GM Lenic Luka of Slovenia defeated International Master Nikolay Tolstikh of Russia in the penultimate round of the 8th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament on Thursday.
GM Luka joined overnight sole leader GM Maghami Ehsan Ghaem of Iran with eight-and-a-half points. Playing black side of Kings Indian defence, Lenic outwitted Tolstikh in 44 moves.
Meanwhile, Maghami settled for another quick draw as he signed the peace treaty with Kazakh Grandmaster Pavel Kostur in just nine moves.
Continuing his fine run, International Master Deep Sengupta held top seed GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam. Sengupta opted for the Dutch Defence with black pieces against his fancied rival and secured a well deserved half-point after 64 moves. GMs Pavel Kostur of Kazakhstan, Dmitry Kryakvin of Russia, Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh, Martyn Kravtsiv of Ukraine and Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan were in joint second with Sengupta.
Kryakvin overcame International Master P Konguvel while Zia and Kravtsiv got the better of P Karthikeyan and Ravi Hegde, respectively. Dzhumaev joined them after defeating another Indian IM Saptarshi Roy.
IM Thejkumar and Arghyadip Das held Russian GMs Maxim Turov and Andrey Gutov, respectively.