Praggnanandhaa holds Tari; Aravindh wins

Continuing his impressive unbeaten run, R. Praggnanandhaa held Norwegian front-runner Aryan Tari to a 39-move draw and shared the third spot at seven points after nine rounds of the World junior (under-20) chess championship here on Wednesday.

With two rounds to go, R. Praggnanandhaa remained half a point behind Tari and joint leader Russia’s Kirill Alekseenko, who defeated M. Karthikeyan.   -  Special Arrangement

Continuing his impressive unbeaten run, R. Praggnanandhaa held Norwegian front-runner Aryan Tari to a 39-move draw and shared the third spot at seven points after nine rounds of the World junior (under-20) chess championship here on Wednesday.

With two rounds to go, the 12-year-old prodigy remained half a point behind Tari and joint leader Russia’s Kirill Alekseenko, who defeated M. Karthikeyan.

On the brighter side, seventh seed Aravindh Chithambaram returned to winning ways after three draws and reached to 6.5 points following a comprehensive triumph over Austria’s Valentin Dragnev.

In the girls section, India’s medal prospects effectively ended with Ankanksha Hagawane (tied ninth) drawing her game and R. Vaishali (tied 16th) suffering a defeat.

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Ninth round results (Indians unless stated):

Open: Aryan Tari (Nor, 7.5) drew with R. Praggnanandhaa (7); Kirill Alekseenko (Rus, 7.5) bt M. Karthikeyan (6); Aravindh Chithambaram (6.5) bt Valentin Dragnev (Aut, 5.5); Robby Kevlishvili (Ned, 6) drew with Vaibhav Suri (6); Shardl Gagare (6) bt S. L. Narayanan (5); Sidhant Mohapatra (4.5) lost to Sumiya Bilguun (Mgl, 5.5); Harsha Bharathakoti (5) drew with Zhanat Saiyn (Kaz, 5); Raunak Sadhwani (4.5) drew with Pablo Ismael Acosta (Arg, 4.5); Mohamad Nubairshah

Shaikh (4) lost to Milos Milosevic (5); Krishna Teja (4.5) drew with Elkhan Bayramov (Aze, 4.5); Kumar Gaurav (4) bt Maarten de Vleeschauwer (Bel, 3); Filip Pavic (Cro, 3) drew with Tarini Goyal (3).

Girls: R. Vaishali (5.5) lost to Polina Shuvalova (Rus, 6.5); Aakhanksha Hagawane (6) drew with Olga Badelka (Blr, 6); Gabriela Antova (Fid, 6) bt K. Priyanka (5); josefine Heinemann (Ger, 4.5) lost to G. Lasya (5.5); Viktoria Chernyak (Rus, 5) drew with Pratyusha Bodda (5); Marie San Diego (Phi, 5.5) bt M. Mahalakshmi (4.5); Arpita Mukherjee (5) bt Parnali Dharia (4); Ning Kaiyu (Chn, 4.5) drew with Rutumbara Bidhar (4.5); Saina Salonika (4.5) drew with Teja Vidic (Slo, 4.5).