Tania holds Anna

NEW DELHI: Former Asian junior champion Tania Sachdev held second seed Ukrainian Anna Ushenina to remain tied for the second spot, while Parimarjan Negi missed a possible victory over the much-acclaimed Belarus player Andrey Zhigalko and settled for a 76-move draw in the fifth round of the World junior chess championship at Istanbul on Sunday.

Tania's draw, through perpetual checks, raised her tally to four points, one behind Chinese leader Gu Xiaobing. Sixth seed D. Harika showed signs of getting back into form by scoring over Romania's Camelia Ciobanu and reached 3.5 points.

Negi remains the only unbeaten Indian boy in the competition after S. Poobesh Anand's defeat at the hands of Polish GM Mateusz Bartel. Negi forced Zhigalko, an International Master with a rating of 2537, to give up his bishop in exchange for an advanced pawn in their Ruy Lopez game.

Not a wise move

The youngster looked close to victory before an unwise pawn-move on the kingside, followed by another bishop move in the centre, allowed his rival to claw back into the match and force a draw. So far, by performing over 200 points above his rating of 2352, Negi is close to completing his International Master title requirements this week.

The results (fifth round, Indians unless stated): Boys: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 4.5) drew with Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Pol, 4); Jan Smeets (Ned, 4) drew with Alekseev Evgeny (Rus, 3.5); Wang Hao (Chn, 3.5) drew with Vugar Gashimov (Aze, 3.5); Evgeny Tomashevsky (Rus, 3) lost to Evgeny Romanov (Rus, 4); Daniel Stellwagen (Ned, 3.5) drew with Bartlomiej Herberla (Pol, 3.5).

Other results involving Indians: S. Poobesh Anand (2.5) lost to Bartel Mateusz (Pol, 3.5); Parimarjan Negi (3) drew with Andrey Zhigalko (Blr, 3); G.N. Gopal (2) lost to Sergei Zhigalko (Blr, 3); Jessel Stephen (Irl, 2) lost to Deep Sengupta (3); Akshat Khamparia (2) lost to Kalin Karakehajov (Bul, 3); G. Rohit (2.5) bt Emrah Yagiz Yasin (Tur, 2).

Girls: Gu Xiaobing (Chn, 5) bt Alina Motoc (Rom, 3.5); Tania Sachdev (4) drew with Anna Ushenina (Ukr, 3.5); Melia Salome (Geo, 3.5) drew with Nana Dzagnidze (Geo, 3.5); Anna Sharevich (Blr, 3) lost to Elisabeth Paehtz (Ger, 4); Natalija Pogonina (Rus, 3.5) drew with Bela Khotenashvili (Geo, 3.5).

Other results involving Indians: Kruttika Nadig (3) lost to Beata Kadziolka (Pol, 4); Ciobanu Camelia (Rom, 2.5) lost to D. Harika (3.5); Natalia Zdebskaja (Ukr, 2.5) lost to Dana Aketaeva (Kaz, 3.5); Shadi Paridar (Iri, 2.5) lost to Irina Vasilevich (Rus, 3.5); Evgenia Meshcheriakova (Rus, 3) drew with Eesha Karavade (3); N. Raghavi (2) lost to Marlies Bensdorp (Ned, 3).

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