Grandmaster Aleksej Alexandrov of Belarus advanced with a convincing victory against IM K Rathnakaran in the third round of the Parsvnath International Chess Festival in the Capital on Sunday.
With this victoru, Alexandrov has now amassed three points and finds himself alone at the top of the tables in this strong event.
With seven rounds to go, Alexandrov is ahead of 16 other players who are on 2.5 points.
Prominent among them are Grandmasters Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan, Lu Shanglei of China, Raset Ziatdinov of United States, Niaz Murshed of Bangladesh and Indian Grandmasters MR Lalith Babu, P Magesh Chandran and Sahaj Grover.
Soumyajit gears up for TT nationals
Raipur: Soumyajit Ghosh and seasoned Poulomi Ghatak start favourites in the men's and women's sections respectively in the 74th National table tennis championship which kick off in Raipur on Monday.
Soumyajit, 19, who represented India at the London Olympics, is currently the top ranked Indian paddler but has not yet won the national title.
Also in the fray are veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal and defending champion A Amalraj.
In the women's section, Poulomi will be looking for a second straight title at the nationals.
She faces stiff competition from Ankita Das - who played in London alongside Soumyajit - along with Madhurika Patkar and K Shamini.