Narayanan lets Artemiev off the hook

Playing on the white side of Grunfeld Defence, Narayanan had built a promising position, but he fumbled and let the game meander towards a draw.

India's S.L. Narayanan (left) held Vladislav Artemiev of Russia to a draw in the fourth round of the World Junior Chess Championships in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.   -  P.K. Ajith Kumar

S.L. Narayanan drew with top seed Vladislav Artemiev in the fourth round of the World Junior Chess Championships in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. They now have 3.5 points from four rounds and are joined in the lead by Xiong, Germany’s Rasmus Svane, Masoud Mosadeghpour of Iran and Karthikeyan Murali of the host.

There is a long way to go yet though, as another nine rounds remain.

Playing on the white side of Grunfeld Defence, Narayanan had built a promising position, but he fumbled and let the game meander towards a draw. “Yes, I was much better, but could not capitalise,” admitted the 10th seed from Thiruvananthapuram.

His opponent admitted he had to defend correctly. “This was the toughest of my four games here,” said Artemiev.

In the girls’ event, Russia’s Dinara Dordzhieva and Janelle Mae Frayna of Philippines, seeded eighth and ninth respectively, are leading the table after capturing full four points apiece. Frayna shocked second seed Alina Bivol of Russia, while Dordzhieva prevailed over Nataliya Buksa of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, P.V. Nandhidhaa continued her impressive run, her latest victim being fifth seed Colombian Paula Rodriguez Rueda.

Important results (fourth round; Indians unless specified): S.L. Narayanan 3 Vladislav Artemiev (Rus) 3; Jeffrey Xiong (USA) 3.5 bt Yuan Qingyu (Chn) 2.5; Masoud Mosadeghpour (Ira) 3.5 bt Kirill Alekseenko (Rus) 2.5; Rasmus Svane (Ger) 3.5 bt Harsha Bharathakoti 2.5; N.R. Visakh 3 drew with Aravindh Chithamabram 3; Xu Yi (Chn) 2.5 lost to Karthikeyan Murali 3.5; Anish Gandhi 3 drew with Irakli Beradze (Geo) 3; Parham Maghsoodloo (Ira) 3 bt Bozidar Ivekovic (Geo) 2; Dylan Viennot (Fra) 2 lost to Xu Yinglun (Chn) 3; Shardul Gagare 2 lost to Mikhail Belous (Ukr) 3; Rajdeep Sarkar 2.5 drew with Shahin Lorparizangeneh (Ira) 2.5; Tran Tuan Minh (Vie) 2.5 drew with Erigaisi Arjun 2.5; Grzegorz Nasuta (Pol) 3 bt Srijit Paul 2; Patrik Grandadam (Swi) 2 lost to R. Pragnananda 3; Barath Kalyan 2.5 drew with Christoph Menezes (Aut) 2.5; Rakesh Kumar Jena 3 bt Paulo Bersamina (Phi) 2; G. Akash 3 bt Paul Robert Evangelista (Phi) 2; M. Chakravarthi Reddy 2 drew with Dennis Wagner (Ger) 2; Cristobal Villagra Henriquez (Col) 2.5bt Nihal Sarin 1.5; Noel Studer (Swi) 1.5 lost to Sammed Shete 2.5.

Girls: Janelle Mae Frayna (Phi) 4 bt Alina Bivol (Rus) 3; Nataliya Buksa (Ukr) 3 lost to Dinara Dordzhieva (Rus) 4; Pratyusha Bodda 3.5 bt Parnali S. Dharia 2.5; Paula Rodriguez Rueda (Col) 2.5 lost to P.V. Nandhidhaa 3.5; Dinara Saduakassova (Kaz) 3 bt Gu Tianlu (Chn) 2; Michelle Catherina 3 bt Oliwia Kiolbasa (Pol) 2; Karina Ivanova (Rus) 3 bt Anna Styazhkina (Rus) 2; G.K. Monisha 2 lost to R. Vaishali 3; Tijana Blagojevic (Mne) 2 lost to Ashritha Eswaran (USA) 3; Teodora Injac (Srb) 3 bt R. Divya Lakshmi 2; Priyanka Nutakki 1.5 lost to K. Priyanka 3; Saloni Sapale 1.5 Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (Uzb) 1.5; Harshita Guddanti 2 drew with G. Lasya 2; Irina Barchuk (Ukr) 1.5 lost to Narmin Soyunlu (Aze) 2.5; Alessia Santeramo (Ita) 1.5 lost to Hajra Chandreyee 2.5; Ellen Kakulidis (Den) 2 drew with Saina Salonika 2; Du Yuxin (Chn) 2 drew with V. Varshini 2; Shree Ayinala (USA) 1.5 lost to M. Mahalakshmi 2.5; Uurtsaikh Uuriintuya (Mgl) 2 bt Mariami Choladze (Geo) 1.

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