In the 7th round of the 1st Sharjah Open Championship Wang Hao outplayed the leader of the tournament Baskaran Adhiban to replace him on the top.
Another leader after 6th round Martyn Kravtsiv from Ukraine drew against Sandro Moreco from Argentina and kept his position in the table.
The group of 12 players are half a point behind the leaders and with two rounds to go anything can still happen.
Local star Salem Saleh won the third game in a row this time against IM Viani Antonio Dcunha from India and shares 15th place with 5 points out of 7.
GM Harika Dronavalli drew against GM Vladimir Akopian and with 5 out 7 shares the first place among women together with her compatriot Srija Seshadri. 20 years old Indian WFM Srija Seshadri (2166) defeated higher rated opponent Yakubboev Nodirbek (2427) from Uzbekistan and shows 2463 performance after 7 rounds. WGM Nino Maisuradze from France is on the third place with 4,5 points.