Swayams Mishra, V A V Rajesh, Girish Koushik & Stany upset higher rated Grandmasters as the quartet of Indian conquests made headlines in the fifth round of the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior & 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011, at Chennai, here today.
Overnight leader, Italian International Master Axel Rombaldoni kept a clean slate, winning his fifth game in a row. In the top board game, Rombaldoni beat third seed Grandmaster Ivan Salgado Lopez from Spain. Following the leader half a point behind was International Master Piorun Kacper of Poland.
In the girls section, Russian Girya Olga maintained her lead with 5.0 points after putting it across top seed Woman Grandmaster Paikidze Nazi of Georgia.
Swayams Mishra, a student of KIIT University from Bhubaneswar, emerged triumphant against GM Martinovic Sasa of Croatia in a Benoni game. “We don’t see Benoni openings at higher levels of play, and it came as a surprise,” said Mishra. “Martinovic stretched a bit more in the middle game, and after the bishop entry into his sixth rank, I felt confident of winning the game,” added the Orissa lad. Though the game stretched to 50 moves, the result was not in doubt, as Swayams kept adding the pressure on the king side. In the resultant open position, Martinovic conceded a big advantage and gave up when he ran out of queen checks.
Karnataka lads Girish Koushik and G A Stany, along with Chennai boy V A V Rajesh put it across their accomplished Grandmaster opponents viz., Durarbeyli Vasif (Azerbaijan), Pap Gyula (Hungary) and Salem A R Saleh (UAE) respectively. Girish, Stany and Swayams moved to shared third spot with 4.0 points, while Rajesh stays further half a point behind at 3.5 points.
Sahaj Grover who began with 3.5 points, had a bad day in office, as he went down to Polish International Master Piorun Kacper. The French game saw the Delhi boy unusually blundering an early piece, losing a miniature game.
The big Indian hope Woman Grandmaster Padmini Rout went down to Romanian Bulmaga Irina in the third board. Also finishing on the losing side were Bhakti Kulkarni, P V Nandhidhaa and Pon N Krithika in the top ten boards.
Take a look at the large photo gallery, courtesy of Peter Long.
This 13 round event with 19 Grandmasters on display concludes on 15th August, 2011.
Round 5 Results (Open) (Indians unless specified)
Rombaldoni Axel (Italy) 5 beat Salgado Lopez Ivan (Spain) 3.5, Goganov Aleksey (Russia) 4 drew with Niclas Huschenbeth (Germany) 4, Piorun Kacper (Poland) 4.5 beat Sahaj Grover 3.5, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 3.5 drew with Sanan Sjugirov (Russia) 3.5, Shimanov Aleksandr (Russia) 4 beat M R Lalith Babu 3, Swayams Mishra 4 beat Sasa Martinovic (Croatia) 3, Durarbeyli Vasif 3 (Azerbaijan) lost to Girish A Koushik 4, G A Stany 4 beat Pap Gyula (Hungary) 3, Janev Tihomir (Bulgaria) 3 lost to Maxim Matlakov (Russia) 3.5, Firat Burak (Turkey) 2.5 lost to Tamir Nabaty (Israel) 3.5, V A V Rajesh (3.5) beat Salem A R Saleh (UAE) 2.5
Round 5 Results (Girls) (Indians unless specified)
Paikidze Nazi (Georgia) 3.5 lost to Girya Olga (Russia) 5, Cori T Deysi (Peru) 4.5 beat Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (Kazakhastan) 3.5, Bulmaga Irina (Romania) 4.5 beat Padmini Rout (3.5), Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (Azerbaijan) beat P V Nandhidhaa (3), Chandika Divyasree (3) lost to Semenoa Elena (Russia) 4, Tokhirjanova Hulkar (Uzbekistan) 4 beat Bhakti Kulkarni (2.5), Kulon Klaudia (Poland) 3.5 beat Pon N Krithika (2.5) Hema Priya N (2.5) lost to Vo Thi Kim Phung (Vietnam) 3.5, P Michelle Catherina (2.5) lost to J Saranya (3.5).