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Halkidiki (Greece): Hetul Shah of Ahmedabad did India proud in round two by holding the top seed Nitzan Steinberg of Israel to a creditable draw on the top board in the open under-12 section of the World Youth Chess Championship here on Thursday.
Shah stopped the top seed from marching ahead while four other Indians — Diptayan Ghosh, Sidhant Mohapatra, M.N. Shaikh and Karthikeyan Murali — recorded wins to sail into joint lead.
Of the 54 Indians in action here, 28 are in joint lead in ten of the 12 sections, missing out only in the open under-16 and girls' under-18 sections.
“I blundered on move 39 after reaching a better position,” said International Master Priyadharshan, who went down to second seed Grand Master Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia on the top table in the open under-18 section. That result left only Swayams Mishra among 14 leaders on full two points.
In the girls' under-18 section, third seed Bhakti Kulkarni blundered and lost while trying to push hard against Adamowicz Katarzyna of Poland. It was revenge for the Polish player for the last round defeat in the world juniors this year.
Karthikeyan won a breezy encounter and stood out among the four Indian leaders in the under-12 section.
Bhaskar Gupta, Puranik Abhimanyu and Y. Grahesh are among the leaders on full two points in the under-10 section. Grahesh played impressively and sacrificed a rook before checkmating his opponent.
India has the most leaders in the under-8 section where Ram Aravind, Sadhu Adithya, Rudraksh Parida, P. Iniyan and S. Rahul won.
In the girls' under-16 section, J. Saranya and Shalmali Gagare lead with two points.
Bala Kannamma, Lasya and Nandhidhaa lead the girls' under-14 section with full points.
Ivana Furtado, Sunyasakta, Mahalakshmi (girls' under-12), and Tejaswini Sagar, Riya Savant, Bansi Prathima (girls' under-10), and Adyasa Mahapatra (girls' under-8) are among leaders in their sections.
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