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Four youngsters share lead

By Rakesh Rao

NEW DELHI, JAN. 5 . Safety-first methods by the big names among leaders led to a spate of draws and left a pack of four youngsters heading the field after four rounds of the Parvsnath International Open chess tournament here on Wednesday.

Though 17 players started the day with perfect scores, only Deep Sengupta, Preetham Sharma, R.R. Laxman and S. Satyapragyan managed to keep their record intact.

Prominent among those who were involved in draws were, second seed Abhijit Kunte, Uzbek International Master Anton Filippov, Karnataka's B.S. Sivanandan and Asian junior champion S. Arun Prasad.

On the lower boards, K. Sasikiran took care of Aarthie Ramaswamy, V. Saravanan proved equal to veteran Russian Grandmaster Alexander Fominyh and teenaged Nikhilesh Kumar added to Dibyendu Barua's frustration by eluding his grasp and forcing a draw.

K. Visweswaran, who held Sasikiran in the previous round, drew with Vishal Sareen after coming up with a timely defence.

Kunte, playing black, offered a draw in just 12 moves to Andhra youngster D. Sai Srinivas. Filippov ran into former National under-25 champion M.S. Thej Kumar and tried in vain to win a position where he had a bishop and a pawn against the Indian's three pawns. Sivanandan forced a draw with Anup Deshmukh after repetition of moves while Arun Prasad and Enamul Hossain called truce after 25 turns.

Meanwhile, Barua continued to struggle. A day after his shocking loss to Bangladesh's Aminul Islam on Tuesday, the Grandmaster looked like gaining ground after establishing a commanding position against Nikhilesh.

However, in an end game involving a rook each and pawns, Barua mishandled his rook on more than on occasion and allowed Nikhilesh to walk away with half a point.

The results (Indians unless stated):

Fourth round: D. Sai Srinivas (3.5) drew with Abhijit Kunte (3.5); Anton Filippov (Uzb) (3.5) drew with M.S. Thej Kumar (3.5); B.S. Sivanandan (3.5) drew with Anup Deshmukh (3.5); S. Arun Prasad (3.5) drew with Enamul Hossain (Ban) (3.5); Deep Sengupta (4) bt Aminul Islam (Ban) (3); Preetham Sharma (4) bt Himanshu Sharma (3). R.R. Laxman (4) bt N. Vinuthna (3); Bahodir Holmirzaev (Uzb) (3) lost to S. Satyapragyan (4); K. Sasikiran (3.5) bt Aarthie Ramaswamy (3); V. Saravanan (3) drew with Alexander Fominyh (Rus) (3); S. Mari Arul (2.5) lost to Dmitry Kayumov (Uzb) (3.5); Saurabh Kherdekar (3) drew with Suvrajit Saha (3); P. Konguvel (3.5) bt Shekhar Sahu (2.5); Rahul Sangma (3) drew with P.D S. Girinath (3); Vishal Sareen (3) drew with K. Visweswaran (3); Purushothaman (2.5) lost to N. Sanjay (3.5); Puneet Jaiswal (3) drew with Saptarshi Roy Choudhury (3); K. Ratnakaran (2.5) lost to G. Balaji (3.5); S. Poobesh Anand (2.5) lost to R. Balasubramanium (3.5); D.V. Prasad (3) drew with K. Ramu (3).Vinod Kumar Sharma (3) drew with Satchidanand Soman (3); Nirav Rajasuba (3) drew with Gurpreet Pal Singh (3); Arvind Shastry (2.5) lost to J. Ramakrishna (3.5); Varugeese Koshy (3.5) bt Akash Thakur (2.5); Dibyendu Barua (2.5) drew with Nikhilesh Kumar (3); Manish Joshi (2) lost to R.B. Ramesh (3); Saptarshi Roy (3) bt T.R. Shanmuganathan (2). Sergey Kayumov (Uzb) (3) bt Soumya Swaminathan (2); Siti Zulaikha (Mal) (2) lost to Vikramaditya Kamble (3); Prathamesh Mokal (3) bt Swati Mohota (2); Abhijeet Gupta (3) bt Karun Duggal (2); M.B. Muralidharan (3) bt Utpal Baruah (2); V.S. Negi (3) bt Nassir Wajih (2); Anupama Gokhale (2) lost to D.P. Singh (3). Jayant Gokhale (2.5) drew with Ishmit Singh (2.5); G.B. Joshi (3) bt M.V. Ramadas (2); Swaraj Palit (2.5) drew with Shashikant Kutwal (2.5); I.K. Ramya Krishna (2) lost to C. Praveen Kumar (3); Mehdi Hasan (Ban) (3) bt D.S. Negi (2); Nikhil C. Joshi (2.5) drew with Abu Sufian Shakil (Ban) (2.5).

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