Grandmaster S.P. Sethuraman of India came back into contention for top honours after defeating Duda Jan-Krzysztof of Poland in the seventh round of the World junior chess championship here.

After losing his sixth-round match to Yu Yangyo of China, Sethuraman needed a victory to stay in contention and he did that in style with white. He now has 5.5 points.

Yu Yangyi of China (6.5 points) stayed ahead of the rest with another fine performance against Russian Urii Eleseev. GMs Sahaj Grover and Sethuraman share a four-way tie for the third spot.

Important results (Indians unless specified): Seventh round: Urii Eliseev (Rus, 5) lost to Yu Yangyi (Chn, 6.5); Alexander Ipatov (Tur, 6) bt Debashis Das (5); Vladislav Kovalev (Blr, 5) drew with Sahaj Grover (5.5).

Andry Stukopin (Rus, 4.5) lost to Jorge Cori (Per, 5.5); S.P. Sethuraman (5.5) bt Duda Jan-Krzysztof (Pol, 4.5); Aleksandar Indjic (Srb, 4.5) lost to Idani Pouya (Iri, 5.5).

Vidit Gujrathi (5) bt Dastan Muhammed Batuhan (Tur, 4); Martin Romero Martinez (Col, 4) lost to N. Srinath (5); S.L. Narayanan (4) bt Carneiro Vitor Roberto Castro (Bra, 3); Sameer Kathmale (3.5) drew with Diyap Buyukasik (Tur, 3.5); Yargici Mazhar Kutay (Tur, 2) lost to Rakesh Kulkarni (2).

Girls: Aulia Warda Medina (Ina, 5.5) lost to Irina Bulmaga (Rou, 6); Wang Jue (Chn, 4.5) lost to Alina Kashlinskaya (Rus, 5.5); Deysi Cori (Per, 5.5) bt Zhai Mo (Chn, 4.5); Dinara Saduakassova (Kaz, 4.5) lost to Meri Arabidze (Geo, 5.5).

Padmini Rout (5) bt G.K. Monnisha (4); Z. Abdumalik (Uzb, 5) bt Rucha Pujari (4); J. Saranya (3.5) lost to Xiao Yiyi (Chn, 4.5); Ivana Maria Furtado (4) drew with Aisa Imeeva (Rus, 4); Anjana Krishna (3.5) bt Barbara Racki (Cro, 2.5); G.A. Nuriye (Tur, 2) lost to Riya Savant (3).

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