FORMER Under-9 national champion Jay Sawalakhe of Nagpur gave tough fight to overnight sole leader Rupam Mukherjee of West Bengal before going down in ninth round of the GH Raisoni Chess Classical FIDE Rating Chess Tournament under way at GH Raisoni Institute of Engineering, Wadi Hingna Road, Nagpur.
Playing with white pieces on top board, Sawalakhe employed the King Pawn opening. Mukherjee replied with Owen Defence and after a long battle that lasted 53 moves got the better of his much younger opponent to inch closer to the title.
Mukherjee, who has eight and half points to his credit at the end of nine rounds, was one full point ahead of the jointly second placed International Master Anwesh Upadhyaya and Mandar Lad both of whom have an identical seven and half points to their credit.
The game between Indrajit Mahindrakar and IM Anwesh Upadhyay ended in a draw. After 56 moves, both players decided to split point.
The game was Vienna Opening with both players refraining themselves from taking risk to draw the game.
Pramodraj Moree, International Arbiter along with his team of Arbiters consisting of Dy Arbiters Ajinkya Pingle and Pravin Thakare; Arbiters Prayas Amabde, Shubham Soni, Amit Tembhurne and others are working for smooth conduct of the event.
The event is being organised by GH Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation jointly with Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation and recognised by Chess Association Nagpur, Maharashtra Chess Association, All India Chess Federation and FIDE.