Indian stars enjoy mixed luck, Divya suffers upset defeat

Oct 4, 2019 Mumbai

India’s top players enjoyed mixed luck in Round 4 of the World Youth Chess Championship, with R Praggnanandhaa scoring a comfortable victory and P Iniyan eking out a tough draw even as Divya Deshmukh suffered an upset defeat here on Friday.

FIDE Master Srihari LR was the dark horse of the day, shocking top-seed FIDE Master Sreeshwan Maralakshikari in the Under 14 Open category.

GMs Pragg and Iniyan topped the points table in the Open Under-18 with 3.5 points each, along with IM Aryan Gholami of Iran. A few others were still engaged in battle at the time of going to press and were expected to join them as leaders.

Pragg, who had endured an exhausting draw in Round 3 against IM Artur Davtyan of Armenia, recovered smartly to beat IM Nikoloz Petriashvili of Georgia. He opted for the King’s Pawn Opening while which was countered with the popular Sicilian-Defence by Davtyan. 

Key Results
Round 4
U18 Open:
P Iniyan (IND; 3.5) drew with Aryan Gholami (IRI; 3.5); R Praggnanandhaa (Ind; 3.5) bt Nikoloz Petriashvili (GEOl 3); Valentin Buckels (GER; 3) drew with Shant Sargsyan (ARM; 3)

U18 Girls:
Honorata Kucharska (POL; 3.5) drew with Polina Shuvalova (RUS; 3); Vantika Agrawal (IND; 3) drew with Assel Serikbay (KAZ; 3)

U16 Open:
Sankalp Gupta (IND; 3) lost to Rudik Makarian (RUS; 4); Costamilan Tomiello (BRA; 3) lost to Aronyak Ghosh (IND; 4); Raja Rithvik (IND; 2.5) lost to  Moke Hans Niemann (USA; 3.5)

U16 Girls:
Lakshmi C (IND; 3.0) lost to Leya Garifullina (RUS; 4.0); Nurgali Nazerke (KAZ; 4) bt Salonika Saina (IND; 3)

U14 Open:
Srihari L R (IND; 4.0) beat Sreeshwan M. (IND; 3.0), Alex Colay (USA; 3.5) drew Aydin Suleymanli (AZE; 3.5)

U14 Girls:
Dhyana Patel (IND; 3.5) drew Eline Roebers (NED; 3.5); Kurmangaliyeva Liya (KAZ; 3.5) drew Poliakova Varvara (BLR; 3.5)