Dubai:Grandmaster Koneru Humpy got back to her winning ways by defeating local hope Taleb Moussa in the third round of ninth Dubai International Chess tournament.
Humpy, who had drawn her second round game with compatriot B Adhiban, was in her element against Moussa and scored a chanceless victory with white pieces from a queen pawn game that was long drawn late on Wednesday.
The victory also helped the highest rated Indian in the fray to elevate herself to joint fourth position on 2.5 points behind leaders Tamaz Gelashvili, Levan Pantsulaia (both Georgia) and Alavi Sayed Javad of Iran.
The event is being played under FIDE's Swiss rules and there are nine rounds in all. The total prize fund is $45000 with $5000 reserved for the winner.
It turned out to be a bad day for other higher ranked Indians as both GM R B Ramesh and GM Tejas Bakre suffered defeats in contrasting fashion.
Ramesh could not make a match of it in a positional game against Tamaz Gelashvili of Georgia and lost two pawns mid-way to never recover while Bakre was outdone in fine fashion by Pavel Kotsur of Kazakhstan from a queen pawn opening. Ramesh remained on 2 while Bakre was left on 1.5 by Kotsur.
Meanwhile, B Adhiban continued his pursuit for an International Master norm with another gritty performance that netted him a half point against Grandmaster Al Modaihki Mohammad of Qatar.