The clash between the top two seeds and overnight joint leaders GM Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus and GM Andrei Deviatkin of Russia was an intense struggle with both fighting all out, but in the end they had to settle for a peaceful result in the 8th round of the Mumbai Mayor’s Cup International Chess tournament in progress at the Chetana College.
On the second board Nikolai Chadaev of Russia was also stretched all the way by local lad Saumil Padhya but the latter was outplayed in the ending.
In another important result John Paul Gomez of Philippines defeated slightly higher rated Kirill Stupak of Belarus. After the draw between the leaders on the top board, they are now joined in the lead by Gomez and Chadaev, all having scored 7 points apiece.
An unwell Abhijit Kunte took shelter in a short draw against GM Hoang Thanh Trang and these two are half a point behind the leaders along with B Adhiban who scored a victory over WGM Ticia Gara.
Videos from the tournament are available on YouTube