Abhijeet Gupta, Vidit Gujrathi on top at Reykjavik Open

Vidith Santosh Gujrathi and Abhijeet Gupta registered four wins in four rounds to share the lead with three others at Reykjavik Open. Harika Dronavalli is 0.5 points behind after securing three wins and one draw in four outings.

Abhijeet Gupta Gupta will play black against Andreikin in the fifth round.   -  Shanker Chakravarty

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Abhijeet Gupta registered four wins in four rounds to share the lead with three others at Reykjavik Open.

In the fifth round, Gujrathi will square of against Anish Giri with the white pieces while Gupta will play black against Andreikin.

Harika Dronavalli is 0.5 points behind after securing three wins and one draw in four outings, but is placed 15th on the leaderboard She defeated Martin P Burrows of England in the fourth round at the Herpa Concert Hall here.

Playing in white pieces, Harika approached the game with a different strategy to catch her opponent who has a lower ranking, off—guard from the early stages and capitalized on her opponent’s errors to wrap the three-hour long tie in 30 moves late last night.

“I had chosen a side line from the opening stages of the game which my opponent was not aware of. This strategy baffled him and he started playing over the board,” Harika said after the game.

“Even though the game lasted for three hours, my opponent found it hard to catch up to my strategy and made positional errors in inferior positions which I exploited and won the game,” she added.