GM Gujrathi outwits Bulgaria's Arnaudov

Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi outwitted International Master Petar Arnaudov of Bulgaria to jump to sole third spot on 4.5 points after the end of the fifth round of Grand Europe Golden Sands International Chess tournament here.

Playing with black, Gujrathi scored his fourth victory of the tournament when Arnaudov could not keep track of his pawns and from a pawn plus position which was a likely draw, walked in to a hopeless endgame after losing two pawns.

The victory made Gujrathi the best performing Indian so far in the tournament as the Nasik boy took his tally to 4.5 points. The lead is shared by Zbynyk Hracek of Czech Republic and Vladislav Nevednichy of Romania who both have five points apiece from five rounds.

With four rounds still to come, Gujrathi is followed by as many as 24 players on four points each and this includes six Indians: Grandmasters Abhijeet Gupta, Sahaj Grover, MR Venkatesh, GN Gopal and S Arun Prasad and International Master Ashwin Jayaram.Results (Indian only: round 5): Rusev Krasimir (Bul, 4) drew with Sahaj Grover (4); Petar Arnaudov (Bul, 3.5) lt to Vidit Gujrathi (4.5); Swapnil Dhopade (3) lt to Tigran Petrosian (Arm, 4); Zurab Javakhadze (Geo, 3) lt to Abhijeet Gupta (4); Deep Sengupta (3.5) drew with Evgenij Ermenkov (Bul, 3.5);  Anurag Mhamal (3) lt to S Arun Prasad (4); GN Gopal (4) bt Shardul Gagare (3); Eesha Karavade (3) lt to Evgeny Sveshnikov (Lat, 4); MR Venkatesh (4) bt Vladimir Sveshnikov (Lat, 3); Iveri Chighladze (Geo, 3.5) drew with M Shyam Sundar (3.5); Debashis Das (3.5) drew with Cosmin Parligras (Rou, 3.5); Vitaliy Bernadskiy (Ukr, 4) bt Soumya Swaminathan (3); Kiran Manisha Mohanty (3) lt to Ashwin Jayaram (4); Boris Chatalbashev (Bul, 3) drew with Aravindh Chithambaram (3); Vadim Skomorokhin (Rus, 2.5) lt to Diptayan Ghosh (3.5); N Srinath (3.5) bt Abdalla Luiz Guilherme Aurell (Bra, 2.5); G Akash (3) drew with Alin-Mile Berescu (Rou, 3); M Karthikeyan (3.5) bt Margarita Voiska (Bul, 2.5); Mary Ann Gomes (3.5) bt R Bharathi (2.5); Sagar Shah (3) bt Philipp Limbourg (Ger, 2); Antonios Xylogiannopoulos (Gre, 2) lt to Sayantan Das (3); Atanas Tonchev Kolev (Bul, 2.5) drew with Nisha Mohota (2.5); Bogdan Posedaru (Rou, 2.5) drew with Rucha Pujari (2.5); Maria Velcheva (Bul, 3) bt GK Monnisha (2); R Vaishali (2.5) bt Olga Dolzhikova (Nor, 1.5); Diril Dogus (Tur, 1.5) lt to Bhakti Kulkarni (2.5); Sidhant Mohapatra (2.5) bt Vladyslav Sumin (Ukr, 1.5); Sunyasakta Satpathy (1.5) lt to Calin Dragomirescu (Rou, 2.5); Nicolae Simion (Rou, 1.5) drew with N Raghavi (1.5); Natalia Beliaeva (Rus, 2) beat Y Saranya (1); Riya Savant (2) bt Mihai Hlinschi (Rou, 1); Srija Seshadri (2) bt Ismet Turek (Tur, 1); Parnali Dharia (2) bt Timofai Zibarev (Rus, 1). 

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