Padmini Rout maintains joint lead in world junior girls
Pune: Woman Grandmaster Padmini Rout played out a hard-fought draw with Russian girl Daria Pustovoitova to remain in joint lead after the end of seventh round of World junior girls’ chess championship on Sunday.
It was a pretty tense game which was fought till the last nail and past the half way stage, the Indian has raised hopes of a podium finish.
It was a Sicilian Najdorf defense by Pustovoitova as black and continuing with her surprise-act, Rout went for a recently popular but less played variation. Pustovoitova did not know the right reprieve and fell under pressure after Rout sacrificed a pawn leaving the king side in tatters.
Pustovoitova however fought hard and after she was able to trade the queens the resulting endgame was manageable. The players fought on despite exchanges at regular intervals and the peace was signed only after 68 moves, when all but kings had disappeared from the boards.
Top seed and defending champion Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia, Ann Chumpitaz of Peru and Anna Iwanow of Poland joined Pustovoitova and Rout in lead on 5.5 points after the seventh round. With six more rounds to come the battle will now resume after the lone rest day.
In the open section being held simultaneously National Junior champion S L Narayanan made another step forward towards his Grandmaster norm by playing out another easy draw with Lu Shanglei of China. The Indian took his tally an impressive 5.5 points out of seven games here and a draw in the next two roudns should be enough to fetch his Grandmaster norm.
The other Indian aspirants suffered setbacks in this section as Grandmaster Sahaj Grover went overboard and lost tamely against Karen Grigoryan of Armenia while top rated Indian Vidit Gujrathi was held to a draw by Irakli Beradze of Georgia.
Grover remained on 4.5 while Gujrathi took his tally four points and these two definitely need some big wins.
Jorge Cori of Peru regained sole lead in this section after a clinical victory over Mikhail Antipov of Russia on the top board and moving to six points in all. Narayanan is the only Indian sharing the second spot on 5.5 points.
In the upset of the day, Anurag Mahamal defeated second seed Robin Van Kampen of Holland. It was a fine victory for the Indian in the Bishops and pawns endgame.
Important results round 7 (Indians unless specified): Jorge Cori (Per, 6) beat Mikhail Antipov (Rus, 5); Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan(5.5) drew with Lu Shanglei (Chn, 5.5); Grigoriy Oparin (Rus, 5) drew with Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus, 5); Aryan Tari (Nor, 4.5) lost to Wei Yi (Chn, 5.5); Benjamin Bok (Ned,
5) drew with Ulvi Bajarani (Aze, 5); Sahaj Grover (4.5) lost to Karen Grigoryan (Arm, 5.5); Vladislav Kovalev (Blr, 4.5) drew with Bai Jinshi (Chn, 5); Anurag Mhamal (5) beat Robin Van Kampen (Ned, 4); Kriebel Tadeas (Cze, 5) beat Duda Jan-Krzysztof (Pol, 4); Kamil Dragun (Pol, 4.5) drew with Paulo Bersamina (Phi, 4); Linus Johansson (Swe, 5) beat Nijat Abasov (Aze, 4); Harsha Bharathakoti (4) lost to Diptayan Ghosh (5); S Yogit (4) lost to Ducarmon Quinten (Ned, 4); Sayantan Das (4.5) drew with Niranjan Navalgund (4); N Srinath (4.5) drew with Rajdeep Sarkar (4.5); Ankit Rajpara (4.5) beat
K Praneeth Surya (4); Irakli Beradze (Geo, 4) drew with Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (4); Abhimanyu Puranik (4.5) beat Pouya Idani (Iri, 3.5); Murali Karthikeyan (4.5) beat Nr Visakh (3.5); Parab Ritviz (4) drew with Toms Kantans (Lat, 4); B Kumaran (3.5) lost to Prasanna Raghuram Rao (4.5); Ben Artzi Ido (Isr, 4.5) beat Antonio Viani D’cunha (3.5); M G Gahan (4) drew with Jonathan Westerberg (Swe, 4); Rakesh Kumar Jena (3.5) lost to Shardul Gagare (4.5).
Girls: Padmini Rout (5.5) drew with Daria Pustovoitova (Rus, 5.5); Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus, 5.5) beat Mae Frayna Janelle (Phi, 4.5); P V Nandhidhaa (5) drew with Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri, 5); Ann Chumpitaz (Per, 5.5) beat Zhai Mo (Chn, 4.5); Anna Iwanow (5.5) beat Sabina Ibrahimova (4.5);
Rucha Pujari (4.5) drew with Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie, 4.5); Marina Brunello (Ita, 5) beat B Pratyusha (4); Srija Seshadri (4.5) drew with Irina Petrukhina (Rus, 4.5); Ivana Maria Furtado (5) beat G K Monnisha (4); Ioana Gelip (Rou, 5) beat Vlada Sviridova (Rus, 4); J Saranya (4) drew with Gu ian lu (Chn, 4.5); V Varshini (4.5) beat Maria Gevorgyan (Arm, 3.5); Shweta Gole (4.5) beat R Vaishali (3.5); Sakshi Chitlange (4) drew with Monpeurt Cyrielle (Fra, 4); Klara Varga (3) lost to
Madhurima Shekhar (4); Mona Khaled (Egy, 3.5) drew with Harshita Guddanti (3); Mila Zarkovic (Srb, 4) beat Aakanksha Hagawane (3); Tihana Ivekovic (Cro, 4) beat Vantika Agrawal (3); Parveen Hilmi (3) lost to Gueci Tea (Ita, 4); Mahasweta Kumar (3) lost to Michelle Catherina (4); Aysa Imeeva (Rus, 3)
lost to P Supreetha (4); Tarini Goyal (4) beat Azimova Karina (Rus, 3).