Gibraltar Masters: Lalit holds Gelfand

National champion M. R. Lalit Babu punched above his weight to hold former World championship runner-up Boris Gelfand in 31 moves.

M. R. Lalith Babu has three points after four rounds in the tournament. (File Photo)   -  Ranjeet Kumar

For the second successive day, National champion M. R. Lalit Babu punched above his weight to hold former World championship runner-up Boris Gelfand in 31 moves in the fourth round of the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters chess tournament here on Friday.

Prasanna Rao and Hemant Sharma upstaged much higher-rated Grandmasters. Prasanna stunned 20th seeded Spainiard David Anton Guijarro (rated 2666) and Hemant brought down 27th seeded Croatian Marin Bosiocic (2628).

Third seed Hikaru Nakamura led the strong field with an all-win record.

Fourth-round results (involving Indians)
  • Boris Gelfand (Isr, 3) drew with M. R. Lalit Babu (3); Ivan Saric (Cro, 3.5) bt Swapnil Dhopade (2.5); S. P. Sethuraman (3) drew with Gergely Antal (Hun, 3); Debashis Das (3) drew with Daniele Vocaturo (Ita, 3); Shardul Gagare (3) drew with Gabor Papp (Hun, 3); S. L. Narayanan (3) drew with Valentin Dragnev (Aut, 3); Ju Wenjun (Chn, 3) drew with M. R. Venkatesh (3); Jules Moussard (Fra, 3.5) bt Swayams Mishra (2.5); P. Hari Krishna (3) bt Noel Studer (Sui, 2); Prasanna Rao (3) bt David Anton Guijarro (Esp, 2); Abhijeet Gupta (3) bt Marc Esserman (USA, 2); G. N. Gopal (3) bt Xander Wemmers (Ned, 2); Harshit Raja (2) lost to Sandipan Chanda (3); Prithu Gupta (3) bt Fabien Libiszewski (Fra, 2); Nihar Sarin (2) lost to Szidonia Lazarne Vajda (Hun, 3); Nana Dzagnidze (Geo, 3) drew with Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh (3); Felix Blohberger (Aut, 2.5) drew with R. Praggnanandhaa (2.5); Marin Bosiocic (Cro, 1.5) lost to Hemant Sharma (2.5); Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus, 2) drew with Raunak Sadhwani (2); Stefan Docx (Bel, 2) drew with Nisha Mohota (2); Pinto Paolo Ladron de Guevara (Esp, 2.5) bt P. V. Nandhidhaa (1.5); Maxim Devereaux (Nor, 1.5) lost to Tejaswini Sagar (2.5); Padmini Rout (2) bt David Maloberti (Fra, 1); Rolf Bergstrom (Swe, 1) lost to C. Sahajasri (2); Shalmali Gagare (0.5) lost to Ansgar Barthel (Ger, 1.5); Alistair Compton (Nzl, 1.5) bt Dev Shah (0.5); Rotomi Dasaolu (Ngr, 1.5) bt Mayank Pal (0.5).

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