Four players share lead in Asian Jr C'ship

Seyed Khalil Mousavi stunned top seeded Grandmaster Aravindh Chithambaram to join three others in the lead. In the girls section, Chandreyee Hajra let top seed R. Vaishali off the hook before the two leaders split the point to reach 5.5 points.

Seyed Khalil Mousavi upstaged top seed Aravindh Chithambaram in the seventh round of the Asian Junior chess championship in New Delhi on Monday.   -  Special Arrangement

Iran’s Seyed Khalil Mousavi stunned top seeded Grandmaster Aravindh Chithambaram to join three others in the lead after seven rounds of the Asian junior chess championship here on Monday.

Mousavi’s victory came after 44 moves in the Queen’s Indian Defence game and took his tally to 5.5 points. S. L. Narayanan, M. Karthikeyan and Rajdeep Sarkar also matched Mousavi’s tally.

In the girls section, Chandreyee Hajra let top seed R. Vaishali off the hook before the two leaders split the point to reach 5.5 points. Two more rounds remain.

Leading seventh-round results (Indians unless stated):

Open: Seyed Khalil Mousavi (Iri, 5.5) bt Aravindh Chithambaram (5); S. L. Narayanan (5.5) drew with Arjun Kalyan (5); M. Karthikeyan (5.5) bt Rakesh Kumar Jena (4.5); Rajdeep Sarkar (5.5) bt Masoud Mosadeghpour (Iri, 4.5); Krishna Teja (4) lost to Nima Javanbakht (Iri, 5); Harsha Bharathakoti (4.5) drew with Srijit Paul (4.5); Rakesh Kumar Nayak (4.5) drew with Rajesh Srivatshav (4.5); Sammed Shete (5) bt Rustem Nazarov (Tkm, 4); Utkal Ranjan Sahoo (4.5) bt V. Pranavananda (3.5); Ankit Gajwa (4) drew with Chakravarthy Reddy (4).

Girls: R. Vaishali (5.5) drew with Chandreyee Hajra (5.5); P. V. Nandhidhaa (4.5) lost to Uuniintuya Uurtsaikh (Mgl, 5); Akshaya Nandakumar (4) lost to Ivana Furtado (5); G. Harshita (4.5) drew with Hamedi Nia Vesal (Iri, 4.5); Sakshi Chitlange (4) lost to Bala Kannamma (5); K. Priyanka (5) bt Divya Lakshmi (4); N. Priyanka (4.5) bt Ananya Suresh (4); Jemal Ovezdurdiyeva (3.5) lost to V. Varshini (4.5); Saloni Sapale (3.5) lost to C. M. N. Sunyuktha (4.5); Shweta Gole (4.5) bt Tarini Goyal (3).

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