Surya Shekhar maintains joint second spot

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly continued to maintain his joint second spot after scoring an emphatic victory over Al Sayed Mohamed of Qatar.

Abu Dhabi:

Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly continued to maintain his joint second spot. He scored an emphatic victory over Al Sayed Mohamed of Qatar in the third round of the masters section of the 15th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival here. Russian Grandmaster Konstantin Chernyshov sprang a surprise beating second seed Grandmaster Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus to emerge the sole leader on three points from as many games. A pack of eight players including top seed GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Azerbaijan follow the leader with 2.5 points each while another 20 including Parimarjan Negi are another half a point adrift. Mixed day Six rounds still remain in this USD 16400 prize money tournament that has the winner's purse of USD 4000. The Indians yet again had a mixed day with Ganguly, Negi, Akshat Khamparia and M B Muralidharan coasting to victories while IM D V Prasad, Woman Grandmaster Tania Sachdev, IM-in-waiting Abhijeet Gupta and Eesha Karavade succumbing to defeats. Eesha Karavade was amongst those who drew their games. Ganguly was at his attacking best and simply outplayed Mohamed in middle game that did look harmless for the former for quite some time. The Sicilian Sveshnikov by Mohamed with black pieces posed some initial problems for the Indian but his deep preparation came in handy in the end. (PTI)

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