International Master Abu Sufian Shakil and Fide Masters Mehedi Hasan Parag jointly shared the lead in the Golden Sporting Club International Rating Chess Tournament following the eighth round yesterday.
Shakil might have drawn with Parag in their eighth-round game held at the Muktijuddho Smriti Stadium Bhaban in Rajshahi but still retained first position. Today’s ninth and final round games will separate Sufian and Mehedi, who are both tied on seven points.
In the day’s other matches, Dilip drew with Shrutarshi, Rani Hamid beat Shahnaz, Debaraj defeated Mohammad Manik, Fahad beat Kingshuk Das, Saiful defeated Raja Mia, Shafiq beat Shibli Noman, Nasim defeated Faisal Hossain and Babul Prang drew with FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman Emon.
Four players - FM Debaraj Chatterjee of Titas Club, Women’s International Master Rani Hamid, Dilip Das and Shrutarshi Roy of India - are jointly sharing second position with 6.5 points each.