Fujairah (UAE): Seasoned international Master V Saravanan caused a flutter, defeating highly rated Grandmaster Li Chao of China in the fourth round of Fujairah International chess tournament in Fujairah.

Saravanan played one of his best games ever and the Chennai-based is back in the tournament with a bang, taking his tally to a respectable 2.5 points out of a possible four in this strong open.

Surya Shekhar Ganguly slipped a little as he could not convert a promising position and had to take a draw with Vladislav Tkachieve of France. The peace result enabled Sergey Fedorchuk of Ukraine to catch Ganguly in lead on 3.5 points and the two will meet in the next round to determine the new leader.

With five rounds still to come in the USD 50500 prize money tournament, as many as seven players including Etinne Bacrot of France and Alexander Moiseenko of Ukraine share the third spot with three points apiece.

Four Indians -– Grandmasters Abhijeet Gupta, Sandipan Chanda, Tejas Bakre and Saravanan -- share the tenth spot with 2.5 points each with twelve others.

Abhijeet Gupta met a tough opponent in Ghaem Maghami Ehsan of Iran and could do little against the solid play by the latter. The game drawn after a few pieces changed hands from an English opening.

Ganguly employed the King's Indian defense and played fast to gain time on his clock. Tkachieve mishandled and ran in to problems but wriggled out as the game progressed.

Saravanan was in full steam as he worked on a nice idea at home which he was able to use. It was a Sicilian Najdorf wherein the Indian was up against a topical system. Li Chao sacrificed a piece as prescribed by theory too but after some moves Saravanan took his king for a long walk and it was not easy to establish any real compensation for the Chinese. The game was stretched till the rook ending and black's extra Bishop did most of the talking.

Among other Indians, Sandipan Chanda defeated compatriot IM Aditya Udeshi while S Satyapragyan accounted for Akshat Khamparia. Ashwin Jayaram went on to lose to Yaroslav Zherebukh of Ukraine.

Important and Indian results round 4 (Indians unless stated): Vladislav Tkachiev (fra, 3) drew with Surya Shekhar Ganguly (3.5); Sergey Fedorchuk (Ukr, 3.5) beat Baadur Jobava (Geo, 2.5); Eltaj Safarli (Aze, 3) drew with Alexander Moiseenko (Ukr, 3); Etienne Bacrot (Fra, 3) beat Andrey Sumets
(Ukr, 2.5); Yuriy Kryvoruchko (Ukr) beat A.R. Saleh Salem (Uae, 2); Ghaem Maghami Ehsan (Iri, 2.5) drew with Abhijeet Gupta (2.5); Tigran Petrosian (Arm, 2) lost to Ma Qun (Chn, 3); Yaroslav Zherebukh (Ukr, 3) beat Ashwin Jayaram (2); Tejas Bakre drew with Ivan Saric (Cro, 2.5); Li Chao (Chn, 1.5) lost to V Saravanan (2.5); Jaan Ehlvest (Usa, 2.5) beat Sagar Shah (1.5); Sandipan Chanda (2.5) beat Aditya Udeshi (1.5); S Satyapragyan (2.5) beat Akshat Khamparia (1.5); Omar Noaman (UAe, 1) lost to Vishnu Prasanna (2); Debashis Das (2) beat Anurag Mhamal (1); Ankit Rajpara (2) beat Salih Akar Ali Salih (Irq, 1); Arjun Bharat (1.5) beat Vita Chulivska (Ukr, 0.5).

(Agencies)

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