FIDE Grand Swiss Chess: Sasikiran upsets Fedoseev, joins Nihal Sarin

It was also a day when B. Adhiban, Arjun Erigaisi, Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Raunak Sadhwani scored their first victory.

Veteran K. Sasikiran upstaged fancied Russian Vladimir Fedoseev at the FIDE Grand Swiss Chess Tournament in Riga on Sunday.   -  File Photo

Veteran K. Sasikiran upstaged fancied Russian Vladimir Fedoseev and caught up with an unbeaten Nihal Sarin in the second score-group at 3.5 points after five rounds of $425 FIDE Grand Swiss chess tournament in Riga, Latvia, on Sunday.

Alexei Shirov (Spain) and Evgeniy Najer (Russia) joined overnight leader Alireza Firouzja (France) in the lead at 4 points.

It was also a day when B. Adhiban, Arjun Erigaisi, Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Raunak Sadhwani scored their first victory. However, D. Gukesh’s unbeaten run ended after running into David Navara.

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In the women’s section, D. Harika drew with the 2015 World championship finalist Natalija Pogonina to reach 3.5 points. Harika is sharing the sixth spot behind the five leaders - China’s Le Tingjie, Zhu Jiner, Poland’s Jolanta Zawadzka, Germany’s Elisabeth Paehtz and Georgia’s Nino Batsiashvili - at four points.

Fifth-round results (involving Indians):

Open: Manuel Petrosyan (Arm, 3.5) drew with Nihal Sarin (3.5); P. Harikrishna (3) drew with Dariusz Swiercz (USA, 3); K. Sasikiran (3.5) bt Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus, 2.5); David Navara (Cze, 3.5) bt D. Gukesh (2.5); R. Praggnanandhaa (3) bt Rauf Mamedov (Aze, 2); Raunak Sadhwani (2.5) bt Aleksandr Rakhmanov (Rus, 1.5); Jorge Cori (Per, 2) drew with S. P. Sethuraman (2); Arjun Erigiasi (2.5) bt Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus, 1.5); Surya Shekhar Ganguly (2) bt Luka Budisavljevic (Srb, 1); B. Adhiban (1.5) bt Antenaina Rakotomaharo (Mad, 0.5).

Women:
D. Harika (3.5) drew with Natalija Pogonina (Rus, 3.5); Vantika Agarwal (3) drew with Zhansaya Abdumalik (Kaz, 3); Batkhuyag Munguntuul (Mgl, 3) bt Padmini Rout (2); Salome Melia (Geo, 2.5) drew with R. Vaishali (2.5); Madara Golsta (Lat, 0.5) lost to Divya Deshmukh (2).

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