D. Gukesh inched nearer to finishing a hat-trick of titles after beating Julien Track (France) within the eighth spherical of the Chessables Sunway Worldwide chess match in Punta Prima, Spain, on Friday.
This 68-move victory with white items gave Gukesh (6.5 factors) a half-point lead over three nearest rivals. The 15-year-old performs his senior compatriot Okay Sasikiran (5.5) within the ninth and penultimate spherical.
Fourth seed Gukesh, winner of the La Roda match and the Menorca Open final month, began the day in joint lead with Spaniards Latasa Jaime Santos and Jimenez Jose Fernando Cuenca. After Santos and Cuenca drew their video games, Gukesh went on to transform his benefit right into a much-needed victory. Presently, Santos, Cuenca and Armenia’s Shant Sargsyan share the second spot at 6 factors.
Second seed Sasikiran drew with fifth seeded Armenian Haik Martirosyan and Soham Das (5) fought again to carry Georgian Nino Batsiashvili.
Arjun slips to second spot
In the meantime in Malmo, Sweden, Arjun Erigaisi (2.5 factors) slipped to the second spot following a 39-move draw with native hope Nils Grandelius after 4 rounds of the Tepe Sigeman round-robin chess match on Friday.
For the third day in succession, there was just one decisive sport, the place USA’s Hans Moke Niemann (3 factors) defeated UAE’s Saleh Salem in 43 strikes to turn out to be the chief.
Fourth spherical: Arjun Erigaisi (2.5) drew with Nils Grandelius (Swe, 2) Saleh Salem (UAE, 1.5) misplaced to Hans Moke Niemann (USA, 3); Alexie Shirov (Esp, 1.5) drew with Michael Adams (Eng, 2); David Navara (Cze, 1.5) drew with Jorden van Foreest (Ned, 2).