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Padmini Rout assured of under-14 crown with a round to spare

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Padmini Rout…World champion.
Padmini Rout…World champion.

Manuel Aaron

Vung Tau (Vietnam): India’s Padmini Rout won the girls under-14 world title with a round to spare when the 10th and penultimate round of the World youth chess championship concluded here on Wednesday. She has 9.5 points and her only draw was against Diana Baciu of Moldova.

The other Indians who kept their lead are B. Adhiban, B. Pratyusha and Sayantan Das. Vidit Gujrathi also leads but jointly.

Debashis Das of Cuttack and K. Priyadarshan of Madurai got their second International Master norms in the under-16 section. Adhiban, who won on Wednesday to maintain his one point lead in the under-16 section, is almost sure of the gold medal. He must either win or draw his round game for the gold.

Great game

Padmini has won several age group Internationals but this title is her biggest so far. “It feels good!” she said when asked about the result. Last year at Turkey, she had finished sixth.

In Wednesday’s game against Natia Jalabadze of Georgia, Padmini was in her element, controlling the game with the black pieces and making a rook for bishop sacrifice followed by a stunning queen offer to force resignation. In the girls’ under-12 section, Pratyusha missed a winning chance against Medina of Indonesia and drew. She still leads by half a point ahead of four players.

In the boys’ under-14 section, Vidit was joined in the lead by Lortkipanidze of Georgia who defeated N. Srinath. Important results (round 10, Indians unless specified):

Boys: Under-8: Tran Minh Thang (Vie) 9 bt Omidi Arya (Iri) 7; Abhimanyu Puranik 7 drew with Liu Xiangyi 8.

Under-10: Diptayan Ghosh 7.5 drew with Duda Jan-Krzysztof (Pol) 8.5, Mousavi S. Khelil (Iri) 6.5 lost to Wang Yi Ye (Chn) 8.

Under-12: Sayantan Das 8.5 drew with Dmitri Gordievsky (Rus) 7.5, Le Tuen Minh (Vie) 7.5 bt Shiven Khosla 7, Shardul Gagare 7 drew with Yang Darwin (U.S.) 7.5; M. Antipov (Rus) 7 bt Prince Bajaj 6, Girish Koushik 7 bt Ayan Akhmetov (Kaz) 6;

Under-14: Vidit Gujrathi 8 drew with Bajarani (Aze) 7.5, Swiercz Dariusz (Pol) 7.5 bt Lagarde Maxime (Fra) 7, Lortkipanidze (Geo) 8 bt N. Srinath 6.5.

Under-16: B. Adhiban 8.5 bt V. Durabeyli (Aze) 6.5, Eric Hansen (Can) 7.5 bt A. Shimanov (Rus) 6.5, L. Bregadze (Geo) 7 drew with K. Priyadarshan 7, Soors (Bel) 7.5 bt Grandelius (Swe) 6, Khamroev (Uzb) 6 lost to S.P. Sethuraman 7.

Girls: Under-10: Vu Thi Dieu Ai (Vie) 8.5 bt A. Goryachkina (Rus) 8, Ivana Furtado 6 lost to Liao Simone (U.S.) 7, Sunyasaktha Satpathy 7 bt Rubi Valencia (Mex) 6, Mahalakshmi 6 lost to Vu Hoang Lan (Vie) 7, Khomeriki Nino (Geo) drew with G.K. Monnisha 6.5.

Under-12: P. Bodda 8 drew with Aulia Medina (Ina) 7.5, Alina Bivol (Rus) 7.5 drew with Filiz Osmonadja (Ger) 7.5, Sonakshi Rathore 6.5 lost to Zhai Mo (Chn) 7.5, Nie Xin (Chn) 7 drew with Nandhidhaa 6.5.

Under-14: Jalabadze (Geo) 6.5 lost to Padimini Rout 8.5, Shalmali Gagare 7.5 drew Meri Arabidze (Geo) 8, Nguyen Thi Mai Hung 7 bt Teenu Thomas 6, Dian Baciu (Mda) 7 bt J. Mohana Priya 6.

Under-18: V. Golubenko (Cro) 9 bt Nakhbayeva (Kaz) 6, Li Panru (Chn) 7 drew with R. Preethi 7.

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