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Ganguly loses, Sasikiran wins

NEW DELHI: Surya Shekhar Ganguly surrendered meekly to sole leader Evgeny Tomashevseky on a day of mixed fortunes for the Indians in the Aeroflot Open chess tournament in Moscow on Friday.

Ganguly's 30-move loss following a crushing king side offensive from the Russian came before joint top seed K. Sasikiran scored his first victory. D. Harika, the lowest ranked player in the 88-player field, maintained her unbeaten run by holding 28th-seeded Chinese GM Wang Hao in 39 moves.

The results (involving Indians): `A1' (third round): Evgeny Tomashevsky (Rus, 3) bt Surya Shekhar Ganguly (2); Wang Hao (Chn, 2) drew with D. Harika (2); Zahar Efimenko (Ukr, 2) bt S. Vijayalakshmi (1); K. Sasikiran (1.5) bt Vasilios Kotronias (Gre, 0.5); Anton Shomoev (Rus, 1) drew with P. Hari Krishna (1); Ildar Khairullin (Rus, 1) drew with Parimarjan Negi (1).

`A2' (third round): Deepan Chakravarthy (2.5) drew with Shukhrat Safin (Uzb, 2.5); Roman V. Nechepurenko (Rus, 2) drew with S. Meenakshi (2); Deep Sengupta (1.5) lost to Wang Rui (Chn, 2.5); G. Rohit (2) drew with Gennady Tunik (Rus, 2); Abhijit Kunte (2) bt Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (Rus, 1); G.N. Gopal (1.5) drew with Valeri Yandemirov (Rus, 1.5); Mohammad N. Al Sayed (Qat, 1.5) bt Ashwin Jayaram (0.5); Tania Sachdev (0.5) lost to Sergei Mihajlovskij (Blr, 1.5); S. Arun Prasad (1) bt Ilya Dudukin (Rus, 1); Lanka Ravi (0) lost to Alexander van Beek (Ned, 1).

`B' (fourth round): Yu Lie (Chn, 2.5) lost to R. Arun Karthik (3.5); Suvrajit Saha (3) bt Firuza Velikhanli (Aze, 2); Wang Li (Chn, 2.5) drew with Dinesh Kumar Sharma (2.5); Alexander Demianjuk (Rus, 2.5) drew with Aarthie Ramaswamy (2.5); Yakup Erturan (Tur, 2.5) bt B. Adhiban (1.5); Le Quang Long (Vie, 2.5) bt Abhishek Das (1.5); Sahaj Grover (1.5) lost to Zeinab Mamedjarova (Ze, 2.5); Lenka Ptacnikova (Isl, 1) drew with Padmini Rout (1); (third round): Arun Kartik bt Andrey Okara (Rus); Dinesh Sharma drew with Lou Yiping (Chn); Aarthie drew with Yuri Hambartsumian (Arm); Veronika Schneider (Hun) drew with Grover; Adhiban bt Michael Langer (USA); Abhishek bt Shakhriyar Hasanov (Aze); Padmini drew with Yasin Emrah Tagiz (Tur); Suvrajit Saha received a walkover.

`C' (fourth round): P. Priya (3) drew with Aydar Hamidullin (Rus, 3); Igor Maksimov (Rus, 2) lost to Mahima Rajmohan (3); Soumya Swaminathan (2) lost to Sergey Nazeryev (Rus, 3); Olafur Sigurbj Asgrimsson (Isl, 2) lost to Amruta Mokal (3); P. Sivasankari (2) bt Ernst Rindlisbacher (Sui, 1); (third round): Amruta lost to Emauel Schiendorfer (Sui); Igor Velikanov (Rus) drew with Priya; Konstantin Nikologorskiy (Rus, 2) drew with Soumya; Roman Sapozhnikov (Can, 2) bt Sivasankari; Mahima bt Lars Rindlisbacher (Sui, 1).