Abhijieet Gupta (6 factors) caught up with two others on the second spot, after beating Turkey’s Mustafa Yilmaz within the eighth and penultimate spherical of the Sharjah Masters in Sharjah on Saturday.
Uzbekistan’s Nodirbek Abdusattorov (6.5) continued to steer after a top-board draw with Romania’s Bogdan-Daniel Deac.
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S. P. Sethuraman gained and joined Arjun Erigaisi, D. Gukesh at 5 factors whereas S. L. Narayanan, Aryan Chopra, Nihal Sarin, Abhimanyu Puranik and Aravindh Chithambaram drew to succeed in 4.5 factors.
|The outcomes (involving Indians):
Eighth spherical: Abhijeet Gupta (6) bt Mustafa Yilmaz (Tur, 5); Arjun Erigaisi (5) drew with Haik Martirosyan (Arm, 5.5); Pouya Idani (Iri, 5) drew with D. Gukesh (5); Daniil Yuffa (Esp, 4.5) drew with S. L. Narayanan (4.5); Jules Moussard (Fra, 4.5) drew with Aryan Chopra (4.5); Nihal Sarin (4.5) drew with Abhimanyu Puranik (4.5); Nodirbek Yakubboev (Uzb, 4.5) drew with Aravindh Chithambaram (4.5); S. P.