OTHERS

Ganguly, Satyapragyan and Bakre in lead

MUMBAI, SEPT. 2. Second seeded IM Surya Sekhar Ganguly (3.5) of India led the Indian juggernaught by outplaying IM Ghaem Maghami (2.5) of Iran in the fourth round of Asian junior chess championship here on Saturday.

Former winner IM Tejas Bakre (3.5) and S. Satyapragyan (3.5) are the other co-leaders in the boys section as top seeded Harikrishna (3) was held to a draw by team mate S.R. Kidambi (3).

In the girls' section, former World under-12 girls' champion IWM Koneru Humpy (4) defeated former bronze medallist Tania Sachdev (3) to gain a full point lead over the field.

Ghaem offered a draw on 16th move but Ganguly, the former World under-10 runner-up had scented blood. He went for a kill with his pieces which ran amuck in the black king side. Ghaem lost couple of pawns but fought on till Ganguly came up with a simplifying combination on 44 th move which decided the issue.

The results (fourth round):

Boys: S. Kidambi (Ind) 3 drew with P. Harikrishna (Ind) 3, S.S. Ganguly (Ind) 3.5 bt Ghaem Maghami (Iran) 2.5, Mark Paragua (Phi.) 2.5 lost to Tejas Bakre (Ind) 3.5, S. Satyapragyan (Ind) 3.5 bt Enamul Hossain (Ban) 2, M. Al. Sayed (Qat) 3 bt John Paul G (Phi) 2, Said Rakhimbekov (Kaz) 3 bt Syed Hassan (Pak) 2, Mahesh Chandran (Ind) 2 lost to Valay Parikh (Ind) 3, C.J. Arvind (Ind) 2.5 bt M. Satyajit (Ind) 1.5, Du. Shan (Chi) 1.5 drew with Neelotpal Das (Ind) 2, Vikramaditya Kamble (Ind) 2 bt M. Athukorala (Sri) 1, Mathew Sonter (Aus) 2 bt M. Annaberdiev (Tur) 1, Taher M. Jumaa (Kuw) 1.5 drew with Arjun Tiwari (Ind) 1.5, Himanshu Kumar (Ind) 0.5 lost to Anton Fillipov (Uzb) 2, Prathmesh Mokal (Ind) 1 bt Soumyaranjan Mishra (Ind) 0.5.

Girls: Koneru Humpy (Ind) 4 bt Tania Sachdev (Ind) 3, Yu Ting (Chi) 3 bt Aarthie Ramaswami (Ind) 2, Elena Levushkina (Uzb) 3 bt J.E. Kavita (Ind) 2, N.G. Chau (Vie) 1.5 lost to Nisha Mohota (Ind) 2.5, Beverly Mendoza (Phi) 1.5 lost to S. Meenakshi(Ind) 2.5, Swati Ghate (Ind) 2 bt Pazha Sivakame (Ind) 1, Y. Pratibha (Ind) 1 lost to D. Madina (Kaz) 1.5, Anupama Konara (Sri) 1.5 bt Feroza H. Choudhary (Ban) 0.

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