt for the title with three rounds still to come in this tough tournament.
Shiven Khosla's final International Master norm prospects suffered a slight setback as he went down fighting to Zaven Andriasian of Armenia.
Round 6 (Indians unless specified): Illya Nyzhnyk (Ukr, 4.5) drew with Mark Bluvshtein (Can, 4.5); Arkadij Rotstein (Ger, 4.5) drew with Dejan Bojkov (Bul, 4.5); Daan Brandenburg (Ned, 4.50 drew with Peter Prohszka (Hun, 4.5).
Oleg Romanishin (Ukr, 4) drew with Vladimir Baklan (Ukr, 4); Zaven Andriasian (Arm, 4.5) beat Shiven Khosla (3.5); Benjamin Bok (Ned, 4.5) beat Friso Bijboer (Ned, 3.5).
Jan Werle (Ned, 4) beat Davit Lobzhanidze (Geo, 3.5); Ashwin Jayaram (3) lost to Abhijeet Gupta (4); Sipke Ernst (Ned, 4) beat Hagen Poetsch (Ger, 3); De Jong Migchiel (Ned, 3.5) drew with Sahaj Grover (3.5). — PTI
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