Vantika bounces back, Indians continue domination at Western Asian youth chess

Vantika Agarwal moved to the top and Rajdeep Sarkar shared the lead in the under-20 section as Sri Lanka’s top seed G. N. H. Thilakarathne threatened to stop the Indian juggernaut after six rounds of the Western Asian youth chess championship.

Vantika Agarwal moved to the top and Rajdeep Sarkar shared the lead in the under-20 section. (Representative Image)   -  Getty Images

Vantika Agarwal moved to the top and Rajdeep Sarkar shared the lead in the under-20 section as Sri Lanka’s top seed G. N. H. Thilakarathne threatened to stop the Indian juggernaut after six rounds of the Western Asian youth chess championship here on Sunday.

Vantika (5 points) made amends for her loss in the fourth round by winning both her matches, including the one against Uzbek challenger Bakhora Abdusatorova (4.5). The triumph also helped Vantika move half a point ahead of her conqueror Sakshi Chitlange (4.5).

Sarkar shared the lead with Uzbek Abdimalik Abdisalmov at five points. With three rounds to go, it is tough to call the winner in this section.

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Meanwhile, Thilakaratne (5) took a half-point lead over five Indians as the combined under-18 section and under-16 section was poised for a close title-race. In all other sections, Indians maintained their lead.

Mrudul Dehankar (5.5) in the girls’ (under-18), Greeshma Dhumal (5) in girls (under-16), Ayush Sharma (5) in the combined (under-14) and (under-12), Bhagyashree Patil (5.5) in the girls under-14, Kheerthi Ganta and Mohitha Vakcheri (5 each) in girls (under-12) held the lead.

G. Aakash along with Daaevik Wadhawan, Mayank Chakraborty and Mohammad Imran (5 each) led in the combined (under-10) and girls (under-10).Vivaan Saraogi and Rosh Jain (5 each) shared the lead in open under-8.

Tashna Agarwal, Anaishaa Nahar , Siddhi Rao and Jennica Sequeira (4.5 each) were ahead in the girls under-8 section. In under-6, Shripad Joshi (5) and Diya Sawal (6) led their respective groups.