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Fedoseev ties Gabuzyan for lead in World University Chess.

Summary: Armenian held to a draw by compatriot Ter-Sahakyan

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Abu Dhabi: Top seed GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia beat Iranian GM Pouya Idani in the 7th round to tie Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia for the lead in the homestretch of the FISU World University Chess Championship at the Khalidiya Palace Raihaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi.

Gabuzyan, erstwhile solo leader, was held to a draw by compatriot GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan to register 5.5 points and allow Fedoseev to catch up.

International Master Marko Nenezic of Serbia upset GM Martin Petr of the Czech Republic to hold third slot alone with 5.5 points.

Ter-Sahakyan, IM Tigran S. Petrosyan of Armenia, GM Pavel Pankratov of Russia and IM Amirreza Pourramezanali of Iran follow with 5 points each.

In the women's division, WGM Ni Shiqun of China and WIM Ghazal Hakimifard of Iran share the lead with 5.5 points each after they drew with each other in the 7th round.

Defending champion WGM Klaudia Kulon and WIM Anna Warakomska, both of Poland, and WGM Mitra Hejazipour of Iran are in third slot with 5 points each. With 4.5 points each are WFM Mengjie Qiu of China, WIM Maria Gevorgyan of Armenia, WIM Alina Bivol of Russia and untitled Xin Nie of China.

The FISU World University Chess Championship is being played in two competitions with 48 men from 17 countries and 34 women from 15 countries. The strong field includes six Grandmasters, 15 International Masters and 9 FIDE Masters, 5 WGMs and 10 WIMs and 10 WFMs.

Results of the three best scores per country will be combined for team awards. Only countries with three competitors or more, of whom there are at least one man and one woman, shall be taken into account for team classification.

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Date:Apr 14, 2016
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