World Youth Chess: Indian girls retain lead

R. Vaishali maintained her sole lead at the end of the ninth round of the World Under-14 girls’ chess championship in Halikidiki, Greece. The top seed from India had seven points, with only two rounds remaining. M. Mahalakshmi also kept her lead in the Under-18 championship, with eight points.

R. Pragnananda occupies second spot in the under-10 boys' category, behind Oskar Oglaza of Poland, in the World Youth Chess Championship in Halkidiki, Greece.   -  P. K. Ajith Kumar

R. Vaishali maintained her sole lead at the end of the ninth round of the World Under-14 girls’ chess championship in Halikidiki, Greece. The top seed from India had seven points, with only two rounds remaining. M. Mahalakshmi also kept her lead in the Under-18 championship, with eight points. Her compatriot R. Varshini was in the second place with seven points.

In the Under-16 section Chandreyee Hajra was the best-placed Indian, in the 15th position, with six points, 1.5 behind the leaders Fiona Sieber of Germany and Oliwia Kiolbasa of Poland. Saina Salonika was third in the Under-12 championship, 7.5 points, half-a-point adrift of the leader Nurgyul Salimova of Bulgaria. In the Under-10 event, Rakshita Ravi (seven points) was fifth and Divya Deshmukh (6.5) seventh. China’s Song Yuxin was leading the table with eight points.

In the Under-8 championship, B. Savitha Shri lost her sole lead position and was in third position, with seven points, half-a-point behind the leader Dilyana Ivanova of Bulgaria. Top seed Vaibhav Suri was in the 12th place in the Under-18 boys’ championship with six points, 2.5 behind the leader Masoud Mosadeghpour of Iran. Al Muthiah was placed 11th in the Under-16 event with 6.5 points, half-a-point adrift of the leader Zhandos Agmanov of Kazakhstan.

P.R. Hrithikesh was in the eighth slot in the Under-14 championship with seven points, half-a-point behind the leader Andrey Esipenko of Russia. Nihal Sarin, seeded a lowly 28th, moved into the joint lead in the Under-12 championship with 7.5 points, the same as Iran’s Alireza Firouzja.

R. Pragnananda remained in the second place in the Under-10 championship with 7.5 points, half-a-point behind the leader Oskar Oglaza of Poland. H. Bharath Subramaniyam maintained the lead in the Under-8 championship with eight points. Dev Shah was fifth with seven points.

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