GM Deep Sengupta (2540) on Round-7 checked the fine run of overnight leader IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (FIDE rating 2527) of Pune with a draw at the Rose Valley Open International Chess Tournament being held in Kolkata.
However, Vidit could be able to maintain his slender lead with 5.5 points after seventh round, as in the first eight top boards there were no outright results.
Top seed GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2734) of Poland, GM Dzhumaev Marat (2530) of Uzbekistan, GM Deep Sengupta (2540), GM SP Sethuraman (2520), IM Swapnil Ghopade (2438) of Nagpur, IM Debashis Das (2466) of Odisha all were jointly in the second position with 5 points each.
Top seed Radoslaw was held again as he failed to capitalize his mid game advantage, where his opponent Sethuraman defended well to a creditable draw. Suryasekhar Ganguly (4.5 points) and Sandipan Chanda (4.5) could not break the barrier of joint third place.
On Day 7 of the tournament, organised by Alekhine Chess Club, all eyes were on Swapnil Dholpade, as out of the Indian contenders he had been playing outstanding game so far.
On Sunday against an experienced GM like Marat, Swapnil tried with King's Indian open with s3 variation.
He conceded that he was not well conversant with this variation, but from the record he found that Marat had not good results against such variation.
Till mid game Swapnil had superior position than his opponent, but after a mistake in the 47 move he had no other option than to share point.
Ultimately game ended after 53 moves. If current champion of "Chess for Youth" could be able maintain such fantastic run in the next two rounds against the high rated players, then he required only half points to get his second GM norm.
GM Suryasekhar Ganguly (2630) had yet another draw for fourth consecutive day. His state mate GM Sandipan Chanda (2613) also contented with half point.
They were held by IM Shyam Sundar (2484) and GM Arun Prasad (2513) respectively. Interestingly Arun Prasad also snatched half point from Surya on Round-5.
On Sunday for the first time in this tournament all players of Bengal Brigade earned points, at least half. IM Saptarshi Roy (2402) and WGM Mary Ann Gomes (2382) scored encouraging victory over Saumil Pandhya (2236) and CRG Krishna (2312) respectively.
FM Diptayan Ghosh (2425) and FM Sayantan Das (2312), both of Alekhine Chess Club, earned moral boosting points, might be just half, with good composed game against experienced GM Abhijit Kunte (2511) and Gm MR Lasith Babu (2526).
Their performances would hopefully be encouraged them to play good games in the next rounds too. WGM Nisha Mohota (2339) and IM Suvrajit Saha (2338) drew their games with IM Dinesh K Sharma (2387) and Shreyans K Shah (2231) respectively.