Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy outplayed Azerbaijan GM Namig Guliyev with an attacking game in the seventh round for a share of the top spot in the Gibetelecom Masters chess tournament here.
Another Indian and overnight joint leader Sandipan Chanda settled for a draw with German GM Jan Gustafsson to be among top 11 players with 5.5 points each. The other nine players in joint lead are Sergei Movsesian of Slovakia, Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain, Michael Adams of England, Laurent Fressinet of France, Natalia Zhukov of Ukraine, Stelios Halkias of Greece, Gustafsson, Chanda, Humpy and Americans Alex Lenderman and Gata Kamsky.
Three rounds are to go in 96000 Pound prize money event. Humpy played a tough and complicated game with black pieces to keep Guliyev guessing.
It was a Sicilian Paulsen wherein the Azerbaijani could not get any of the desired King side attack and his progress on the queen side was also questioned by many experts after the game.
The Indian seized the initiative in the middle game with some remarkable manoeuvres and when she gobbled one weak white pawn on the queen side, Guliyev crumbled under pressure and blundered decisively. The game lasted 30 moves.
Playing the white side of a Moscow variation in the Semi Slav defense, Sandipan could find a hole in the preparation of the German and exchange of pieces in the middle game led to a level rook and pawns endgame in fairly quick time.