N Srinath maintained his one point lead after a win over Debashis in the seventh round of the Asian Junior Chess Championship here at Sharjah Chess Club. Sahaj Grover is in the second position with 5.5 points after a win over Syria’s Iyti Basher in the modern defence.
In the encounter between Debashis Das and Srinath, the former opted for the English opening and improvised upon the game between Ikeda and Srinath. White went on to sacrifice a piece and obtained good compensation. However, he allowed Black to complete the development and neutralise the initiative.
In the encounter with Iran’s Amir Kowsarinia, Anurag Mhamal won Black’s Queen for a Rook and a Piece. In the dynamic struggle that followed, Anurag gave back the Queen to head for Rooks & Minor pieces endgame. In spite of being down on time, Anurag accumulated errors from his opponent to clinch the win in 57 moves.
In the girls’ championship, India’s Ivana Furtado and J Saranya share the lead with Vietnam’s Thi Kim Phung Vo, all on 5.5 points. Saranya beat the overnight leader Vo in a game of oscillating fortunes. In time scramble, Saranya had the last laugh when her opponent missed a mating chance and handed back the advantage to white.
Ivana defeated compatriot Madhurima from the Black side of Sicilian Dragon formation. Madhurima went for an early aggression but Ivana sacrificed thematically to squash all hopes of white’s King side attack to win 25 moves.
Anurag wins Asian Junior Blitz
Earlier in the day, Anurag Mhamal of India, won the Asian Junior Blitz championship with 8 points from 9 games. Anurag won over GM Salem Saleh and GM Sahaj Grover in the process. Sahaj took with second place with same score in view of lesser tie-break score. The Indian duo won with a whooping two-point margin over their rivals. The winners were awarded glittering trophies and medals while the cash prize was shared. Shristi Shetty tied for the 3rd place with 6 points in the Asian Junior Girls Blitz championship.
Round 7 results
|IM||Debashis Das||4.5||lost to||IM||Narayanan Srinath||6.5|
|GM||Grover Sahaj||5.5||beat||IM||Iyti Basher||4.5|
|FM||Anurag Mhamal||5||beat||FM||Kowsarinia Amir||4|
Round 7 Results (girls)
|WFM||Saranya J||5.5||beat||WIM||Vo Thi Kim Phung||5.5|
|Madhurima Shekhar||4.5||lost to||WIM||Ivana Maria Furtado||5.5|
|WFM||Pujari Rucha||4.5||lost to||WIM||Hoang Thi Nhu Y||5|
|Shristi J. Shetty||4||lost to||Khursanova Farida||4.5|
|Yagi Rita||3.5||lost to||Nandhidhaa Pv||4.5|
|WCM||Savant Riya||4.5||beat||Shyngys Kyzy Aijarkyn||3.5|
Round 6 Results
|IM||Narayanan Srinath||4.5||beat||FM||Kowsarinia Amir||4|
|IM||Debashis Das||4.5||drew with||GM||Grover Sahaj||4.5|
|IM||Iyti Basher||4.5||drew with||FM||Anurag Mhamal||4|
|FM||Tran Tuan Minh||4||beat||GM||Salem A.R. Saleh||3.5|
Round 6 Results (Girls)
|WIM||Vo Thi Kim Phung||5.5||beat||WIM||Hakimifard Ghazal||4|
|WIM||Ivana Maria Furtado||4.5||drew with||WIM||Nguyen Thi Mai Hung||4.5|
|Yagi Rita||3.5||lost to||WFM||Saranya J||4.5|
|Nandhidhaa Pv||3.5||lost to||WFM||Pujari Rucha||4.5|
|WFM||Derakhshani Dorsa||3||lost to||Madhurima Shekhar||4.5|
|WCM||Assaubayeva Diana||4||beat||Alymbay Kyzy Aizhan||3|
|Adhikari Asmita||3||lost to||Shristi J. Shetty||4|
|Al Dhaffari Salma||2.5||lost to||WCM||Savant Riya||3.5|