The World Junior Chess Championships 2014 (for boys & girls under 20) are being held in Pune, India, from 6th to 19th October 2014.
The Championship is organized and conducted by Maharashtra Chess Association under the auspices of AICF and FIDE.
Vijay Kumar presents the round 2 video.
If the general perception in chess circles is that the first couple of rounds of a Swiss League event produce perfectly predictable results in favour of high ratings, then players at the on-going World Junior Chess Championship at Hotel Hyatt are determined to prove it wrong!
After a spate of upsets in the first round, it was no different in the second round played on Tuesday as the seeded players found it difficult to score the expected victories.
The tournament Hall was buzzing with excitement as hot favourites and the top two seeds, Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia and Robin Van Kampen of Netherland were held to a draw by Daniel Bogdan Deac and Jinshi Bai of China respectively.
In the Girls section also defending Champion and top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina was held to a draw by Maria Gevorgyan of Armenia.
Indians contenders for the titles Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Padmini Rout however notched their second successive victories in their respective sections.
Padmini carved an easy victory while Vidit had to bring all his expertise and experience to the fore front against compatriot Vignesh Nr in a hard fought tussle lasting 60 moves.
10-year-old Nihal Sarin who created a sensational upset yesterday, created another flutter today when he held higher ranked and rated IM Tadeas Kriebel to a draw in another marathon game lasting 88 moves.
16 players are leading tournament with two points and apart from Vidit include other Indians Sahej Grover, Ankit Rajpara, Diptayan Ghosh, Shardul Gagare, S L Narayanan, Sayantan Das.
In the Girls section 11 players share lead and apart from Padmini, the other Indians in lead are Ivana Maria Furtado, Pratyusha Bodda and Nandhidhaa Pv.