Former world junior girls’ champion Soumya Swaminathan held the top seed Sergei Tiviakov of the Netherlands to a marathon 81-move draw in the third round of the Apollo Engineering College Commonwealth chess championship here on Saturday.

Tiviakov played the Scandinavian defence with black and all he got was a pawn. In the queen ending, Soumya, the Indian women’s champion of 2010 held the highest rated player of the meet to a creditable draw.

The world junior champion of 2007, Ahmed Adly of Egypt played a delicate intermezzo finesse to win a piece and defeat Deepak Katiyar in 27 moves.

India’s highest-rated player in the meet, Adhiban won a knight via a discovered check to defeat Saumil Padhya in 41 moves with the white pieces.

Srinath posts win

The reigning Asian Junior champion N. Srinath won a brilliant 25-move miniature battle against Pranav Vijay by sacrificing a bishop to corner the white king.

National women’s champion Mary Ann Gomes used a tacit pin on move 25 to enter a favourable rook and minor piece ending and defeat Manigandan.

Karma Pandya held Grandmaster Laxman in 57 moves after the players headed for a stalemate. Double Grandmaster norm-holder Akshayraj Kore drew with National under-13 champion N.R. Visakh after a complex ending lasting 52 moves.

O.T. Anilkumar held India’s latest Grandmaster M.R. Venkatesh to a draw after 56 moves in a level rook ending. Eight rounds remain to be played.

Important results (round three): Soumya Swaminathan 2.5 drew with  S. Tiviakov (Ned) 2.5; Ahmed Adly (Egy) 3 bt Deepak Katiyar 2; Saumil Padhya 2 lost to B. Adhiban 3; A. Deshpande 2 lost to M. Oleksienko (Ukr) 3; Sidhant Mohapatra 2 lost to M. Dzhumaev (Uzb) 3; Lalith Babu 3 bt B. Kumaran 2; Nimmy George 2 lost to S.P. Sethuraman 3; M.R. Venkatesh 2.5 drew with O.T. Anilkumar 2.5; J. Saranya 2 lost to S Arun Prasad 3; P. Priya 2 lost to J. Deepan Chakkravarthy 3; Neelotpal Das 3 bt Vikramaditya Sahu 2; Karma Pandya 2.5 drew with R.R. Laxman 2.5; A. Kore 2.5 drew with N.R. Visakh 2.5; Pranav Vijay 2 lost to N. Srinath 3.

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