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Indians lose ground

Arvind Aaron

Halkidiki: Indian players at the top failed to maintain their momentum. They have slipped from joint lead in at least four sections after four rounds to either tied second or third positions after round five on Sunday morning in the World Youth chess championship at Halkidiki in Greece.

None of the five overnight joint leaders from India won in a jinxed morning session.

The bright spot though for the Indians is that the highest rated player of the entire festival, Sethuraman of Chennai has won four games in-a-row after the opening round loss to share third place with four points.

Anwesh Upadhyaya of Bhubaneswar also recorded a win to join him in the Open under-18 section and Abhimanyu Puranik of Pune held top seed Sevian Samuel of United States.

Abhimanyu shares the second place in the Open under-10 section with 4.5 points, so also Bhaskar Gupta of Mumbai. P. Iniyan of Erode held second seed Lomasov Semen of Russia to a draw in the Open under-8 section to share the second place with 4.5 points. Other overnight leader in this section, Ram Aravind was defeated.

Chennai's Tejasvi notched up her fourth straight win to move to clear third position in the girls' under-8 section. Khushi Dharewa of Kolkata and Tejaswini Sagar of Aurangabad recorded impressive round five wins to move to joint fourth place with four points in the girls under-10 section.

Overnight joint leader and fifth seeded Nandhidhaa lost to unrated Lei Ting Jie of China and is now tied on four points for the fourth spot in the girls' under-14 section.

Six rounds remain to be played in this event. The sixth round will be played later on Sunday. Monday is the only free day of the event.

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