Mobina holds Saduakassova; creditable draw for Nihal

Top seed Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan was held to a surprise draw by Iran's Mobina Alinasab. Among the boys, the top two seeds made it two wins in a row.

India's Nihal Sarin (right) held ninth seed Xu Yinglun of China to a draw in the second round of the World Junior Chess Championship in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.   -  P.K. Ajith Kumar

Top seed Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan was held to a surprise draw by Iran's Mobina Alinasab in the second round of the World Junior Girls' Chess Championship at the KIIT University campus on Tuesday.

Iran’s top female player Sarasadat Khademalsharieh was supposed to be the top seed here, but she opted out citing busy schedule. Her compatriot Mobina Alinasab however ensured that top seed Saduakassova didn't have it easy by playing out a draw. It was one of the most surprising results of the day, with 224 Elo points separating the two.

That wasn’t the only game that didn’t go according to the script though. India's P.V. Nandidha turned the tables on seventh seed Anna Styazhkina of Russia while another Indian, Harshita Guddanti, held sixth seed Oliwia Kiolbasa of Poland to a draw.

Among the boys, the top two seeds made it two wins in a row. Russia’s Vladislav Artemiev defeated India's R. Pragnananda and American Jeffrey Xiong outwitted Christoph Menezes of Austria.

Little Nihal Sarin, a hugely promising kid from Kerala, did well to take half-a-point off the ninth seed Xu Yinglun of China.

“I could have pressed my rival further, but I was feeling tired,” said Nihal. “But I am fairly pleased with the draw against such a strong player.”

Important results (second round; Indians unless specified): R. Pragnananda 1 lost to Vladislav Artemiev (Rus) 2; Jeffrey Xiong (USA) 2 bt Christoph Menezes (Aut) 1; Stefan Beukema (Bel) 1 lost to Kirill Alekseenko (Rus) 2; Xu Yi (Chn) 2 bt Dennis Wagner (Ger) 1; Rasmus Svane (Ger) 1.5 drew with Yuan Qingyu (Chn) 1.5; Agil Pirvediyev (Aze) 1 lost to Aravindh Chithambaram 2; Nihal Sarin 1.5 drew with Xu Yinglun (Chn) 1.5; S.L. Narayanan 2 bt Tran Minh Thang (Vie) 1; Harsha Bharathakoti 1.5 drew with Karthikeyan Murali 1.5; Shardul Gagare 1 lost to Bozidar Ivekovic (Cro) 2; Calin Gheorghiu (Rom) 1 lost to Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 2; Aryan Gholami (Ira) 1.5 drew with Mikhail Belous (Ukr) 1.5; Utkal Ranjan Sahoo 1 lost to Irakli Berdaze (Geo) 2; Masoud Mosadeghpour (Ira) 1.5 drew with Anish Gandhi 1.5; M. Barath Kalyan 1 lost to N.R. Visakh 2; Parham Maghsoodloo (Ira) 1.5 bt Davaaochir Nyamdorj (Can) 1; Cristobal Henriquez Villagra (Chi) 1.5 bt Tom Rydstrom (Swe) 0.5; Noel Studer (Swe) 0.5 lost to Ankit Gajwa 1.5; Rakesh Kumar Jena 1.5 bt Pier Luigi Basso (Ita) 0.5; Grzegorz Nasuta (Pol) 1.5 bt Parab Ritviz 0.5.

Girls: Dinara Saduakassova (Kaz) 1.5 drew with Mobina Alinasab (Ira) 1.5; Uurtsaikh Uuriintuya (Mgl) 1 lost to Alina Bivol (Rus) 2; Harshita Guddanti 1.5 drew with Oliwia Kiolbasa (Pol) 1.5; Anna Styazhkina (Rus) 1 lost to P.V. Nandidha 2; Alessia Santeramo (Ita) 1 lost to Dinara Dordzhieva (Rus) 2; Jannelle Mae Frayna (Phi) 2 bt Saina Salonika 1; Karina Ivanova (Rus) 2 bt R. Vaishali 1; V. Varshini 1 lost to Nataliya Buksa (Ukr) 2; G.K. Monisha 2 bt Gu Tianlu (Chn) 1; Shree Ayinala (USA) 1 lost to Ashritha Eswaran (USA) 2; Michelle Catherina 2 bt K. Priyanka 1; Pratyusha Bodda 1.5 bt Hajra Chandreyee 1; Paula Rodriquez Rueda (Col) 1.5 bt Javiera Belen Barerra Gomez (Chi) 0.5; Tijana Blagojevic (Mne) 1.5 bt G. Lasya 0.5; Priyanka Nutakki 1.5 bt Diana Omurbekova (Kgz) 0.5; Irina Barchuk (Ukr) 0.5 lost to Parnali Dharia 1.5; Ellen Kakulidis (Den) 0.5 lost to M. Mahalakshmi 1.5; Injac Teodora (Srb) 1 bt Amy Hoare (Eng) 0.5; P. Bala Kannamma 0.5 drew with Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (Uzb) 0.5; Shania Mae Mendoza (Phi) 0 lost to bt Sakshi Chitlange 1.

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