Asian Junior Chess Championships, Sharjah, UAE – Round 7

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 encountesrinathr 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

Title White Points Result Title Black Points
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