Abhijeet powers past Gopal

Grandmaster Ni Hua of China ended the dream run of local boy Wesley So in a finely crafted game with black pieces on the top board.

Important results (Open, round 7, Indians unless stated): Wesley So (Phi, 5) lt to Ni Hua (Chn, 5.5); Li Chao (Chn, 5.5) bt Yu Yangyi (Chn, 4.5); Abhijeet Gupta (5.5) bt G N Gopal (4.5); Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa (Mgl, 4. 5) lt to Ding Liren (Chn, 5.5); S P Sethuraman (4.5) drew Le Quang Liem (Vie, 4.5); Krishnan Sasikiran (5) bt Nguyen Thanh Son (4.5); Zhao Jianchao (Chn, 5) bt John Paul Gomez (Phi, 4); Tejas Bakre (Ind, 4.5) drew Ghaem Maghami Ehsan (Iri, 4.5); Asghar Golizadeh (Iri, 4.5) drew B Adhiban (4.5); P Harikrishna (4.5) bt Yang Kaiqi (Chn, 3. 5); Nadera Barlo (Phi, 3.5) lt to D Harika (4.5); Pascua Haridas (Phi, 3.5) bt S Kidambi (2.5); Neelotpal Das (3.5) bt Jasem Alhuwar (Uae, 2.5); Paulo Bersamina (Phi, 1.5) lt to Padmini Rout (2.5).

Women: Wang Yu A (6) bt Nguyen Thi Thanh An (Vie, 4); Ju Wenjun (Chn, 3.5) lt to Atousa Pourkashiyan (Iri, 6); Ding Yixin (Chn, 5) bt Wang Jue (Chn, 3.5); Tan Zhongyi (Chn, 4. 5) bt Hoang Thi Bao Tram (Vie, 3.5); Irine Sukander Kharisma (Ina, 4) drew Tania Sachdev (4); S Meenakshi (4) drew Kiran Manisha Mohanty; Aices Salvador (Phi, 3) lt to Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar (Mgl, 4).

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