Grandmaster Solodovnichenko Yuri and Bernadskiy Vitaly shared the lead with 4.0 points after the fourth round of the Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament held here today.
Chennai-based International Master Ramnath Bhuvanesh, who led a large field of 12 players, remained half a point behind the leaders at 3.5 points including GMs Tukhaev Adam (Ukraine), Mozharov Mikhail, Popov Ivan, Grachev Boris (all Russia), Deepan Chakkravarthy J, Venkatesh M R (both India) respectively.
Double Grandmaster Norm holder Ramnath played a solid game in Sicilian Scheveningen variation holding GM Tukhaev Adam (Ukraine). The draw keeps Ramnath in hunt for his third and final GM Norm.
Round 4 Results (Indians unless specified) Shyaamnikhil P (3) lost to Solodovnichenko Yuri (Ukr) 4, Sivuk Vitaly (Ukr) 3.5 drew with Laxman R R (3.5), Ramnath Bhuvanesh R (3.5) drew with Tukhaev Adam (Ukr) 3.5, Bernadskiy Vitaly (Ukr) 4 bt Shailesh Dravid (3), Hemant Sharma (3) lost to Grachev Boris (Rus) 3.5, Popov Ivan (Rus) 3.5 bt Kunal M (2.5), Demchenko Anton (Rus) 3 drew with Ravi Teja S (3), Nitin S (2.5) lost to Mozharov Mikhail (Rus) 3.5, Belous Vladimir (Rus) 3.5 bt Kulkarni Rakesh (2.5), Ernst Sipke (Ned) 3 drew with Kulkarni Bhakti (3).