Triumphant third seed Aravindh Chithambaram joined sparring-partner M. Karthikeyan at 6.5 factors to maintain alive the Indian declare for a attainable medal within the World junior chess championship right here on Wednesday.
Whilst seventh seeded Ukrainian Evgeny Shtembuliak emerged as the one chief at 7.5 factors, half-a-point away from fellow in a single day joint-leader Spain’s Miguel Santos Ruiz, Aravindh moved to the tied third spot at 6.5 with M. Karthikeyan, who drew on the second board.
R. Praggnanandhaa raised his tally to five.5 factors after a 98-move draw with compatriot Arjun Kalyan.
Nevertheless, with the defeat of 14-year-old Divya Deshmukh, hopes of Indian medal within the ladies’ part have virtually ended. In the meantime, the off-form duo of R. Vaishali and Vantika Agarwal, seeded 5 and 18, have withdrawn citing well being causes.
Prime seeded Iranian Amin Tabatabaei additionally determined he had sufficient after scoring simply 5 factors from 9 rounds and withdrew.
In the meantime, there was excellent news from the Indian norm-seekers. Out of the 5 Worldwide Grasp-norms made after 9 rounds, three have been by Indians — Aronyak Ghosh, Audi Ameya and Aaryan Varshney. Others have been, China’s Wang Shixu and Mongolia’s Byambasuren Garidmagnai.
Among the many ladies, whilst Russian chief Polina Shuvalova made a Girl Grandmaster norm, the Indian trio of Srishti Pandey, V. Toshali and P. Surprita achieved the Girl Worldwide Grasp norm. Others making the WIM norm have been, Bulgaria’s Antova Gabriela and Mongolia’s Boldbaatar Altantuya.
Vital ninth spherical outcomes: Open: Evgeny Shtembuliak (Ukr, 7.5) bt Mihnea Costachi (Rou, 6); M. Karthikeyan (6.5) drew with Miguel Santos Ruiz (Esp, 7); Or Bronstein (Isr, 6.5) drew with Aram Hakobyan (Arm, 6.5); Aravindh Chithambaram (6.5) bt Dmitrij Kollars (Ger, 5.5); Sergey Drygalov (Rus, 5.5) misplaced to Shant Sargsyan (6.5); Ortik Nigmataov (Uzb, 5) misplaced to Wang Shixu (6.5); R. Praggnanandhaa (5.5) drew with Arjun Kalyan (5.5).
Ladies: Stavroula Tsolakidou (Gre, 6) misplaced to Polina Shuvalova (Rus, 8); Mobina Alinasab (Iri, 7.5) bt Gabriela Antova (Bul, 6); Marria Berdnyk (Ukr, 7) bt Divya Deshmukh (6); Bibisara Assaubayeva (Kaz, 6) drew with N. Priyanka (6); Srishti Pandey (5.5) misplaced to Turmunkh Munkhzul (Mgl, 6.5); Aakansha Hagawane (5) drew with Li Yunshan (6).