GUWAHATI, Oct 11 - Top seed Grand Master Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo of Chile is all set to clinch the title in the 3rd RGS Guwahati India Open International Rating Chess Tournament that is underway at the Royal Global School here.
After the completion of the penultimate 9th round, Rodrigo has scored 8.5 points and is in clear lead. A win in the last round will ensure the crown for him. On the other hand International Master (elect) Koustav Chatterjee is in the second position with 8 points after 9 rounds. International Master Ramnathan Balasubramaniam, International Master Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad, International Master Siddhant Mohapatra and Rajib Dhar of Assam are all in the in the third position with 7 points each.
Local boy Shahil Dey caused a major upset in the 9th round when he drew his match against International Master Siddhant Mohapatra in 37 moves. With this result Shahil has scored 7 points and moved to joint 3rd position. A victory in the final round will ensure him a podium finish.�
Altogether 356 players from 7 countries including hosts India is participating in this 6-day chess event which carries a total of Rs 10 lakh as prize-money.
The tournament is being�organised by the Assam Chess Club and Royal Global School.