Sriram Jha

9. Sriram Jha: Seeded 4; Rating 2437; Performance of 2506 against opponents with an average rating of 2295. A gain of nine rating points.

ARRIVED a round late to defend his title and strung together six straight victories. Reinforced the belief that when it comes to Swiss league format, his chances can never be written off. In between his draws with Valay Parikh and Dinesh Kumar Sharma, Jha lost to Ramesh. But he bounced back to score over N. Sanjay and Lalith Babu to make it with a friendly finish against Arun Prasad.