Harshavardhan & Srihari impressive, six share lead

Double International Master Norm holder Harshavardhan G B (Velammal School, Chennai) stunned GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil (Georgia) moving into shared lead after the fourth round of the 12th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2020 for Sakthi Group Dr. N. Mahalingam Trophy at Hotel Novotel & IBIS OMR, Sholinganallur, Chennai here today.
On top of the table with Harshavardhan were GMs Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo (Per), Bogdanovich Stanislav (Ukr), Visakh N R (Ind) and IMs Khusenkhojaev Muhammad (Tjk), Das Sayantan (Ind) at 4.0 points each. Top seeded GM  Ponkrantov Pavel (Russia) stood half a point behind the leaders at 3.5 points in a pack of 20 players.
The top board game between Grandmasters Karthikeyan P and Ponkrantov Pavel (Russia) ended in a quiet draw. In the third board the talented Chennai lad Harshavardhan G B brought down experienced Georgian Grandmaster  Mchedlishvili Mikheil in 43 moves. Further down Grandmasters Rios Cristhian Camilo (Columbia) and Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) went down to Indians Srihari L R and Satkar Chirag.

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