Sandipan, Gukesh, Eduardo and Bogdanovich share four-way lead in 9th HDBank International 2019
Venezuela no.1 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo, GM Stanislav Bogdanovich, India's youngest GM Gukesh D and GM Sandipan Chanda are at 3.0/3 each, in a four-way lead at the end of round 3 in 9th HDBank International 2019. GM Laxman R R drew with the defending champion GM Sandro Mareco and IM Nitin S drew with second seed of the tournament GM Ivan Cheparinov in round 3. Untitled Sammed Shete drew with GM Loek Van Wely in round 2. IM Rakesh Kulkarni made a brilliant start by defeating GM Tu Hoang Thong in round 2 and drew with GM Laylo Darwin in round 3. The report contains selected games, photos and videos from round 2 and 3. Photo: Shahid Ahmed
Gukesh and Sandipan in four-way lead, Laxman holds defending champion to a draw in round 3
Sandro equalized with Black pieces quite easily out of the opening Grunfeld Exchange variation. Pieces got exchanged at regular interval from move no.14 and a draw was agreed in another 13 moves in a Queen-Rook endgame.
Eduardo playing with Black pieces, sacrificed a Knight for three pawns and a huge initiative which became surmountable for Irina to defend eventually.
Round 3 results
Sammed Shete held GM Loek Van Wely to a draw in round 2
Rakesh continued his fantastic run by defeating GM Tu Hoang Thong in round 2.
Here is a quick chat with Rakesh after he drew with GM Laylo Darwin in round 3.