Guangzhou: Indian Grandmaster Sasikiran Krishnan continued his unbeaten run with two wins and a draw today to sit at joint second after the seventh round and remain in contention for a medal in the chess competition of the Asian Games here.
Seeded second in the competition, Sasikiran began the day with a draw against Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan before defeating Vietnamese Nguyen Ngoc Truong and So Wesley of Philippines in the sixth and seventh rounds respectively.
Another Indian in the men’s section, Surya Sekhar Ganguly won two matches — against Filippov Anton of Uzbekistan and Moradiabadi Elshan of Iran — while losing to Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan.
After seven rounds, Sasikiran now sits at joint second on 5.5 points along with top seed Le Quang Liem of Vietnam while Ganguly is at joint fifth on five points. Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan was the sole leader on six points.
Only two rounds are left to played tomorrow in both men and women categories to decide the individual medallists before the team events commence from November 18 and run till November 26.
Among women, Harika Dronavalli and Tania Sachdev are at joint fourth on five points each after the seventh round.
Harika had a creditable draw with top seed Chinese Grandmaster Hou Yifan in the sixth game after beginning the day with a win over Woman Grandmaster Pourkashiyan Atous of Iran. She then drew with Vietnam’s Pham Le Thao Nguye in the seventh round.
Tania began the day with a loss against Pham Le Thao Nguye but scored victories in the next two matches — against Mongolia’s Grandmaster Ans Tuvshintugs and Enkhtuul Altanulzi.