He earned a modest rating of 2194, Sattarov will definitely International Master. Sattarov’s playing strength has handled a rating of 2658 following his unbeaten run past six Grandmasters. Now, Sattarov only needs to make a move in the ninth round on Wednesday to gather a GM norm.
According to experts and analysts, Sattabov, around the world are sure to take make a note of his games of the past week. The draw on Lalith’s board made overnight leader Abhijeet Gupta keep hold of his overnight one-point lead, at seven points. Abhijeet signed peace in just 24 moves against Ankit Rajpara on the top board after Ukrainians Eldar Gasanov and Valeriy Neverov endorsed a 13-move absurd draw on the third board.
Sattarov started his journey by holding Deep Sengupta (rated 2538), drew with John Paul Gomez (2541), beat Tornike Sanikidze (2541), proved equal to Merab Gagunashvili (2547) and defeated compatriot Marat Dzhumaev (2521). Another GM M. R. Lalith Babu (2579) contended against this low-rated player. Lalith battled for 89 moves, spread over four hours, for a draw that left him happy.
On the other hand, Russia’s Alexander Evodokimov and Filipino John Paul Gomez won their games to join the group that follows Abhijeet at six points. Simultaneously, the day also witnessed an unusual event. Top seeded Ukrainian Martyn Kravtsiv was landed a point for arriving 35 minutes late for his game against V. A. V. Rajesh. Kravtsiv. However, Kravtsiv reported later and as per the tournament rules, a walkover can be awarded if a chess player fails to report within the 30-minute ‘grace period’ from the scheduled start of the round.
Players who have been leading in the ninth-round pairings are Evdokimov-Abhijeet; Lalith-Gomez; Neverov-Sattarov; Rajpara-Gasanov and Laxman-Pantasulaia.