Krishnan Sasikiran picked up a third successive win to avenge his loss against Parimarjan Negi in the inaugural AAI Grandmasters chess tournament at the AAI Officers Institute on Sunday.
In other matches, women's world champion Hou Yifan opened her accound after playing a draw with Wesley So of the Philippines in 52 moves while the game between Fabiano Caruana and Victor Laznicka also ended in a draw in 59 moves.
It was a very well fought 59-move draw between Caruana and Lazincka, who are now first and second at the midway stage of the tournament.
It was the first time a round had produced two draws. Overall only four games out of 15 had ended in draws in the first five days.
As things stand, Caruana leads with four points while Laznicka is second with 3.5 points.
Sunday's win with black for Sasikiran from a Ruy Lopez in 56 moves brought him to three points and that must seem a big relief after two losses at the start. Wesley So has 2.5 points, Negi 1.5 and Hou Yifan has half a point. Asked by the Hindustan Times if he was relieved with three wins out of five ties at the first half way stage, Sasikiran said, "No doubt about that. It felt good to come back at fifty per cent and now I am plus one.
Sasikiran had lost to Negi in the Dubai Open in April, while their earlier clash in the Asian Championships had ended in a draw.