Areshchenko and Kuzubov share lead at the 9th Parsvnath International

Indian player accused of using assistance, turns out false alarm

New Delhi (15 Jan 2011): Ukrainian Grandmaster duo top seed Alexander Areshchenko and Yuriy Kuzubov share the lead with eight and half points after penultimate round of the ongoing 9th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament here at Ludlow Castle Sports Complex on Saturday.

Overnight sole leader Areshchenko tried hard for a win with white pieces in English opening against Slovenian Grandmaster Lenic Luka but satisfied with half point after a marathon match that lasted 102 moves while Kuzubov got better off Indian Grandmaster S Kidambi to join Areshchenko at top of point table.

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Yuriy Kuzubov

Meanwhile national champion and leader of Indian challenge Parimarjan Negi signed the peace treaty with Grandmaster Henrik Danielsen of Iceland after mandatory 30 moves and is now at joint third spot with eight points.

The star of the day was Andhra youngster CRG Krishna as he stunned Ukrainian Grandmaster Yaroslav Zherebukh in the tenth round encounter. Playing black side of French Defence, Krishna overcame his fancied Grandmaster rival in just 34 moves. During the match, Zherebukh complained against Krishna about possible usage of electronic device and Arbiters frisked Krishna in presence of his rival and nothing suspicious was found. Later Zherebukh apologized to Krishna before signing the score sheet in favour of his rival.

Final round of the event will be held at Sunday morning followed by closing ceremony.

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