It was a tough day for Gupta as Arkell apparently had the upper hand but the Indian posed consistent troubles posed in the path of the English lad to register a fine victory in the end.

With four points in his kitty and three rounds still to go in the 18000 pounds sterling tournament, Gupta is now just one point behind the leaders.

The other Indian in the fray – GM D Harika also made most of her chances to put it across Nitzan Steinberg of Israel to also reach four points.

At the top of the tables, Maxime Vachier Lagrave of France conceded his second draw against Sergei Tiviakov of Holland and now shares the lead with Gabriel Sargissian of Armenia and Gawain Jones of England with five points each.

It's a pack of six following the three leaders on 4.5 points led by Laurent Fressinet of France and Gupta and Harika are now joint tenth with four points apiece.

Of the three leaders Gabriel Sargissian played an excellent game with white pieces to beat highly acclaimed chess author Mihail Marin while veteran Grandmaster Anatoly Vaisser of France fell prey to some finely disguised manoeuvres by Gawain Jones.

Gupta took himself to within striking distance of the leading pack but had to work hard. The Indian chose the King's Indian defence for the first time ever and was faced with the Fianchetto variation.

It was a tense middle game when Gupta sacrificed a pawn for active play but seasoned Arkell was up to the task in reducing black's counter play.

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