Praggnanandhaa stays in second spot

R. Praggnanandhaa settled for a 34-move draw with Chinese International Master Xu Xiangyu to stay in the joint second place, with five points, in the sixth round of the World junior chess championship.

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R. Praggnanandhaa settled for a 34-move draw with Chinese International Master Xu Xiangyu to stay in the joint second place, with five points, in the sixth round of the World junior chess championship in Tarvisio, Italy, on Sunday.

Fifth seeded Norwegian Aryan Tari defeated overnight leader Russia’s Kirill Alekseenko to lead with 5.5 points.

Grandmasters M. Karthikeyan, Aravindh Chithambaram and Shardul Gagare are among the 16 players sharing the seventh place at 4.5 points.


Sixth round results (Indians unless stated):


Open: R. Praggnanandhaa (5) drew with Xu Xiangyu (Chn, 5); Aleksey Sorokin (Rus, 4.5) drew with Aravindh Chithambaram (4.5); Kirill Shevchenko (Ukr, 4.5) bt Harsha Bharathakoti (3.5); Sumiya Bilguun
(Mgl, 3.5) lost to Shardul Gagare (4.5); Peng Xiangjian (Chn, 3.5) drew with S. L. Narayanan (3.5); Vladislav Bakhmatsky (Ukr, 3.5) drew with Vaibhav Suri (3.5); Gergely Kantor (Hun, 4) drew with Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh (3); Alexandr Triapishko (Rus, 4) bt Sidhant Mohapatra (3); Luca Moroni Jr (Ita, 4) drew with Kumar Gaurav (3); Pier Luigi Basso (Ita, 4) bt Krishna Teja (3); Tarini Goyal (2.5) drew
with Tigran Harutyunian (Arm, 2); Jere Lindholm (Fin, 1.5) lost to Raunak Sadhwani (2.5).

Girls: Davaademberel Nomin-Erdene (Mgl, 4.5) drew with Aakanksha Hagawane (4.5); R. Vaishali (4.5) bt Anna Styazhkina (Rus, 3.5); Olga Hincu (Mda, 2.5) lost to Arpita Mukherjee (3.5); G. Lasya (2.5) lost
to Lara Janzelj (Slo, 3.5); M. Mahalakshmi (3) drew with Auvray Honorine (Fra, 3); Rivero Karla July Fernandez (Cub, 2.5) lost to Pratyusha Bodda (3.5); Michal Lahav (Isr, 2.5) lost to K. Priyanka (3.5); Bellon Anna Cramling (Swe, 3) drew with Parnali Dharia (3); Rutumbara Bidhar (2) lost to Mariami Choladze (Geo, 3); Mariana Sofia Silva (Por, 3) bt Saina Salonika (2).