World Youth Chess Championship 2019: Praggnanandhaa and Abinandhan impress


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In the extremely anticipated battle between two Indian Grand Masters within the World Youth Chess Championship in Mumbai on Wednesday, R Praggnanandhaa outclassed compatriot P Iniyan and stored India’s hopes alive in the Underneath-18 Open.

Iniyan, enjoying with black, opted for the Pirc defence. Pragg not only countered the move simply but pressured him into the back foot in the opening half. He stored on piling strain with every transfer and eventually wrapped up the sport on transfer 38.

Because of the win, the teenager joined Iran’s IM Aryan Gholami in the lead after he settled for a draw in 38 strikes towards Indian IM Mitrabha Guha.

Grand Master Sargsyan Shant of Armenia, the highest seed participant of the event, stored himself in the hunt by beating George Stoleriu of Romania in 37 strikes.

In the meantime, R Abinandhan continued his dream run within the Underneath-14 Open, and he is now a shock leader with seven factors. After beating two Russians, second and fourth-seeded, Abinandhan completed a hattrick of wins after outwitting compatriot FM LR Srihari in a Queens’ Gambit transfer.

Armenian teenager Aydin Suleymanli has moved to second place with 6.5 factors after he drew towards Marc Morgunov of Austria.

World Youth Chess Championship Key Results

Underneath 18 Open: Aryan Gholami (IRI, 6.5) drew with Mitrabha Guha (IND, 6);R Praggnanandhaa (IND, 6.5) beat P Iniyan (IND, 5); George Stoleriu (ROU, 5) misplaced to Sargsyan Shant (ARM, 6);

Underneath 18 Women: Vantika Agrawal (IND, 6) drew with Polina Shuvalova (RUS, 6.5); Tianqi Yan (CHN, 6) beat Alicja Sliwicka  (POL, 5); Assel Serikbay (KAZ, 5) lost to Alexandra Obolentseva (RUS, 6)

Beneath 16 Open: Miguel Soto (COL, 5.5) lost to Moke Hans Niemann (USA, 7); Moksh Doshi (IND, 5) misplaced to Mohan Kushagra (IND, 6)

Beneath 16 Women: Nazerke Nurgali (KAZ, 7) beat Alessia Ciolacu (ROU, 5.5)

Underneath 14 Open: LR Srihari (IND 6) lost to R Abinandhan (IND, 7); Marc Morgunov  (AUT, 6) drew with Aydin Suleymanli (AZE, 6.5); S Maralakshikari (IND, 6) drew with Thien Phuc Vo (VIE, 6)

Beneath 14 Women: Rakshitta Ravi (IND, 6.5) drew with Ekaterina Nasyrova  (RUS, 6.5);Astghik Hakobyan (ARM, 6) drew with Eline Roebers (NED, 6.5); Erdene Mungunzul  (MGL, 6) beat Dhyana Patel  (IND, 5)

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