Grandmaster Padmini Rout created a flutter, defeating tournament leader Irina Bulmaga of Romania, in the 11th round of the world junior chess championship on Wednesday.
Playing black, Padmini was at her best in tackling Bulmaga who messed up the middle game and lost a pawn. With perfect technique, Padmini picked up another pawn and then a rook for a knight, leading to a winning position.
Padmini jumped to 7.5 points and shared the fourth spot with two rounds still to come.
Sethuraman wins again
In the open section, S.P. Sethuraman continued his fine form, beating Nasanjargal Urtnasan of Mongolia. He took his tally to eight points along with compatriot Vidit Gujrathi.
Among the other Indians, Grandmaster Sahaj Grover bounced back with a victory over Fang Yan of China, while N. Srinath defeated Mykola Bortnyk.
Important results (11th round): Alexander Ipatov (Tur, 9) drew with Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (Arm, 8); Yu Yangyi (Chn, 9.5) bt Andrey Stukopin (Rus, 7.5); Urii Eliseev (Rus, 7) lost to Jorge Cori (Per, 8.5); Debashis Das (7) lost to Vidit Gujrathi (8); Nasanjargal Urtnasan (Mgl, 7) lost to S.P. Sethuraman (8); Wei Yi (Chn, 8) bt Marcel Kanarek (Pol, 7); Fang Yan (Chn, 6.5) lost to Sahaj Grover (7.5); N Srinath (7) bt Mykola Bortnyk (Ukr, 6); S.L. Narayanan (6) bt Barros Rivadeneira Cristhian (Ecu, 5); Rakesh Kulkarni (5) bt Zhanbai Uulu Zhokhar (Kgz, 4); Assad Mamyrbay (5) bt Sameer Kathmale (4).
Girls: Irina Bulmaga (Rou, 8) lost to Padmini Rout (7.5); Deysi Cori (Per, 7.5) lost to Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus, 8.5); Arabidze Meri (Geo, 7.5) drew with Aulia Medina Warda (Ina, 7.5); Mitra Hejazipour (Iri, 7) drew with Alina Kashlinskaya (Rus, 7.5); Abdumalik Zhansaya (Kaz, 8) bt Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze, 6.5); Ivana Maria Furtado (6) lost to Ekaterini Pavlidou (Gre, 7).
J. Saranya (5.5) lost to Maria Bezgodova (Rus, 6.5); Ayelen Martinez (Arg, 6) drew with Rucha Pujari (6); Lena Miladinovic (Srb, 5) lost to G.K. Monnisha (6); Caterina Leonardi (Slo, 4.5) lost to Riya Savant (5.5); Anjana Krishna (5) bt Firat Deniz (Tur, 4). — PTI