Chess | B Adhiban stays in first place in Reykjavik Open, Nihal Sarin joint second

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Chess | B Adhiban stays in first place in Reykjavik Open, Nihal Sarin joint second

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03/13/2018

Indian Grandmaster B Adhiban, who started the tournament as the fourth-ranked player, has managed to retain his place at the top of the standings alongside top seed Richard Rapport. However, after a draw in round seven, Nihal Sarin has dropped a place and is now placed in second position.

Adhiban, who was playing with black pieces, managed to pull off a great victory over 13th seed Lagarde Maxime of France at the Reykjavik Open. However, the Indian currently shares the top spot with 21-year-old Hungarian Richard Rapport. The Hungarian beat Aleksandr Lenderman, who was playing with black, to stay in the lead alongside the Indian.

13-year-old Nihal Sarin, who is still an International Master, was able to secure a draw against Turkish Grandmaster, Mustafa Yilmaz while playing with black pieces. The result was that the Indian dropped a place to second position in the standings. Sarin now shares the spot with compatriot Vaibhav Suri, who while playing with white pieces, got the better of Gabriel Bick.

After seven rounds of action, Adhiban has managed to collect a total of six points -  the same as Rapport. Due to an extra draw, Sarin and Suri, on the other hand, are both trailing the senior Indian by half a point with 5.5 points on the board.

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