Praggnanandhaa, Divya score second successive wins.
Indian prodigies Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa R and Woman International Master Divya Deshmukh continued with their winning ways by beating Poland’s Antoni Kozak and India’s Bhagyashree Patil in
Round 2 of the World Youth Chess Championship. The duo, who are amongst the brightest Indian hopes at this event, have now notched up 2 points in as many games.
Praggnanandhaa opened his game with the King’s Indian. On move 17, the Indian star sacrificed his Rook for a Knight in his bid to attack the opponent’s king. Soon, his opponent returned the sacrifice and tried relieving the pressure. However, Praggnanandhaa was meticulous with his play and swiftly marched towards a victory.
In the same group, top seed GM Sargsyan Shant of Armenia played a brilliant game to knock over China’s Wang Shixu. In a complicated endgame, Sargsyan played aggressively with his pawns, which
ultimately proved to be the deciding factor in the eventual result of the game.
In Under 14 Girls, top seed Divya Deshmukh wheeled out the Sicilian Defence in reply to Bhagyashree’s Kings Pawn Opening. Right after the opening, Divya played a string of attacking moves against which her opponent eventually collapsed. The game ended on move 30 with Bhagyashree’s resignation.
The mega event is in progress at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel and has attracted more than 450 participants from 65 countries. The tournament is being held across six groups viz. Under 14 Open & Girls, Under 16 Open & Girls, and Under 18 Open & Girls .
U14 Open – Sreeshwan M (IND) bt. Jun Rudolf Jr (CZE), Murzin Volodar (RUS) bt. Andrijashkin Dennis
U14 Girls – Divya Deshmukh (IND) bt. Bhagyashree Patil (IND), Rakshitta Ravi (IND) bt. Alekseenko
U16 Open – Niemann Hans Moke (USA) bt Raahul VS (IND), Wartiovaara Oliver (FIN) drew Avila Pavas
U16 Girls – Garifullina Leya (RUS) bt. Golsta Madara (LAT), Bydullayeva Govhar (AZE) drew Demchenko
U18 Open – Sargsyan Shant (ARM) bt Wang Shixu (CHN), Praggnanandhaa (IND) bt Antoni Kozak (POL)
U18 Girls – Shuvalova Polina (RUS) bt. Tanishka Kotia (IND), Vantika Agrawal (IND) drew Aashna Makhija