This mornings saw the first GM match-up with Dzhumaev Marat playing Sriram Jha. But as in the other top board game between Nguyen Anh Dung and Sharma Dinesh K., the Indian barricades held firm with the right balance of active play and their games all ended up drawn.
Despite having the Black pieces, Dao Thien Hai comfortably squeezed the point from Mohd Aliuddin but it took enormous risks and a time trouble blunder from top seeded Barbosa to beat the now always solid Mas Hafizulhelmi.
So Jakhongir Vakhidov is the sole leader with 3/3 with Dzhumaev, Sriram Jha, Yap, Tahir Vakhidov, Nguyen, Sharma, and Dao all on 2.5/3. But it is very early days yet with 6 more rounds to go and everything for all to play for for all in the tournament.