Dinesh Kumar Sharma

13. Dinesh Kumar Sharma: Seeded 27; Rating 2369; Performance of 2408 against opponents with an average rating of 2233. A gain of seven rating points.

ANOTHER qualifier who remained undefeated. Dinesh was never among the front-runners after drawing three of the first four games. In fact, he started to look serious only after he beat K. Nikhilesh Kumar and drew with LIC teammate Sriram Jha. In the last three rounds, he overpowered fellow-IM Roktim Bandyopadhyay, drew with K.