Arjun beats Rinat to take joint lead

Douglas, Isle of Man (Niklesh Jain) India’s Grand Master Arjun Arigassi has once again taken the joint lead after registering another impressive win in the sixth round of the FIDE Grand Swiss. Arjun defeated Rinat Zumbayev of Kazakhstan to register his third win in the tournament and Rai Lopez won with the white pieces in the Berlin Defense in a 68-move match and is currently tied with Andrei Esipenko of Russia and Hikaru Nakamura of the United States. There are four points to share. Other Indians include Vidit Gujarati with 3.5 points, Nihal Sarin and SL Narayanan with 3 points each, R Praggnananda, Pantala Harikrishna and Aryan Chopra with 2.5 points each.

India’s top player Gukesh compatriot S. l. Lost to Narayanan and after that Gukesh is now playing with Abhijeet Gupta and Raunak Sadhwani on 2 points.

In the women’s category, R Vaishali played out a draw against Ukraine’s Anna Muzychuk and is now joint second with top seeds Russia’s Alexandra Goryachkina and Anna Tsunkat on 4 points, while Kazakhstan’s Bibisara Asubeva is on 4.5 points. Moving forward. Among other Indians, Harika Dronavalli and Savita Sri have 2.5 points while Tania Sachdev and Vantika Agarwal have 2 points each.