GUWAHATI, Oct 9 - The�3rd RGS Guwahati India Open International Rating Chess Tournament got underway at the Royal Global School (RGS) here on October 7.
Altogether 356 players from seven countries�are participating in this 10-round Swiss League international rating tournament recognised by the world chess federation (FIDE).
After the completion of four rounds a group of 13 players ��GM Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo of Chile, FIDE Master�Habla Jony�of Philippines, Koustav Chatterjee of West Bengal, Candidate Master Shahil Dey of Assam, International Master Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad of Andhra Pradesh, Vipul Subhashi of Bihar, Apollosana Mangang Rajkumar of Manipur, Grand Master Sriram Jha of Delhi (LIC), Fide Master Kulpruethanon Thanadon of Thailand, Prakash Ram of Punjab, Babe Tom of Belgium, International Master Ramnathan Balasubramanium of Tamil Nadu and Gias Uddin Ahmed of Bangladesh share the lead with four points each.
Local boy Ashvin Sharma put up a spirited effort and managed to hold FIDE Master Manish Hamal of Nepal in a keenly contested match. Ashvin had also defeated Rohit Gurung of Sikkim in their round 3 encounter. He is up against multiple Assam champion Laisram Imocha of Oil India Limited in round 5. Meanwhile another young girl Diya Choudhury of West Bengal managed to hold International Master Siddhant Mohapatra to a draw in their round 3 match. Another International Master Sayan Das of West Bengal was forced to split points in round 4 by SK Rathore of Madhya Pradesh.
The tournament has a total prize money of Rs 10 lakh.�
The tournament is being organised by the Assam Chess Club and RGS. International Arbiter VL Anandh Babu of Chennai is the chief arbiter of the event.